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Lucy
Lucy(2014)

A great premise and strong first act wasted. The film needed to be at least an hour longer to flesh out its ideas; instead, it just devolves into an action-filled mess that has been the hallmark of Besson films of late.

Frozen
Frozen(2013)

Doesn't quite reach the heights of past Disney masterpieces, but it is easily the most entertaining animated Disney film in a decade (not counting the Pixar movies).

Now You See Me

Highly entertaining popcorn magic flick

The Last Stand
½

Nothing wrong with this movie...but not a whole lot right either.

Despicable Me 2

Solid family flick...and the Minions are still hilarious.

The Lone Ranger

Decent, but missing the magic that made the first Pirates of the Caribbean so good.

42
42(2013)

Decent but won't make list of classic baseball films.

The Hangover Part III

Applaudable for pushing the story of the series forward, but not a whole lot of laughs. They should have quit after striking gold on the first one.

The Liability

A waste of Tim Roth's time. Worried more about being cool than telling a good story.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)
½

Entertaining film that kicks off the summer movie season in style. Definitely the wittiest of the franchise, it still doesn't match up to Avengers and I still feel that Marvel Studios consistently puts out good (but not great) films. 3D wasn't really worth it.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
½

Compelling subject told with great skill. What I loved about this movie is that it not only teaches you a lot about sushi, but also about how to be successful.

The Croods
The Croods(2013)
½

Surprisingly entertaining and inventive. The visuals are also stunning, and naysayers of 3D may rue the fact that the effect is uniquely suited for animated film.

Oz the Great and Powerful
½

James Franco does not camp it up very well, as his Oscar hosting gig and this performance shows. However, the rest of his performance is perfectly entertaining, just like the rest of the cast and the movie as a whole.

Wreck-it Ralph
½

Might not resonate as much for today's teenagers, but those that were around for the games the movie pays tribute to will love it.

Les Misérables
½

Good craftmanship and acting, but about 20 min too long...

A Good Day To Die Hard

Easily the weakest of the series. Has moments of entertainment, but there's a reason why Fox is releasing it in February. While the series has always stretched the audience's capacity of suspending disbelief, this entry kicks it up a notch; taking out an F-35 with a semi is nothing compared to some of the stuff that happens this time around.

Django Unchained
½

Tonally uneven at times but easily Tarantino's best film since Jackie Brown. His swagger and style is in full force, as expected, but what is unexpected is that he would be able to concoct a story as epic as the ambition that led him to break up Kill Bill into two movies. Still about 20 minutes too long though.

Pitch Perfect
½

A decent mash up of "Bring It On" and "Glee".

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Words can't describe how bad this movie is.

Total Recall
Total Recall(2012)

Serviceable remake.

Zero Dark Thirty

Not a bad movie, but not a great one either. For a story touted as "the greatest manhunt in history," it sure didn't feel like it; to me, the narrative thread didn't do a good enough job making the audience experience the effort and frustration of a decade of searching for Bin Laden. That being said, there are some brilliant and tense scenes/sequences, and James Gandolfini was superb.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
½

Audiences may be put off by the pace, as this film takes its time setting up the trilogy. But once it gets going, it's right up there with the rest of the series.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows(2012)

Has moments of cleverness, but overall a disappointing addition to the Burton-Depp canon.

Lincoln
Lincoln(2012)

Deep, entertaining, and requires multiple viewings to catch all of its subtleties. Excellent acting and craftsmanship all around.

The Bourne Legacy

A moderately entertaining movie that doesn't reach the heights or the emotional impact it was reaching for. Kudos, however, for making an honest effort to make Rachel Weisz' character intelligent...just like the female lead in the original Bourne novel.

Argo
Argo(2012)
½

Slow burner that masterfully keeps the suspense level sky high. Ben Affleck proves again that he is a legitimately top-notch filmmaker.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Had its moments but does not reach the heights of the Sam Raimi version.

The Expendables 2
½

Absolutely ridiculous...ridiculously awesome. Loses half a star for shortchanging Jet Li.

Safe
Safe(2012)

A great movie by Jason Statham standards...a hardboiled thriller that delivers the action that you've come to expect from one of his movies

Looper
Looper(2012)
½

Good movie that loses steam with an ending that doesn't necessarily feel like the logical choice. The film also floats somewhere between the quirk and romanticism of The Brothers Bloom and the hardboiled Brick, both better movies that Rian Johnson's 3rd effort. Still worth seeing though.

