Jurassic World

An enjoyable update on the premise and visuals, a disappointing downgrade on the characters. Character Chris Pratt was always on the verge of being funny or cool as he was in Guardians Of The Galaxy, but ultimately he came off as a stick figure saying requisite lines. Another fine actor, Bryce Dallas Howard, also suffered […]


Good movie, though I expected a great one after reading parts of a couple of articles on it. Character Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) was far more intriguing than James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth). In a movie about rivals, that tilted the story off-balance. Another way of putting it is that Hunt had a minor character arc…started […]

Killing Them Softly

There are two types of bad movies, one by premise and one by execution. Premise means the logline or summary sucks and execution is where the logline is intriguing, but the movie still fails. For the latter type, they don’t get much worse than Killing Them Softly. Theme, Show, Don’t Tell, and Dialogue The idea […]

The Conspirator

Good legal drama. Little things When Mary Surrat admitted to her lawyer James McAvoy that she knew of the original plot to kidnap- not kill- President Lincoln, I felt like most of the tension delfated from the story. Sure, there was still the larger issue of the injustice of her being tried by a military […]

True Grit

Am I the only one who thought this movie by the Coen Brothers was way overrated? It was okay, but certainly nothing special. In the packed theater I saw it in, a couple of chuckles during the movie were the only sounds that broke the bored, deathly silence. Dialogue I don’t know why it’s taken […]