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Movie Ratings and Reviews

The Wolfman
The Wolfman(2010)

Serves up a suitable amount of cheese with its horrible script.

The Matrix Reloaded
½

If you come for anything at all, come for the fight scenes. CGI or not, they are spectacular.

Boyhood
Boyhood(2014)

In all honesty, just everything that I want to say about this movie has already been said. This movie spoke on a deep, deep level to me, somebody who will be graduating from high school in half a year's time. It does not focus on the more spectacular moments in life that make it significant, but instead on the smaller things that make it so beautiful. It is a projection of life onto a screen, it will bring any number of different reactions to the people who watch it, and it is something worth seeing by just about anyone and everyone.

Minority Report

Intelligently written with a unique dystopian and utopian depth of world created around it, it stands out in a field of dull explosion flicks by cleverly adapting to cliches and subverting expectations to create an action film that goes much deeper than you think.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Fast-paced, well-acted, and surprisingly simplistic in its presentation of time travel, you don't need to know a lot about X-Men (well, maybe who the different versions of the characters are) to enjoy the fun.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)

Is it funny? Yes. Action packed? Yes. Well-written? For the most part. The only reason I can give for my rating is that I was expecting something different. It's amazing how dull action sequences can be when you've seen them all before.

Interstellar
Interstellar(2014)

Epically ambitious and ambitiously epic, "Interstellar" sweeps you up in its dazzling special effects just enough to glide over the otherwise bumpy plot.

Birdman
Birdman(2014)

Surprisingly funny, emotionally relevant, and not overly complicated, the subtlety of "Birdman", and amazing performances from its entire cast make this the most thought-provoking film to come out all year.

Men in Black III
½

An intelligent story, paired with clever humour and well grounded leading performances from Smith and Brolin make this movie a much more deserving sequel than II ever was.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)
½

Zack Snyder's lack of grasp on reality with his directing makes it appallingly easy for the spectacular CGI show to become dull.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Striking a better balance between the apes and humans, "Dawn" unbiasedly pits them as equals, with heroes and villains on both sides. An intelligently thrilling movie.

Ender's Game
Ender's Game(2013)
½

Steps to avoid disappointment: 1) Read the book. 2) Avoid this movie at all costs.

American Hustle
½

Hilariously insane and insanely hilarious.

Cars
Cars(2006)

Not exactly "Pixar Perfect", but still an enjoyable film with a good message.

Airplane!
Airplane!(1980)
½

Literally the king of slapstick movies, right here.
Absolutely hilarious.

This Is the End
½

Well, of course you're gonna laugh. That's exactly what everyone expects walking into the theatre, and it's exactly what they get. But what sets "This is The End" apart from any other apocalypse comedy out there (and there are a lot more than you may think) is that it makes you care. You spend a lot of time laughing during this movie, but you spend the same amount of time genuinely concerned about these idiots. I haven't seen a comedy in theatres in a long time, but this is one that is really worth seeing. Because underneath its religion-mocking jokes and cheaply made (but effective nonetheless) special effects, this movie has a heart. Kudos, Seth, Jonah, James, Craig, Jay, and Danny. Here's to a great afterlife. And hopefully no shit sequels.

Lincoln
Lincoln(2012)
½

Daniel Day-Lewis's acting almost makes the entire movie, but Spielberg's superb directing, plus some great supporting performances, is what makes "Lincoln" fantastic.

Django Unchained
½

Much of it is just a fun ride, but the very drawn-out ending and some just plain bizarre moments prevent this great film from being excellent.

Sherlock Holmes
½

Downey and Law, more or less, drive the entire film. And it's enough, but only barely.

Inception
Inception(2010)

Just look at the critic's consensus. Couldn't have said it any better.

Jurassic Park
½

An absolute classic. Even twenty years later, Steven Spielberg's dino masterpiece still stands the test of time. Nearly flawless, and amazing in IMAX 3D.

The Dictator
The Dictator(2012)
½

It had it's high points, but otherwise...eh.

Wreck-it Ralph

The movie's characters were flawless down to the last pixel, utilizing the wonderful voice acting of, in particular, Jack McBrayer, of 30 Rock fame, and Jane Lynch of Glee, transferring their well-known TV personalities into the minds of these digital avatars.The 3D is put to great use, giving the otherwise 2D worlds of video games a depth not seen by most.The plot was quite well-done, as even the smallest details in the plot play their parts later on, including - spoiler alert! - a Cola-Mentos mountain and a 20-year old arcade legend. On the flip side, the fact that this was a Disney movie made the ending predictable to a certain extent, which was more of a con than one may think.Ultimately, though, the best video game movie since Tron. (And not the new one. Ugh.)

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

Emotionally wonderful, visually breathtaking, and always inspiring, literally everything about "Life of Pi" is amazing. The best movie of 2012.

Zero Dark Thirty
½

The tone of the movie itself - which, contrary to popular belief, is non-bias - fits the situation well, but I was definitely expecting more from Jessica Chastain.

Silver Linings Playbook

The laughs in this film are great, but the fantastically acted characters are what makes this movie so wonderfully enjoyable.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Most of the movie goes in no real direction, but the emotional payout at the end, helped immensely by Quvenzhane Wallis' wonderful acting, makes it all worth it.

Amour
Amour(2012)
½

Everything about this movie, even the slow pace that should deter most from "Amour", makes it that much better. A spectacular film.

