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 […]

Review: ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ (mostly nostalgic Muppet mayhem)

While neither as complete nor compelling as the previous outing, it’s still a fun time with your favorite felt characters. Picking up exactly where the last film left off, the newly re-assembled “Muppet Show” cast turns to Kermit the Frog for their next move; enter Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) with a proposal for a world […]

Review: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ (holidays are jollier with Mary)

If you’re familiar with Mary Poppins, you’re in for a treat. If you’re not, familiar you will be. Practical British author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) is the writer of a best-selling children’s book, but the royalties are running out and she hasn’t written anything since. She has been relentlessly pursued by Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) […]

Review: ‘Noah’ (and the Planeteers!)

How do you sell the same ol’ Bible story of Noah to modern audiences? Change it… a lot. In the Old World before the Great Flood, Adam and Eve sinned and Cain killed Abel. Cain went into the world and started the first industrial age – who knew, right? – with the help (get this) […]

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 fans 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 […]