Prometheus
Prometheus(2012)
½

Visceral cinema experience that proves that Ridley Scott is still a master filmmaker. My only complaint is that Damon Lindelof-written films always hint at huge ideas but don't go explore them to any depth, and Prometheus is no exception. That being said, a way better addition to the Alien Saga than AVP.

Battleship
Battleship(2012)
½

Idiotic fun...go into it with zero expectations and you will be entertained.

Men in Black III
½

For a third movie in an unplanned trilogy, it is an amazing movie...it's not quite as funny as the original, but it manages to add to the overall story of the franchise and packs a powerful emotional punch.

The Cabin in the Woods

Decent horror sendup, but Scream it ain't.

The Hunger Games

A lot better than I expected, but still loses a lot of the big psychological ideas that The Lord of the Flies and Battle Royale explored.

Ted
Ted(2012)

Uneven and definitely reeks of Seth Macfarlane's TV roots but still very, very funny.

The Raven
The Raven(2012)

Atmospheric and tense thriller that boasts strong dirdction and storytelling but a surprisingly ho-hum performance from John Cusack. Go into it expecting a really good B-movie and you won't be disappointed.

Appaloosa
Appaloosa(2008)

Passable western movie that tries to reign in a new generation, but ends up feeling dated.

The King's Speech

A gut wrenching drama that's well done in every conceivable way, and more enjoyable upon repeat viewings.

John Carter
John Carter(2012)

Surprisingly entertaining. Although it was about 30 years too late to be "groundbreaking", it's too bad that the franchise likely will not continue.

Safe House
Safe House(2012)
½

Decent (but hardly extraordinary) thriller.

Snow White and the Huntsman

A miscast heroine, busy plot, lack of character development, and too much effort on duplicating Lord of the Rings ruined an interesting idea and entertaining performances from the dwarves.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
½

While it doesn't reach the heights of the original, and is about 30 minutes too long, it is a thrilling and satisfying conclusion to the original trilogy. Those that are not big fans of the series will probably have a hard time keeping up with all the twists and turns of the plot (and several subplots), but for die-hards this will more than make up for the lack of story in Dead Man's Chest.

Marvel's The Avengers
½

Takes a little while to get going but when it does, it is awesome. Lots of humor, good action sequences, and Mark Ruffalo brings an interesting twist to Bruce Banner.

Red Tails
Red Tails(2012)
½

A movie that is significantly less than the sum of its part. Individual scenes were generally okay, but I don't know if anyone ever thought about how to string scenes together to make sequences. The Tuskegee Airmen deserve much better than this.

Let the Bullets Fly

A crazy, bold movie. Has large stretches of insanity, and for most of the first two acts you have no idea what's going on; however, it's strangely entertaining and definitely worth a watch.

Contraband
Contraband(2012)
½

Serviceable crime flick that could have been great. For each interesting story/character twist, bad writing brought it back down. The third act was also pretty ludicrous.

The Darkest Hour
½

Not as bad as its reputation, but not all that great either.

Underworld: Awakening

Far too short to generate any kind of emotional heft.

The Muppets
The Muppets(2011)
½

Nostalgic, safe, and not enough moments of comedic genius to keep me entertained.

Confessions (Kokuhaku)

One of the most brilliant and amoral films in a long while. While it's hard to like a movie where just about every character is completely despicable, it is also extraordinarily well made and acted. The extreme characters also seems to promote positive morals and ideas through reverse psychology; at least I hope that's what it is, because otherwise everyone involved is going straight to hell, ha.

Like other disturbing classics (such as Oldboy and Requiem for a Dream), it's worth watching. Just don't expect to be buoyant with joy after it's over.

Act of Valor
Act of Valor(2012)

A pretty good movie that suffers from clunky direction and editing. While I was prepared for wooden acting by the non-actors, I expected more technical skill from the crew. The action sequences had no geography so you have no idea who's where, which is an even more egregious flaw considering that you have real Navy SEALS executing real tactics. That being said, throughout the film there were flashes of brilliant moments that really showed how good the movie could have been.

This Means War
½

Has a completely ludicrous story and some eye-rolling moments, but also has several laugh-out-loud moments. Overall an entertaining flick

The Secret World of Arrietty

Not a bad movie but it is easily the least ambitious Hayao Miyazaki story since his work on Lupin.

The Artist
The Artist(2011)

One of the best movies I have ever seen. Just like Black Dynamite did for blaxploitation movies, The Artist walks the fine line between an homage and a spoof of classic Hollywood. Wow.

Haywire
Haywire(2012)
½

Well made, well composed crap. To say Gina Carano can't act is a gross understatement, and to say that the story is weak would be giving Soderbergh and his screenwriters too much credit. What a waste, as Soderbergh clearly shows that he can pace action sequences well.

