Archive for 'Movie Reviews'

Great expectations that go unsatisfied in the latest Superman reboot

Man of Steel starts out with the potential to be a great movie (not just a great superhero movie), but then it fails to deliver on that promise, delivering instead nearly interminable battle scenes...

Waylines Magazine Issue 2 Released

The second issue of Waylines has fiction by K.C. Ball, Sean Eads, and Eric Del Carlo, and films by Patrick Jean, Matt Westrup, and John Williams...

Unexpectedly average

The first of the trilogy of movies Peter Jackson is making of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is a good movie. Not great, but good. Watchable, but not Middle Earth-shattering...

Argo turns history into excitement, without messing up the history

It's not an sf film, but it does show the important of sf in the world of international affairs and hostage rescue...

A multi-time, multi-dimensional, multi-star movie with very few clouds and no atlas

Cloud Atlas is a difficult movie, less so for sf aficionados, but worth the effort... [Note, this review has been updated eighteen hours after first appearing.]

Dark Shadows is mostly light-hearted, and a lot of fun

Forget sparkly vampires, Johnny Depp's Barnabas Collins doesn't sparkle in 1972, but he's a hell of a lot of fun discovering the modern world...

Why live in the present? Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris

Not a full review of this interesting film, but a discussion-leading question of one key point...

iRocky

A rather unsubtle script combined with surprisingly good special effects make a wonderful platform for a child actor to steal the screen and give us a fun, heartwarming, exciting two hours...

Ride ‘em, ET!

Some films Make A Statement, other movies keep you bouncing with glee. Cowboys & Aliens is one of the latter, joyously so...

A Brave Lad—Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts 1 and 2)

The kids are all grown up in this not-really-for-kids kids movie. Its flaws are those of the book, but in the end, it's a satisfying conclusion to a magical journey...

Eye candy, mind popcorn—Thor

Visually stunning, but intellectually thin...

Yoda trains the Terminator, and then this 17-year-old badass goes to town in Hanna

A haunting portrayal of a girl finding her way in an alien world turns into a kick-ass action flick...

Natalie Portman’s Black Swan is a wonderfully dark and uncomfortable pas de deux

An allegory of Swan Lake remarkably frames a young dancer's growth into the role and descent into madness...

A modern, but not TOO modern, princess Rapunzel takes the screen in Disney’s Tangled

Disney's newest animated feature, Tangled, is based on the story of Rapunzel, with a somewhat modernized heroine and an engaging story. Definitely worth watching...

The Ghost Who Parkours—Syfy’s The Phantom

The Syfy Channel's latest incarnation of the 1930s comic book superhero was both better and worse than expected, but it sets the stage for a decent potential series...