Courageous (Kendrick,2011)


I thought I was going to get away without having to write anything about Alex Kendrick’s Courageous, a film which is admittedly hard for me to be fair to at least in part because I’m not really the intended audience. [Read more...]

Real Steel (Levy, 2011)


Real Steel is a hard film to not like, so about half way through I stopped trying and just gave myself permission to enjoy it. [Read more...]

50/50 (Levine, 2011)


Does it really fall on me to be the dissenting voice on this film? Grimace. I don’t want to be. I want to respect it (in fact I do respect it) for its earnestness and good intentions. But… [Read more...]

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Wyatt, 2011)


But rise they must, and rise they will, and when when the film remembers that fact (about twenty-five minutes from the end), Will Rodman (James Franco) does an abrupt 180 from gung-ho risk taker to cautionary Cassandra figure. [Read more...]

Winnie the Pooh (Anderson and Hall, 2011)


There is a difference, I suppose, between feeling genuine delight at a film and simply being grateful the makers didn’t mess it up. [Read more...]

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Bay, 2011)


My advice: don’t sleep for a day before you go and drink about two liters of your favorite caffeinated beverage. Then see how long you can go without blinking. [Read more...]