Bunraku
Bunraku(2011)

Stylish movie, terrible narration, boring story, and -1 star for Gackt's terrible acting.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

A half-hearted film that is saved by Rooney Mara's amazing performance. David Fincher knew he was working with a future star when filming The Social Network. Unfortunately, his admiration for her talent kept him from making a good movie. Instead of making an edgy, pulpy thriller, we got a star vehicle for Mara that forgot about the rest of the cast and story.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

An entertaining but more somber and less original film; Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are still great as Holmes and Watson (with great assists from Harris and Fry) but I think the film missed some opportunities along the way. All in all, good enough to warrant a third installment but could have been more.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
½

Entertaining movie that finally brings the team concept back to the franchise. Brad Bird's first live action film is a little too clean, though, and could have used more style.

Fright Night
Fright Night(2011)
½

Supremely entertaining B-flick with a pitch perfect performance by Colin Farrell. Campy, but awesome.

The Debt
The Debt(2011)
½

Well-acted, mildly exciting thriller that never quite gained enough momentum to be overly entertaining.

Winnie the Pooh
½

A pleasant and simple movie that isn't even ambitious enough to be called a glorified TV episode. But it's a great lazy day movie.

Cars 2
Cars 2(2011)
½

An extended tv special...but still a pretty good one. However, it doesn't measure up to the excellence we've come to expect from Pixar.

Drive
Drive(2011)

Interesting movie and well done but lagged in the third act.

Killer Elite
Killer Elite(2011)

Another typical Jason Statham movie, minus the fun.

50/50
50/50(2011)

Like Funny People, but better.

Puss in Boots
½

A hilarious and energetic homage to the Western genre. While Banderas and Hayek have tread this ground before, their performances were spot on and thoroughly enjoyable. I was skeptical about sitting through a whole movie with what seemed like a one-trick side character, but the Dreamworks team proved me wrong. I can't wait for the sequel!

Attack the Block

A surprisingly entertaining movie that might be one of my favorite movies of this year. Basically a live action graphic novel that had a ton of suspense and a great arc for the main character, Moses.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
½

Not the funniest movie I've ever seen, but still pretty hilarious.

Moneyball
Moneyball(2011)
½

Quite possibly the best performance of Brad Pitt's career. This is the first time that I can think of where he played a normal person and completely disappeared into the role. The direction was good and stayed out of the actors' way, and the writing, as expected, was fantastic.

The Three Musketeers

A movie that, surprisingly, would have been better without Milla Jovovich. The rest of the cast was game, but the movie never really took off. Like Anderson's previous 3D effort, Resident Evil: Afterlife, the 3D for this film was well done.

Real Steel
Real Steel(2011)
½

Not a bad movie, though cliched. Hugh Jackman still isn't picking projects that live up to his acting skills, but this is still way better than Swordfish. I wish the ending wasn't such a rip off of previous movies though.

Warrior
Warrior(2011)

Easily the best movie I've seen this year. It has great fight scenes, great drama, and, as all great movies do, outstanding performances from its supporting cast. I wouldn't be surprised if Nick Nolte gets a dark horse nom for Best Supporting Actor. And Tom Hardy is electric as always; I can't wait to see him as Bane in the Dark Knight Rises.

Sucker Punch
Sucker Punch(2011)

Awesome effects and action sequences, tied together by a dumb story.

Season of the Witch

Not as bad as I thought it would be, but that doesn't make it a good movie either.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Not quite as good as some of the critics touted it to be, but it is much better than what I imagine most people expected. Freida Pinto and James Franco are under-utilized, but Andy Serkis and the folks at WETA once again prove that no one does CG mammals better or with more emotion.

Friends With Benefits

Funny romantic comedy that features very likable performances all around that proves that chemistry is more important than story in this genre. Justin Timberlake continues to surprise as a decent actor, and Mila Kunis is dynamite. It's ironic that Jenna Elfman plays a supporting role as Mila seems to be her generational successor.

Captain America: The First Avenger
½

A fun, briskly paced summer blockbuster. Joe Johnston has never been a visual virtuoso in big budget blockbusters (case in point: Jurassic Park 3, The Wolfman), and the same goes for this pic. But what he does get right is the look and feel of idealized American nostalgia.

I don't think any of the comic book films released since Marvel took control of their franchises have risen to the heights of Spider-Man 2, but they have all been consistently good and I can't wait for more.

