After Earth

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan Starring: Will Smith, Jayden Smith Review: 2 stars (of five) If I’d remembered this was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, I probably would’ve stayed home.  Instead, I watched the flailing director’s small-scale imagination do nothing to improve...

Hangover Part III

Director: Todd Phillips Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Heather Graham Review: 2 stars (of five) In fairness, director Todd Phillips was in a difficult situation. Assuming there was any need for a third Hangover film (memo from the studio...

Star Trek – Into Darkness

Director: J.J. Abrams Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller, April Eve, Bruce Greenwood Review: 3 stars (of five) Although J.J. Abrams arguably squanders (again) a potentially great villain, he pulls off a Star Trek sequel with all the high-stakes, high-speed insanity of the first installment, but a better grip on the difficult art of breakneck story logic. That’s not to say that Abrams isn’t still putting runaway-train pacing ahead of all other concerns, but at least he rarely jettisons all pretense at logic. (The weirdest...

Iron Man 3

Directed by: Shane Black Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Don Cheadle Review: 2.5 stars (of five) Iron Man 3 is a bit of a disappointment. It’s a long slog, a disjointed blur that never entirely gels. It’s a series of events,...