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Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim(2013)

Pacific Rim largely benefits from its impressive and pretty awesome visual effects and action sequences, but it suffers from a lack of originality, cringe worthy dialogue, and extremely wooden acting. The definition of style over substance.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Builds greatly upon the first terrific installment in this new series and is just as action packed and emotionally satisfying that it needs to be to make this one of the best movies of 2014 so far.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)

Iron Man 3 is the strongest entry into the Iron Man franchise. Its the funniest out of all of them and the most technically advanced. The visuals are spectacular, Robert Downey Jr is still Excellent as Tony Stark, this is the perfect way to begin the summer season.

The Usual Suspects

What can really be said about The Usual Suspects? Its beautifully shot, stunningly well acted but thats really thanks in part to Kevin Spacey's masterful performance. Its one of the most simple movies you'll ever experience with some of the greatest plot twists in movie history.

Casablanca
Casablanca(1942)

You want a good romance movie? Well here you go, one of the greatest films ever made and one of the greatest films I've ever seen. Casablanca is an undisputed masterpiece of a film featuring two of the best performances you will ever see from Bogart and Bergman. If you haven't experienced this film yet....just...no

Once Upon a Time in the West

One of the best epic westerns ever made. Stunningly well made and acted, this is one of the most memorable westerns you will ever experience. Oh and the score is awesome as well, so thats a very nice added bonus.

The Silence of the Lambs

Definitely one of my favorite films of all time. The Silence of the Lambs is a masterpiece that is instantly quotable, fantastically directed, beautifully filmed, and perfectly acted from Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. Although not for the feint of heart featuring bloody violence and psychological scares, The Silence of the Lambs is a must see film.

The Matrix
The Matrix(1999)
½

The Matrix is a revolutionary Sci Fi film because of its imagination, its visual effects, and altogether just awesome action sequences that were the influence to action movies for years and years to come. If you haven't experienced The Matrix yet, do yourself a favor and change that.

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump(1994)

Forrest Gump is an extremely iconic and revolutionary film featuring a fantastic and overall very sentimental performance from Tom Hanks. Forrest Gump is a masterpiece if there ever was one with some of the best humor and drama you will see in a film. Its a film with a heart, and thats something.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

The Best Star Wars film in the franchise. You have to see it to believe it. If you haven't seen the film by now, why are you reading this review? Go watch it! Now!

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
½

Star Wars will always remain one of the greatest Sci Fi films of all time. Its ambitious, visually impressive, and altogether quite extraordinary.

GoodFellas
GoodFellas(1990)

One of the greatest gangster films ever made, featuring 3 center star roles all perfectly cast and executed. Gleeful violence and shocking vulgarity show that Martin Scorsese is a director who knows how to make film look and sound beautiful without going too far and showing just enough.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a modern spectacle of a movie. Featuring one of the greatest performances of all time from Jack Nicholson, the movie soars to heights that are unimaginable. A true masterpiece.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Return of the King, the final installment to Peter Jackson's epic trilogy is emotionally powerful, visually spectacular, and altogether breathtaking. One of the greatest trilogies of all time comes to the best ending possible to one of the best franchises ever.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Two Towers is 2nd fantastic installment into the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Although it might not be as good as the 1st, its one of the best sequels ever made featuring large action set pieces, emotional dramatic storytelling, and leaving you wanting only the best of the best from the final installment in the epic trilogy.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring is a masterful start to one of the greatest trilogies in the history of cinema. With awe worthy special effects, great performances across the board, and a tremendous soundtrack, Peter Jackson proves that he was the one and only choice to create this fantastic start.

Schindler's List
½

Schindler's List is definitely a well made and effective movie that will get to you. Maybe I just viewed this film in a bad mood or on the wrong day, but it didn't surpass my expectations that people had set so high for me.

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

This truly is one of the most dramatic, thrilling, courtroom movies that you will ever see. Its fantastically acted, tremendously written, and definitely a classic film that you should watch over and over because its just that good.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Truly one of the greatest westerns to have been created with one of the greatest scores in the history of cinema. Its a shame that we don't get as many westerns as great as this one these days.

The Godfather, Part II
½

This is a fantastic sequel to one of the greatest films ever made. Although it may not surpass its predecessor, its still a fantastic film that deserves multiple viewings for the performances alone.

The Godfather

Truly a Masterpiece of class, violence, acting, and overall direction. This is how you make a true to the novel movie going experience. If you haven't seen this film by now, you must have been living under a rock. See this movie!

Welcome to the Punch
½

Welcome to the Punch is a little more interesting than most cop films, but thats thanks to the performances from James McAvoy and Mark Strong. But its thinly scripted, poorly paced, and so so boring.

Elysium
Elysium(2013)
½

Elysium really does shine in a year of some mediocre Sci Fi movies, minus Star Trek Into Darkness. It features a fantastic performance from Sharlto Copley, which was definitely the highpoint of the film for me, some great action sequences, and a really intriguing premise. Elysium is a good film that should be viewed multiple times to see behind to the reality of what this film is trying to explain.

Red 2
Red 2(2013)

Red 2 is just as good as its predecessor serving up a lot of laughs and some extremely quirky action sequences. But thats not what makes this movie, the performances are. Malkovich is definitely the best thing about this movie, delivering some of the best and funniest lines in the film. Altogether, if you enjoyed the first one you'll definitely have a fun time with Red 2.

Kick-Ass 2
Kick-Ass 2(2013)

Kick Ass (2010) was one of the best and most unique superhero films made and gained an extremely large cult following for the movie. Expectations for Kick Ass 2 were extremely high, did the film deliver? Yes, indeed it did. The last time we saw a truly great superhero movie sequel was 2008's The Dark Knight which is my all time favorite superhero film of all time. With that said, Kick Ass 2 kicks ass yet again. Upping the stakes, adding more action, more over the top hilarious humor, more relatable and awesome characters, and of course great performances across the board. Chloe Grace and Jim Carrey shine the most in this film, giving some really great character choices, and adding enough drama to these characters that you can relate and feel for. Kick Ass 2 is definitely one of the best superhero films of the year, definitely outshining Iron Man 3 and The Wolverine, probably on the same level as Man of Steel but I might have enjoyed Kick Ass 2 just a tad bit more. If your a fan of the first Kick Ass, then you will definitely enjoy this one just as much as the first because it does indeed, kick ass!

Kick-Ass
Kick-Ass(2010)

Kick-Ass does indeed kick ass...but its a bit easy to just say that because your expecting this movie to do just that. Does it accomplish that goal? It does that and more. Featuring some shocking violence, quirky and often laugh out loud hilarious humor, one of the best child actor performances in years, and some of the best drama in comic book movie history, Kick Ass is definitely one of the most unique, original, and best Superhero films of the last decade.

Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives is a masterpiece. Its not afraid to make the audience ask questions. Its the best looking film, stylistically and visually. The cinematography nearly steals the whole movie because every shot, and every frame is brilliant. Featuring a shocking amount a violence, a fantastic performance from Kristin Scott Thomas, and another quiet yet extremely well executed performance from Gosling, this is a film that you must experience even if it isn't for everyone.

The Wolverine

The Wolverine rocks! For two thirds of the films at least, and then falls into the category of mediocre comic book films for the final third, which is a real shame since it started off so promising. But even with that said, this is still an extremely fun and entertaining superhero film that is well worth your time.

