Reviews



I have decided that there is just not enough movie buzz on the web so I have added my unbiased input to the world of movie critiques. I am not much of a reviewer but I do like to watch movies - especially a good action movie or comedy ... what guy doesn't. Mostly I want to be entertained but some times a movie will surprise me and I find myself unexpectedly reacting to the story, a character or the music.

Here are the movies that have earned my coveted ★★★★★★★★★★ rating. [click on them to read my review]

Chariots of Fire | ★★★★★★★★★★

Dallas Buyers Club | ★★★★★★★★★★

Defiance | ★★★★★★★★★★

The Descendants | ★★★★★★★★★★

Freedom Writers | ★★★★★★★★★★

Glory | ★★★★★★★★★★

The King's Speech | ★★★★★★★★★★

Philomena | ★★★★★★★★★★

Selma | ★★★★★★★★★★

Slumdog Millionaire | ★★★★★★★★★★

Soul Surfer | ★★★★★★★★★★

Temple Grandin | ★★★★★★★★★★

The Help | ★★★★★★★★★★

War Horse | ★★★★★★★★★★

When I Walk | ★★★★★★★★★★

Following are links, in alphabetical order, to my thoughts in brief on the flicks that I have watched since I began blogging here. I rate on a scale of ten, with ten stars being the max, but most of these are rated fairly well because I checked them out before I saw them. Generally speaking 9-10 stars means I loved it, 7-8 means I liked it, 5-6 indicate I was neutral on it, 3-4 means I disliked it and 1-2 says that I hated it.

About Time | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Adam | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Argo | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

The Adjustment Bureau | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Amazing Grace | ★★★★★★★★★☆

The Amazing Spiderman | ★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Amelia | ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

American Sniper | ★★★★★★★★★☆

The Answer Man | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

The Artist | ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Atlas Shrugged | ★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Australia | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Avatar | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

The Aviator | ★★★★★★★★★☆

The Beaver | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Bella | ★★★★★★★★★☆

Ben-Hur | ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The Bourne Ultimatum | ★★★★★★★★★☆

Brooklyn | ★★★★★★★★★☆

The Butler | ★★★★★★★★★☆

Benjamin Button | ★★★★★★★★★☆

The Blind Side | ★★★★★★★★★☆

Bobby | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Bride and Prejudice | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The Butler | ★★★★★★★★★☆

Chariots of Fire | ★★★★★★★★★★

Chasing Mavericks | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

City Island | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Click | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Cloud Atlas | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The Company Men | ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Conviction | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Country Strong | ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Crazy Heart | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Dan in Real Life | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Dallas Buyers Club | ★★★★★★★★★★

Defiance | ★★★★★★★★★★

Deja Vu | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The Descendants | ★★★★★★★★★★

Dreamgirls | ★★★★★★★★★☆

Duplicity | ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Eagle Eye | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Eat Pray Love | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Edge of Tomorrow | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Ender's Game

The Equalizer | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Exodus | ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Extraordinary Measures | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Fair Game | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

50/50 | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

The Fighter | ★★★★★★★★★☆

Flight | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Flight Plan | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

42 | ★★★★★★★★★★

Fracture | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Freedom Writers | ★★★★★★★★★★

Ghostbusters | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Glory | ★★★★★★★★★★

Good Night and Good Luck | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Goodnight Mr Tom | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Gran Torino | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Grassroots | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Gravity | ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

The Great Gatsby | ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Green Zone | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The Grey | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

The Guilt Trip | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Hairspray | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

The Help | ★★★★★★★★★★

Here Comes the Boom | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Hitchcock | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

The Hoax | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hunger Games | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

The Hurt Locker | ★★★★★★★★★☆

Hyde Park on Hudson | ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

I Am Number Four | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The Impossible | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Independence Day :: Resurgence | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

The Informant! | ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Interstellar | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The Iron Lady | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

The Island | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Invictus | ★★★★★★★★★☆

J. Edgar | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Jason Bourne | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Jersey Boys | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Just Like Heaven | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Kill the Irishman | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The King's Speech | ★★★★★★★★★★

The Lady | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Larry Crowne | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The Last Station | ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Last Vegas | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Les Misérables | ★★★★★★★★★☆☆

Letters to Juliet | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Life of Pi | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Limitless | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Lincoln | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

The Lincoln Lawyer | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Little Miss Sunshine | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The Lobster | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Love Happens | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Machine Gun Preacher | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Made in Dagenham | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Man of Steel | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Man on a Ledge | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The Martian | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Mandela :: Long Walk to Freedom | ★★★★★★★★★☆

The Magnificent Seven | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

The Man from Uncle | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Man of Steel | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Marley & Me | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Money Monster | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Moneyball | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington | ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Munich | ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Music and Lyrics | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Music Within | ★★★★★★★★★☆

The Nativity Story | ★★★★★★★★★☆

No Reservations | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Noah

Now You See Me 2 | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Oblivion | ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Open Range | ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Phantom of the Opera| ★★★★★★★★★☆

Philomena | ★★★★★★★★★★

Pirate Radio | ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

The Prestige | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Promised Land | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The Pursuit of Happyness | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Ray | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Red 2 | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Reign Over Me | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Religulous | ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Robin Hood | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Robot and Frank | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The Sapphires | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Sea Wife | ★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Secondhand Lions | ★★★★★★★★★☆

The Secret Life of Bees | ★★★★★★★★★☆

Secretariat | ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World | ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Selma | ★★★★★★★★★★

Shadowlands | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Silver Linings Playbook | ★★★★★★★★★☆☆

Slumdog Millionaire | ★★★★★★★★★★

The Social Network | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

The Soloist | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Son of God | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Soul Surfer | ★★★★★★★★★★

The Sound of Music Live! | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Source Code | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Spartacus | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Spiderman 3 | ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Star Trek :: Beyond | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Star Trek :: Into Darkness | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Star Wars :: The Foece Awakens | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Stranger Than Fiction | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Sunrise at Campobello | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Super 8 | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Support Your Local Sheriff | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

The Switch | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Temple Grandin | ★★★★★★★★★★

Terminator Genisys | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Thank You for Smoking | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The Help | ★★★★★★★★★★

There Will Be Blood | ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Thin Ice | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy | ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Total Recall | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Transcendence | ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Tuesdays with Morrie | ★★★★★★★★★☆

Unknown | ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Unstoppable | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

The Vow | ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

W. | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

War Horse | ★★★★★★★★★★

Water for Elephants | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

We Bought a Zoo | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

When I Walk | ★★★★★★★★★★

Whip It | ★★★★★★★★☆☆

The Wronged Man | ★★★★★★★★★☆

You Don't Know Jack | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Zero Dark Thirty | ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Read some more of my movie blogging thoughts in a post titled: Not Another Movie Critic