Author Archive for Noah S. Lee
Aside from a wealth of magnificent visuals and the efforts of Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz, “Oz the Great and Powerful” ends up becoming half the yellow brick road that we’d hoped for due to an underdeveloped storyline and miscast key characters.
“Phantom” is a gripping, suspenseful submarine thriller featuring above-average performances from Ed Harris, David Duchovny, and William Fichtner.
Thanks to a bounty of gigantic visuals, enjoyably traditional storytelling and characters, and a jaw-dropping sense of adventure, “Jack the Giant Slayer” provides old-school blockbuster excitement that has become a rarity in this day and age.
“A Good Day to Die Hard” tarnishes the family name by gutting the iconic action series, tossing its core in front of an incoming armored truck and losing any chance at redemption as it gets mowed down by a volley of helicopter gunfire.
Lasse Hallström’s adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ “Safe Haven” is a sweet yet uneven romantic tale; the ingredients required to make a schmaltzy chick flick are either not utilized to their fullest or demonstrated in a manner that lacks connectivity.
Heartfelt, enthralling, and wry, “Beautiful Creatures” doesn’t break new ground for its genre, but the cast performances and Southern Gothic vibe are instilled with an earnest magic that moviegoers of both sexes will find interesting and enjoyable.
“Warm Bodies” is the new poster child for the age-old “opposites attract” proverb, bringing the walking dead and the human heart together to form a decent outcome that will surprise moviegoers expecting rejection at first sight.
“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” offers plenty in the way of a ridiculous fun time with its bloody action, energetic visuals and dark humor, though the end result could’ve been much tighter with improvements to its characterizations and narrative.
“The Last Stand” may be what you would expect when it comes to the formulaic acting chops, but it still delivers the goods in terms of action-packed thrills and old-fashioned Schwarzenegger bravado.