Cowboys & Aliens

Not a masterpiece, but still an entertaining movie with just enough comedy, action, and pacing. Daniel Craig was solid as the lead; I can't see Robert Downey Jr. in this role. It was also nice to see that Noah Ringer isn't a half-bad actor when he's not in an M. Night Shyamalan movie.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
½

A fitting end to a remarkable series. The film has the same issues that I had with the book - namely an anticlimactic ending (when it builds up over 7 books and 8 movies, it's almost inevitable) and unnecessary epilogue. That being said, the rest of the movie was extremely entertaining and moving. Like many have said, it's remarkable that the three main actors have grown up and developed into performers that can carry such a huge movie.

Space Battleship Yamato

Disappointing movie from a talented director and cast. While Japanese cinema is historically melodramatic, many stories are able to carry the over-the-top acting and emoting. Unfortunately, that is not the case with this film; the protagonist and supporting characters simply are not developed enough for the audience to root for them. This movie also (surprisingly) disappointed on the technical side; after the stunning effects of "Returner" and the "Always" series, the CGI in this Takashi Yamazaki film is second-rate.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The most epic action movie I have ever seen. Michael Bay put every ounce of his considerable pop filmmaking talent into this one, and literally made my jaw drop. Statisticians have noted recently that the novelty of 3D seems to be wearing off for moviegoers, but "Dark of the Moon" will likely bring it back to life. I hope this is Bay's last action film, as he promised, because I don't think it can be topped.

The Tree of Life

Terrence Malick once again brings breathtaking visuals to the screen, and The Tree of Life has some stunning sequences, but in the end what he has to say about life isn't all that interesting. That being said, the sequence that compared the creation of the universe to the creation of a single human life was mesmerizing.

Source Code
Source Code(2011)
½

A great movie with a meaty story that finally gives director Duncan Jones a chance to shine. I wish more movies were like this one.

The Mechanic
The Mechanic(2011)
½

Decent B-Action flick until a stupid, unnecessary ending leaves you on a sour note.

X-Men: First Class

Pretty good in the same sense as Star Wars Episode III - entertainingly shows us the back story, but doesn't bring anything new to the franchise.

Super 8
Super 8(2011)
½

Probably won't reach the "classic" status of E.T. or Goonies, but Super 8 is still an extremely entertaining movie and the best of this mediocre early summer season. JJ Abrams did an amazing job writing/directing realistic performances from the child actors.

13 Assassins
13 Assassins(2011)

Takashi Miike has always had style to burn, but with 13 Assassins he finally puts his talents to a story with depth. It was amazing how quickly and effectively he was able to depict evil in the first act of the movie; you couldn't help but root for the 13 samurai. Awesome.

The Hangover Part II
½

The jokes are still funny, but felt more forced due to the filmmakers' commitment to keeping the same storyline as the first. While Hangover Part 2 was never going to have the surprise factor that put the original over the top, having events unfold in nearly the same way made it feel like they were hedging their bets.

No Strings Attached
½

A completely cookie-cutter story but Kutcher, Portman, and the supporting cast were all very likable. Coupled with Ivan Reitman's halfway-raunchy style, it made for a surprisingly entertaining romantic comedy.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The fourth entry in the franchise corrects some of the mistakes from the last two, namely highlighting the idea that Captain Jack has a plan. What "On Stranger Tides" fails to do, however, is balance this with the zany, over-the-top fun that the first three always had. That adds up to a relatively boring movie experience, and I don't know if the franchise will survive long enough to find that balance again.

I Am Number Four
½

Entertaining action flick, though the villains were a little weak. Worth watching.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

I can't believe this is from the same director as "Exorcism of Emily Rose"...this movie plods its way through a boring story and relies far too much on alien powers that exist only to help overcome obstacles.

The Green Hornet

Decent super hero flick that had some genuinely funny moments but didn't fully flesh out its theme.

Takers
Takers(2010)
½

Too much plot, not enough character development. The cast did a decent job with what they were given, but T.I., who also produced the film, does not have the acting chops to carry a major action role. The chase sequence with Chris Brown wasn't bad though.

Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids(2011)

Not a bad movie and definitely had some laugh out loud moments, but I'm just not personally a fan of the "funny because it's uncomfortable" type of humor.

Thor
Thor(2011)
½

Marvel's done it again. Although the choice of Branagh to direct a megabudget action film seemed insane, it all makes sense now as this introduction to Thor is extremely Shakespearian. Some filmgoers will probably criticize it for being too efficient in plowing through volumes of backstory, but you can't yelp but admire the fact that it was funny, entertaining, and well-executed film that managed to not cross the line into cheesiness. Here's to hoping for a sequel, so that we can get the royal rumble that everyone is undoubtably waiting for.

