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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), who hunts criminals as the masked vigilante Batman in Gotham City, is furious to see Superman (Henry Cavill) partly responsible for so many deaths in Metropolis. The 3D sequel to Man of Steel (2013) is more ambitious, visually and narratively, but once you get over the thrill of watching these … Continue reading Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

San Andreas

WHERE WILL YOU BE? WHO WILL YOU BE WITH? When a series of devastating earthquakes hits California, LAFD rescue pilot Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson) team up with his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) to track down their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) in San Francisco. The star and the director of Journey 2 (2012) reunited for another boisterous 3D … Continue reading San Andreas

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

LITTLE SPIES. BIG ATTITUDES. Carmen and Juni (Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara), now fully trained agents, face competition from two other spy kids as well as their father who is secretly plotting to steal the Transmooker, a powerful device. Families flocked to the first one, and they liked the sequel too. Robert Rodriguez has a huge … Continue reading Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Spy Kids

REAL SPIES… ONLY SMALLER. Two retired spies (Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino), who are now married and raising two kids (Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara), are suddenly called back to action – and the children end up in danger. A surprisingly family-friendly adventure from Robert Rodriguez who gets a lot of help in the charm department by … Continue reading Spy Kids

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Successful New York real estate agent Tom Popper (Jim Carrey) receives a crate containing a penguin from Antarctica; that’s where his father recently died… and soon Popper gets five more birds! This modern update of a 1938 children’s book is easy to like for families, with Carrey an amusing presence throughout. The penguins, some real, … Continue reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Sucker Punch

YOU WILL BE UNPREPARED. In the 1960s, Babydoll (Emily Browning) is put in a mental asylum by her wicked stepdad where she enters an imaginary world and  gets to know four dancers in a brothel; together, they battle monsters and German zombies. In director Zack Snyder’s world, this is girl power on full display. To … Continue reading Sucker Punch

New Year’s Eve

THE ONE NIGHT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Garry Marshall followed up his ensemble piece Valentine’s Day (2010) with a similar film, made to entertain young and old as we contemplate the (romantic?) possibilities of a new year. The cast is full of stars, but focus tends to lie on younger, popular talent. What everybody has in common though … Continue reading New Year’s Eve

Righteous Kill

MOST PEOPLE RESPECT THE BADGE. EVERYBODY RESPECTS THE GUN.  Two veteran NYPD detectives (Robert De Niro, Al Pacino) are looking for a serial killer whose victims are all criminals; they soon realize that they’re probably looking for a cop. The third film the two stars made together is not exactly up to par with that … Continue reading Righteous Kill

The Lookout

WHOEVER HAS THE MONEY HAS THE POWER.  After surviving a horrible car crash (that he caused), Chris Pratt (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is rehabilitating back into society… but his brain injury makes him an easy target for a gang of criminals. Scott Frank’s directing debut is a taut thriller about the preparations for and subsequent execution of … Continue reading The Lookout

Watchmen

THEY WATCH OVER US… BUT WHO WATCHES THEM? New York, 1985; after the murder of a retired superhero, the conservative and uncompromising Rorschach (Jackie Earl Haley), tries to find the killer. The filmmakers largely made the right decisions in adapting the classic graphic novel, even though some original, interesting touches are missing for obvious reasons. … Continue reading Watchmen

Night at the Museum

EVERYTHING COMES TO LIFE. Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) takes a job as a night watchman at the American Museum of Natural History, only to learn that every model in it comes alive at night. You know it’s a family film when Robin Williams is in it and never cracks any funny jokes; his performance as Teddy Roosevelt won’t … Continue reading Night at the Museum