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The Post
The Post(2018)

I thought this was going to be a dry film with big names for critics to slobber over. I was wrong. This movie didn't just use big names to advertise, it showed us why the names Streep, Hanks, and Spielberg carry as much weight as they do. All three deliver and the screenplay/story is equally gripping. Not to be overlooked, Bob Odenkirk does a great job alongside Hanks. This one set the bar high and reaches it.

Molly's Game
Molly's Game(2018)

I may be a sucker for Sorkin's scripts, but there's no denying how great a writer he is, especially after watching this film, and it turns out, he is a pretty good director too. This is an interesting story about an incredibly interesting woman told in an interesting manner. Chastain is terrific and Elba is great, but the real star is the complex and engrossing life of Molly Bloom and Sorkin' screenplay about her.

I, Tonya
I, Tonya(2018)

Gillespie and Rogers come together and do a great job telling a complicated story in unique fashion. The narrative is funny, tense and compelling, while the performances by Robbie and Janney are award-worthy. Major credit also needs to be given to the cinematography, with long beautiful shots on the ice as well as in the Harding household. An all around great movie.


Whiplash is one of the best movies to come out in 2014, thanks in large part to Damian Chazelle and J.K Simmons. Chazelle does a great job capturing the tension of a serious band practice/audition and the nerves of all of the players. J.K Simmons, however, really steals the show. He is one of those characters that excites the viewer every time he shows up on screen because you just know something interesting is going to happen when he does. His performance is fantastic and his character is even better. Apart from that, the screenplay is decent, as is Miles Teller, but this film really leans on it's director, editor and the stellar performance of Simmons, which proved to be a great decision.


The clear disappointment of the year. The characters in this film are so mundane, most of the dialogue sounds like small talk, and the story is just so uninteresting. The premise is okay, and that is the nicest thing I can say about this film. Listening to the lame banter makes you actively wonder why you paid to watch this when you could have just eavesdropped on two coworkers complaining about it being Monday. And as bad as everything was, it was made a lot worse by the performance of Hong Chau, whose performance is ridiculously obnoxious, and honestly a little racist. I can't think of any type of moviegoer that would enjoy this film, so just skip it completely.

The Shape of Water

Like many of Del Toro's movies, I just couldn't buy into it. I found myself not caring about the monster and I didn't buy the romance between it (him?) and the protagonist. It's an okay story about misunderstood and disenfranchised individuals, but in the end, I didn't laugh, didn't cry, and didn't find myself on the edge of my seat at any point during this film. I hesitate to call it "weird" or "strange" because I do appreciate originality, but original doesn't always mean good, and this film is an example of that.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Much like the original, the updated Jumanji is just a fun time. It won't leave a lasting impression on anyone, and sure it could have been better, but it's good for some laughs, has a decent message and a well thought-out story. Good broad humor for the whole family.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I would say Star Wars fanatics would enjoy it, but that doesn't even appear to be true. Episode VIII is filled with holes, bad jokes, and runs very long with very little story development. Most of the film's subplots are inconsequential in the big picture and really only involve stalling, the all-powerful villain is mishandled, and big problems seem to have simple solutions that come off as cop-outs. The only character of interest is Kylo Ren, and in the end, even his story doesn't go anywhere. Not a particularly fun or interesting watch.

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

The fact that this film can at least maintain some sort of interest throughout is only a testament to how great an actor Denzel Washington is. The story is clumsy, the directing is okay, and the supporting performances are forgettable, but Denzel is superb. I feel weird saying a below average movie deserves an Academy Award, but the way Washington carries this film, he absolutely deserves the statue for Best Actor. Otherwise, there is no reason to watch this one.

The Disaster Artist

I'll preface this review by saying I think you need to have seen and been familiar with The Room in order to appreciate this film. Otherwise, it comes off as a strange story and an overly eccentric performance by Franco, rather than an accurate portrayal of story and character. You won't die laughing or be emotionally moved to tears, but it's a well-balanced film that gets an extra bump for doing justice as an homage to a hilariously awful cult classic.


People can be very sentimental when it comes to Pixar's early work, especially when comparing it to their recent stuff, but I'm not, which is why I can say confidently that Coco is the best movie Pixar has ever made. The animation and colors are beautiful, the exploration of culture is done well, and the narrative of death in a kid's movie is handled perfectly. Above all of that, however, is this film's incredibly creative and well thought out story. It's funny, clever, and equally as immersive as the visual spectacle that this film is.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Halfway through this film, I was ready to call it the best film of the year. Then the story started taking wild turns and got a little out of hand, but I will take a messy and original story over a clean and mundane one any day. The dialogue is well written, but it's McDormand and Harrelson's performances that carry this movie. It's dark, its funny and it has a really interesting premise. I am not sure how I would have concluded this unique story, but it seems neither did McDonagh. You just have to take the good with the bad when it comes to this one, and I'm okay with that.

Justice League

I saw this movie for free. I'm glad I didn't buy a ticket because I couldn't buy Affleck as Batman, Mamoa as Aquaman, the Flash's one hundred failed attempts at comic relief, the weak and unimaginative villain, mixed tones or razor thin plot. It's a crime what DC is doing, rushing these films so they can force feed them to eager and ultimately disappointed fans. Things I liked about this film: One action sequence they did, one joke they made, and the fact that it is less than 2 hours long. Otherwise, the only justice served here is the fact that it won't break even at the box office.

Lady Bird
Lady Bird(2017)

I love great coming of age films, and this film is just that. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf are terrific in this funny, charming and grounded film about growing up a girl from a modest family discovering herself and aspiring to more than what is expected of her, and parents making hard sacrifices and letting go. The mother-daughter relationship is complex and portrayed as such, and the friendships seem real and fun. My only problem with the film is the pace, which seems rushed in the beginning and then slows down later. Otherwise, a great small-scale film that has a lot to say.


I'll preface this review by saying I am no fan of Stephen King, I find many elements of his stories random and borderline nonsensical, and this one is no exception. However, the screenplay, direction, and great performances from the kids, particularly Finn Wolfhard, help this movie float. Horror films need to be more than jump scares to be good, and this one is accompanied by a good moral of growth, facing your fears, and has a good amount of humor to make for a really good movie.


This is a slightly above average, old-fashioned courtroom drama that doesn't push the envelope or pack any surprises but doesn't really disappoint either. Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown put on fine performances, while Gad, who I'm not a huge fan of if I'm being honest, does his best to keep pace. This is a solid movie about a subject that deserves to be spotlighted, but not a film that will leave a lasting impression.

Thor: Ragnarok

This film is what Marvel wants to be and what it should be. It's fun, action-packed and quite a spectacle. It's heavy on the humor, light on the story, but I really enjoy how it resolves itself, which has been a major problem for most Marvel movies. Marvel is back on the upswing, if you were beginning to lose faith and patience like me, this one is very encouraging.

Blade Runner 2049

I'll preface everything by admitting I wasn't a big fan of the first Blade Runner. While this film is beautiful to look at, the story could have been told in half of the runtime. The screenplay is really good, though it hits some deep lulls, and the directing is great, but the failure in editing hurts this film greatly.

Murder On The Orient Express

This is a decent watch if you're not familiar with the story. While this film isn't outstanding or special in any way, I enjoy an average murder mystery more than a slightly above average (insert another genre here). Kenneth Branagh puts on a fun performance and the story keeps you guessing like Agatha Christie only can. It's a simple, straight-forward mystery, that would be fun to watch with the whole family.


I can appreciate the symbolism and metaphors rooted within the core of this film, but I cannot figure out what Aronofsky was trying to say with them or why he felt he needed to make it. It starts slow, ends chaotic and stays bizarre in between. Whether this is a social commentary on the fanaticism of Christianity or just an exercise in metaphorical writing it makes only for a below average watch.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

We didn't need another Spider-man origin story, and thank goodness this isn't one. Tom Holland's "Aw shucks, I get to hang with the Avengers" schtick started to get old in Civil War, and gets played out quickly in this film, but there is so much more to like here. The villain isn't a nihilistic madman who simply wants to destroy the world (he actually has a decent motive), Peter Parker's problems are both large-scale and grounded, and most of the characters are likable. Marvel hit a lull for a while, but now seems to be back on the uptick.

Only the Brave

I went into this movie expecting a sappy story with light fratboy humor, but came out absolutely blown away. The performances were great, particularly by Brolin, the characters who are spotlighted are interesting, the dialogue and action sequences are well written, and Kosinski's directing is superb. My only issue is that it runs a little longer than it should, but the film never lost my attention. Truly a suspenseful and emotionally gripping movie.

Battle of the Sexes

My fear was that this film would be too "on-the-nose" and lack subtly when it came to portraying systemic sexism in tennis at the time. While I feel that was true at times, for the most part, it did a really good job at illustrating the struggle of the athletes as well as Riggs' and King's situations specifically. There is far more to this film than the eventual match between Billie Jean and Bobby, and with good performances from Carrell and Stone, it makes for a pretty interesting movie. While it probably isn't one I will recall as great, it was definitely worth the watch.

