Maleficent

Director: Robert Stromberg Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley Review: 2 stars (of five) I wanted to like Maleficent, but the filmmakers refused to meet me halfway.  Or perhaps their effort extended exactly halfway, in their halfhearted attempt to retell a classic Disney...

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Director: Bryan Singer Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick DD, Ian McKellan, James MacAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Halle Berry Review: 4 stars (of five) Well, who saw that coming?  After a series of diminishing returns from Bryan Singer’s X-Men movies, his return to the franchise with the promise of a convoluted, character-saturated time-travel story should have been the biggest X-Mess ever.  Instead, with the assistance of Matthew Vaughan, Hollywood’s second-favorite accused pervert turns out a taut, compelling tale that focuses on a handful of key characters while serving up a broader...

Amazing Spider-Man 2

Director:  Marc Webb Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field, Dane DeHaan Stars: 2.5 (out of five) An interesting thing about the two Captain America movies is that each film advances the character.  Cap goes from skinny schlub to PR pinup to true hero–and then...