Safe House

Why put those poor stunt guys and performers through the fighting and the action if you’re not going to show the audience the result of their efforts? At the risk of sounding like a broken record: film is many things, but one of its primary attributes is that it is a visual medium. If we can’t see your action we can’t appreciate the film.
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Noomi Rapace does as much as she can with her limited role, and Rachel McAdams reprises Irene Adler for little reward. It is only Jared Harris as Moriarty who seems to be having much fun, and he brings a delicious evil to his turn as Holmes’ longstanding antagonist.
Rating: 2.0 starsHoopla Factor: 2.5 stars

Call me a traditionalist, but I expect a Sherlock Holmes story to contain an actual mystery. Make him a tap-dancing Lithuanian poodle from the 35th Century – I don’t care – as long as he still gets to solve mysteries.
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New Year’s Eve

Halle Berry and Robert De Niro share what are easily the most effective scenes, however their sub-plot is wrapped up nicely in a trite little bundle that suggests their author was interested in anything but their truth. Additionally, their precious moments of worthwhile screentime are swamped by the time spent with characters played by Sarah Jessica Parker and Katherine Heigl.
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It doesn’t take much to reference another character or plot in the Marvel canon, but each time it provides another layer of enjoyment for fans of the comics, and, for comic book non-aficionados like myself, a greater sense of understanding of the world according to Marvel.
Rating: 2.5 starsHoopla Factor: 3.5 stars

Anthony Hopkins is one of those actors who’d astonish even if he were merely reading out the phone book, and the other highlight is Jaimie Alexander, a little known actress that fulfils her Xena-type role as Sif rather well. Idris Elba is good as Heimdall, though he seems too restricted in his Big Shiny Helmet.
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