Review: The Maze Runner (2014)

Maze Runner (2014)

  The final 10 minutes or so of The Maze Runner is schlock.  Pure schlock.  It ends exactly how you would expect a YA novel adaptation to end--very little resolve, ludicrous explanations, topped off with a healthy dose of deux ex machina. Tune in next year for the inevitable sequel! But man, everything up to that point is pure gold. The Maze Runner is far better than I expected it to be. It's probably better than you expected it to be, as well. Blame the marketers for this one. … [Read more...]

Review: The Zero Theorem (2013)

the zero theorem

Directed By: Terry GilliamWritten By: Pat Rushin Starring: Christoph Waltz, Lucas Hedges, Melanie Thierry, Matt Damon MPAA: R What is the meaning of life? It's a question that has been bothering brilliant computer scientist Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) for quite some time, and he spends a majority of The Zero Theorem dancing around the issue.  At first, his awkward, antisocial demeanor is hard to identify with.  He mumbles a lot, freaks out when people touch him, and refers to himself … [Read more...]

Review: The Giver (2014)

the giver

Directed By: Phillip NoyceWritten By: Michael Mitnick, Robert B. Weide Starring: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård MPAA: PG-13 Nothing in The Giver makes much sense at all. Let's start with the general premise.  In an undated time period in the distant future, the world as we know it has been subject to a bland existence.  Class doesn't exist anymore.  Jobs are assigned upon a persons graduation from childhood. Competition?  Out the window.  Citizens … [Read more...]

Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Directed By: Matt Reeves Written By: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver Starring: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell MPAA: PG-13 There's a brilliant scene in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes where a baby chimpanzee jumps away from his mother and starts playing with a group of humans.  The adult apes and humans are alarmed at first, but they let the young chimp have a little fun despite the obvious tension between the two parties.  The infant cares nothing of this, … [Read more...]

Review: Snowpiercer (2014)

Snowpiercer (2014)

Directed By: Bong Joon-ho Written By: Bong Joon-ho, Kelly Masterson Starring: Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, John Hurt MPAA: Rated R Review: 3.5/4 "What does steak taste like again?  I had it once, but I can't remember." Such is life in the tail end of the Snowpiercer, a socially segregated train that acts as humanity's sole habitat.  It's been 17 years since the Earth has frozen over--the result of a global warming counter-experiment that failed miserably--and … [Read more...]