Before Midnight

Before Midnight is a fantastic 3rd entry to the cult classic hits Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, 2 of the greatest romance films ever made. It contains characters that you meet 9 years on yet again that you can still relate to and connect with. This is an honest, relatable, and extremely real look at relationships. One of the best films of 2013 by far.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring is scary. And not just scary, its extremely scary and one of the absolute best films of the year. Its fresh and it doesn't feel like a retread of mediocre horror films. Take note horror directors, this is how you make pure, simple, fun, and scary entertainment.

Parker
Parker(2013)

Generic but somewhat fun. People will hate it and I can understand why but its generic fun that can be a good rental but nothing else.

Movie 43
Movie 43(2013)

If I could give this movie less than 1/2 star I would, this is one of the worst films of the year. In fact its probably the worst movie of the decade. Or maybe even the worst movie ever made period. This appalling film shouldn't have been made in the first place, you'd have to pay me a large sum of money to even be the same room as this...this...this thing.

The Last Stand

This is a fun movie, cliche but still fun nonetheless. Its a piece of entertainment with an iconic action star making a comeback, and it gets points for that.

The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger is an incredibly fun movie that has been bashed on ever since it got released. Why the bashing? Probably because people took it way too seriously. Get over it people, this is a summer blockbuster. Its pure entertainment done right and its worth seeing for Depp and Hammer alone. Its a fun movie that is definitely worth your time.

Star Trek Into Darkness

The best thing about Star Trek Into Darkness, is that it wasn't a letdown at all. It has amazing special effects, great action, good humor, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain was one of the best choices they could have made, he's a perfect villain for this movie and he acts circles around everyone in this movie. Thats not to say that everyone else wasn't good in the movie, they were. Everyone was perfect for their part which was clear to see with the first Star Trek from JJ Abrams. But Cumberbatch's performance was just spot on perfect that he was the main highlight of the film. Star Trek Into Darkness may be the best film this of the summer this year.

Fast & Furious 6
½

Fast and Furious 6 is ridiculous to say the least. Almost every single action sequence in the movie was just so ridiculously hard to believe, but it was still great to see nonetheless. It has great humor, great action, and great set pieces. This is exactly what makes a summer movie great.

Now You See Me
½

Now You See Me is clever to say the least but its plot seemed all over the place at times and the ending kind of felt like a stretch. The acting was well done in the film and some of the tricks that were on display were actually quite interesting and intriguing. Its an entertaining film but its not for everyone.

This Is the End
½

This Is The End is one of the strongest comedies of the year, and probably the funniest one this year unless Don Jon and The World's End are able to top it. This Is The End has an extremely strong script in which almost every line delivered is funny. I haven't laughed this hard at the movies in years, and when a movie does that it has to be doing something right.

Monsters University
½

Monsters University is the best animated film so far this year, and it probably will remain the best because of its charm, its humor, and its overall assumption that Pixar is finally back in its groove. Monsters University is not just a kids movie, its fun for everyone. The best part about Monsters University is its ending. The last 30-45 minutes of Monsters U were really something special, and showed Pixar at the peak of their craft. Monsters University is a fantastic time at the movies, and you don't want to miss out on seeing it in the theaters.

World War Z
World War Z(2013)

Its not the same as the book, in fact it drifts extremely far away from what was in the actual book. Even though it does do that, this is a great summer action blockbuster that does exactly what it sets out to do, entertain you. Its a great time at the movies that will have you on the edge of your seat once it begins. It starts out with a bang and doesn't let up.

The Heat
The Heat(2013)

The Heat may be predictable but it does do a lot of things right to make it up for it, being that its extremely funny and that none of the casting is wrong. With that being said, this is an extremely fun time at the movies.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)

Man of Steel is awesome! Do not, I repeat do not listen to critics on this one. In fact don't listen to them at all.

Gangster Squad

A stylistic film indeed that looks beautiful and actually makes you feel immersed into this world that they have created. 2 performances really hit and thats Gosling and Penn. You've heard the story before, but its still an enjoyable movie that fans of the genre will welcome with open arms.

Romeo + Juliet

A different take on the classic love story that should be applauded for being different. A lot of people love to hate this film and I can understand that. But if you just look beyond that, you'll actually find a good film that is in every way entertaining.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a visual spectacle, and not only that its one of the best films of 2013 so far in fact its my favorite so far this year. Boistered by strong performances from the entire main cast, The Great Gatsby is the best adaptation of the novel that we have to date. Its stays true to the novel while throwing in a few extra things to keep the audience interested. DiCaprio is simply mesmerizing as Jay Gatsby, he is the perfect choice to play the role and he does a simply fantastic job of making the character his own. Will he get nominated for an Oscar for this role? Its hard to tell but it is in every way Oscar Worthy. Its Oscar worthy for not just the performances but the costumes, the visuals, the art direction, all of them are beautiful to look at. All in all, The Great Gatsby is my favorite film of 2013 thus far and is a must see for those who have read the book or those who just want to see the movie.

The Place Beyond The Pines

The Place Beyond The Pines is a beautiful movie that is crafted so well its hard not to appreciate it. Its a 3 act movie that takes many different twists that I did not expect to see coming from a film like this. All of the performances in the film are spectacular especially Gosling and Cooper who raise the film to new heights. Most people won't recognize The Place Beyond The Pines as a great film, but it should be.

Mud
Mud(2013)

Mud is one of the strongest movies of the entire year. Its a quiet film that'll sneak by anyone that doesn't have it on its radar. Matthew McConaughey is spectacular in the title role and this is finest performance to date. Mud is one of the must see films 2013. In a few decades, Mud will be a classic film.

Oblivion
Oblivion(2013)

Visually Striking- Check
Tom Cruise's Performance is good-Check
Impressive Action Sequences-Check
Confusing and Weird Story- Check Check Check

Evil Dead
Evil Dead(2013)

Evil Dead is the perfect example of how a horror film should be made and remade. Its a great homage to classic horror films that delivers on scares and the shock value. Yes, this movie is hard and uncomfortable to watch but thats the point. Is it over the top? Yes, yes it is. But it makes the film that much more enjoyable and every image in this movie will stick with you, whether you want it to or not.

Army of Darkness
½

Army of Darkness is a great entry in the Evil Dead franchise that shows Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi at their best. Its a funny entry into the franchise that is very welcome despite its ridiculous albeit hilarious premise.

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

Evil Dead 2 is the perfect example of how you make a horror sequel. Its every bit as good as the original with just the right amount of humor and scares.

The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead is a horror classic that is an example of a well made low budget film. It combines laughs and gore to perfection making it a must see for die hard horror fans.

Oz the Great and Powerful

Oz the Great and Powerful has big shoes to fill, red shoes for that matter. Its a visual spectacle that might be somewhat predictable, but its made in a way that can only be applauded.

The Social Network

The Social Network is a terrifically directed and acted film that is written with precision. David Fincher is a director that knows what he is doing, its modern filmmaking that cannot be missed.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The Last Crusade is how you end a trilogy but unfortunately they made a 4th one, but this isn't about that movie. The 3rd entry in the Indiana Jones Franchise is a terrific and thoughtful entry that is the most humorous and features the best Father-Son chemistry in a movie.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
½

Temple of Doom may not be as good as Raiders, but its still an epic action adventure movie that is a terrific ride from start to finish.

Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead is one of the best zombie movies ever made. it perfectly balances humor with gleeful zombie violence. Shaun of the Dead is a must see comedy film.

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz(2007)

First they brought us Shaun of the Dead which was a shot at the zombie genre that was laugh out loud funny. Then they take on Cop movies and this movie is every bit as funny as Shaun of the Dead. One of the funniest comedies made in the past few years.

Letters from Iwo Jima
½

One of Clint Eastwood's best directing only movies that is the perfect companion pice to Flags of our Fathers. Its terrifically acted and masterfully directed, Letters from Iwo Jima is a fantastic war movie to say the least.

Flags of Our Fathers

An extremely well made film that is both emotional at parts and a great salute to those who gave their lives.

Batman Begins

The best origin story for a comic book character ever created. Christopher Nolan was indeed the correct choice for the Batman license.

Jurassic Park

A visual effects spectacle. Still as stunning as ever remastered on Blu Ray and in IMAX as well. You don't want to miss out on this piece of work.

Killing Them Softly

The talent in Killing Them Softly shows and it shows extremely well. Its darkly comic with a message that isn't matched in its genre. Its brutally fun.

Les MisÚrables

One of the greatest musical to movie adaptations ever created. A piece of art from start to finish that will wow you. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry, but most importantly it'll touch your heart.

Zero Dark Thirty
½

Smart, Gripping, Intense, and extremely intelligent. Zero Dark Thirty is a powerhouse of a film that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Ratatouille
Ratatouille(2007)

Ratatouille is and probably will remain, my favorite animated movie of all time. The voice acting is spot on perfect, its heartfelt, and just overall a fantastic movie.

Monsters, Inc.

Pixar makes some of the best animated films. This one shows why they are so good at what they do.

King Kong
King Kong(2005)
½

Ok, lets take a look at what is on display here..Enormous amounts of CGI that actually is beautiful to look at. Some good and unexpected performances, particularly Black. And an extremely long movie that feels like an extremely long movie. Don't get me wrong I love long movies, but there were some pacing issues and some scenes that just didn't belong in a film like this. Its an enjoyable film but its not for everyone.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

The Hangover is one of the funniest comedies to have ever been released in a long long time. Nearly every line spoken is funny and thats all thanks to hilarious and charismatic characters that are on display here.

Night at the Museum

Its an enjoyable film it really is. It has everything a kid could want in it and it has a lot of heartfelt humor that I enjoyed. Overall if your a parent and want your kid to watch something fun, you can't go wrong with it.

The Bay
The Bay(2012)

The Bay is not original by any standards but it did generally creep me out in some ways and it is an enjoyable film. For what it is.

Smashed
Smashed(2012)

Well acted, well directed, and extremely well written, Smashed is a movie that nobody saw coming.

American Beauty

A Modern Day Masterpiece of a movie. Flawlessly acted, superbly written, beautifully filmed, stunningly well directed American Beauty is an American Classic. Kevin Spacey is spectacular.

Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds does what few movies are able to accomplish. Approach a touchy subject and turn it on itself and make it one of the best genre blended films of this generation. Waltz gives his best performance in here and he is really the one to watch. Not to mention that this film has amazing dialogue and only 42% of it is in English. IB is violent, unrestrained, and one of Tarantino's best films.

Moonrise Kingdom

One of the most underrated films of 2012 so far, Moonrise Kingdom is expertly directed, superbly written, and extremely well acted with two breakthrough performances by Gilman and Hayward.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Ah Jeez..um why..why..Hawkeye go back to the Avengers, you were better over there.

Side Effects
Side Effects(2013)

Side Effects is the best movie of 2013 so far. A psychological thriller that keeps you guessing after every turn. Just when you think you've figured it out, it takes you in a completely new direction. Side Effects is the first must see movie of 2013.

A Good Day To Die Hard
½

Not the best entry in the Die Hard Franchise but still a really enjoyable action film. I'm not reviewing this as a Die Hard movie but as an action film. As an action film it has what you want, a laughable script with a few good jokes thrown in here and there, over the top action sequences that are a feast for the eyes, and Bruce Willis kicking ass. Who doesn't enjoy that?

Paranormal Activity 4
½

Paranormal Activity has always taken the heat from people hating on the series. I don't see why though when these movies are made purely out of fun. I had fun watching this movie so come at me trolls!

Seven Psychopaths

Rich Dialogue and charismatic characters make this one of the most enjoyable experiences that you will have watching this film. The two to really watch are Walken and Rockwell whose performances outshine everyone else.

Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher(2012)

An overall very enjoyable fun action flick. Who doesn't enjoy Tom Cruise in these types of movies. Great action, one of the best car chases in years, and great dark humor make this one of Cruise's best movies in recent memory.

Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies(2013)
½

One of the best zombie movies to be released in recent memory. It's up there with Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead. Yeah it's an undead fun time. A way better love story than Twilight.

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook is one of the best movies of 2012 by far. It has a beautifully written script and its acted perfectly. Cooper and Lawrence give their best performances and are both Oscar Worthy for their performances. This is one of the most unexpectedly great movies of 2012.

Django Unchained

I know claiming "Tarantino's Best" is quite a statement with such films as "Pulp Fiction" and "Kill Bill", however I truly believe it is. Django Unchained is superb from start to finish, it's a 2 hour and 45 minute movie yet you're on the edge of your seat, eyes glued to the screen for the whole ride. It's the closest thing to a flawless movie I have ever seen. Before I continue my praise of this movie, let me say this "the movie is not for everyone." Clearly its rated R and it has several gruesome violent scenes, it also contains vulgar language and numerous uses of the "n" word. Some may claim it's excessive, but I personally appreciate how realistic it portrays the horror and tragedy of slavery. That being said, I am torn if I am more impressed with Tarantino as a writer of this movie or its director. He simply is a cinematic genius. The casting of this movie alone deserves an Oscar. Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio all put on Oscar worthy performances, and frankly, I would be astonished if they all did not win. I truly can't picture any actor on this planet being able to play any of those three roles as magnificently as these three actors did. I sum this movie into three general thirds, First: where Waltz steals the show, Second: where DiCaprio steals the show, and Third: where Foxx steals the show. I have only seen Waltz in "Inglorious Bastards" and "Water for Elephants" other than "Django Unchained" and he is rapidly climbing my favorite actors list. Leo is my personal favorite actor ever since his performance in "The Departed" and it was incredible to see him take on the challenging role as his first villain, Calvin Candie, possibly the most evil character I've ever seen in a film. Finally Jamie Foxx from start to finish played his best performance in any movie to date. Simply phenomenal. I loved how the audience sees his character evolve from a powerless slave to a confident powerful man. In addition to these three remarkable performances, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson also deliver. Washington goes through living hell yet remains a strong woman throughout. Jackson plays a very interesting role as Stephen, Leo's loyal house slave. Trust me, you will hate him yet at the same time he is hilarious. Now's a good time to mention, this movie is funny! Tarantino perfectly tosses in frequent bursts of pure laughter throughout the movie to lighten up from the serious aspects of the movie. There is one scene in particular, involving Jonah Hill and Don Johnson, which had the crowd roaring in laughter for a solid full minute. Which brings me to my next point, the cast is absurd! The rather small roles for such big actors such as Jonah Hill and Don Johnson, just shows how honored actors are taking any role no matter how small for a Quentin Tarantino film. I recognized famous actors and actresses throughout the entire movie. There is one brief scene, where I believe I even saw famous rapper "Childish Gambino" for literally just a few seconds as a slave in Mississippi. This movie was done perfectly to a tee; even the remarkable soundtrack caught my attention, nicely combining songs of the past with modern day songs. This movie is a western, a drama, a tragedy, a comedy, an action, a thriller, and at it's deepest roots a romance. If you haven't already, stop what you're doing and see this movie today. Whatever you're doing can wait but this movie can't. Just make sure your 17, have your license, and have a stomach for more of the most gruesome violence I have yet to see on a screen. In conclusion, I've heard rumors of Tarantino pondering the idea of retiring as a director and what a sad day that would be for movie lovers like myself, but if they are true at least he's going out with one hell of a BANG!

