Suicide Squad

Margot Robbie is a hell of an actress, and Will Smith can animate practically any role. Other than that, everything connected with Suicide Squad not only sucks, but seems to be a willful attack on the concept of quality. The latest addition to the burgeoning superhero shelf at your DVD store...

The Dark Knight Rises

Director: Christopher Nolan Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman Review: 2 stars (of five) Did it ever occur to you that if The Dark Knight had not had the hypnotically intense presence of Heath Ledger, it would’ve just been a too-long, too-loud mess? Well, the third installment of Christopher Nolan’s Bat trilogy doesn’t have Heath Ledger. Whereas the second film really went off the rails at the end (pretty much as soon as Ledger’s Joker had been dispatched), The Dark Knight Rises is a mess pretty consistently. There’s the outline of...

The Dark Knight

Director: Christopher Nolan Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Gary Oldman, Maggie Gyllenhaal Rating: 4.5 stars (out of five) Yes, Heath Ledger really is amazing as the Joker. And good lord, does Christopher Nolan deliver a film worthy of the performance. From the start, The Dark Knight is as intense as a war zone, and while it has more noticeable imperfections than Iron Man and less charm and vision than Hellboy 2, The Dark Knight has brains and ambition and yes indeed, a hell of an effects budget. The action is spectacular, if sometimes confusing, and the film looks magnificent, especially in IMAX. The previous...