Clash of the Titans without the budget, Gladiator without the spectacle, Immortals without the style, God of War without the wicked fun, “The Legend of Hercules” imitates many much better sword and sandal epics in film and video games and exceeds none of them. It’s painful to watch, and not because of the fight scenes.
“Her” is an unflinchingly, unapologetically complex and challenging film, and it’s an acting tour de force for Joaquin Phoenix, who carries this film from start to finish with a performance that’s charming, sad, creepy, and endearing all at once.
Easily the weakest of Peter Jackson’s cinematic epics set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth fantasy realm, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug often feels leaden and belabored, as it lacks any of the dramatic intensity and momentum of its Lord of the Rings predecessors.
Though it has its entertaining moments, most of which feature Tom Hiddleston as the mischievous Loki, “Thor: The Dark World” fails to soar to the same heights as its 2011 predecessor. It’s a sequel borne of necessity, devoid of style and verve, all amounting to precious little.
Director Sam Raimi and the screenwriters of “Oz the Great and Powerful” appear to be well aware of the fine line needed to walk in creating a new work while still paying homage to the original. For the most part, the latest 3D wonder from Disney works.
Though it is uneven and it drags in the early going, “Jack the Giant Slayer” is a charming, fun fantasy adventure that if anything at all should restore some of your faith in Hollywood’s ability to make a good movie out of a classic fairy tale story.