Killer Elite
Killer Elite(2011)
½

This is Statham's weakest film, and it really does show. There are some cool action sequences but it can't overcome the plot that takes way too long to get going and by the time it gets their, you lost your interest already.

The Mechanic
The Mechanic(2011)
½

A smartly crafted thriller that shows us that Jason Statham is a badass. Its violent, over the top, and a terrific popcorn flick.

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

Why did I put off seeing this for so long? Why didn't I watch it years earlier? I'm still kicking myself for not watching this sooner. This is one of the best films ever made. Its Funny, Violent, Dramatic and it has one of the best scripts ever written directly for the screen.

Collateral
Collateral(2004)

We should get a thriller like this every year. Its smart, funny, and unexpected. Cruise and Foxx are at the top of their game and these are some of their best performances by far...

Limitless
Limitless(2011)
½

Limitless is insanely original, fantastically written, and brilliantly acted. Its one of the movies that your skeptical about seeing but theres something for everyone to enjoy with it.

Total Recall
Total Recall(2012)
½

Its not a particularly great film, but it has its moments of good acting and action and it proves to be slightly better than its original. A thoroughly enjoyable film in my books...

V/H/S
V/H/S(2012)

Its definitely a creepy film but a lot of the parts are long drawn out, over the top, and sometimes boring. The film takes place in a form of mini movies that these burglars watch in the house they are robbing. The Best films they watch are the first and the last ones because you can tell they had the higher budgets. Its a good rental and if you like cheap scares, your likely to get some in this film.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

I found this film ultimately unsatisfying.

Granted, it is visually stunning, but that in itself doesn't justify the running time. I found myself wondering what the point of the film was at all.

If I'm right,it is a pseudo mystical / philosophical propaganda piece, which suggests that it is better to hold tight to a fantastical, improbable story of triumph over adversity (ie your faith in God, whoever that is), if it gives you hope and gets you through life - rather than to endure a harsh, unpalatable reality.

The whole film is geared up to asking the question of the viewer - which do you prefer, the outlandish fantasy or the grim truth? I'm not sure it's even answerable, unless you have a faith which you want to reaffirm. So when the question came, I thought "Is that it? Is that what you've been waiting to pose"?

The majority of the film covers a boy's struggle to survive a shipwreck, cast away on a small lifeboat in the company of a Bengal tiger. The story is told in retrospective by the boy (Pi) as an adult. It is clear to the viewer that this is a tall tale, from Pi's general style of story telling (a colourful childhood, an eccentric swimming-obsessed uncle). We can tell that his style is somewhat unreliable. Therefore I didn't exactly buy into the survival story. I wasn't rooting for him and there was no emotional attachment to the character, in the way there would have been if this was a straight forward recounting of what happened.

What I was thinking was "when is this part going to end, so that I can get on with finding out what's really going on in the film"? By that, I don't mean that I was particularly interested in the true survival story, which when it came was pretty grim (although that might have been a more interesting film!). I really wanted to know why the film maker thought it was so important to take us on this fantastical journey.

When the answer came, in all its semi-philosophical shallowness, it wasn't worth the wait.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
½

First of all, let me first say that while I enjoyed the LOTR trilogy, and admired the directorial and technical greatness of it, I'm no LOTR fanboy, and I also recognize its flaws. I'm saying this so that one understands that I'm not the type of person who will blindly speak greatly of any film of the Tolkien/Jackson series if I don't feel it deserves it.

The Hobbit is perhaps a little less dark in tone than LOTR, considering the source material which is more of a children's book, but it's clearly not a children's movie anyway, and displays many exciting and stressful moments. It also offers something more than the LOTR, that is five genuinely important villains right then and there. The dragon Smaug, in this first film, is like Sauron in the LOTR. A distant, mysterious figure who is the ultimate goal of the quest, whom we don't see much of yet, but we know it's going to be brutal. The "necromancer" is mostly alluded. Those who know the book will know who that is, and he'll surely be important in the sequels. Azog, the giant orc, is a main villain and is much more appealing than the Uruk-hai chief in Fellowship of the Ring, or any other orc villain in the LOTR series. The Goblin King also has a strong key role in the movie. And of course, Gollum, who's riddle scene with Bilbo is fantastic.

Martin Freeman as Bilbo is superb and there couldn't be a better choice. The rest of the cast is pitch perfect as well. While the 13 dwarfs are too many for us to get to know each and every one of them well enough by the end of this first movie, I didn't feel it was a downer. We got to know at least a third sufficiently - and I'm sure we'll get to learn about and appreciate the rest in the subsequent films - this allows us to still have characters to discover later on.

Anyway, great film. I think it's better than Fellowship, and I'll be seeing it again for sure and can't wait for the sequels.

Lincoln
Lincoln(2012)

An historically disappointing film, with a great cast and great performances (Daniel Day-Lewis,Sally Field,Tommy Lee Jones and David Strathairn stand out in particular), but lacking in story, and moreover, integrity.

"Lincoln" spans the last few months of the War Between the States and Lincoln's life. Given the wealth and complexity of historical subject matter, the film focuses rather narrowly on Lincoln's supposed obsession with the passage of the 13th Amendment.

As screenwriter Tony Kushner would have it, Lincoln was willing to extend the War Between the States -- and if we are to believe the script, did so -- in order to pass the law in Congress abolishing slavery.

To Kushner's credit, Lincoln is scripted to express at least an awareness of, if not internal conflict over, the slippery slope he embarks upon with frank discussions of moral relativity. E.g., is it justifiable to violate the Constitution or States' Rights in order to do what he believes is best for the nation? The drama in the film revolves entirely around this issue.

Sadly, the film defends the position that the ends justify the means -- expediency over morality.

Other viewers will no doubt argue that Lincoln's cause was just and laud him as a progressive and a visionary.

The ethical shortcomings of the film are rather to do with what history the script excludes.

Specifically, there is no mention of what started the War Between the States. In the absence of an answer to this question, the naive viewer will suppose, ending slavery.

The fact is that the War was fought over the Northern States' blockade of Southern ports in an effort to control and monopolize trade; when the federal government chose sides (supporting the North), the War began. In short: it was all about money. Lincoln supported the Northern industrialists in blockading the Southern ports. Doing so was an abuse of Presidential power and in violation of the Constitution.

Moreover, the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) was made more than two years into the War, and was specifically intended to generate support for the War in the North, where public opinion had never been strongly in favor of of the War, and lately had turned strongly against it.

Another historical deletion is Lincoln's Liberia Plan. Indeed, if one consults historical sources, one finds that The Great Emancipator's plan was to deport the freed slaves to Liberia. Not exactly what the film conveys.