For Love of the Game

Just your standard, well-made, decently acted sports drama. Honestly, I give the film an extra star because Kevin Costner actually looks like a baseball player (which he was in college).

Fast Five
Fast Five(2011)

Easily the best in the series since the original. As most critic reviews have noted, this one does not attempt to show you something new in the underground racing scene. Instead, it takes the spirit of the franchise that we have come to like so much (mainly cars, girls, and bravado) and applies it to a heist flick. The end result is a good summer movie - entertaining and full of escapism action.

The Eagle
The Eagle(2011)
½

Decent B-flick. Channing Tatum had a hard time holding an accent, and it could have used some more character development between the two leads (Tatum and and always very good Jamie Bell). All in all a movie worth seeing...once.

Hanna
Hanna(2011)
½

An interesting artistic effort that probably seemed better on paper than the final product. Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana give good performances but in the end it failed to sufficiently entertain, intellectually stimulate, or emotionally hook the audience. Worth seeing once, but after that it will most likely become a film school analysis.

The Lincoln Lawyer

The best kind of Spring/Fall release; it's not as action-packed as a summer blockbuster, nor will anyone mistake it for an awards contender, but it is an entertaining story and features solid performances from its lead and supporting actors. It was also jice to see McConaughey in a more serious role after a decade of comedies.

Paul
Paul(2011)

If Adam Sandler was British and still in his SNL/Happy Gilmore prime, he might have written a movie as funny as this one. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's take on American-style potty humor made me laugh harder than any movie I've seen since The Hangover. Although his live action gigs have been hit or miss, Seth Rogen proves once again that he is a smart comedic actor with perfect timing...even if we are sick of seeing his face.

The Tourist
The Tourist(2010)

Not as bad as its reputation, but nowhere near the greatness you'd hope for from a Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie pairing. It falls somewhere in between Charade and its terrible remake, The Truth About Charlie.

Tangled
Tangled(2010)
½

Solid Disney flick, but the songs, action and humor lacked the timelessness of Disney's best musicals.

The Next Three Days
½

Decent thriller that falls just short of being good. Decent performances all around, had some great moments (one in particular between Russell Crowe and Brian Dennehy), but it just felt like something was missing. I think that "something" (without spoiling any details) was the failure to make the audience truly root for the main characters.

The Adjustment Bureau

Solid, entertaining thriller that is taken to another level thanks to the chemistry between Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. I have a feeling audiences are going to fall in love with the two leads, though the movie really deserves credit for giving all of its characters charm. The "adjusters" really could have been cold, soulless, and boring, but the filmmakers were too smart for that. Don't be fooled by the TV spots, though; the mind-bending issues are plot points to create obstacles for the two leads, nothing more.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)
½

The film doesn't quite reach the perfection that the main character and the actress that played her achieved. That being said, the uneven first hour had flashes of brilliance, and the last act was genius. Aronofsky is a helluva director, but overall it's too uneven to win Best Picture. I don't think anyone will be mad when Natalie Portman wins though.

Unknown
Unknown(2011)

Wasn't great, wasn't terrible (except for some CG shots at the end). Acting/directing/cinematography was competent except for January Jones. She's gorgeous but not a very charismatic. Bonus points to any movie with Bruno Ganz though.

127 Hours
127 Hours(2010)
½

Amazingly entertaining for essentially a one character movie, much more so than Cast Away or Buried. Danny Boyle and the writers did a good job of showing his inner thoughts without making them feel forced, I think mainly by not really showing polished, fully formed thoughts. It is also amazing how much Boyle's sense of style can pump up the excitement as well.

The Social Network
½

A lot better than I expected it to be, though it really is more a character study than a look at a social revolution. I don't really see why it was sweeping all the awards, though, before The King's Speech stole it's thunder.

True Grit
True Grit(2010)

Another quality film from the Coen Bros with great performances by Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges (just like the John Wayne version, the other characters don't have much depth). Which leads me to the question that must be asked of all remakes - was it necessary? I'm gonna go with no on this one, even though it was very entertaining.

Buried
Buried(2010)
½

A pretty good performance by Ryan Reynolds in a well-made thriller. The movie lagged a bit in the second act as can be expected, really, considering the story limitations of a single character in a single location. In the end, I'm glad I saw it but probably won't watch it too many more times, if any.

The Kids Are All Right
½

A pretty good film about domestic life, with solid performances all around and an exceptional one by Mark Ruffalo. I felt the film tried too hard to establish Annette Bening and Julianne Moore's relationship in the first act.