Baby Driver
Baby Driver(2017)

This film is great in some aspects, but poor in others. Baby Driver gets its fuel from its soundtrack, choreography and directing. The film hits some snags when it comes to acting and writing, especially in developing the characters and the messy final act. If you like great car chases, throwback music, heists, and are okay with an average story then this film is for you. Personally, I wish the writing went a little deeper and was a little cleaner.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman(2017)

This film has some pros, but many cons. Gal Gadot crushes the action sequences as expected, but this film constantly plays one of three hands: One as a comedy with Gadot as a socially unaware Amazon stumbling through a new world, a second as a super hero story in which the villain is vague, not as formidable as he is built up to be, and unconvincingly portrayed by an old man who has no business fighting Gal Gadot, and a third hand as a forced romance between Gadot and Pine. While both actors perform well, the writers really let them down on the comedy, action and romance fronts. While this may be the best DCU movie I have seen, it's probably the last DCU movie I will see.


Christopher Nolan only makes good movies, and Dunkirk is no exception. However, I am used to getting lost and found in his complex ideas and narratives, and in this film he ditches all of that to focus on minute audio and visual details to create ultra-real action and suspense. This is a change from Nolan's previous work, and I do prefer his previous work to this, but I won't let my lofty standards for films he directs bring down this movie, which may be the best war movie I have ever seen.

The Big Sick
The Big Sick(2017)

I can't believe how a traditional rom-com can be so original, but The Big Sick is. The key to this movie is its charm, which it has in spades thanks to the chemistry between Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan. The writing is clever, the story is compelling, and the cast gels together very well. While it's not without some traditional rom-com flaws, this film does a great job keeping them to a minimum. It's also great to see Bo Burnham and Ray Romano at work. This is one of the best films of 2017.

Get Out
Get Out(2017)

This film works incredibly well as a comedy, horror, or psychological thriller. Almost too well as I occasionally found myself wishing it would pick a lane and drive it home. In the end, however, I'm glad it didn't. This movie had too many points to make to keep things simple. Kaluuya and Williams put on fine performances, but Peele proves to be the mastermind, getting every little directorial detail right in what is sure to be one of the best films on 2017.


An incredible true story told very well by Garth Davis and performed wonderfully by Dev Patel and the true star: Sunny Pawar. I work with children, and how you get a 6 year old to act as amazingly as he did is beyond me. It is an interesting and important story than informs and entertains.


This film includes great direction, scoring and cinematography, and stand out performances by Naomi Harris and Ashton Sanders. Despite all of that, and it's relevant and "important" subject matter, it is still the movie equivalent of Rohypnol and left no impression on me at all. The bullying scenes were a little too "after-school special" and fake, and its snail-like pace really tests the audience. This film will get faux love, genuine love, faux criticism and genuine criticism, so it may be hard to determine if you should go see it. I say, unless you have a particular interest, save your time and money.

Manchester by the Sea

This is an incredibly sad tale about sad people in a sad town. It's the typical bone-dry film that critics drool over, but it just didn't leave an impression on me. Casey Affleck's performance is really great, the screenplay is occasionally funny but mostly somber, and the directing is fine. This film is an interesting character study, but one that can lull you to sleep pretty easily.

The Nice Guys

This is a very good buddy cop movie with good performances from Rice and Crowe, and a hilarious turn by Gosling. The story is a bit messy, but the laughs are enough to make up for that. With the fun chemistry between this main cast, I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel.

La La Land
La La Land(2016)

This movie is pure magic. Damien Chazelle has cemented himself as one of the greatest directors alive while Stone and Gosling deserve heaps of credit and awards for their unmatched chemistry and great work in this masterpiece. The writing is great, the acting is amazing, and the score, choreography, cinematography and directing are all off the charts. I tend to favor movies that bend the mind, and this one does not. Instead it chooses to dazzle the eyes, treat the ears, and bend the heart. So glad original movies/musicals like this can still be made, however few and far between they are.


I guess it doesn't take much to make an amazing movie. Just an incredibly original story by Ted Chiang, great directorial choices by Dennis Villeneuve, and a great performance from Amy Adams. The film's pragmatic approach to an alien landing really separates it from other sci-fi films, and then the story hits another gear and separates itself from all other films of any genre. A couple of pacing holes are present but can't come close to bringing this movie down. I have always believed the best films are the ones that have you thinking well after you've left the theater. This is one of those films.

Suicide Squad

It's not nearly as bad as Man of Steel, but it's not nearly as good as a number of other movies you could watch. The plot is paper thin, it gets pretty cliche at times, and everyone's favorite part (Harley Quinn) is the most annoying in my opinion. This is 99% because I feel the coy, goofy, over-confident super hero/villain is entirely too played out, and 1% because of the way Margot Robbie says "puddin." If you're all in on the DC universe, and I don't know why you would be, you'd enjoy this film. If you're not, or if you're like me and are all out of the superhero genre all together, then don't waste your time & money (For the record, I only wasted my time).

The Edge of Seventeen

I'm a sucker for any decent coming-of-age story. Even average ones are time well spent, and this one proves it. The movie isn't as clever as it thinks and more predictable than it wants, but the story is as strong as the great performace put on by Steinfeld. I appreciate any film that can accurately depict some form of social anxiety and clearly illustrate a real, but not overly-dramatic personal struggle, and this film does just that.

Sausage Party

This movie isn't one you will talk about for years to come, but it's a fun watch for a pretty dry time for movies. Some characters (Kroll) get annoying, but this movie stays afloat with some clever food/social metaphors and puns until it goes all out in a final climactic (for lack of a better term) hilarious scene that just needs to be seen to wrap your head around. It's a decent watch, and will always have the distinction of being the first 3D animated R rated film, but that is about it.


This film separates itself from animated films like it with a screenplay that is topical and meta. The animation is nice, the characters are lovable, the story is engrossing and there are some very funny moments. The story's end isn't great, but this is because the beginning/middle of the story raises the bar so high that the finale doesn't quite reach it, so I cannot hold too much against the writers for simply being too good at the start. Overall a great film with a great message for everyone.

Captain America: Civil War

This is probably Marvel at its finest. No lackluster villain who stalls and gets overpowered in the final act, less cringeworthy comedy relief, and an interesting internal struggle that keeps my attention. I do take issue with some simplified themes, but the action sequences and balancing of characters, specifically all in the climactic airport fight sequence, is something to behold. Marvel may be returning to regular comic book villains in the coming features, so you have to enjoy the break from them while you can, I know I definitely enjoyed it here.

The Big Short

Adam McKay does a great job taking a convoluted subject and turning it into a very comprehensible film. All actors do a great job, especially Bale, Carell and Gosling, and the directing is unique with it's cutaways. This film is both funny and fascinating, and while I realize a lot of it is compressed and dramatized, the fact that this is all true (by Hollywood standards, but still this happened to some degree) is stunning.

The Revenant
The Revenant(2015)

Knowing this is an Inarritu film, I assumed the Directing and Cinematography would carry a lackluster story to make for a decent film. The story, however, very much held its own with the outstanding Directing and Camerawork, not to mention the great performances by DiCaprio and Hardy. This movie turned out to be a great and very well rounded thriller.


This movie/story is one that definitely needs to be told, and the acting is great, particularly by Ruffalo, but I would be lying if I said I didn't get really bored at times during this film. It just comes off as a bone dry film for the critics to drool over. The film develops well and is interesting in spurts, but I wouldn't recommend this one for entertainment. Perhaps if you have a particular interest in the subject matter you will enjoy it more than I did.

The Jungle Book

Much like "Life of Pi," this film banks on its visuals, and they are quite pleasant to marvel at. Favreau does a great job directing, the CGI animals are stunning, and Sethi does a good job acting, especially considering he was interacting with nobody, just voices, throughout the movie. The story is okay, but nothing about the screenplay jumps out. I'd rather see a movie that banks on its writing, but that does not mean I, or anyone of any age, cannot enjoy this beautiful film.


Everything I hate about superhero movies is present: Simple plot, fighting inconsistencies, villain who doesn't deliver on his threats etc. So movies like this need something extra to pick up the slack, and Deadpool has a lot extra. The humor, the action, the extreme meta and complete aura of self awareness surrounding not only the characters, but the actors, writers and director, is something completely new. I assumed all of Deadpool's unique characteristics, such as the 4th wall breaking, would be used as a crutch for the film, but it actually turned out to be a fully functioning leg for the film to stand on. A great, funny, and refreshingly different superhero movie.

10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane is a great movie that just doesn't finish strong. I realize that is has to tie into another storyline that is incredibly expansive, but I really wish it didn't. I wish this could have been a stand alone film with a final act that aligned with the rest of the film. Unfortunately it isn't, so what we end up getting is about 4/5 of a great and intriguing film and then a finale that leaves us a bit empty. Other than that, it is a great idea, a great story and a great/creepy-as-hell performance by John Goodman.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Cohen gives a daring and terrific performance in this is hilarious mockumentary that is partly scripted, but mostly unscripted/ridiculous stunts that shock the people they involve. Borat is an edgy film that shows the real America, but in a laugh out loud, side splitting manner. This is a great film.

