The Help (***½)

Passed around in book club circles in virtually every community North, South, East, and West, Kathryn Stockett’s debut novel, “The Help”, reached the zeitgeist...

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (**½)

While many people will want to debate the merits of whether the "Planet of the Apes" franchise needs to be relaunched, rebooted, or re-envisioned,...

Illégal (**)

Often, on our shores, the topic of illegal immigration is isolated to the United States/Mexico border debate, but a growing number of films from...

Of Gods And Men (****)

There was a large outcry when France’s “Of Gods And Men” failed to make the shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for...

30 Minutes Or Less (**)

Fresh off his Oscar-nominated turn as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2010′s “The Social Network”, Jesse Eisenberg shifts gears by starring in the wildly...

Captain America – The First Avenger (***)

Delivering the final cinematic chapter before the upcoming “Avengers” blockbuster in 2012, “Captain America: The First Avenger” is an entertaining and visual marvel, aiming...

Cars 2 (**)

In the can’t miss history of Pixar Animation, one film has never quite resonated with me like its counterparts. That film, 2006′s “Cars”, was...

X-Men – First Class (***½)

Earlier this year, a film series I had no true interest in, “The Fast and The Furious”, dropped the fifth film of its canon...

Transformers – Dark Of The Moon (*½)

When a director admits that a film he made was “crap” or that the process in completing the film was “a BS way to...

Mr. Popper’s Penguins (**)

Jim Carrey’s return to lighter comedic fare comes in the form of the family film, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”, a mediocre film that often plays...

Green Lantern (*½)

Almost one year to the day when Warner Bros. and DC Comics released the awful and embarrassing “Jonah Hex” to more than 3,000 large...

Bad Teacher (**)

How she ever got to be a teacher in the first place is irrelevant when it comes to John Adams Middle School English teacher,...

Attack the Block (**½)

A late night film festival favorite over the past year or so, ‘Attack the Block’ is an interesting little sci-fi film, but one I found...

Fright Night (***)

An enjoyable remake that manages to stand on its own from the original, ‘Fright Night’ is an action/horror/comedy hybrid that entertains on all fronts.  It’s...

The Change-Up (**)

Whenever a comedy forgets to be funny, the results can be cringe inducing.  While ‘The Change-Up’ doesn’t completely forget the laughs, the jokes are of...

Peep World (***)

A small comedy with small ambitions, ‘Peep World’ manages to be an amusing, if less than original, look at a dysfunctional family.  It’s also very...

Another Earth (**½)

An ambitious indie flick with lots of potential, ‘Another Earth’ is only partially able to capitalize on that potential, making for a bit of a...

Hop (*½)

Following their breakthrough and debut success with 2010′s “Despicable Me”, Illumination Entertainment and their upstart animation division have tried to recreate the fun and...

Ceremony (***)

‘Ceremony’ is a modest little film that takes a decent premise and manages to make a successful piece of cinema out of it due to...

Hobo With a Shotgun (***)

A grimy yet fun bit of exploitation, ‘Hobo with a Shotgun’ will only work for a select audience, but for those who embrace it, few...

Submarine (***)

A quirky British coming of age tale that manages to take some of the idiosyncrasies of the oeuvre of Wes Anderson without becoming annoying like...

Horrible Bosses (***)

While it’s not quite as hilarious as ‘Bridesmaids’ was (I doubt many things this year will be though), ‘Horrible Bosses’ is still one of the...

Terri (**)

An indie dramedy with a real identity crisis, ‘Terri’ wastes its strong acting on a script that goes absolutely nowhere.  Almost every single subplot...

Cowboys & Aliens (Multiple Reviews)

Michael Ward’s Review (*½)   When you offer audiences a movie entitled Cowboys and Aliens, then it should not come as any surprise that viewers will...

Jumping the Broom (**)

Two families come together for a wedding at Martha’s Vineyard. The Watson's are a wealthy family and the Taylor's lower income family. And guess...

Winnie the Pooh (Multiple Reviews)

Joey Magidson’s Review (***) ‘Winnie the Pooh’ is a delightful children’s film that brought a smile to my face and made me think back to...

Friends with Benefits (Multiple Reviews)

Joey Magidson’s Review (***) The second “opposite sex friends who decide to have emotion-less sex and stay just friends until love inevitably gets in the...

The Guard (***½)

An Irish action-comedy that balances the two genres so well that it’s not just one of the funniest films of 2011 but one of the...

The Lincoln Lawyer (***)

At one time, Matthew McConaughey was viewed as the next big thing. Emerging from a notable turn in the cult classic and 1993 stoner-comedy...

Madea’s Big Happy Family (*½)

In every script that Tyler Perry writes, he knows how to create over the top drama. And he knows how to diffuse the drama...

Sucker Punch (0 Stars)

Zack Snyder has described "Sucker Punch" as "'Alice In Wonderland' meets machine guns."  The film's tag line says "You Will Be Unprepared."  Hmmm... I have...

Rango (**)

I like the concept at its most basic level…An animated western. Simple, not really ever done before as best I can tell. Directed by...

Red Riding Hood (½)

“Red Riding Hood” is not just a bad film. It is a spectacularly bad one; one which serves as the visual equivalent of a...

Mars Needs Moms (**)

The latest motion-capture film from Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers studio, “Mars Needs Moms” is an ambitious film that provides impressive visual landscapes at the cost...

Limitless (**½)

Despite his ascension to A-list status and high profile appearances in “The Hangover” and “The A-Team”, Bradley Cooper has still been waiting for his...