It is distressing to see a film honoring expediency over morality, while glossing over historical fact and context.

One hopes that Day-Lewis, Field and Jones will receive Academy Award nominations for their stellar performances. But the film's content was disappointing.

Wreck-it Ralph
½

Disney has made some really good animated movies, but they had never done a lot of movies that are as bright and original as Wreck-it Ralph, the new animated film from Disney. The movie centers on Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), the villain in the "Fix-it Felix" arcade game, who decides to become a hero. Because he doesn't like being a bad guy, he goes into some of the video games in order to learn what it's like to become a good guy. He also befriends a character known as Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman) from a candy-coated racing game called "Sugar Rush". When Ralph accidentally unleashes a threat in the arcade, he tries his best to save the day and become a true hero.

So, did Wreck-it Ralph met my expectations? Absolutely! This was such a fun animated movie for all ages, and better than Disney/PIXAR's Brave (which was also very good).

John C. Reilly delivered a strong performance as the title character, who wants to make a change in his life, achieve it, and become what he wants to be. That's what a great movie character is about. Sarah Silverman provides most of the movie's funny moments as one of the "Sugar Rush" characters who Ralph befriends, and is a "glitch" (a character who faults the game). She tries to get Ralph for help to become a racer once again. Jack McBrayer (from the hit-show, 30 Rock) has an amusing supporting role as Fix-it Felix, the main hero in the "Fix-it Felix" arcade game, who sets out to find Ralph and get him back to where he belongs. Jane Lynch does a great job playing the main character in a first-person shooter game known as "Hero's Duty", who tries to find Ralph, alongside Felix.

I didn't see the movie in 3D; which I must say it does look pretty darn good in 3D, but I decided to stick with the 2D because of the sharp, pristine screen.

The animation is simply wonderful; the bright colors, the set-ups, the environments, the characters all look fantastic. At times, the movie is very gorgeous to look at on the big screen.

The characters in this were likable and funny. It was awesome to see some video game characters making cameos (like Bowser, Pac-Man, Sonic, etc.). The story to the movie is well-thought out and genuinely clever. It's always nice to see something new to the table. I really liked the themes to the movie: What does it mean to be a true hero? How can the main character's goal become a success? And so forth.

Generally, movies from Disney and/or PIXAR give a lot heart into their stories, which makes the tone of the movie become very sweet. Wreck-it Ralph has enough heart to make it that way. From start to finish, this movie is a lot of fun, and when families bring their kids to see this movie, they're going to fall in love with it.

Skyfall
Skyfall(2012)

It has been a long ride for the Bond series, since the creation of the character there have been 15 novels by Ian Fleming, plenty of spin-off novels, comics, cartoons and video games and the film series is now 50 years old. There have been an extraordinary 23 official films, but few as extraordinary as Skyfall.

After a mission goes wrong in Istanbul, MI6 loses a hard drive containing a list of all NATO agents within terrorist cells, and James Bond (Daniel Craig) is presumed Killed in Action. M's (Judi Dench) competence is questioned and the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) plans to replace her. Making matters worse, a cyber-terrorist targets MI6 and M personally, getting a hold of the list and causing an explosion within MI6's headquarters. An older, more damaged Bond then returns to duty to serve Queen and Country, having to prove he is in shape before going on the search to find the terrorist.

Skyfall is a long-awaited film thanks to MGM's financial woes, but it delivers. Skyfall takes a darker approach as we've seen with the past couple films and it's very character driven, yet Sam Mendes and the screenwriters still provide a massive injection of fun. Like most Bond films, Skyfall starts with an incredible chase sequence in Istanbul and continues strongly from then on, including a very stylish silhouette fight in Shanghai. The action scenes sequences were pristinely shot and practical effects were at the forefront.

A challenge for the Bond series has always been real-world relevance. The series has faced down all challenges, from the end of the Cold War to the War on Terror. Skyfall tackles the changing nature of espionage. MI6 is no longer the shadowy organisation that the British government denied existed; it has to face the realities of the 24-hour media age we live in and the democratic accountability that incurs.

The nature of the threats have changed, Bond faces a cyber-terrorist and along with the new Q, both could cause more damage than Bond can. In the real world, we have seen what Anonymous is capable of and seen how the Stuxnet worm affected the Iranian nuclear program. But there is always a need for people in the field to investigate. As M says, she is scared of this new world because many of the West's enemies are now faceless and nationless, and this element can work in the series' favour. Versatility has always been a Bond hallmark, which is why it is so enduring.

Skyfall also goes full circle for Bond, as the filmmakers reintroduce popular characters, gadgets and humour. In Casino Royale, Bond is a young man who is bold, arrogant and reckless but can get the job done; in Skyfall, Craig is playing an older Bond who is both physically and emotionally vulnerable.

The idea of an older Bond was briefly touched on in the unofficial film Never Say Never Again, but that was more to accommodate a 52-year-old Sean Connery being in the role. In Skyfall there is actual thematic reasons behind it. Craig gives another excellent performance, cementing his reputation as both a great actor and a great Bond, and the script treats him more as a character than an archetype. Along with M's character arch, the film tackles a theme of facing the past so it can be cleansed.

The casting of Javier Bardem was a coup for the series and we as Bond fans are rewarded with a great villain. Bardem makes out Raoul Silva to be a man with seemingly camp mannerisms, but the master planner has a very sinister delivery. He has a complex, tragic background but he is not like other Bond villains looking for control, world domination, money or even self-preservation: he simply wants revenge.

Skyfall is a great milestone to celebrate Bond's 50th birthday on film, and the Easter eggs for fans aren't overbearing, but rather nice touches. The last anniversary Bond film, Die Another Day, was a disaster and regarded as one of the worst Bond films. It felt like it had to keep referencing the previous films. Skyfall features a few major references to previous Bond films: Bond getting injured (The World is Not Enough), Bond faking his death (You Only Live Twice), the gun that can only work with Bond's palm print (Licence to Kill) and a similar villain to the one in Goldeneye. But these are references you would want to find, not being forced upon you.

Skyfall felt very much like end of one chapter and the start of a new one. Mendes and the writers were able to reintroduce many tropes of the Bond series and still give them a modern and believable twist. For a film that has a 143-minute running time (the second longest Bond film), Skyfall never felt like it dragged and it was an exciting, entertaining film.

Argo
Argo(2012)

'Argo' presents maybe the greatest, if not the most absurd, account of American foreign policy espionage widely unbeknownst to the greater majority. The story, which falls perfectly into the category of you-can't-make-this-kind-of-thing-up, is based upon Tony Mendez's rescue of six isolated US diplomats out of Iran, during the time of the Iranian hostage crisis of 1980, through the means of creating a fake film production as cover.

Director Ben Affleck proves here just how incredibly mature and restrained a filmmaker he's become, molding what is inherently a political story, yet wisely setting aside the politics. He masterfully handles the changes in tone very fluidly, from one moment being edge of your seat tension, to the next of inspired comic relief. It brings back memories of 70's thrillers, when craft and entertaining went together hand-in-hand.

The cast of veteran character-actors is worth the price of admission alone. Nearly every speaking role is occupied by a recognizable face, with the likes of Philip Baker Hall, Bob Gunton, Michael Parks, Kyle Chandler, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and more. This is easily one of the best casts of 2012 (right behind The Dark Knight Rises) and, better yet, they all brought out there A game.

