Infinity War: Mega Marvel Team-Up Should Thrill Fans, Confuse All Others

Avengers: Infinity War Poster

4 out of 5 stars (one of the best in its series) Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of the past 10 years of superhero movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Fans of the franchise will laugh and cry as their favorite heroes go up against the toughest foe they’ve ever encountered, while non-fans will wonder what all the fuss is about.  Essentially, this is a movie for the devotees of this Continue Reading

“Concussion”: Will Smith’s Football/Medical Drama Can’t Score The Winning Goal

Concussion movie poster

2.8 out of 5 stars (decent) Concussion is one of those movies that has a good cast and a very important message, but has too many flaws to win an Oscar or be slated as a classic.  The cast members are giving it their all, but are let down by the material in front of them.  The director of this film has one other project under his belt, and it’s painfully easy to see that, with odd camera shots, not-so-subtle Continue Reading

“Seven Pounds”: Smith’s Drama is Decent, but Confusing

2.5 out of 5 stars (decent) First of all, this is one of Will Smith’s dramas, not comedies. Second, it’s more aimed at adults then kids.  Third, Will Smith is the only person that could have been picked for this role. In Seven Pounds, Smith portrays Ben Thomas, a somewhat sympathetic IRS agent with anger issues. Ben can change the lives of seven people who Continue Reading

“Dawn” of the Missed Opportunity

2.5 out 5 stars (decent) Sequels can be a mixed bag.  Occasionally, a sequel can rise above its predecessor (“The Godfather Part Two” and “The Dark Knight” are examples of this), but most of the time, sequels do not meet the expectations set by their predecessors, sometimes to glaringly disappointing effect.  I am extremely sad to report that “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” falls in the latter category. For Continue Reading

“Maleficent” is Not Magnificent, But Worth Seeing

Maleficent Poster

2.5 out of 5 stars (decent) Disney has been around for a long time, bringing us animated classics like Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, and Tarzan.  Of course, those films were in the 1990s, the “Disney Renaissance,” a time when Disney could do no wrong.  Disney’s newest trick has been to re-tell its classic animated films with a darker touch, as well as in live action, since live action appeals to a larger Continue Reading

“High School Musical” Graduates to the Big Screen

High School Musical 3: Senior Year poster

3 out of 5 stars (average) Note: Upon rewatching this film, I find it absolutely shocking that I once enjoyed it.  The acting and writing are laughable, (the former especially for Vanessa Hudgens) the music numbers, while well-produced, took me out of the films' reality, and the self-congratulatory ending is ludicrous.  I would give it 2 out of 5 stars today (has some good moments, but is overall bad).  Continue Reading