All brawn and no brains, “Pain & Gain” is a disgrace to the true story that it claims it wants to tell and a waste of power for the talented people involved.
Deeply personal and real to the core, “Disconnect” drives home the point it wants to make about us and the technology we use today.
It’s impossible to disregard the impressive smoke and mirrors as demonstrated by the inexhaustible talents of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” although the same can’t be said for the weak script and hollow laughs.
Niels Arden Oplev’s English-language debut, “Dead Man Down,” sports an engrossing grim outlook on the pursuit of vengeance and an impressive array of cast performances, but the one-sided impact of said revenge and slapdash Hollywood climax leaves much to be desired.
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.