'Argo' is not a film to miss, its subject matter being more relevant than ever and will be a major contender come award season (and deservedly so.)

Swing Vote
Swing Vote(2008)
½

The whole concept of how Costner's vote becomes so important is one that is hard to swallow, but if you go along for the ride I promise that you will have a great time.

Parenthood
Parenthood(1989)

One of the finest things about this movie is that nobody steps out of character. There are no miraculous revelations, no nick-of-time cavalry charges or character transformations. Characters here solve their individual dilemmas by growing within their characters. And realistically, at that. Parenthood is a delightful comedy that knows what family really is.

Cast Away
Cast Away(2000)
½

Cast Away is a terrifically made film and makes us see why Tom Hanks is such a good actor.

Snow White and the Huntsman

The movie is good (not great, though), specially because of the visual effects and Charlize Theron acting. She is great, beautiful, impressive, plays her role full of passion, as usual. Also I think there was no need for a 127 minutes picture. It could last less time, because in some moments I felt like they were just dragging it for no reason. I expected more, but all the problem is with Snow White choice. Kristen Stewart is like my refrigerator, no matter what I put in it (milk, soda, eggs, vegetables, meat), it is and it will always be a refrigerator. And so is she. She is always the same, no matter what role she is playing. If she can be an actress, so can my refrigerator. They are both cold and have no expression.

RocknRolla
RocknRolla(2008)

Ritchie lathers it with a liberal helping of voice-over narration so there's absolutely no confusion possible as to who is who and what they're after, which on many occasions extends to pointing out the bleeding obvious. Show don't tell- it's the first rule in the book Ritchie! It may be getting to the point where RocknRolla must go down as a guilty pleasure, but guilty pleasures are often the most fulfilling kind. And so it is here.

Sin City
Sin City(2005)

Sin City is smart, stylish, sexy and sick. It's also violent and funny. Certainly not a film for the whole family, but for those of us who enjoy our movies rated R, this flick kicks the head and the gut like a mule.

The Thing
The Thing(2011)
½

Watch the original. This movie is a mess of bad CGI effects. It had potential and ended on a high note. But thats about all that you can say about it.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows(2012)

Johnny Depp has now officially been type casted into every single Tim Burton style movie. This movie proves that it can totally kill a good TV show. Watch the original TV show and skip this movie.

Chasing Mavericks

No surfing movie will ever be better than Point Break. Granted the surfing scenes are good for what they are and Gerard Butler is good, but the plot is weak and the main character is so bad it just kills the movie.

Here Comes the Boom

Kevin James has gone so low on his acting career that he now has to rip off Warrior, one of the best films of last year. I was extremely mad watching this movie because Kevin James movies are just so terrible to watch now.

Silent Hill: Revelation
½

This isn't the worst movie ever made, by far. But it is one of the worst movies of the year. Or at least one of the worst horror films of the year.

The Raid: Redemption

Without a doubt one of the best action films of the year. Its expertly paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Its exhausting yet exhilarating to watch.

Battle Royale

Battle Royale is a movie that is not for everyone. Its violent and extremely controversial. People compare this movie to The Hunger Games and I can't say thats wrong to do so. They are somewhat similar in what they try to accomplish but Battle Royale feels like the way The Hunger Games should have been made.

Sinister
Sinister(2012)
½

For Horror movies, they are either terrible or you can actually be surprised by them. I thought that Sinister was one of the best Horror movies of the year. Its scary, has some good humor, and it has a great main character played terrifically by Ethan Hawke.

Avatar
Avatar(2009)
½

Is it beautiful to look at? Oh yeah. Is it extremely overrated and filled with a plot that we don't really care about? Unfortunately yes...

Act of Valor
Act of Valor(2012)

A great action flick that any action junkie will find extremely entertaining. Oh did I mention that the action sequences were awesome?

Prometheus
Prometheus(2012)

A fantastic Sci-Fi Action Thriller that is both brilliantly made and thought out. It looks fantastic in 3D and Michael Fassbender as David was outstanding. Ridley Scott should be proud of this achievement.

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)

A movie that I put off watching for the longest time.. I should have watched it sooner.

The Dark Knight

Chilling. Haunting. Relentlessly Thrilling. The Dark Knight is a piece of masterful filmmaking. It can't be compared to any other comic book movie, because Christopher Nolan didn't make Batman like his comic book counterpart. He made him seem real. Christian Bale helps make this possible but the real star of this movie is Heath Ledger as The Joker, which is by far the finest acting performance I have ever seen. Bravo!

Inception
Inception(2010)

A fantastic movie with one of the most original plots that we have seen in recent sci-fi history. This is probably the best movie of the year and Christopher Nolan should be proud of his achievement..

Moneyball
Moneyball(2011)

A movie that I didn't have high expectations for.. But I came out thoroughly entertained and I should never judge a movie by its cover. This is possible the greatest baseball movie ever made. If you have an appreciation for the game like I do, you will find something to love about Moneyball.

The Dark Knight Rises

Without a doubt the conclusion to The Dark Knight Trilogy is the best film in the franchise. An ending that makes others wish was like that. The most anticipated film of the year is now the best film of the year. Nolan has created his best movie by far and only time will tell where he will go from here.

The Amazing Spider-Man

A movie about Spider-Man that is actually extremely emotional and makes you care about the characters in the film. Now that is truly amazing...

Knowing
Knowing(2009)

Probably one of the worst movies that I have seen in recent memory. Nicolas Cage, Why? Is the money dude? Because I will give you the money! Just stop making movies like this!

District 9
District 9(2009)

A fantastically original Sci-Fi Movie where you have no idea what to expect when you walk in to see it. If you think you know what it's about... Think again.

Dredd
Dredd(2012)
½

Let's face it... No one really wanted to see Dredd after it had one of the worst trailers in recent memory. I even said it looked "Dreddfull". But that didn't stop me from going to see it.. I even shelled out a few extra dollars to watch it in 3D. It was surprisingly awesome. Its the Dredd movie that we all wanted because that mess of a movie with Stallone didn't do the character justice. This movie does and its one of the best action films of the year.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
½

This isn't Indiana Jones.. Plain and Simple.. Ok I'm done talking about this movie.

The Grey
The Grey(2012)
½

A good survival movie that tries a little bit too hard...

Shutter Island

A fantastic psychological thriller filled with more twists than a pretzel and great performances from DiCaprio, Kingsley, and surprisingly Ruffalo..

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
½

Stylized action can do nothing to save this mess.. The acting in this movie didn't help at all either

The Hunger Games
½

A great survival movie that made great by the beautiful Jennifer Lawrence who gives her all into her performance on screen.. Thank God this wasn't like Twilight.

The Hurt Locker

One of the greatest war movies ever made. It stands as how a war movie should be made, focusing on the characters and less on the action. There is action present and it is awesome but its Renner's performance that drives the film to new heights..

Larry Crowne
Larry Crowne(2011)
½

What kind of movie is this? Am i supposed to laugh? Am I Supposed to cry? I didn't do either because the movie didn't have any effect on me in any way..

The Three Stooges

Wait this was a comedy? I'm asking this because there was absolutely nothing funny about this mess of a so called "movie".