The Night Before

This is just a fun movie for the holidays, but it isn't going to leave a lasting impression on anyone. It is good for a handful of chuckles, but it feels thrown together rather than fully thought out. In any case, Rogen is in fine form, and this movie isn't too long like a lot of films he's in, I guess since this wasn't directed by Apatow.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

JJ Abrams is very good and knowing what his audience wants and giving just that to them. He is not great, however, because he rarely shows us something we didn't know we wanted. This film derives a lot from the first Star Wars, and just goes along as you might expect, yet it is still very enjoyable because it's Star Wars. The old faces were cool to see, and the new ones do very well. As a standalone film there's nothing great about the plot, directing or dialogue, but the hype, nostalgia and sentiment made this a great movie going experience.

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs(2015)

This is far from my favorite Sorkin screenplay, but a very good one nonetheless. Boyle's direction and choice of using 16mm, 35mm and digital film for the 3 different time periods is great. Fassbender, Winslet, Rogen and Daniels all put on great performances as well. This film only came up short for me because I was expecting something as great as "The Social Network," and this obviously came up short of that, but it is still a great film.


When seeing a big "Brand Name" movie such as Bond, I try to ignore the fact that it is a Bond film and view the story raw. The result? A very forgettable film. Action scenes are exciting, but it is not worth going to a theater and paying money to see a couple fake explosions. Also, Christoph Waltz is misused yet again, as he has been in many recent films. Directors seem to hide him, giving him little screen time and not enough time to fully flesh out a character or, in many of his cases, a compelling villain. Like many brand name products, this film will make a ton of money without offering anything unique or of great value.


I don't think I will remember this movie too well a year from today, but today I do like it. Emily Blunt puts on a very good performance and the story has a unique spin to it. The action sequences create a lot of tension and the directing is very good, I particularly liked the use of infrared and night vision in the final action sequence. Some bits of the movie are overplayed and unoriginal, like the annoyingly coy police character Brolin plays, but some people may like it. This isn't a unforgettable movie, but it is certainly a little better than an average action picture.

Paper Towns
Paper Towns(2015)

This film is not nearly as deep as it thinks it is, and way more annoying than it thinks it isn't. The seemingly forced chemistry and buddy dialogue between the male leads is often cringeworthy, along with a lot of the moments that are supposed to be thought provoking, which end up ringing hollow. Add in the unrealistic plot devices and this movie frustrates on so many levels. Even though this film has its moments, as a whole I'm still not sure why I watched the entire thing.

The Martian
The Martian(2015)

I really like how this film relied more on story than on action and special effects. Goddard manages to keep the screenplay interesting, and sometimes funny, throughout the entire 2 hours and 14 minutes. One of my pet peeves in movies, however, is an isolated man talking to himself and explaining all of his actions as if he knows he is being watched by an audience and is obligated to amuse them. I know that sounds a bit like saying "Hey Matt Damon, be less entertaining," but what I am really saying is that I wish the film's entertainment came from a more natural place. Other than my personal bete noire, the film is very well directed, acted and written. A broad range of moviegoers will enjoy it, I would recommend it to anyone.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

This is actually the first MI movie I have ever seen, but it won't be the last. The trick with action movies is to make the action scenes unique. We've seen car chases and explosions before, and this film has many of those, but it also throws in underwater heists, a man flying on the outside of a plane and some nice humor. Like almost all action flicks, the story itself is not much to marvel at, so in order for an action film to be good it has to make up for it in other ways, which absolutely Rogue Nation does. And despite what people say or think about Tom Cruise, there is no denying that he is a bonafide action star.


Is this just an excuse to get these group of guys and some celebrity guests together? Of course. As a standalone film there is not much here, but as someone who watched the entire series it actually provides much more closure than the series finale did. There are a handful of funny moments, Jeremy Pivens is in fine form as always, but also a handful of pointless bits. I'd say it is definitely worth a watch for fans of the series, but if your not pretty familiar with the story than it is not worth your time.


Ant-Man is sort of a breath of fresh air by Marvel's standards, which have been declining. Its small scale action is fun and unique while its small scale story of saving the world from a dangerous technology rather than a floating city about to be dropped back into Earth is a relief. This movie doesn't escape many of the typical Marvel movie pitfalls: It is heavy on the comedy and light on the suspense, the story has holes and the villain is disposable. Considering the direction in which Marvel has been trending, however, this film is a step in the right direction.

Inside Out
Inside Out(2015)

This is a very rare case of a films idea being greater than the movie, but the movie still being pretty good. Pixar really targets the adults in this picture, but includes some funny moments for children and some really clever moments for everyone. Some parts of this movie are complex, probably too much so for its own good because it does get out of hand at some points, but that is better than being too simple. This film may be overshadowed and under appreciated since it came out on the heels of Frozen and The Lego Movie, and while I consider those 2 to be better films, that is not to take away from how enjoyable this one is.

The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch's performance alone is worth the price of admission, but add in a very good screenplay with a very interesting subject and you get a great film. While I'm sure the story is full of inaccuracies in terms of the actual events of how the code is broken and how certain story lines play out, the film still does a great job informing its audience about great historical figure that many are unaware of.


This movie takes a while to settle in with its grand scale yet tiny scope. There is a beginning, a middle and an end, that's almost the only way to sum up this movie. The acting and directing are good, but I would be lying if I said I didn't get bored at times during the nearly 3 hour runtime. Linklater makes very uneventful but thought provoking movies, and this is no exception. In the end however, I feel like there are better ways to spend 12 years of a directorial career.

Mad Max: Fury Road

The visuals and production of this film are incredibly imaginative. The action sequences are different and fun, and while the story isn't great, it also isn't like many other movies out there. This film's uniqueness sets itself apart from your typical summer action flick.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Like a true Avenger, this movie's greatest strength is also its weakness: its light-hearted and playful tone makes for some fun moments, but they also rob this film of any real depth, emotion or suspense. While Marvel movies are good at being fun to watch with their bright action sequences and lively banter between characters (even during what is supposed to be heated battle), at a certain point it gets old. Throughout the film there is no doubt the Avengers will defeat Ultron, so the interest then lies in how they will defeat him, and the answer is a disappointing "they simply over power him." If you enjoy this Marvel series where the villains emerge with no real interesting motive and are beaten at the drop of a hat, then of course this movie is a must see. I'm just holding out hope that Marvel takes more risks in their future films.

Top Five
Top Five(2014)

This is a very unique and intriguing movie. Chris Rock's social awareness while writing this part-satirical/part-meta screenplay really pays off as it explores the life of reality stars/celebrities and their on and off screen personas. There are some hilarious moments, but "interesting" or "charming" are better ways to describe this movie. The cameos are also very nice. This film is Rock solid work.

The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones put on terrific performances in this depiction of Stephen Hawking's personal life. The film also tries to touch on his professional work, but that doesn't go so well, and that is probably for the best because a biopic about a man explaining Time and Blackholes would put most moviegoers to sleep. A love story about Stephen and Jane, their struggle, and the course of their lives proves to be very interesting though. The screenplay leaves out many portions of the real story, but if you view this film as an interesting story about the trials of Stephen and Jane and the performances of Redmayne and Jones instead of a documentary then you will enjoy it.

American Sniper

This film does a good job illustrating the trauma caused by war and the struggle a soldier can have re-acclimating to normal society. The performances are good, the story is what I expected, and the action sequences were very well done. The pacing of the film, especially in the beginning, is noticeably off, but that's not that big of a deal. This movie met all of my expectations, but in no way exceeded them. Basically, what you see is what you get with this film.

The Interview

This movie teeters on the line of funny and stupid. Franco's character can be really annoying, but I'd be lying if I said he didn't make me laugh out loud a number of times throughout the film. The story is ridiculous and poorly paced, but the funny bits, cameos and controversy around it make it worth a watch.


This movie is worth seeing for the performances. Tatum, Ruffalo and Carell all do great jobs, particularly Carell, who not only looks and sounds like John E. Dupont, but also captures is overall ilk. The screenplay is restricted to factual events, so it is not overly interesting, but this movie still serves as a great character study.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Seeing this in 3D with the HFR is beautiful, and it, along with Martin Freeman, completely carries this film. The shots and effects are great, but can only do so much. In the end this is movie is just one incredibly long action sequence. There is not much else to it story-wise.

Premium Rush
Premium Rush(2012)

This is a solid and fresh movie. It has cool action sequences and a nice story. The casting, other than Gordon-Levitt, is a bit questionable but the fast paced action, interesting story, humor and great narrative come together to form a good movie.

