This divine hand-drawn animated adventure took my breath away, and by the time The Secret World of Arrietty came to an end all I wanted to do was run up to the projection booth and make the theatre start it over from the beginning.
This Means War isn’t an abomination, but that’s not exactly a positive, and I imagine a rabid seal smacking me in the face with its flipper for 90 straight minutes would be more entertaining than watching this romantically-challenged comedy ended up proving to be.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is nothing more than a CGI-filled, visually resplendent 3-D bore, and no forays to Atlantis or rides on Captain Nemo’s submarine would ever be able to convince me otherwise.
While not a total loss, Espinosa’s Hollywood debut is still a disappointment, and while Safe House will play just fine when it makes its inevitable appearance on Cable television, that’s not good enough to warrant the purchase of a matinée ticket to see this one in a theatre.
This movie won me over, kept me happily entertained, and while the heroine might be battling partial amnesia I can pretty much guarantee The Vow is one 2012 release I’m going to have trouble forgetting anytime soon.
W.E. shows that, for mostly worse and not much in the way of better, the Material Girl is still alive and well, and while the superficial glossy surface-level sheen is impressive as a dramatic sojourn into love, life and the mystery of romantic entanglement this film is as big an epic fail as any I’ve had the misfortune to see in quite some time.
Big Miracle struck a chord with me, and I can’t say its saga of resilience and faith in the face of unthinkable odds didn’t connect. I liked it, it’s a whale of a tale, and one viewers of all ages will almost certainly enjoy as well.
Yet Chronicle achieves its meager goals, this high-flying adventure keeping me entertained with nary a hiccup.
For those willing to let the film’s modest charms work on them, West’s The Innkeepers can be one heck of an enjoyable pulse-pounding ride.