Terminator Genisys

on 7-03-2015

This a good, stand alone movie with effective time travel and science fiction themes. The machines are coming to get us theme, seems rather current. It is well acted. Arnold has a major role in it. He has a new line: “we are working on that”. The action and fighting is convincing. The morphing bad guys are ferocious. The young gal, heroine does a good job as well. It is, all and all pretty...

Avengers: Age of Ultron

on 5-04-2015

Was it a yawn or a pretty good romp once it got going? You decide. I left it glad I saw it but it is a bit slow on the uptake. There is a lot of whizzing and banging, fighting and over done on the techno movie making side BUT all in all what we are getting from Marvel these days. The characters are more developed and there is some tenderness and even romance...

Kingsman: The Secret Service

on 2-13-2015

This is a clever, quick, fun, diabolical and smartly done romp of a spoof spy thriller. I might add, there is a lot of comedic lines. It was very fun with many surprises. There is a, saving the world from global warming angle as well. It is a big plan using current technology as the saving (?) device. Way over the t op it is but fasten your seat belts and keep the popcorn...

Jupiter Ascending

on 2-07-2015

This is a space romp with several new twists. For one, did you know that humanity came from another civilization over a million years ago? Neither did I. That is just one of the surprises. There are a lot of very imaginative weapons and technologies. It is fun to see all of the imaginative stuff put into use. There is a lot of fighting and a complicated story line but if space adventuring is...

Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies

on 12-21-2014

Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies This is the best one in this series…….so far!! Mr. Peter Jackson (director) has been honing his Hobbit craft through several of these installments. In my mind, he finally got it right. Several of these, like the last one saw us sitting through Ork goring after Ork goring. This one has plenty of battle scenes but more back story that Ork gorings. The cast is lovely with...

Exodus

on 12-13-2014

Exodus This Ridley Scott directed film got something right in this super natural biblical story. His character development and pacing of the film gives us a chance to take in the history of the time along with all of its politics and how they affected daily life. The few in the privileged class lived well. The rest of the humanity of the time lived in bondage or in small remote villages living close to...

The Hunger Games – Mockingjay part 1

on 11-21-2014

The Hunger Games – Mockingjay part 1 This is a movie that came right out of the marketing department. In the process they sneaked by the script writers office in the dead of night. This stinks! I detested the premise of the first movie but at least it had some production value. This is slow paced with a very thin story line. They seemed to use lack of action or depth as a time...

Big Hero 6

on 11-18-2014

Big Hero 6 I was expecting not to like this BUT from all the other ratings I felt compelled to see it and guess what? I loved it. I had forgotten how clever and good a well done animation by Disney or Pixar can be. This one has all the great stuff. It has smart kids applying themselves to useful inventions to solve problems in the world. It has the evil does. It has...

Interstellar

on 11-08-2014

Interstellar This is a thinkers movie. It takes us to other planets in a very convincing quest for a new planet to inhabit. The new worlds this crew visit are about what could be expected. Supporting life as we know it is not offered with a welcome mat. It was a very long movie. It is an exhausting story of weather having shifted on Earth to the point that crops are not able to...

Birdman

on 11-08-2014

Birdman Wild and crazy emotional egos tearing at each other. This movie was exhausting and compelling at the same time. The acting is exceptional. It is raw and powerful at times. This is a quirky take on the backstage goings on of a theater production, shortly before opening night. I felt like a voire to all of this wacky emotional tumult. It felt like private moments were being slung haphazardly all over the movie...

on 8-16-2014

The Expendables 3 This is a romp into dark places in the world by a band of highly skilled and funny do gooder tuff guys. There is a lot of humor and a lot of fierce action. The first mission Stallone, Statham, Snipes and company embark on does not accomplish its aim. Stallone, the leader fires all of his team to protect them. Kelsey Grammer acts as talent scout for a new and younger...

Hercules

on 7-27-2014

  Hercules Dwayne Johnson is a great choice for this role as Hercules. He is both powerful and vulnerable in this role. The acting overall was very good and the story line engaging. This is another super hero style of film but it plays well. Hercules and his team whip together an army of farmers into it being an ordered fighting force. There are beautiful women, some treachery and a mix of do-goodism along...