Review: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (insightful inside and out)

Sure there’s a lot of Cap, but Black Widow is the scene stealer this time out. Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans) is still catching up to modern-day. Working for SHIELD, he and Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are sent on a covert mission to free hostages, but the target turns out […]

Review: ‘Knights of Badassdom’ (needn’t IS a word here)

Fans of tabletop gaming, live-action roleplay, and Tucker & Dale will find much to love herein. Deep in the woods after midnight, chanting figures in cloaks surround a man about to be impaled with a gleaming dagger… just before a group of trigger-happy jocks with paintball guns start shooting up the place. Is this some […]

Review: ‘Vampire Academy’ (School Isn’t All That Sucks Here)

When the dream sequence killing off the cast is better than everything afterward, you MIGHT have a script problem. Exposition: Moroi are peaceful mortal vampires – never mind that they drink the blood of the living – who are protected by half-vampire guardians called Dhampirs from the red-eyed bad vampires called Strigoi. Got all that? […]

Review: ‘Haunter’ (Even Ghosts Can be Haunted)

A tightly wound slow-burn ghost story that blends the best elements of the genre. Typical teenager Lisa (Abigail Breslin) has begun to realize that today was yesterday, not to mention she’s also hearing voices. After failing to convince her parents that their lives are on a twenty-four hour infinite loop, a pale man (Stephen McHattie) […]

Review: ‘Enders Game’ (do you want to know more?)

Are you doing your part? You know, by breeding bullying jerks to save the human race? The near future: a spacefaring alien race called the Formics attack the Earth in a bid for colonization, but the brave sacrifice of Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) halts the invasion and saves the planet. Fifty years later, cries of […]

Review: ‘Carrie’ (2013 – never bully a latent telekinetic)

Director Kimberly Peirce’s thriller about a bullied young woman who pushes back… hard. When high school senior Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz) experiences her first period in the gym class shower at school, the other girls make fun of the young woman’s fear and ridicule her. The sheltering by her mother Margaret (Julianne Moore) has […]

Review: ‘Carrie’ (1976 – to the devil’s daughter with false modesty)

Director Brian De Palma’s creature feature about a shy young woman who was born a monster. When high school senior Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) experiences her first period in the gym class shower at school, the other girls make fun of the young woman’s fear and ridicule her. The sheltering by her mother Margaret (Piper […]

Review: ‘Prisoners’ (figuratively and literally)

The only thing worse than losing control is being manipulated into losing it. Sharing a Thanksgiving dinner between families, blue-collar handyman Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) realizes that he and his neighbor’s daughters haven’t been seen for a while following dinner. When a hasty search turns up nothing, their older teen siblings mention a dilapidated RV […]

Review: ‘Gravity’ (Sandra Bullock and the Early Oscar Buzz)

The closest you can get to going into space – and why you should feel very happy about that. The words “Living in space is impossible” fade from the screen as a spectacular view of the Earth appears. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is hastily upgrading the Hubble telescope outside of a space shuttle while Matt […]