Audiences will be thrilled by the depiction of a ruined world, and the action sequences featuring Harper in his flying machine are as exciting as they come. This is truly a film to see on the big screen, and the bigger the better.
Rating: 4.0 starsHoopla Factor: 4.0 stars

Fresh faced younger viewers and non-sci-fi geeks will probably be surprised and challenged, others less so. It really depends how willing you are to overlook the obvious lack of originality, because on its own terms, the film is excellent.
Rating: 3.5 starsHoopla Factor: 3.5 stars

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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.
Rating: 2.0 starsHoopla Factor: 2.5 stars

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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.
Rating: 1.5 starsHoopla Factor: 1.0 stars Continue reading New Year’s Eve