Ted
Ted(2012)
½

A comedy that has a lot of heart to it. When its funny, its hilarious. When it wants to be genuine, it is. Think of it as an adult Toy Story... Besides what's funnier than a talking teddy bear who swears?

The Bourne Legacy
½

Good Action and Solid Performances are taken down by a poor script.

The Departed
The Departed(2006)
½

If theres another movie that can pull off being exceedingly violent and vulgar and is actually really well written in the process, I don't really care about it because The Departed is a perfect blend of just that.

Casino Royale

Stands as my favorite James Bond movie to date. It has everything. A great bond girl, an awesome car, great action sequences, and quite possibly the best James Bond to date.

Winter's Bone
½

A hidden gem of a movie that is extremely disturbing and thrilling with terrific performances from the entire main cast...

American Psycho

Yep this movie pretty much will leave you with a very uneasy feeling.. At times its extremely hard to watch because the violence is extremely unsettling. Christian Bale's chilling performance in this movie stands as how an actor can really get into character. The movie is both clever and chilling to watch.

Titanic
Titanic(1997)

An epic movie that shows how it can be romantic, and sad while showing us how it is a great survival of the fittest movie about halfway through to the end.

Looper
Looper(2012)

Looper is exceedingly original and extremely dark when you are watching it. If you watched the trailer and thought you knew what it was about, think again. Looper will take you one of the wildest rides of the year and its one of the best movies of the year.

Seven (Se7en)

One of the best thrillers of the modern day with one of the most haunting finales in movies...

The Expendables 2
½

As loud and fun as it needs to be. Its better than the first because it has better action and a lot more humor and a much better script than its predecessor.

Drive
Drive(2011)

With Drive, everyone can find something to love about it. Whether its the acting, the script, the soundtrack, or the surprisingly brutal violence, everyone will find at least one thing to like. I loved everything about the movie. Its quite possibly the best art-house film that we will get for a long time.

ParaNorman
ParaNorman(2012)

Paranorman is a great animation flick. It's funny and even quite scary at times. With that being said it didn't feel like a kid's movie because kid's would be quite scared of this movie.

Taken 2
Taken 2(2012)

Its too much like its predecessor which wouldn't be so much of a bad thing if it wasn't Taken.. "I will find you and I will Kill you".. Apparently he didn't kill everyone so the guys left alive think, "Hey he didn't kill all of us, so lets f*** with the guy again."

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)

People may think that "Rocky" is the greatest boxing movie ever made. But in my opinion it belongs to The Fighter. A movie that has it all. Drama, Humor, Heart and terrific acting from everyone especially Bale who gives the performance of a lifetime in this movie. The movie wins by T.K.O.

Brick
Brick(2006)
½

An extremely well made detective movie. Its one of those hidden gems.

The Words
The Words(2012)

A poorly written script can do nothing to save a movie with great acting from Jeremy Irons and Bradley Cooper. The acting from that girl from Avatar didn't help at all either.

Lawless
Lawless(2012)

Probably one of the best movies that is set in this era. I've always had an interest in that era and to see a movie be able to pull off being this good while having a great script and great acting from Tom Hardy makes the movie so much more enjoyable.

The Possession
½

Its not a great or even good scary movie by today's standards. After seeing Cabin in the Woods you think differently about scary movies and you really can't take them seriously. I couldn't take this one seriously at all.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

It has heart which I think is always a good thing but once the movie gets to the point its trying to make, it feels like we've been there before.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo(2003)

It's like reliving my younger childhood all over again. If you didn't see Finding Nemo when it first came out 9 years ago, you have the perfect excuse to go and see it now. In fact spend the extra money and see it in 3D. It'll be worth it. Trust me.

The Campaign
The Campaign(2012)
½

A poor comedy that has a handful of laughs, and when you laugh you don't "LOL" you just chuckle.

Marvel's The Avengers
½

Will go down as one of the best comic book movies to date. It has it all and then some. Humor, Action, and good acting (from 3 of them). The Avengers is a great popcorn flick and is one of Marvel's best movies.

Battleship
Battleship(2012)

Its not as bad as you thi.. No its actually that bad.. Oh yeah two quick questions.. Why is Rihanna in this movie and who told her she could act??

Warrior
Warrior(2011)

A powerful emotional movie that is amazing from start to finish filled with great acting from Hardy, Edgerton, and especially Nolte who give it their all.

Resident Evil: Retribution
½

Wait, haven't we seen a movie like this before? Oh yeah they were the four movies that came out before this with "Resident Evil" leading the title. I think they just started thinking of new names to come after the main name.

End of Watch
End of Watch(2012)

End of Watch could possibly be the greatest Cop movie to ever be released in theaters. It has everything you could want out of it and more..

Premium Rush
Premium Rush(2012)

It has good biking sequences and a solid villain who has some good dialogue but the story is nothing worth cheering for and the dialogue from other characters is.. you know what let's stop there.

Trouble with the Curve
½

It may be predictable but Eastwood, Adams, and Timberlake bring life to this movie. If it isn't a home run, its at least a solid triple.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
½

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol was one of the best action movies of 2011. It had everything that we wanted: Cool Special Effects, Nice Gadgets, Funny Dialogue, and awesome action sequences. What could possibly be keeping me from giving this 5 out of 5? Oh yeah, that awful actress who played the character of Jane. Do us all a favor and don't put her in the next movie.

Fright Night
Fright Night(2011)
½

One of the best vampire movies to come along in a long time with a hilarious performance from David Tennant as Peter Vincent . Its dark, funny, and stylishly well done.

No Country for Old Men

The Best Modern "Cowboy" movie out there featuring a chilling performance by Javier Bardem. Its dark and features some extremely graphic scenes to come along in awhile.

Kill Bill: Volume 2

One of the few times where the sequel can be every bit as good as the first...

Kill Bill: Volume 1

One of Tarantino's best movies that has everything you would expect it to have. Humor, Gore, and a hell of a lot of fun.

The Raven
The Raven(2012)
½

Wait people actually thought this movie was going to be good? I think John Cusack will become the next Nic Cage in a few years, he's basically just making any movie that is thrown at him.

The Master
The Master(2012)
½

Yeah its not the best movie of the year by far, in fact I think of it as one of the worst. Not because I went into it with such low expectations but because there is no real point to the movie at all. Unfortunately critics love it and I'm sure the academy did as well, so get ready to hear "The Master for Best Picture".

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)

With a movie like The Prestige it could either be a hit or a miss. I mean its a movie about magicians. Thanks to Christopher Nolan the movie hits its target dead on.

Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages(2012)

If you are a fan of good old classic rock like I am, then there is something to really admire about this film. Except the costumes, those are just...no.

Live Free or Die Hard

After waiting and waiting for the long awaited next installment of the Die Hard Franchise, I'm happy to report its one of the best of the series.

The Town
The Town(2010)

One of the best heist movies to be released in recent memory with two great performances from Affleck and Renner.

The Crow
The Crow(1994)

One of the best movies in the "Revenge" genre. Very awesome and great gothic set pieces make this a must-see movie experience.

Transformers
Transformers(2007)

Overall a good action movie. Its absurd but I think thats what makes this movie extremely enjoyable and fun.

Hotel Transylvania
½

Its not as good as we wanted it to be, but its better than we thought it would be.. If that makes any sense.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
½

Want to play a fun game? Take a shot of alcohol every time there is a Slow motion sequence. I guarantee you'll be dead about 30 minutes into the movie...