Horrible Bosses 2

This sequel is nearly as funny as its predecessor. The humor isn't very fresh because we've seen these three act stupid, bicker, yell and ramble to get laughs before, but it is still very enjoyable to watch. This film produces many laughs and, unlike the humor, the story is fresh, because it doesn't use the same story as the original (like some other comedy sequels). More Christoph Waltz would have been great, I feel like he was really wasted in this movie. He could have taken it to another level, but the film is still enjoyable regardless.


I don't know where to begin. Nolan has been scrambling brains his entire career, but he has reached another level with this one. Like most Nolan films (most notably Inception) one can see possible plot holes here and there, I even take issue with some parts not being accounted for or explained. However, it is much more enjoyable to sit back and marvel at the spectacle and get lost in the immersive visuals and immersive story. The imagination it takes to direct this film and write its screenplay is beyond me, and the acting is very good as well. This movie is one of a kind.


The first thing you'll notice in this film is the amazing cinematography and directing. The incredibly long shots make this film about a play feel like a film of a play. Keaton and Norton are fantastic, but everyone on screen deserves a lot of credit for making a movie with virtually no cuts look so smooth. The story is bizarre, but also thought-provoking with a lot of humor mixed in. The writing is not this movie's strong suit, and that hurts it, but this one is to be admired for the actors and the cameramen.


This is a very interesting movie thanks to a very interesting performance by Gyllenhaal. His awkward/criminal persona is like no other character I have seen before. His performance is enough to keep me interested, but the story is just as gripping. One could poke holes in some parts, but those parts are easy to forget when considering the great action sequences and the interesting dialogue, especially the parts concerning how the media portrays stories to get the biggest reaction. Overall a very interesting movie.

Gone Girl
Gone Girl(2014)

It is very easy to lose yourself in this film. The story is incredibly interesting, and even though the plausibility of it is shaky at times, it never goes off the rails. The mystery and twists are great by themselves, but the manipulation of the media combined with the search for the truth is the really unique and fun part of this film. The acting by everyone on screen and Fincher's directing are also very impressive. This is one of the best movies of 2014.

Guardians of the Galaxy

This is just a fun summer movie, there is not much depth or complexity in the story, and a lot of the humor does fall flat, but if you just go into the theater not looking to have your mind blown then you won't be disappointed. This is another decent Marvel adventure.

22 Jump Street

22 Jump may not be as good as 21 Jump, but it comes as close as any other sequel comes to outdoing its predecessor. With another decent screenplay, characters that aren't quite worn out yet, and some clever meta-humor, 22 Jump Street ends up being a very fun and enjoyable film.


Frozen is a special movie because it manages to be great despite not being a gut-buster or a tear-jerker. The plot is interesting, with some funny moments and many other heartfelt ones, the characters are lovable, the animation is great and the story has great morals. But what makes this film standout is the great music that will entertain kids and adults alike. Kudos to the great voice actors/singers and songwriters for creating something special.

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

South Park's jump to the big screen is very funny and makes many fine references, but there is a reason TV shows struggle in theaters. The writing usually wears thin due to films having a much longer runtime than TV episodes, and the scale of the stories are way too big and strange, both of which apply to this movie. However, buried in this chaotic mess is an honest message, hilarious moments and some catchy/clever show tunes. South Park is better on the small screen, but holds its own on the big one.


Pixar never fails. Even if you are a stiff as a rock this movie will at least give you goosebumps along with a smile/chuckle. Kudos to whoever created the score.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

This is one of the better action movies to come out in 2014. Even though it fails where most action/sci-fi movies fail; it doesn't quite have plot holes, but rather questionable plot decisions (like how Quick Silver was conveniently left out of the majority of the film because it would have been a short story with him in it). Regardless, the action sequences, particularly the one starring Quick Silver, are great and the dialogue is well written and the actors are very likable. This is a very good super hero movie.


This one left me feeling a little empty. It felt like the movie was building up to something epic, but it never arrived. This film did not make great uses of its 3D, its story, or its title character. As expected, both the acting and the screenplay were subpar. Those shortcomings, however, were supposed to masked by amazing visuals and action sequences, and they just weren't.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

I am not sure if Wes Anderson's latest films are better than his older ones, or if his style is just growing on me, but either way this film is very enjoyable, very unique, very Wes Anderson. Casual moviegoers won't like it, Wes Anderson fans will rave about it, and I feel like I am somewhere in the middle. This film is funny, interesting and quirky, if not a little too quirky at times (but that is just Anderson being himself). Also, much credit to Ralph Fiennes for a fine performance.

The LEGO Movie

I had no idea what to expect going into this film, but wherever my expectations were they were definitely exceeded. The story has great morals and themes and makes a lot of great references. Like Legos themselves, anyone ages 4+ will enjoy this movie. The humor and story is for everyone. The cast is terrific, the animation is impressive and the writing is very clever. This is one of the best, if not the best, "kids" movies I have ever seen.


This is a nice, sometimes funny and very heart-warming movie. It seems strange at times, and the glacial pace can really weigh on the eyelids, but this film ties everything up very well by the end. Neither the acting nor the writing is Academy Award worthy, but they get the job done. An enjoyable watch for a slow day.


The fact that this film makes it seem perfectly plausible to fall in love with an operating system is reason enough to watch it. On top of that, you add a very heartfelt and sometimes funny screenplay, a great performance by Phoenix, and great voice work by Johansson, and you get one of the better movies of the year. Spike Jonze also does a great job styling this film and creating a very interesting depiction of the "not-so-distant" future. This is a great watch.

Blue Jasmine
Blue Jasmine(2013)

Another Woody Allen film, another "meh" movie watching experience. This movie does have its moments, and Blanchett gives a hell of a performance, but overall it was just another flat Woody Allen movie to me. What others find witty and touching about him, I usually find as dull and uninteresting. If you like his films you'll probably like this one. I just cannot get into his movies.

The Wolf of Wall Street

This film works alright as a drama, but great as a comedy. This film runs far too long, but manages to entertain for the entire 3 hours. This film gets way out of hand at times, but that plays right into its hands. This crazy story coupled with great performances by everyone on screen, especially DiCaprio, Robbie, Hill and McConaughey, creates a unique, fun and wild movie. There is very little substance, and of that small amount most is masked by tons of flashy theatrics, but that is not a bad thing in this case.

American Hustle

This is a pretty simple story covered with flashy actors, costumes and make-up. Don't let this con movie con you. I'm expected to believe a British accent and a little white lie can be turned into a multi-million dollar scheme? I just could not buy into this movie, it just felt a bit too hollow. The actors are nice, nice to see Louis C.K, but in the end it felt a bit like style over substance. There is so much going on, yet so little being accomplished. This one really fell flat for me.


This is by far the best movie I have seen in 2013. Cuaron does an amazing job directing, Bullock puts on the performance of her career and the visuals are something to marvel at. This movie is one that needs to be experienced in 3D or IMAX, but what an experience it is! It is easy to get lost in the realism of the story and the incredible cinematography. This film is a must-see.

Dallas Buyers Club

The performances from McConaughey and Leto alone are worth the price of admission, but tack on a great script for a very interesting premise and you have a great movie. This story develops nicely, it is heartfelt with a touch of comedy, and applies to reality when considering the government and FDA's role in the film. This is one of the better movies to come out in 2013.

Silver Linings Playbook

This film is quirky, funny and heartfelt. The story is original and interesting, but does eventually succumb to convention. Through that, however, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence give outstanding performances and the supporting crew does a great job as well. A well done and original movie.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The typical snags of a fantasy/sci-fi/action film are completely balanced out by the stunning visuals and amazing use of HFR 3D. The story is nothing to ride home about, and neither is the acting, although Freeman plays a very likable Bilbo and Cumberbatch really comes through as Smaug. In the end, see this in Imax/3D and just sit back and enjoy the view. The "meh" story may drag you down, but the visuals keep you high.

12 Years a Slave

The actors do a superb job, and so does the director, albeit with some questionably long and ominous shots. The film, however, has its flaws: The screenplay is nothing to ride home about, and the film does not offer anything new regarding the topic of slavery. However, the film's graphic scenes and ultra-realism really leave an impression on the audience. It is not an easy film to watch, but you won't regret watching it.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

This is one of those rare sequels that outdoes its predecessor. Sure, like the first Hunger Games, this film leaves you feeling a little gypped. That fact, however, does not ruin the fun ride this story takes you on. The acting is good, the directing is impressive and the script is well written. This is a great series for kids (though not too young), teens and even has some appeal to adults.

Captain Phillips

It wasn't as good as I expected, but I may have been expecting too much. This is a solid biopic with good performances from Hanks and Abdi, who make the events of the story feel real. I also credit Greengrass for his directing. In the end, however, the story was a bit anticlimactic. The suspense and fine performances are all present, and they make for a good movie. But this should have been a great movie, and it just wasn't.

Don Jon
Don Jon(2013)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut is very original, very funny and very strange. The story starts out stronger than it finishes, but it is fun nonetheless. Despite its somewhat dissatisfying ending the film's acting is good, the directing is solid, and the screenplay is well written. This is a funny and original movie that is definitely worth seeing.


