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Average User Score: 7.7Dec 28, 2016Star Wars is in a strange place. The prequel trilogy are objectively worse movies than the original trilogy. But they do feel cut from theStar Wars is in a strange place. The prequel trilogy are objectively worse movies than the original trilogy. But they do feel cut from the same cloth. The Force Awakens and Rogue One are better movies than the prequels, but feel cut from a different cloth. I found Rogue One to be a thoroughly enjoyable flick. The plot made sense and didn't step on the original films. I liked the diverse imperial bases. The film has minor flaws, such as some of the acting talent being wasted. Forest Whitaker and Mads Mikkelsen can do more/better! It seemed like K2SO got all the good comedic lines. Also a couple of times (minor spoiler) a character appears where the original actor has aged substantially or passed on. The approach taken to that seemed a little uncanny valley to me. Ultimately though the film lacks much of an underlying theme. Which makes it a flick, even though its a good one. Finally RIP Carrie Fisher.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.3Aug 26, 2016I can see why the professional critics came down so hard on this film. There are plot holes. The pacing is a bit off a times. Some of theI can see why the professional critics came down so hard on this film. There are plot holes. The pacing is a bit off a times. Some of the ensemble cast doesn't do much. Perhaps the worst sin, a couple of characters get "reigned in" for the PG 13 rating. On the other hand, this movie has enough awesome in it to be the 3rd best comic book movie of the year (in my opinion). Behind Deadpool and Captain America 2. There is plenty to enjoy about it, and its a memorable movie. Will Smith is back in fine form. Its not some sedate feel good, oscar bate story this time. He brings the swagger that we haven't seen in a long time. Though he hijacks the deadshot character, its probably worth it, and he gives an enjoyable performance. Margot Robbie does a great Harley Quin, though she gets a bit less crazy towards the end. An almost epic performance on her part. Cara Delevingne does a great job playing the Enchantress+ whatever the human part of that was called.The rest of the cast did a suitably good job.
The plot is OK. Hate to say it but the animated suicide squad movies do a better job there. There is a camaraderie and empathy they build at one point is an off-putting stretch. They are bad guys. Not all bad, sure, but worse than that.
Jared Leto gave us a different joker from what we've seen before. It fits the hyper stylized universe. Not my favorite. Not bad really either. Just a change. Less menacing, more over the top street thug.
Overall I felt like I was watching an early attempt at an awesome film. And it had all the ingredients to be awesome. They just need to work a few bugs out first. Its a big step up for this studio following Batman vs Superman.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.0Jun 3, 2016I'd heard it was bad. Finally saw it for free. Oh how its bad. Rather than dissect what all is wrong with the film its much easier and fasterI'd heard it was bad. Finally saw it for free. Oh how its bad. Rather than dissect what all is wrong with the film its much easier and faster to say what isn't. They managed to strike a fine balance with the ninja fighting where no one was obviously killed (by movie logic or 12 year old logic at least). Some of the fighting bits were amusing. William Fichtner did a good job with what he had to work with. It definitely fits the criteria of being a movie. It was competently filmed. It largely didn't hurt to look at. It makes the first ninja turtles film look heartfelt and good. And its a good example of the value of practical effects (because there weren't any and it showed).
Rather than go on about the rest and spoil things I'd rather point out a few obviously bad choices. Splinter has a fooman chu. Thats a bad guy hair style.
CG lens flare obviously added in post. Just why?
Overall, this film is terrible. Do not pay to see it.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.0May 4, 2016You watch this movie, and you leave feeling like it was written for someone else. But I couldn't tell you who. Its not as deep as most CoenYou watch this movie, and you leave feeling like it was written for someone else. But I couldn't tell you who. Its not as deep as most Coen brothers films. But there isn't much to the plot either. Its a nod to a period of Hollywood history with several Coen brother idiosynchronicities woven in. There are a bunch of Hollywood's most talented actors playing bit parts. I had a good time, but there were parts of it I found strange and didn't get. Its something I would watch parts of again, if I was flipping channels on TV. I have no desire to watch it again in its entirety, and I'm a fan of the Coen brothers.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0May 4, 2016The two words that best describe Batman V Superman are "wasted potential." It has all the ingredients to raise the bar from a simple comicThe two words that best describe Batman V Superman are "wasted potential." It has all the ingredients to raise the bar from a simple comic book move to an all time classic. And then all those ingredients got into the wrong hands (whose wrong hands is a matter for debate), got chopped, blended, burned etc. and we ended up with this. So some people treat this movie as an enjoyable flick, while other and the critics are quite unhappy. On the surface, if you put your brain on pause, there is plenty of big budget action sequences and an OK enough plot. It is an OK action movie. Don't try to look for more though. None of it holds up to scrutiny or makes sense on a deeper level. There are awesome moments in this film. And there are stupid coincidences/contrivances that would stand out in a B movie. I particularly liked one of the dream sequences trying to recover the kryptonite . I would pay to see a movie that is just that, but with more of a story and a feature length. Ben Affleck makes a surprisingly good Batman, Jeremy Irons is a fun and interesting Alfred. Gal Gidot makes a fine wonder woman. Shame her character is completely 1 dimensional. But then, the same can be said for nearly all the characters in this movie.
