‘The Lone Ranger’ a gem despite box office naysayers
We really live in quite a bizarre age when a movie can be condemned as a complete and utter financial failure before it has even had a chance to pass through the doors of theaters.
‘Monsters University’ scares up a meaningful prequel
The very concept of a sequel or prequel may start often off as a well-intentioned way to continue the adventures of our most beloved characters, but the more celebrated the individuals of any given franchise are, the more slippery the slope is while trying to please an audience guaranteed to be divided.
‘Man of Steel’ not for the Reeve hearted
Aside from my own enjoyment of many strong tales where good triumphs over evil, I’ve never been 100 percent behind the concept of hero worship.
‘Warm Bodies’ a fresh munch on romantic comedy
When it comes to a list of the world’s easiest jobs, I’d have to place coming up with dialogue for zombies near the top of that list.
‘Escape from Planet Earth’ crashes on planet bland
For all of the classic adventures we’ve rooted for no less than a thousand times in all the familiar fables, I never tire of an attempt to try and flip the roles of the characters in a slightly different twist.
‘The Last Stand’ worth sitting down for
Admiration for acting may always be heaped in plentiful supply on those who manage to pick the year’s best films to be a part of, but there are certain personalities who regularly carry any project whether it is a box office smash or bomb.
‘Epic’ almost, but not quite
As an avid film buff who often favors animation over live action, 2013 has so far been a year barely pinging the radar.
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ enterprises on improvements
Despite an overall dismissal and thumbing of the nose of science fiction by the major award circuits throughout the history of film (and beyond if you throw in years of geek bullying from print or radio), one element that has not been denied ultimate glory quite as often is the musical force behind them.
‘Silver Linings Playbook’ finds structure in mental script
Only in Hollywood magic land can the stressful and never hilarious situation of dealing with violently mentally ill family members be turned into one of the most beloved comedy creations ever.
‘Iron Man 3’ proves nothing is sacred with fresh twists
In a time when God-like status is granted to those who can obtain the franchise tag for a film series, the true test of creative power is not falling flat when that third or later chapter is born.
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