This is an okay comedy. Much of the humor revolves around back and forth passive-aggression and random situations that don't develop the story, but it has its moments nonetheless. I really thought it would be more about all of the bridesmaids rather than just Wiig's character, but regardless she does a good job. An okay, but massively overrated film.

The World's End

There is a fine line between "unique" and "what the hell was that," and this movie toes it. It has many funny moments, a lot of dumb moments, and a strange series of events that lead to an unsatisfying conclusion for me. Despite some wit, this one left a lot to be desired.

World War Z
World War Z(2013)

The whole epidemic/zombie genre doesn't excite me like it does other people, and this film doesn't offer anything new. It has a below average and very short story, slow developing narrative, and prolonged action sequences. Nothing to really get excited about here.


The premise isn't bad, but cliches and plot holes make this a typical okay action/sci-fi film. It can be entertaining at times, but the plot won't surprise you and the acting is subpar. This is an okay, but very forgettable film.

Fruitvale Station

This is a very emotional film that is almost more informational than entertaining. It is a very sad, but true story that needs to be told. The directing and acting is really good, the writer didn't have much flexibility, but also did well with what he had to work with. This is a very good, and informative watch.

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim(2013)

This would be just another cheesy, loud and clunky action movie, but the great visuals and GTX experience manage to make the film a little better. The story is still filled with holes and cliches, but some of the large-scale action sequences are cool. If you like loud action stuff, this one is for you. I, however, am not a huge fan.

Before Midnight

The third installment of this romantic trilogy differs greatly from the first two, and it is for the best. This one is no fairytale, it is far more dramatic as the two characters are hit in the face with reality. Delpy and Hawke really knock it out of the park, even more so than they did in the first two films. Other characters are introduced, tensions are high, and it makes for a really good end to this ultra-realistic love story.

Before Sunset

This film, like its predecessor, should not be as good as it is. I can't believe how an hour and a half of two people talking can be this entertaining. A lot of credit goes to the writing, a lot to the terrific actors, but most to the chemistry between Delpy and Hawke. The film's premise does put a cap on how good it can be, but the film really maximizes the space it is given.

Whatever Works

This film teaters on the fine line between interesting and strange. I may have a different outlook on this movie than other because I am a huge fan of Larry David, but overall the movie was just okay. It is a decent watch if you are in a cynical mood, but I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see it. It has a few moments of intrigue and humor, but it is hardly worth anyone's time.

Before Sunrise

The fact that this movie isn't awful is an achievement, the fact that it is actually really good is amazing. There is nothing more to this film than a series of conversations between two people getting to know each other, and yet it keeps you entertained. The conversations can range from silly banter to profound ideas. But what really pulls this movie together is the superb performances and chemistry from Hawke and Delpy.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)

This is one of the biggest disappointments of the year. The film is poorly paced, the acting is subpar, and the plot holes are bigger than this movie's aspirations. Just some explosions and a horribly put together story.

This Is the End

This is a very unique and very funny buddy comedy. It is a great idea for a comedy and the the entire cast puts on a very funny performance, particularly Franco. This is one of the better comedies to come out in a while.

Reservoir Dogs

A unique directorial debut from a unique (but very overrated) director. Tarantino writes and directs this ultra vulgar/violent film and the cast, particularly Buscemi, puts on a great performance. This film, about the aftermath of a heist rather than the heist itself, tests the trust and loyalty between nine suave criminals. This is a pretty good indie film.

Now You See Me

This may be the worst movie to come out this year. It is a classic case of a pretty good idea gone completely to waste. The writing is terrible, the plot holes are gaping, the acting is horrific and the directing is poor. This is an extremely poorly constructed film.


This film is part love story and part adventure. The entire cast does a great job, particularly McConaughey. It is slow at times, but the story is original and keeps your attention. It is a very understated, but very good movie.

The Hangover Part III

This is better than the second installment, but still pretty bad. There are a couple cheap chuckles, but Galifianakis is incredibly annoying, Jeong struggles to get laughs, Helms is the same and it seems like Cooper doesn't want to be there (and I don't blame him). Also, Epps is misused and Melissa McCarthy just is not a funny person. This film barely met my exceptionally low expectations.

The Hangover Part II

This sequel is way too similar to the first one. Everyone who is involved in the movie seems to try way too hard to re-create the magic they produce in the first movie. This one is very disgusting and more outrageous and just tries way too hard, though it manages to squeeze out a couple laughs.

Star Trek Into Darkness

This movie has great action sequences, a great story and great acting, particularly by Benedict Cumberbatch. I'm not usually a fan of Sci-fi/Action movies, and this one does have some of the typical pitfalls of the genre, but it makes up for it in many other ways. This is an extremely entertaining watch.

Marvel's The Avengers

I usually don't like action/superhero movies because of the cliches and unimaginative endings to battles, which this movie has. However, this film rises above all other action movies. The way the narrative balances all of these superheros and mixes great action with great comedy is sublime. It is a very well acted, written and directed film.

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

I'm no Trekky, in fact I'm not a huge fan of action/sci-fi films, but i really enjoyed this one. It is funny, action-packed, and has a very interesting plot. I enjoyed everyone's performances and Abrams does a great job directing. There are some holes and hiccups that hold this film back a little, but they are nothing I couldn't look past.

The Great Gatsby

This film, while visually entertaining, greatly abbreviates and rushes many parts of the Gatsby story. The Jordan character is greatly minimized, Myrtle's storyline is shortened and even the Nick character is forgotten about towards the end. I really liked the director's vision and ideas, but this film left me feeling unsatisfied.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

I went in with lofty expectations, and they were exceeded. I thought this film would be amazing visuals and no story, but there is actually a great story to go along with the amazing visuals. I laughed more than I thought I would, the story is very emotional, the music is great, and Ang Lee's directing is impeccable. An unforgettable all around movie.

Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko(2001)

The story is a solid psychological thriller that comes together by the end, for the most part. My biggest problem with this film is that you have to subscribe to its strange premise revolving around time travel and tangent universes. It is hard to buy into that world and watch the film through that lens, but that is the only real way to enjoy this movie. I like watching movies through my own lens, a lens that made this movie look a little murky.

Seven Psychopaths

This movie is incredibly unique. The story is so crazy that it works, and even when it doesn't the great cast picks up the slack. This film is dark, tense and hilarious, sometimes all at once. Great performances by Harrelson, Rockwell and Walken and a great screenplay.

Spring Breakers

I went in with low expectation, and they were not met. This film is 1% coherent story and 99% pointless montage. Very little is accomplished in this unorganized fantasy. There are two five minute homages to Britney Spears, and those aren't even the most pointless scenes is the movie. You could sleep through a good portion of this film, and not miss much.


I dislike traditional action flicks, and this is a pretty traditional one. Not much to like here, the story isn't especially gripping and it even gets cheesy at points.


Good movie for kids, I think Russell Brand should permanently move to voice acting. That being said this movie has juvenile humor for juveniles, not for adults.

The Bounty Hunter

Predictable, unfunny, terrible acting, there isn't a real reason to waste your time on this.


This movie just has so many points at which it should end, but it just keeps going and going and it isn't extremely interesting.

College Road Trip

Pretty much what you'd expect. Unless you are watching with a group of elementary school kids you are baby sitting (like me), there isn't any reason to watch.

Safety Not Guaranteed

This is a funny and unique film that keeps you interested until the very end. The story has you wondering where it may go the entire time and the actors are very nice in their roles. Their is not a whole lot more to it, this is just a rock solid film.

Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas(2012)

This has to be one of the worst movies I have seen. It collapses rapidly under its own pretention and ambition. You keep waiting for the story to cohere, and it never does in the far too long 2 hours and 43 minutes it takes away from your life. This film is a jumbled mess of six stories with no depth or purpose. The only intriguing thing is the wide array of characters the actors play, but having Tom Hanks and Halle Berry play 100 different people hardly makes up for this failure of filmmaking.

Gangster Squad

This movie could have been something special, but the direction and writing is off. Though it has some fine moments, the film ultimately falls back on explosions and gun fire to settle things. The cast looks terrific, but they come off as a bit cheesy. This is a film with lots of potential that just doesn't come together.

Zero Dark Thirty

Like The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty has a short message/story, but is very long anyway. BIgelow, however, knows how to keep audiences entertained and at the edge of their seats throughout. Chastain puts on a fine performance, but the best stretch of this film does not include her. It is the incredible raid sequence that makes this movie great. Bigelow and Boal are pretty good at the set up, but they really know what they are doing when it comes to the action.

This is 40
This is 40(2012)

This movies has its laughs, but accomplishes absolutely nothing in its 2 hours. Apatow used to put effort into his films, but now you can tell he has shifted into cruise control. This film is just an orgy of "funny ideas" thrown together by lazy writers who think they are being funnier than they are. Rudd and O'Dowd are great, but they are also wasted in this mess of comedic writing.

Gran Torino
Gran Torino(2009)

This movie could have been great if it weren't for the horrendous acting by everyone around Eastwood and the over exaggerated characters. Despite that, this movies tells a great story about sentiment and culture difference. It has a strong message and is very entertaining.

