Saturday, March 26, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Rated: PG-13 - Runtime: 151 min
tesg's Rating: One and one half star (out of four)

Superhero movies are supposed to be fun to watch.  The only thing fun here for the first two thirds is Lawrence Fishburne's character. The only laugh moments (there are two) happen towards the end.

Whar DC and Warner need to do is let the people behind The Flash and Arrow handle the movies. Those are two of the best shows on television right now. They know how to perfectly balance action, drama, and humor.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Rated: PG-13 - Runtime: 105 min
tesg's Rating: Two and one half stars (out of four)

This is one of those movies you want to go into knowing as little as possible. Because once you know and have seen it, I don't think you're ever going to have a reason to want to watch it again. It's good, you're not going to hate it or anything, but when it comes down to you and the wife finding something to watch on date night at home in six months and it's down to this and some Nicholas Sparks nonsense, even you will be like "Eh, we already know what happens."

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Witch (2016)

Rated: R - Runtime: 90 min
tesg's Rating: Two and one half stars (out of four)

This is a slow burner that runs 90 minutes, but takes about three hours of patience to watch.  It's a decent psychological thriller in a beautifully dreary setting.  The end was kind of a "WTF" for me.  My favorite scene was the son's death.  That was pretty great.  Up to then, I just kept thinking about the "settlers" in the DirecTV commercials.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Zootopia (2016)

Rated: PG - Runtime: 108 min
tesg's Rating: Two and one half stars (out of four)

This is a not-so-subtle propaganda piece taking aim at bullying and human stereotypes. Judy the bunny wants to become a cop, something only "predators" do. We see child Judy get bullied by a fox and, fifteen years later (or at least ten years after the average life expectancy of a rabbit), she goes through the police academy and, thanks in no small part to a diversity program, becomes a meter maid. The usual path of shenanigans leads to her getting an actual case where she teams up with a shifty fox and...whatever.

The funniest part of the movie is the sloth segment at the DMV, and literally the whole scene is the trailer. Okay, there's a bit of a payoff to that in the end, but this isn't nearly as clever as critics have been making it out to be.