Die Hard
Die Hard(1988)

A movie that I watch every single time around Christmas.. And it never gets old..

Raiders of the Lost Ark

One of the best starts to a franchise ever made. This is what defined the action adventure genre.

Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie is not the best animation of the year but its an extremely well made one for that matter. Its nice to see Burton making films like this, its not his best work but its extremely far from being his worst. Its heartfelt and funny and it succeeds at being perfect for Halloween.

In Time
In Time(2011)

An interesting and clever story with good acting from Timberlake make this a very well made Sci-Fi Thriller. Anyone who wants a breath fresh air from the genre will find something to like about In Time.

Recount
Recount(2008)
½

Recount may be a "one-sided" film but its an extremely well made one for that fact. Kevin Spacey is especially good in this movie along with everyone else. Its an intriguing film with great performances across the board.

Vantage Point
½

Vantage Point is uninteresting and tries way too hard. It has horrible performances from everyone and is a complete waste of time.

Hitman
Hitman(2007)

One of my favorite video game to cinema adaptations. Don't listen to the critics on this one, its a bloody good time.

Unknown
Unknown(2011)

I don't know why but its just so entertaining to watch Liam Neeson kick so much ass! Who would mess with this guy? I mean seriously?! He trained Batman for crying out loud. Unknown has an intriguing premise but it is a little too derivative for some.

Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby stands as one of my favorite films by Clint Eastwood. Its deeply heartfelt and moving with fantastic performances from Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman.

August Rush
August Rush(2007)

August Rush is not a good film at all. People say that this movie is so fantastic and touching. Trust me its not at all. I found nothing to love about this movie. It has dreadful acting and a terrible plot. That is a recipe for disaster.

Zombieland
Zombieland(2009)
½

Zombieland is a breath of fresh air for the zombie genre. With the right amount of gore and witty humor, this is a must fan for zombie fanatics.

In Bruges
In Bruges(2008)

In Bruges is one of the most clever and at times hilarious movies to come around in a long time. Its script is an effective mix of dark comedy and a crime thriller that make this movie a must watch. In Bruges defines how to make a fantastic Action Comedy.

Thor
Thor(2011)
½

Thor is a difficult character to tackle. But thanks to Kenneth Branagh he brings life to this already great character. it has great action, special effects, and a surprising amount of humor that make this a fantastic superhero film.

The Incredible Hulk

Its the best movie that we will probably see on The Hulk. It features a guy who can actually play the part. I like the difference in size between The Gigantic Hulk to scrawny Edward Norton. This movie provides the action that fans have been asking from a Hulk movie.

127 Hours
127 Hours(2010)

127 Hours is an extremely hard to watch film. With that being said, when you are able to watch its an extremely well crafted and well directed film that was in the rightful hands of Danny Boyle. This is by far Danny Boyle's best film and also James Franco's best performance.

Insomnia
Insomnia(2002)
½

Insomnia is a well crafted thriller driven by Pacino's performance. Its a smart psychological drama that is character driven. It stands as one of the best remakes that I have ever seen.

Chicago
Chicago(2002)
½

Chicago is an extremely well made film. It has comedy, drama and it does both very well. Its a musical so be prepared for that, but it does it so well you really don't think about that.

Watchmen
Watchmen(2009)
½

Say what you want about Zack Snyder but he knows how to make a great looking movie. Its almost as if the graphic novel was transported to the perfect world for this movie to be in. Its one of the truest adaptations that we will get to the amazing graphic novel.

Shooter
Shooter(2007)
½

Shooter is a really good and engaging action film with a good performance from Marky Mark. It may not be the most original action film, but it does its premise a hell of a lot better than most movies these days.

Sherlock Holmes

Robert Downey Jr. may not be the best Sherlock Holmes we've ever seen, but he is damn good at playing him. This is a smart, funny mystery movie that might even surprise you.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon
½

A step up from Revenge of the Fallen but not nearly as good as the first one. Even though many people loved the final action sequence, I was both bored and annoyed by it.

The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black is an effective thriller with a solid performance from Harry Potter, I mean Daniel Radcliffe. The first half may not have enough scares for some, but the second half of the film definitely ups the ante with delivering a genuinely creepy environment.

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2(2010)

Its good, but its not as good as the first Iron Man. Its probably because we set the bar so high after the first one.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes didn't look so good when the trailer was first released. People should not judge this movie based on the trailer because they would be missing out on a fantastic movie. Andy Serkis will get a nomination for something soon enough. Don't get me wrong everyone in the movie Act their asses off, but Serkis outshines them all. Thats right, a CGI ape steals the entire show. Watch this film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathes new life into the franchise.

A History of Violence

A History of Violence is intriguing, graphic, and disturbing. And thats only the beginning of how that makes this movie great.

Water for Elephants
½

Water for Elephants shows us that Robert Pattinson can actually act. In fact he is extremely good at it, it just took the right movie for him to actually show it.

50/50
50/50(2011)

50/50 is the perfect example of how to make a perfect human comedy-drama. If a movie can go from making you laugh to making you cry and then to making you laugh again. Its doing its job extremely well. 50/50 is one of the best movies I have ever seen and anybody can find someway to find a connection with it.

Brothers
Brothers(2009)
½

Brothers is mainly so damn good because of the performances of the three main characters. With that being said, I loved the movie entirely.

Blood Diamond

One of my favorite DiCaprio movies. It has everything that I look for in a movie. Story, Acting, and Originality. It does all three so well.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

The worst Transformers in the series. This is exactly how you should not make a sequel..

This Means War

This Means War is not a movie for everyone, but I found something to thoroughly enjoy about this movie. I found it funny and thats really all that matters to me. So yeah, I liked it. More than I should probably.

The Cabin in the Woods

One of the best and most original horror movies to be released. It has everything that people want from a horror movie and then some. It has humor, no cheap jump scares, and an absurdly original premise. Its a horror movie for those that have complained that they don't make good horror movies anymore.

Grave Encounters
½

Grave Encounters may not be the best horror movie ever made, or the scariest for that matter, but it does succeed at being cleverly made and being extremely tense from 25 minutes on. If you are a horror movie fan like I am, you can't go wrong with getting a few scares from watching this movie.

A Nightmare on Elm Street
½

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, a lot more than I should have. It looks fantastic and I'm probably one of the only ones who really enjoyed this movie and didn't really care about them replacing the original Freddy. Jackie Earle Haley shows that he is a really creepy Freddy Krueger who made me like this movie.

Source Code
Source Code(2011)
½

In a world filled with bad Sci-Fi movies, Source Code is not one of them. It has a great and complex storyline with great relatable characters. Gyllenhaal is extremely good in this movie and he hits the mark with choosing to be in this movie. If you want a good complex movie, you can't go wrong with Source Code.

Captain America: The First Avenger
½

Captain America shows us what a great summer movie is. Its got the perfect American vibe with a guy who was born to play Captain America. It showed how Captain America grew as a hero, and it was great to really see that with this character.

Zodiac
Zodiac(2007)
½

Zodiac is a very quiet film. By that I mean its not really about violence, its about the interactions and dialogue between the characters. Fincher has the perfect cast for this movie with outstanding performances by Ruffalo, Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

Iron Man stands as my all time favorite Marvel movie. Its fantastically directed and acted thanks to Robert Downey Jr who was born to play Tony Stark.