Django Unchained

The characters are unique and the actors are sharp, but Tarantino's films just don't do it for me. They can be funny and interesting to a point, but the film always gets out of hand and never ends on the right foot. If you like Tarantino's films, this is another one you will enjoy. I, however, have given up on his movies.

Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher(2012)

This movie really surprised me. I thought it would be a simple movie in which Tom Cruise beats everyone up leading to the bad guy, but there was way more to it. It had an interesting story and was a lot funnier than I expected. What most delighted me, however, was how it stayed grounded, unlike almost every other action film ever.


This, the debut of a great film director and writer, is a fantastic movie. I could not believe it was only 70 minutes. The narrative is amazing. The story seems so simple, but becomes very complex and intriguing as the film develops. Christopher Nolan is so good at keeping our intrest while hiding so much from us. A great film from a great filmmaker.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I generally don't like fantasy or action movies, and I could poke holes in this one like any other of the genre. From a pure entertainment stand point, however, this movie is really good. It was funnier than I anticipated and had interesting action sequences. It does have many of the downfalls that plague movies like this, but this film's strengths sort of mask its flaws.

Trouble with the Curve

This is an okay film. The directing, screenplay and acting is all par. Some of the characters are way over the top and the overacting by them is cringe worthy. That being said, this film has some funny and emotional moments. If you don't mind the all too familiar story of "humble underdog takes down arrogant snob" in the most exaggerated way possible, then this movie is for you.


This is the first Bond movie I have ever seen, so I was playing a bit of catch up throughout. What I saw was a movie with good directing and acting, but a too straight forward story. Craig and Dench have great chemistry and Bardem plays a cool, but very strange,villain. This is an entertaining film, but its story leaves a lot to be desired.


This movie is one of the best movies this year. The screenplay is terrific; hilarious when humor is called for, and nail-biting when suspense is needed. The acting is good as is the directing, but this is a story driven movie, and the story does not disappoint. A great overall film.


Visually and intellectually mind-boggling. This one will have you thinking and pondering days, even weeks after you have left the theater. Good acting, great writing, great directing, and a great score make this movie one of a kind.


This film is incredibly original, and very well done. Gordon-Levitt plays a very convincing younger Bruce Willis, and Rian Johnson leads the viewer on quite an adventure. It is pretty funny, very suspenseful and extremely interesting. The wheels start to sputter towards the end, but luckily the film slows and rolls to a stop before they completely come off. A great all around movie.

The Bourne Legacy

As far as entertainment, this movie passes. However, the story is really simple and the action sequences, like in all action films, drag on. I generally do not like action movies, but this one is slightly better than your typical action film...just slightly.


An amazing spectacle, but a dull story. Exotic animals and amazing sights can keep one entertained only so long, and this movie heavily leans on that for two hours and thirty minutes.

The Campaign
The Campaign(2012)

It has its moments, but there is nothing special about this movie. You get typical Will Ferrell over the top humor, a weird Galifianakis character that can only charm you for so long, and a story that gets too ridiculous too fast. The only saving grace was Dylan McDermott, but he doesn't come close to salvaging this movie.

The Royal Tenenbaums

There is some whiff of the golf club with Wes Anderson for me. He is sometimes funny, but what he perceives as humor leaves a lot to be desired. This movie has the makings of a good one, but never quite gets over the hedge. This is just an empty film.

The Dark Knight

A good all around movie. Great performances along with an unconventional plot, thanks to an unconventional villain. It certainly has its flaws when it comes to the story however. Good, but incredibly overrated.

Tropic Thunder

A very unique movie with an unforgettable performance by Robert Downey Jr. The whole cast does a great job, but Downey's Oscar worthy performance elevates this movie to another level. The odd dialogue requires a sharp ear to follow, but is absolutely hilarious if you keep up.

Total Recall
Total Recall(2012)

Somewhat entertaining, but not imaginative or creative enough. This is a very cliched action film with far too many chase scenes and not enough mind games. The stories premise is very interesting and has a lot of potential, but most of it is wasted.

The Amazing Spider-Man

This is a superhero film that doesn't go the extra mile, but it doesn't disappoint either. Garfield, Stone and Ifans put on good performances and Webb does a fine job directing. This film does a great job juggling Peter's family issues, love issues and superhero issues. Looking past the cringe worthy high school scenes, this is a solid film through and through.


Waklberg, Kunis and MacFarlane fight through tons of random pop culture references and cheesy moments to turn in a very funny and even touching movie. The jokes are very much hit and miss, but the ones that hit are worth sitting through the misses. I also thought the story's premise would cause it to lose steam towards the end, but it actually held strong for a solid 2 hours.

Moonrise Kingdom

I dislike Wes Anderson, but I give credit where it is due. This is a very good movie about young romance and individualism. Though their aren't any gut-busting moments, the film provides many chuckles and nice story arcs. It has many of those Wes Anderson themes (that I generally dislike), but also has a fine screenplay accompanied by fine performances all around.


This is a solid family movie. Eisenberg and Hathaway do good jobs and the story will keep children entertained. There is a little here for adults, but don't count on too much and you won't be sorry.

The Dark Knight Rises

If this movie were an EKG, the first hour or so would be a flat line that slowly picks up and eventually starts spiking. It is a solid conclusion to a fine trilogy, but it hurts to see Nolan give into convention. Hardy, Hathaway and Levitt are great additions to the franchise, but the unrealistic, abrupt and even cheesy plot lines are hard to look past.


This is an off-kilter, but good movie. The unique screenplay's quirky/fast-paced humor, along with Murray and Schwartzman's performance, really carries this film. Other than those two aspects, however, there is not much else to this movie.

Lost In Translation

This movie suffers from its uneventful premise, but is elevated by Murray and Johansson. They do a great job portraying the different lifestyles between cultures and generations. Both put on very good performances that really pull this film together.


This movie tells a solid story with a lot of heart. The humor is a little too juvenile for my taste, but kids will surely enjoy it. However, the story arc is too conventional and the mood of the film bounces from serious to humor instead of blending it. It is a good film altogether, but doesn't blow you away like PIxar is capable of doing.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

This movie is rarely funny, occasionally refreshing, but mostly mind numbing and depressing. The humor hits you like an okay joke at a late night comedy club and the story collapses pretty fast. This film is pretty bad, I am disappointed in Carell.

The American President

This is a very good romantic dramedy. Douglas and Bening put on fine performances and display great chemistry. It is Sorkin's screenplay, however, that makes the movie great. Sorkin does a great job every time he picks up a pen, and this is no exception.

Men in Black III

MIIIB is a fun and throughly entertaining film. It is pretty funny, though with some corny jokes mixed in, but also has a very interesting story. Will Smith still has his comedic timing and Josh Brolin plays a young Tommy Lee perfectly. A really fun and interesting movie altogether.

127 Hours
127 Hours(2010)

I value a movie's screenplay more than anything else, and that was this movie's achilles heel. However, this film's great acting, directing, cinematography and score make it really enjoyable. Boyle, Rahman and Franco do great work to bring this unbelievable true story to the big screen.

Ocean's Eleven

A smart, funny, very suave movie with a great cast. The only fault is how calm, confident and coy they are as they rob a major casino's vault, but a great movie once you make peace with the fact that it is a movie, not real.


This is a film with a really interesting story, and good performances by Macy, Buscemi and McDormand. This isn't the Coen brothers best work, but it is a solid movie nonetheless. The Coen brothers, however, seem to have trouble ending their movies, and this one is no exception.

Michael Clayton

This is a movie with an interesting story, but told in a far too dry manner. Even though the story coheres very well, the dull shots and dialogue can lull some to sleep. Not to say you have to be smart to understand it, but the pretensions make this film sort of annoying. Overall, it is mildly entertaining.

The Dictator
The Dictator(2012)

This movie has a handful of laughs and a decent story, but doesn't have you falling out of your seat. This is just a silly Cohen movie to watch when you have nothing better to do and just need a couple laughs. Don't go in expecting too much and you won't regret it.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This movie had a nice, but slow developing story with an awkward conclusion. Rooney Mara turns in a good performance and has good chemistry with Craig. This movie didn't blow my mind, but it didn't totally disappoint either. I just expected more.

Friends With Benefits

This movie tries to make 1000 jokes and about 10 or 15 of them land. It also complains about rom-coms yet follows the exact formula for one. Will Gluck tries to play that "self-aware" card to distinguish his movies, but it is pretty easy to see right through it. Their are a handful of laughs, but overall it is pretty normal.

Dog Day Afternoon

I really enjoyed this film. It does start out better than it ends, but remains interesting enough all of the way through. It is subtly funny and very dramatic. It has a very good screenplay and a great performance by Pacino. I think it was a little too slow developing, but enjoyable in the end.

Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino is a great director, but very overrated. Like many of his films, this one has time-wasting banter, extreme violence, and spins in circles until it finds a conclusion. However, the time-wasting banter is entertaining, the extreme violence in necessary, and the spinning story provides quite the ride. Tarantino is excellent at executing his ideas, I'm just not a huge fan of his ideas.
P.S. Great performance by Christoph Waltz

The Hurt Locker

Real action, real dialogue, and real suspenseful. This film really blew me away. Renner and Mackie put on great performances, and Bigelow does a fantastic job directing. The characters' thoughts and feelings are conveyed very well while the overall realism sets this movie apart from others. An overall terrific film.


Although I didn't care much for the story, Hugo pays tribute to early filmmakers and cinema altogether, which is a very nice feature of this film. The biggest appeal, however, is the great directing by Scorsese and great cinematography. And not to be overshadowed: Cohen, Kingsley, Moretz and Butterfield turn in fine performances.

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

An incredibly original and well thought out movie with a great screenplay and great acting by nearly everyone in the film.

The Social Network

Funny and Dramatic. Great acting along with a near-perfect screenplay by Sorkin. This movie is very well directed, written and edited. Eisenberg and Garfield give Oscar (nominating) worthy performances. Modern film making at its finest.

The Graduate
The Graduate(1967)

The overall synopsis isn't too interesting, but the way it's delivered is. Dustin Hoffman carries this movie with his quirky take on a "drifting" graduate student who decides to spice up his life. The directing, cinematography and screenplay are all great as well.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

The build up in this movie is necessary, but disappointing. There is a lot of fluff in the beginning of this film, but when it hits its stride it becomes great. The climax of this movie is unforgettable and Casey Affleck's performance is terrific. These two aspects elevate this movie to another level.

The Right Stuff

This was a good movie, but had many flaws. There were way too many useless/prolonged scenes that extended the run time to a ridiculous 3hr 13min. That being said, it does have humorous and entertaining moments. It really captures the issues of everyone involved in this risky space mission and does a great job showing the media's influence on these men. Overall it is a decent, but inconsistent movie.

The Hunger Games

The film is a bit rushed, the story has some fundamental flaws, and the actors in smaller roles are really bad. Once you get passed that, however, you are in for a very cool and entertaining adventure. Even though some of the R rated violence isn't shown (in order to keep the movie PG-13), and it has some cliched moments, the great narrative overcomes the flaws to make for a solid film.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

The premise is very interesting and the story is good up until the end when long developing story lines come to an abrupt end. It is the movie's setting, however, that decides the fate of it for most viewers. The dark and disturbing backdrop sets the mood of the movie perfectly, but is also aesthetically displeasing. I think it is a good movie if you are into the dark sci-fi thing, but awful if your are not, and I'm caught in the middle.

Rush Hour 2
Rush Hour 2(2001)

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker have great chemistry, using their differences to their advantage. A good movie if your looking for just comedy.

Rush Hour
Rush Hour(1998)

A very funny film with great character development. Good for a nice balance of action and comedy.

21 Jump Street

A great mix of goofy slapstick, some clever bits, sentiment, and action sequences creates a cool/laugh-out-loud film. Hill and Tatum are hilarious together and kudos to the writers and director for portraying a diverse, modern high school rather than a stereotypical one. The movie doesn't finish as strong as it starts, but is still very funny as a whole.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Though somewhat entertaining, two hours of miscellaneous chaos simply resolved by the inexplicably smart Holmes does not make for a good movie. There is no suspense because no matter the situation, Holmes is invincible. Beyond that the humor is hit and miss and the story is poorly put together.

The Replacements

One of the worst things I have ever had the misfortune of watching. Cliche writing, terrible acting, this movie gets very little right.

True Grit
True Grit(2010)

This movie had a great screenplay and terrific acting by everyone on screen. The action sequences are nothing new and somewhat bring this movie down, but its sharp writing keeps its great from start to finish. Also, it was a lot funnier than I anticipated.

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane(1941)

This is a terrific film. The screenplay is outstanding, the acting is great as is the cinematography, which broke ground evidently. By having many morals ranging from wealth to happiness and getting every little detail right, this film will have you thinking well after it is over. It is widely thought of as the best film of all time. Not in my humble opinion, but I can definitely see why.


The heists and shootout scenes are entertaining, but the story drags itself out for far too long. This film can lull you to sleep as it tries to establish a dark/serious tone (and fails). Also, many story lines go nowhere by the movie's end.


This crew has the balls to make a comedy about cancer and the creativity to make it work. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a great sympathy-deserving victim, Rogen is great comic relief, and Kendrick and Howard do well. It is, however, poorly paced, but a funny/heartfelt story overcomes all to make this a very good movie.

Midnight in Paris

A very original and satisfying film. Owen Wilson does a good job and Woody Allen writes a great screenplay that contrasts a person's life with their dream. He wonderfully illustrates ones unappreciative attitude towards the life and era they live in in a humorous/witty way . This is a nice, fulfilling movie.

The Descendants

This is a decent film with a lot going on. It is kind of funny and decently dramatic, but never quite wowed me in the way that I thought it would. It's an okay watch, but not very entertaining nor interesting.


This film is boring and forgettable. The one thing it does well is develop the Elizabeth character from a light hearted gal into a cold-blooded queen. However, the acting was so-so, the writing was plain and the editing was poor: Several scenes served no purpose but to prolong this mind-numbing bore-fest.

School of Rock

The whole movie is a bit of a cliche and not too funny, but can get entertaining at times. Breaking the fourth wall at the end of the movie doesn't help either.

The Artist
The Artist(2011)

Ambition pays off in this great and intriguing film. The Artist's conveys a great story with body language, visuals, facial expressions and music. Jean Dujardin turns in a terrific performance and Hazanavicius does a great job directing. An overall funny, romantic and dramatic piece of work.

The Godfather, Part II

This is just as, if not more interesting than the first. The depiction of Vito's rise and Michael's fall is nice. Like the first, however, the story is a dull chess match: the strategy is impressive, but it is still a boring game. It is also sad that Brando is not present and Caan only makes a brief appearance.

The Help
The Help(2011)

This is a very well done movie, but it won't surprise you in any way. It's about mistreated black women, the white women who mistreat them, and one woman who defies society. Even though it is exactly what you would expect, there are nice subplots and very good performances that make this movie enjoyable.

No Strings Attached

Predictable, unoriginal, and cliched. This movie is the perfect storm for a bad Rom-Com. It has a couple cheap laughs (one or two) and is cheesier than a bowl of Kraft. It's just another forgettable romantic-comedy.


This movie is great if you are a baseball fan and still very good if you are not. The screenplay is great: It is hilarious and contains a lot of heart. Everyone in this movie, particularly Pitt and Hill, turns in a great performance. Overall, this is not another cheesy sports movie, this is the best sports movie I have ever seen.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

The scenes with Tucker and Dale are absolutely hilarious. The scenes with the college kids, however, are terrible and their atrocious acting is hard to get past. The die-off gags are not funny and, again, the college kids are so bad. Still, Tucker and Dale are hysterical. They overcome the badness of the other actors to make this movie meaningful and extremely funny.

The Godfather

This film had a cultural impact that I may never understand, and my expectations going in (after hearing it was the perfect movie) may have been too high. What I saw was a good movie with great acting, great directing, okay writing and mediocre editing. Good? Yes. Best movie ever? Not in my opinion.


This is an extremely well written movie with an amazing Original Screenplay. It's tough, requiring a good amount of effort to keep up with, but completely worth it. Great acting by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, great directing, and incredible writing, all on a virtually non-existent budget makes this one of the better and most impressive movies I have seen.

The House Bunny

Saw this movie on TV. Laughed once at Emma Stone's awkward character, and that's all. Didn't expect much going in, didn't get much coming out.

Get Smart
Get Smart(2008)

A funny movie that revolves around Carrell and his antics. The story is not great nor does it make perfect sense, but it keeps the movie moving and Carrell keeps the jokes coming. Main fault is lack of chemistry between Hathaway and Carrell.

Ocean's Thirteen

Another great Ocean's. It is smart, funny and interesting. This cast really knows how to make a make a great movie.

30 Minutes or Less

A decent movie with a fair amount of laughs. It starts out very slow and the bad acting by everyone besides Eisenberg is hard to get past, but at the end you don't regret sitting through it. It could have been a lot funnier though.


This movie was actually funnier than i thought it would be. There is no real story, cheap/childish gags, bad writing and acting. If, however, you have have nothing better to do and don't expect a masterpiece, this movie is worth a watch.

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

An interesting look into the celebrity's life and his comeback from being kicked off TV. It isn't as funny as I had hoped, but it stays interesting and keeps your attention throughout.

The Ghost and the Darkness

This movie is unintentionally hilarious with its cheesy lines and horrible acting. Michael Douglas turns in a hilariously bad performance while Val Kilmer is tolerable. The only thing that makes this movie interesting is that it is true (with Hollywood exaggerations of course).


An infectiously nice/insane main character played brilliantly by James Stewart, a great skeptical reflection of the audience portrayed by Josephine Hull, and a great story make this movie one of a kind. It is funny, nice and has a wonderful moral.

