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  • Tomb Raider

    Tomb Raider

    ★★

    The film succeeds in looking and feeling like a video game at times. I can't remember if the Angelina Jolie movies were actually much better; but in my imagination, they were more definitely more fun. The lead is super fit, but I think they're working hard to de-feminize her. Is that empowerment? 4.6/10

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★½

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

    There's a disturbance in The Force. Disney's newest is not exactly charming the box office. Here at my screening in China, and on only its second day of release, there were twelve people including my party of eight Canadian expats at a 4DMax screening. Ironically, I think this is closer to the kind of movie original trilogy fans would prefer. Too little, too late.

    Finally, this is a Disney Star Wars entry that just goes for dumbass cheap thrills and…

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  • Sabotage

    Sabotage

    ★★★★½

    Blissfully gritty and violent combination of pulp action and neo noir. It's the strongest in a string of distinguished work since Schwarzenegger has returned to movies. This is David Ayer's uncompromising reaction to The Expendables and it's not for wimps. Olivia Williams and Mireille Enos turn in exciting gender-defying performances as the hard-boiled women trapped in this nightmare of throbbing, reckless machismo.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    ★★½

    EL James originally published a two-part piece of Twilight fan fiction called Master of the Universe wherein Bella was sexually enslaved by Edward and, apparently, "fucked hard". Eventually, a publisher encouraged her to modify that into an original story, which became the ridiculously successful Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

    That may partly explain why this film seems aimed at younger women ready to move past soft titillation into soft S&M. It's a bit like a nineties erotic thriller, minus the…