Noah S. Lee
“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.
Pulsating with terror at every twist and tenderness at every turn, “Mama” emerges as a solid genre story that not only sends chills down your spine, but also haunts the depths of your soul.
“Gangster Squad” does not hide the fact that it’s designed to appeal to the crowds as a 1940s-era shoot ‘em up.
Gripping in its tense atmosphere and unyielding in its determination, “Zero Dark Thirty” is an intricately crafted, no-nonsense thriller that offers a stark depiction of our nation’s hunt for Osama bin Laden.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” neither undermines nor disgraces the legacy of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Rather, it underlines the importance of that story while making it clear the new one we’re witnessing now is here to stay.
“Playing for Keeps” is mildly diverting in its attempt to elicit those feel-good emotions we expect to experience in a romantic comedy, but a combination of aimless storytelling and underdeveloped characters causes it to miss scoring a goal by a huge margin.
An excess of convoluted storyline and lack of clarity may leave audiences shaking their heads in disappointment after the final credits of “Killing Them Softly.”
Dazzling in its eye-popping animation and surprisingly effective in its story, “Rise of the Guardians” breathes life into the concept of faith when experiencing movie magic — something families may be able to use a lot more in this day and age.
Funny, peculiar and uplifting in its pursuit for hope in a situation saying otherwise, “Silver Linings Playbook” resonates with charmingly vivid energy that will keep audiences laughing and focused, thanks to the performances of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
“Anna Karenina” may, in a literal sense, be artistic to some in a few places, but even a striking visual approach cannot rescue the latest adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel from its weak characterizations, melodramatic acting, confusing narrative and ineffective “staging.”