Review: ‘If I Stay’ (a life or death decision story)

The best tissue-ready feel-good family film about dying you’ll see all August. While waiting for a decision that will affect the rest of her life, high school student Mia (ChloĆ« Grace Moretz) spends a snow day with her family cut short by a random traffic accident. As ambulances arrive to take victims to the hospital, […]

Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ 2014 (it’s actually good?)

Not despising Megan Fox’s character should be the minimum criteria for ANY positive film review. New York City journalist April O’Neil (Megan Fox) dreams of something bigger than fluff reports – just like every other reporter. While trying to catch a break investigating a gang calling themselves “The Foot Clan,” April discovers four vigilantes who […]

Review: ‘Into the Storm’ (It’s ‘Twister’…fortified with danger and plot!)

After a freak overnight tornado is reported, a team of stormchasers (Matt Walsh and Sarah Wayne Callies) arrive in a small town hoping to take a tornado-proof vehicle with two dozen video cameras into the eye of a twister. At the same time, a local high school is filming a virtual time capsule for their […]

Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (fun promised, awesome delivered)

“Make Mine Marvel.” It’s not just for comics anymore. After losing his mother as a child and being kidnapped by aliens on the same day, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) knows a little something about loss. He also knows a little something about gain, too, being an intergalactic thief who calls himself “Star-Lord.” When a particular […]

Review: ‘Her’ (the purest scifi)

In the near future – when all of our silly human struggles for need have come to an end – only want remains. Enter Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely man who takes a chance on upgrading his mobile computer to a new operating system: a thinking program that can anticipate his desires (voiced by […]

Review: ‘Maleficent’ (magnificent!)

You only think you know the story (but this one – in many ways – is so much better). Once upon a time, a fairy girl and a human boy dared to breach the boundary separating their two worlds and became very close. As the human boy became a man, Stefan (Sharlto Copley) grew ambitious […]

Review: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ (just go with the awesome)

If you just think of each franchise X-Men film installment as a stand-alone alternative history, it will go easier for your brain. It’s the future and we lost – not just mutant-kind but ALL of mankind. The Sentinels created by Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) in the 1970s evolve into machines that cease making the […]

Review: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ (Gwen drama good, villainy origins bad)

It’s like they took one good and one bad script and mashed them together. After defeating the Lizard on his last outing, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) aka Spider-Man fails to keep the promise he made to Captain Stacy (Denis Leary) in staying away from his daughter, Gwen (Emma Stone). Their on-again/off-again relationship is a source […]

Review: ‘Godzilla’ 2014 (now with 100% less Matthew Broderick)

When the audience is cheering, you know you got it right. In 1999, scientists with an organization known as Monarch investigate a mine collapse in the Philippines. Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) discovers the remains of an ancient alpha predator and two dormant spores, one of which seems to have tunneled off unseen. Hundreds of […]