Les MisÚrables

The best musical I've ever seen. That may not say much, but it's still a fantastic feat. On a related note, Anne Hathaway's about to win an Oscar.

Argo
Argo(2012)

A fantastic recreation of one of the most famous events in CIA history. If you didn't like this film, Argo fuck yourself.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

By all means, a fantastic animated film. See what I did there?

Garfield - The Movie

When Bill Murray "dies" 3 years later in a Zombie Apocalypse, this movie is his only regret. And it's completely understandable.

Mr. Popper's Penguins

A good family movie. But that's all I can say about it.

The Truman Show

Jim Carrey at his all-time best.

Moonrise Kingdom
½

Wes Anderson shows his genius once again with a film that immerses you in his strangely wonderful imagination, where the writing is perfect, and the acting is fantastic.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Just buy the book, for god's sake.

Knowing
Knowing(2009)

The plot's far-fetched, but it fortunately didn't hinder "Knowing", a movie which allows you to dive deep into, and maybe even surprise you by what you can find.

Premium Rush
Premium Rush(2012)

If you think a chase scene on a bike would be boring, think again.

Date Night
Date Night(2010)

The movie's plot is quite dull. Fortunately, Carell and Fey are far from it. Unfortunately, this adds up to a movie that's a lot of "meh" with a few chuckles thrown in for good measure.

Waiting for Superman

This move shines light on the poor situations of the poor standards of public schools in the United States. As a person who lives outside the US, this movie was shocking, and rather saddening. The facts that are brought forward and the way that they are shown in the film are incredibly effective. This is, in retrospect, the "Inconvenient Truth" for the Education system.

Super 8
Super 8(2011)

The acting is superb. The filmmaking is remarkable. The scares are fantastic.
J.J. has, once again, made a masterpiece of science fiction.

Being There
Being There(1979)

This movie had some of the most bizarre, most socially-awkward scenes I've ever seen in cinema. But god, was it funny.

The Amazing Spider-Man
½

Andrew Garfield was a well-chosen replacement Spider-Man for this reboot; the head of a great cast, starring alongside Martin Sheen, Emma Stone, and Denis Leary. And while the reboot was, by no means, better than the original, the action and acting in the movie was still good to make for a better-than-normal reboot.

Battle in Seattle
½

The film's general plot, which focused on the crowds collectively, was the most interesting part of the film. As for the characters, the only one I found worth following was Seattle's fictional mayor, wonderfully acted by Ray Liotta. The others are uninteresting people I could ultimately care less about, even with the great performances by Channing Tatum and Woody Harrelson, among others.

Looper
Looper(2012)

Most time-travel movie plots follow along a common line. "Looper" takes the line and plays jumprope with it. By far one of the best movies of the year.

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

Only J.J. could have pulled this series back from destruction after a movie like "Nemesis". Absolutely fantastic.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

If Robert Downey Jr.'s career was a story, this would, without a doubt, be the climax.

The Campaign
The Campaign(2012)

The humor in "The Campaign" is pretty out there, but I laughed way more than I should have. Hilarious.

The Dark Knight Rises
½

Breathtaking, action-packed, and featuring great performances from Bale, Hathaway, and Hardy, "Rises" brings the trilogy to a fantastic conclusion.

2012
2012(2009)

It looks cool, but that's about all I can give this film. Sorry, Emmerich, but your movie's plot is less likely to happen than the disaster your movie is based off of. And that's pretty sad.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

The brilliant performances of the two leads are, in the end, not enough to save what could have been a good movie from armageddon.

Men in Black II
½

Yet another sequel that doesn't live up to the original. Don't get me wrong; it's funny, just not "MIB1" funny.

Men in Black
Men in Black(1997)

Funny. Very, very funny.

The Dark Knight
½

Carried by great CGI and wondrous performances from Christian Bale and Heath Ledger as Batman and the Joker (respectively), this film is seriously serious.

Modern Times
Modern Times(1936)

Even though Chaplin's flick includes himself speaking for the first time on screen, the film remains, in many and all ways, magical. Oh, and hysterical.

The Kid
The Kid(1921)

Absolutely perfect. Funny, sad, and everything in between, even "The Artist" could learn a thing or two from this wonderful Chaplin flick.

War of the Worlds

If anyone was going to make a WotW reboot, it had to be Spielberg. And it shows.

Independence Day
½

If one takes the plot with a grain of salt, you have yourself a damn good movie.

The Social Network

Even while it's not completely accurate, a spectacular cast and great musical score carries this adaptation of Facebook's story to greatness.

WALL-E
WALL-E(2008)

Unique, visually fantastic, and very moving, WALL-E sets a new standard for Pixar's films.

The Matrix Revolutions

The CGI is great, and the story is pretty good, but nothing about the movie is memorable in the way that the first two were. Tough luck.

Marvel's The Avengers
½

Funny, action-packed, and completely brilliant, The Avengers brings its audience along for a wild ride.

The Hunger Games

A wonderful adaptation of a great novel. And while it may have unsatisfactory camerawork in some parts, "The Hunger Games" will please both fans of the books and new audiences alike.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Wow. Everything from the plot line to the special effects to the music is flawless. And like the equally famous novel by Arthur C. Clarke, the movie has the power to make a person stop, think, and seriously consider their place in the universe.

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)
½

Well made with a unique, simple storyline, 12 Angry Men is a courtroom drama that stands aside such other classics as Kramer vs. Kramer.