A Good Year
A Good Year(2006)

It's a Romantic-Comedy that fails in the romance and comedy department. The story is oddly paced and Crowe seems a little lost trying to play a character in a Rom-Com.

You, Me and Dupree

I debated if this movie was even worth rating, not really. Seth Rogen's brief cameo, as I refer to it as, is the only laugh during the whole two hours


This movie does not take you anywhere nor weave the stories together well. It is just bland story about an epidemic and the precautions/violations the government makes. Very disappointing.

Fast Five
Fast Five(2011)

I really don't like action movies, and this movie is a typical action movie. The story is decent with some funny parts, but the poor acting and cliche action scenes really bring this movie down.

Crazy Heart
Crazy Heart(2009)

A decent film about a man getting his life back, but this cliched story won't wow you. Bridges puts on a fine performance, but this movie is clearly Oscar bait rather than a story for general audiences.

The Night of the Hunter

56 years later the movie is laughable, but once you get passed the restrictions that 1955 put on this film it is pretty good. It all depends on what context you take it in. I think it is a decent film thanks to Robert Mitchum.

Horrible Bosses

This is one of the funnier comedies I have seen in a while. It's a buddy comedy that doesn't have one extremely funny moment, but many little funny things throughout. To go along with the constant humor, there is a very nice story that takes many unexpected turns. A very good movie.

A Simple Plan

A cool, escalating story that keeps getting more and more complicated. The entire cast does a great job, especially Billy Bob Thornton as Jacob. This is a chaotic, but good film.

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Starts fairly slow, but picks up nicely. Carell is funny, as always, and Gosling puts on a hilarious performance. Moore and Stone, even though they are underused, are both funny as well. The writing isn't perfect, but the strong cast makes this a solid film.

Sling Blade
Sling Blade(1996)

A nice story with a masterful performance by Billy Bob Thornton. The movie is very slowly paced, but an enjoyable watch nonetheless.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Segel and Brand really put on a show while Bell, Kunis, Rudd and Hill support them well. A very funny and well written movie.

Up in the Air

A great movie depending on who you are. I can relate heavily to the story's protagonist so I may be bias, but this is a great movie. Good performance by Clooney (obvously).

Austin Powers in Goldmember

Just a goofy, hilarious movie. It is Scary Movie-esque, but much better. I give Mike Myers a lot of credit for playing 4 roles and making those 4 characters the funniest in the movie.

Easy A
Easy A(2010)

This movie has its moments, but it has very few laughs. Despite some nice parts, the film is extremely coy, self aware and annoying. The writers and actors try so hard to make the characters likable that they become extremely unlikable.

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

It border lines a parody, nonsensical movie, but never tips into that kind of stupid comedy. Instead it turns out to be very funny. An immature, but very funny film with a very good cast.

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

The only Toy Story I have seen at an age that I really know what is going on, and I am glad I did. A great blend of comedy, action and emotion makes this one of the best Pixar films ever, and that is saying a lot.


A very enjoyable movie, funny and interesting. The only problem is it may lull you to sleep during some parts but nevertheless a humorous and visual adventure.


This movie is just entertaining. It is not laugh out loud funny and the writing is far from perfect. However, with an intriguing premise for a comedy, Eisenberg's funny acting/narration, and good support from Harrelson, Stone and Breslin, this movie is enjoyable.

Pineapple Express

A good performance by Rogen, a great performance by Franco and great chemistry between them carries this movie. On top of that it is written and shot pretty well.


Entertaining, but not going to blow you away. This movie could have been polished better and conveniently uses its impossibilities to its advantage. If, however, you take it at face value without dissecting it then it is a decent watch.


Ryan Gosling's fine performance cannot overcome this movie's mundane story and dull dialouge. It's a thin plot strecthed over a two hour time span.

Office Space
Office Space(1999)

A great movie, very funny and relate-able. A man who defies the routine of life and gets in a bit of trouble for it. An all around enjoyable film.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

On the bright side, this movie has some nice action scenes. But it is hard to get passed its bad acting, coy/sarcastic jokes and the fact that it is far too long.

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

I first saw this movie in 2011 so i may not be able to appreciate the cultural influence that it has had. But as far as the movie goes it is very interesting with great writing and acting, but left me extremely unsatisfied.


A funny movie that relies heavily on Hill and Cera's acting, and they deliver. The plot is relate-able for high schoolers today.

Grown Ups
Grown Ups(2010)

This movie is funnier than i thought it would be, but still sloppy and story-less. Just a bunch of comedians sitting around and poking fun at one another. Not much (anything) else to it.


This movie starts out very interesting, but ends in a disappointment. It never comes full circle, but just keeps going until it resolves itself. Decent, but don't expect much going into this.


I still can't believe how a movie can be shown backwards and still have suspense and plot twists. It is extremely well written, directed, acted and edited. An amazing all around movie.

Winter's Bone

A decent altogether movie with good acting and writing. However, the movie as a whole is a little too bland and dry for my liking.

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)

A great movie with absolutely great acting everywhere you look, especially by Bale. The song choices for scenes are noticeably off, but that is a small dent in this movie's armor. The cast really captures the essence of a family in distress.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

An all around good movie. It is funny with a nice plot. The story does not exactly come completely full circle and seems to get random at times, but that can be overlooked thanks to great humor and chemistry from Cooper, Helms and Galifianakis.

Despicable Me

Good voice performances by Carell, Segel and Brand, good animation and great writing make this movie funny and original.

The Pink Panther

There is no point to this movie, no moral or story and critics are going to hate it. But it is just funny, funny for people of all ages. Yes their are fart jokes and slapstick but I am not holding any of it against this film. This is one that will make you laugh.

Date Night
Date Night(2010)

Not as good as one would hope with Fey and Carrell. The plot runs thin and the jokes mainly revolve around miscellaneous chaos.

The Blind Side

I don't see the appeal in this movie. A very cliche sports movie with no great acting anywhere, I have no idea how Bullock won an Oscar for this. It is also extremely over exaggerated, even by Hollywood's standards.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Decent, this one actually follows a story which I appreciate, but it is mostly dry with hardly a climax. It is funny at times, but most of the humor consists of visual gags and unrelated comments. Just an average summer blockbuster.

Dinner for Schmucks

Having no real story hurts this movie, but it is extremely funny. Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd are a good pair and make this movie one of the funniest of the year.

Catch Me If You Can

The movie does drag on for longer than it should, but you still don't want it to end. A well written and acted movie. It gets a little out of hand towards the end and is less than plausible at times, but over all a great picture.

The Town
The Town(2010)

Not as good as it could have been. Scenes of people planning a robbery and then pulling it off are very interesting, but there are not as many of those as you would think. There is also little suspense throughout the film.

Slumdog Millionaire

Great performances by just about everyone in the movie and well written. It is a classic cliche of a protagonist fighting all odds through destiny, but at least it is aware of how cliche it is and limits/distinguishes itself. Well written, acted and directed.

Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids(2011)

Not as funny as one would hope, especially with the cast. It is just a decent, yet forgettable movie. It does have a nice story with very likable characters and is written well.

The King's Speech

Superb acting and great directing make this movie great. The movie does seem to have some prolonged scenes, but they are great because we get to watch Firth and Rush's masterful performances.


At first this movie, particularly its dialogue, is unique and funny. Then it goes on making similar coy, smug and self aware remarks and "jokes." It starts out interesting but gets increasingly annoying along the way.

Exit Through The Gift Shop

A very interesting documentary or well thought out hoax. Either way it is definitely worth a watch, very intriguing.

Ocean's Twelve

The worst Ocean's yet, but an Ocean's non the less. When this cast comes together they can practically do no wrong. The writing is awful, and you'll see why, but the actors have great chemistry.

Hot Tub Time Machine

A pretty funny movie that is well put together. I did not expect to take this movie very seriously, but it is a full story full of laughs.

Extraordinary Measures

Poor acting by Frasier and Ford, no real focus on the disease that the kids suffer from and many pointless scenes that seem to just extend the movie and do nothing else.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo(2003)

A great all around movie. Great performance by Ellen among others and kudos to the writers.

Rush Hour 3
Rush Hour 3(2007)

A bit late and nonsensical. Do not go into this movie expecting a great story with great acting. Instead it is a fun comedy with very funny moments.

The Tourist
The Tourist(2010)

Not good at all. Just nonsense with fancy dresses in a nice country. Do not count on good directing, acting or writing.

Little Miss Sunshine

A great mix of drama and comedy. Being realistic and relate-able always works for a movie, and not many movies do it better than this one.

I Love You, Man

The movie is very unique and doesn't rely heavily on its premise. Good chemistry between Rudd, Segel and Jones makes this movie.

Role Models
Role Models(2008)

A decently funny movie with a nice plot. It seems like you can pair Rudd with anyone and it would make a nice match, in this case with Sean William Scott and Jane Lynch. A solid, and a little sappy, movie.