Oh and the Batman Superman fight is pretty disappointing. Its completely one sided. Still better than the Doomsday fight which is an OP CG mess.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Nov 14, 2015Spectre builds off of the events of the previous three Bond films in a way never attempted in this franchise. All of the high points in theSpectre builds off of the events of the previous three Bond films in a way never attempted in this franchise. All of the high points in the film for me came from when it was doing so. This film has car chases, gun fights. Ridiculously inappropriate uses of vehicles. And they were all very well done. The exotic locals were very exotic and picturesque. The villain's lair looked cool. Lots of very nice expensive looking cars too. But it was the gradual reveal of Spectre where the film was most interesting.
I should also say there were a couple of scenes which were just a bit too "campy bond." Maybe there's a deleted scene or two that was cut for time that fixes it. And there is one scene, where bond is captured and strapped to a chair. If you've ever seen the film Brazil, it'll have you wondering.
Overall I'd rate this film 2nd after Casino Royal in the 4 bond films Danial Craig has starred in. Good show.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Sep 28, 2015This movie represents a triumphant return to form for Johnny Depp. He does an amazing job playing the lead "whitey." Unfortunately, for meThis movie represents a triumphant return to form for Johnny Depp. He does an amazing job playing the lead "whitey." Unfortunately, for me that's where the positives in this film end. Its a crime movie we've seen before. Goodfellas, the Casino, Godfather, heck the Sopranos. Some of the dialogue, and ideas for scenes are straight borrowed. Not an homage. Benedict Cumberbatch is in the film. His character doesn't really add to it in any way. He's just there. Its a fairly small part. The problem with this film is we are told things like "whitey was never the same after SPOILER OBSCURED died." Sure he was. Portrayal the same. World the same. Despite him "moving up." A bunch of people die in mob related violence. The film lacks a protagonist. And though Johnney Depp's performance is amazing, his character is not a sympathetic anti-hero. Making the whole experience dull, and forgettable.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Jul 11, 2015I don't get it. The professional reviewers have rated this film quite unfavorably. But its not bad. Its no T2. Its no T1. But in my opinionI don't get it. The professional reviewers have rated this film quite unfavorably. But its not bad. Its no T2. Its no T1. But in my opinion its better than T3 and whatever that last one was called.
Emilia Clarke is a good enough Sarah Conner. She's given better performances before, and probably will again. I doubt she'll win an award for this role. But its good enough. Arnie is back. He may be incapable of doing most of the things his younger self did in previous films, but through movie magic he too plays his role good enough. He doesn't show his age quite so bad as Harrison Ford of late. The actor playing Kyle Reece is intended as kind of a blank slate, so that is done well.
The biggest failing of this film is that the story, and visuals have lost a lot of the grit. The CG is a bit too smooth at times, and the gravity of situations is often missing because of it. The bad guy wasn't quite real enough. With a good old T101, a blow to the head stunned, gunfire to the torso or head caused minor damage. It was clear what merited a "kill." This new guy though. At one point he was quite wrath like. Was anything they did having any affect on him at all?
Also. The school bus crash looked wrong. Though it was rendered like a bus, no bus would go flying like that. Not even with wires and rigging.
Overall, for me this ranks about an average action flick. Which is weak for a Terminator movie, but better than what we've been getting lately at least.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Jun 14, 2015There are moments of greatness in the new Jurassic Park film (Why its "Jurassic World" now is never explained). The problem is, they are justThere are moments of greatness in the new Jurassic Park film (Why its "Jurassic World" now is never explained). The problem is, they are just moments of greatness, in what is otherwise a mediocre film. Part of the film feels like a do-over of something that has been done before. Which wouldn't be so bad if they'd committed to it. The characters are all less likable than previous installments. The dinosaurs are less scary too somehow. I know they obscured most of the gore for the rating. But its more than that. They can make a CG dinosaur more accurate and dynamic than anything 15 years ago. And then they move wrong. Too fluid, not enough like the animals they are based on or the established dinosaurs of previous films. There is this whole dinosaur behavior thing which didn't really work. They were too human in some instances, and then too "dumb animal" in other instances. They didn't show any "battle damage" either Sometimes the CG use breaks immersion too.
Considering the first film got 1 free pass (The Trex showing up quietly and saving them), this film easily needs 3 or 4.
The score of this film was off. (You don't notice when a score is "ON" but I noticed this score) And a fair number of dinosaur noises sounded two dimensional. They didn't have enough of a range really.
If I had to rank the Jurassic Park films, this one might tie with JP3. Or be a bit worse.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6May 17, 2015This film is one hell of an action movie. Tom Hardy, playing Max, probably has less than a page of duologue in total. But he's not reduced toThis film is one hell of an action movie. Tom Hardy, playing Max, probably has less than a page of duologue in total. But he's not reduced to grunting either. The action is so intense and compelling, there is nothing he needs to say. Charlize Theron in a lot of ways is the star of this picture. Its her plan. Her low tech bionic arm. Her rig. Of course props to the army of maniacs hanging off cars that make this film complete. I will say this. I was expecting the guitar/flamethrower truck to do something really cool. Instead something really cool happened involving it. If that last sentence didn't make you want to see this movie, nothing will.… Expand