• In the Tall Grass

    In the Tall Grass

    ★★★

    Sometimes Stephen King’s short stories or novellas are a great length to be adapted into feature films. This is not one of them. It would have been a solid Creepshow segment but this is about an hour too long. They do their best, though, and it’s a fun film, even if it becomes a bit repetitive after thirty minutes or so.

  • The Dirt

    The Dirt

    ★★★★

    I didn't expect much going in because I just didn't feel comfortable with the trailer. These guys looked nothing like the real thing, and everyone was so CLEAN. Mötley Crüe looked like walking STDs and we worshiped them for it. The actors looked like they had just stepped out of That 70s Show.

    I'm a nice boy so I won't describe what we see in the first few minutes, but suffice it to say that this is not a clean…

  • Wings

    Wings

    ★★★½

    The first Best Picture Oscar winner. Worth it for the excellent battle scenes, not so much for the story.

  • Friday Night Lights

    Friday Night Lights

    ★★★

    Somewhat entertaining but the constant hand-held camerawork really gets in the way of a good story, which is only really interesting when football or Derek Luke are on screen.

  • The End of the Affair

    The End of the Affair

    ★★★

    Beautiful but rather dull. I suspect it would improve on a second viewing, but I'll probably never know. Julianne Moore is great.

  • Lincoln

    Lincoln

    ★★

    A dull film saved only by the presence of Tommy Lee Jones and the climactic vote scene. The rest of it made me sleepy.

  • The Black Stallion

    The Black Stallion

    ★★★★

    A family film which isn't made like one. Wonderful. Rooney is great, giving one of those performances which isn't showy but still excellent. His Oscar nomination was very deserved. Odd that Deschanel's cinematography and Coppola's score missed out on nominations though.

  • Bringing Up Baby

    Bringing Up Baby

    ★★★★★

    First time watching this and I adored it. Instant entry into my all time top 10, and I suspect it might become my favourite film after another viewing. A must-see if you like comedies and you're not a jerk.

  • Les Misérables

    Les Misérables

    ★★★

    Yes, I can hear the people singing, and they go on and on and on. A good film, but a dull midsection and a drawn-out finale stop it from being better. Jackman and Hathaway are great, of course, but don't believe the haters: Russell Crowe is very good as well, even if his lack of vocal range wears thin after a while.