Dom Hemingway (2014)

Dom Hemingway is very much a nothing film. It has a very mediocre plot, a main character too (purposefully) superficial to allow for the few sentimental moments to have any impact, a lack of focus, and a lackluster resolution. It’s not altogether dull or unenjoyable, but like the proverbial fast food burger, you’ll forget about […]

Speed Racer (2008)

Clocking in at an unacceptable two hours and fifteen minutes in length, Speed Racer tells an incredibly simple story about a boy and his race car and the quest to conquer the evil corporations ruining his favorite sport. You’ve seen this basic story before — probably more in cartoons and television shows (which is where […]

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

A film like The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a testament to how running time and pacing are entirely different things. The first two chapters in the Narnia series each ran over 140 minutes long but never began to drag. You watched them and never even thought about looking at […]

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

If a sequel’s sole mission is to fix the main problems with its predecessor, then The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is the perfect sequel. The two main problems with the first Narnia movie were the slightly lackluster villain and a general feeling that the filmmakers couldn’t take any risks for fear of becoming too […]

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Essentially little more than a children’s fantasy film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — what a title! — is the first adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ seven-story book series. How faithful an adaptation is it? I don’t know. I’ve never read the books. But I know that as a movie […]

Breathe In (2014)

How many films have you watched in which an unhappy married man falls for a younger woman? Far too many to count, I would wager, and even if you haven’t seen too many you can probably figure out exactly how this type of story plays out — most of the time, at least. Breathe In […]

Faster (2010)

Containing many characters without real names and a plot as deep as “a dude shoots other dudes,” Faster isn’t a high-octane thriller or an insane action movie. Instead, it’s a movie about a single man’s quest for vengeance, and possibly about how that quest would affect him — although it’s not good enough to really […]

The Last Stand (2013)

I’m not really sure if anyone asked for this. After a decade since taking a leading role in a feature film — he was kind of the Governor of California, you know — Arnold Schwarzenegger is back and in a silly and dumb action film. This time, he’s the sheriff of a small town in […]

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

In case you’ve forgotten, love must at least attempt to conquer all, even if it isn’t necessarily successful. I only say that because I don’t want to ruin how The Adjustment Bureau ends, although astute readers will recognize that it’s a Hollywood film and probably have a pretty good idea. It doesn’t matter. This is […]

The Wolverine (2013)

Unlike pretty much every other superhero movie — to say nothing of the X-Men series — The Wolverine is far more interested in its character than the action scenes involving him. We’ve had, what, four Wolverine movies before — X-Men, X-2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Origins: Wolverine all starred Wolverine and don’t try to […]