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Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

not as good as Knocked Up, and (in a similar vein to Funny People) not really a comedy either. Returning to the support characters from Knocked Up to see how the upcoming milestone in their lives, a week apart, is affecting them, their marriage and family. The film takes a little too long to reach a conclusion, if there even is one. While some jokes come off as mean spirited, the fact that it stars Apatow's real life wife and children add a degree of reality to the proceedings. See it, but be prepared for what it really is - not a comedy.

Zero Dark Thirty

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

exhaustive review of the efforts by the CIA to locate bin Laden after the attacks of 9/11. Excellent performance from the central character, showing the changes the search made on her over a decade.

Wreck-It Ralph

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

charming and nostaligic tribute to the 8-bit era with copious references to arcade classics and modern games

Life of Pi

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

one minor (and understandable) omission aside, this is as faithful an interpretation of the book as you could expect to see. The visuals dazzle early on, but fade to reflect the bleak expanse of the ocean, as it surrounds the two main characters All at once an examination of faith, of human perserverance and an example of what can be achieved using modern technology that was unthinkable less than a decade ago. Do not wait for the home edition, see it on the big screen.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

while not up to the standards of the previous trilogy, this is a welcome (if slightly over long) return to middle earth. Detailing the adventures of a young Bilbo Baggins, including how he came into possession of a certain ring, and displayed in the highest of fidelity, the young hobbit is reunited with Gandalf, and then introduced to the team of dwarves that he will accompany to their ancestral home. At slightly under three hours, there is a lot of filler material that perhaps should have been saved for the special edition release, but you do get the impression the real meat of the story is coming in the next two installments

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

a two hour Marilyn Manson video starring a Michelle Williams lookalike, containing some nods to the source material and fanservice in the form of Pyramid Head. The game developed its themes and plot over several hours, and it feels shoehorned into the 90+ minutes here.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

The reboot is an improvement on the last entr in the franchise, but still not able to reach the heights of the first sequel. Garfield is a able replacement for Maguire, with the added benefit of resembling the "Ultimate" version of Peter Parker, while Stone plays the fan favourite Gwen Stacy. See it in standard 2D, the 3D adds nothing and I was able to watch it without glasses without any issues

Prometheus

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

What starts out as an interesting take on that oldest of questions - who are we and where did we come from - descends in plot holes and interminable decisions from the cast. The more I think about it, the worse it gets. Fassbender excels in his role, and ironically is the most relatable crew member, Theron's and Elba's roles are barely expanded upon beyond "corporate head" and "veteran ship's captain" A missed opportunity to steer the Alien franchise back to respectability following the AVP and AVP:Requiem calamities

Wrath of the Titans

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

One of the major criticisms I had of the previous film was that, at almost two hours, it was far too long and needed serious editing to remove at least a half hour of unneeded footage. This film has addressed this to a large degree and, although only ten minutes shorter, feels a lot tighter. The replacement of post production 3D with actual 3D adds greatly to the sense of scale of the film with some magnificent vistas and effects. In many ways, this feels like a retread of the first film, in that Perseus begins as an unwilling potential saviour, but gathers together a crew of unlikely heroes, including a fiesty love interest, on a perilous quest to retrieve a weapon of unknown power to defeat a great and powerful threat to the world as it was known at the time. While some problems remain with the script and delivery, the whole film moves along with such pace and action that they don't really detract from the overall experience.

John Carter

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

The promotional materials for Andrew Stanton's first live action film were uninspiring at best, but do this epic, sprawling tale of a former Confederate officer telegraphed to Mars (or Barsoom) and thrust into the middle of another civil war no justice whatsoever. This is the original science fiction, that went on to inspire aspects of everything from Clark Kent's alter ego to the Matrix. With a wide variety of supporting characters, encompassing large, speedy, lizard-dogs, four armed green giants and a red-skinned love interest who is as far from the standard damsel in distress as it possible to be, this is an epic film that for whatever reason isn't made any more. See it before they decide to not make another one.

Contraband

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

What starts out as a formulaic "poacher turned gamekeeper brought back for one more job" develops into an enjoyable, action packed, and often quite funny, two hour film. While Beckinsale's adds little to the film beyond pathos and empathy, the leads are clearly enjoying themselves playing the bad guys doing an illegal act for all the right reasons

The Descendants

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Clooney delivers a deservedly award winning performance as a soon to be widower lawyer in Hawaii who is told if his wife's infedility after she is left in a coma following a boating accident. What follows the revelation is a series of blows to his character's resolve as he has to reconnect with his estranged eldest daughter and deal with the impending sale of a large area of the island which will impact positively and negatively both his own life and the islands as a whole. What is most telling is the cinematography, portraying Hawaii itself far from the heaven on Earth innummerable calendars, postcards and screensavers would have you believe. Clooney's own character follows this narative, with his classic movie star appearance underplayed in favour of the pressures his situation are playing on his mental and physical state