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  • TRON

    TRON 1982

    ★★½ Added

    Even at 12, I realized that "TRON" was not a very good movie overall, but it holds a lot of nostalgic appeal for me personally. I think the visuals are still striking and unusual, and the effects hold up pretty well after so many years.

    The flickery black and white faces of the actors surrounded by the brightly colored neon lines of their costumes and environments is such a cool combination of retro and future style, I never get tired…

  • The Equalizer

    The Equalizer 2014

    ★½ Added

    Slickly produced, with a few moments of semi-interesting ultra violence in the first half. But ultimately I thought "The Equalizer" (played by a bored, seemingly ageless Denzel Washington) was mean-spirited and predictable garbage.

    "The Equalizer" seemed to be a movie for meatheads, containing more than a few cheesy moments. Hey, sometimes cheeseburgers can be tasty if not nutritious, but IMHO this was not a tasty or nutritious cheeseburger. Maybe if your action movie standards are very low, or you are…

  • Orion: The Man Who Would Be King

    Orion: The Man Who Would Be King 2015

    ★★★★½ Added

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Fascinating and very well made documentary about a person who has, up to this point, been an obscure pop culture footnote.

    In the late 1970's and early 1980's, there was a brief spate of semi-serious conjecture that rock and roll icon Elvis Presley didn't really die in 1977 at the age of 42, but instead faked his death to escape the pressures of fame.

    A few years after Presley's passing, a masked Southern singer with a voice that sounded eerily…

  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book 2016

    ★★★½ Added

    Good, not great in my humble opinion. Overall it was enjoyable and decent fun. The cutting edge special effects make this worth a watch, and for fans of the original 1967 cartoon, there's nothing quite like seeing a photo-realistic bear singing "The Bare Necessities." It may be too intense for younger kids, though. Older kids and many adults should find it very entertaining, I think.

    Jon Favreau just seems to lack some essential element that separates a competent director from…

  • Black Mass

    Black Mass 2015

    ★★★½ Added

    "Black Mass" does have the ghost of Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" (as well as dozens of other gangster films) hanging over it, but the true story told here is so unbelievable it would surely be rejected as fiction for being too implausible. Three friends grow up in South Boston, one of them becoming an FBI agent, another a state Senator, and the third a ruthless gang leader. The agency and the mob boss form a secret relationship... with predictable results.…

  • Room

    Room 2015

    ★★★★ Added

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Very good film. I wasn't that crazy about the narration from a 5 year-old's perspective as it tends to feel a little contrived and cutesy at times, but overall the story kept my interest and I thought about it quite a bit afterward. I was always curious as to what would happen next. Great performances as well from the whole cast.

    The questions from the reporter felt a tiny bit over the top, but they served to illustrate the doubts…

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969

    ★★★★½ Added

    Hadn't seen it before, and totally loved it.

    There was a long stretch during the beginning and middle where there is very little action and that was a bit of a drag, but I think the film more than made up for it in the final hour. Overall, this is one of the best James Bond of the whole series thanks mainly to outstanding direction and editing.

    May I say how nice it is to see these films in widescreen…

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight 2015

    ★★ Added

    Almost as dull as the subject is important. And the subject is very important.

    I could have read a piece of paper that said "there are lots of pedophiles in the priesthood" and I would have gotten the same message, saved time and money, and gotten roughly the same amount of enjoyment as I did watching "Spotlight."

    But maybe this film is not intended to be entertainment. If so, mission accomplished.

    It's a procedural told from the point of view…

  • I Saw the Light

    I Saw the Light 2015

    ★★★ Added

    "I Saw The Light" would have been a lot better had the film not seen itself as primarily a relationship story but instead as more of a musical, because the relationship story is weak. Not a great film, but Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen were excellent as Hank and Audrey Williams. Their performances make this worth watching.

    The film runs into the same problem that bedevils all biopics from the get-go: people's lives just don't fall into the typical Syd…

  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs 2015

    ★★★★ Added

    Interesting, solid film overall. There is some good acting, snappy pacing, and intelligent, witty exchanges of dialogue. The film has a lot of the feel of a theatrical play.

    Occasionally the script is a tad overcooked and some of the energy goes over the top, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Even though it's a talkfest about a computer designer (potentially very dull), many scenes ratchet up enough tension between the characters that you wouldn't be at all surprised…

  • For Elise

    For Elise 2013

    ★★ Added

    Proof positive that even a 74 minute movie can drag.

    I liked the concept that promised old school horror movie thrills: Demented old lady hires/kidnaps a sitter for her daughter, who is a full grown psycho trapped in a childlike state. But the filmmakers forgot to add any lurid fun. Instead, it plays out like dull, repetitive torture porn. A scene lifted straight from "Misery" only invites comparison with better movies and shows how drab and ineffective "For Elise" really is.

    I was hoping that at least the climax might show some creative spark, but the filmmakers can't even come up with an enjoyable ending.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    ★★½ Added

    I didn’t hate “BVS:DOJ”, but it isn’t a very good movie. I despised “Man Of Steel”, so in comparison this was a gigantic step up. I was entertained at times, and didn't think it was terrible.

    First, the good:

    It’s not over-plotted, and doesn’t feel stuffed with too many characters, despite having a large cast and being a launching pad for future “Justice League” movies. In fact, the Justice League element is quite restrained.

    Ben Affleck was good as Bruce…