Shawn has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2011.

  • Source Code

    Source Code

    ★★★½

    Source Code made some changes from the original script I didn't think were necessary but all in all it still worked. Decent sci-fi movie.

  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    Captain America: The First Avenger

    ★★★½

    Perfectly formulaic but the story worked. My biggest complaint was that we never got to fully understand the extent and limits of Captain America's powers. Exactly how strong is he? Is he bulletproof? All in all I'm pretty surprised by how decent all of the Marvel movies have been lately.

  • Super 8

    Super 8

    ★★★½

    JJ Abram's best movie so far (by a lot). There's still something disingenuous about his directing style, like he's more concerned that I like him than that he is about telling a good story. But the kids did a good job emotionally so it worked.

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★½

    They did a great job of developing the ape characters, especially Caesar. My only nit is that it should have been called "Rise of the Apes" instead of the awkward "Rise of the Planet of the Apes".