I absolutely positively loved the first half of this move, found the second half a little repetitive, but it's still a terrific musical. The young actress they found to pay the lead role is fabulous in her first part.
As you know, I was a big fan of The Devil's Rejects and I don't think anybody does horror as well as Rob Zombie. This is the best of the Halloween movies, especially before it starts becoming a little like the early Halloween movies in the last hour or so. But then again, have we ever been quite so scared?
I continue, like most people, to enjoy everything that Will Smith is in. I do, however think that this screenplay—at least the shooting script—wasn't thought out very well. All of a sudden the back story becomes the main story, and the fun-and-fireworks don't save the day.
The trailer for this flick is brilliant. The movie, for me, wasn't quite as good. Very funny scenes—but the dialog could have been sharper—and for the most part the main characters are just having a lost weekend. They're basically schmucks.
Let me start by saying that I loved "Silence of the Lambs" and "Red Dragon." Unfortunately, in my opinion anyway, this new one just doesn't make it. There's nobody to root for, nobody to root against. Please God—let there not be a "Hannibal: The Middle Years."
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
This probably isn't for anyone under 21—except me. For the most part I found it quite funny and well done. The two stars are pleasantly low-key and quite good actors. At any rate—funny stuff for the right audience.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
This could be the end of our beautiful relationship, but I have to tell you, I found the first half of the new Potter movie disjointed and a big expensive bore. But I liked the second half almost as much as I disliked the first half. So I'm only half a Muggle.
The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino has a formula (something I've been accused of) and it mostly works here. Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh are particularly good. All of the bad folk certainly get their just desserts. Some might consider that high art. B
He's Just Not That Into You
The theater was packed with women—which is a good thing. I'm really happy that women are finally going out to see movies that their husband and boyfriends might not be interested in. Everybody seemed to have a very good time. The movie itself is kind of uneven—half sitcom, half soap opera.
The Heartbreak Kid
Ben Stiller is almost always a good bet, and he doesn't disappoint this time. Personally, I could have used a couple less Farrelly Brothers gross-outs. I know the original is supposed to be a classic, but I actually prefer this version.
Heaven Is for Real
Two things I liked a lot about this film: (1) the church members weren't portrayed as cornball idiots—usually the case with Hollywood movies; (2) the film asked the question—if one can believe in miracles performed thousands of years ago, why not a miracle today?
Witty, clever, funny, and a must for Hitchcock fans (of which I'm one). The screenwriter for Hitchcock, who also penned Black Swan, just finished the TV pilot for our very own Private. It's witty, clever, funny, scary, and definitely for all JP fans. Hopefully, it's for the networks as well.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Underrated. It’s not easy to make an off-kilter comic book movie like this work. But this one does. Ryan Reynolds and Sam Jackson are terrific together. B+
Horrible Bosses 2
F. Unless G would be considered a lower grade. In fact, given all the acting talent in this film, make that an H. Even if I found out the whole movie was written on the set and shot in just one day—I still give it an H.
I pretty much like anything Christian Bale appears in. I’m also a fan of Rosamund Pike who I saw when she was a young star in a play in London. This is a violent movie, but a powerful one. Some people will feel it’s just a macho daydream – but I think to some extent it defines where macho comes from. People tend to change when they go through war. A-
There’s nothing wrong with this film, but there’s also not quite enough right with it. The big mystery is how they got Jodi Foster and Jeff Goldblum to sign up for the flick. C+
I liked this thriller a lot but there is a complaint. It's based on a real tragedy and the art director treats this tragedy like a thriller. I found that a little unsettling even though it works really well. B-
How Do You Know
I expected to like it a lot more than I did. Reese Witherspoon does a nice job, but there's not much chemistry between her and Owen Wilson or Paul Rudd. I suspect the script was a big part of the problem. Worth seeing, but keep your expectations at a modest level.
Not everyone will agree, of course, but for me this is Martin Scorsese's greatest film—his masterpiece, possible the best movie of the year. The book on which it was based was very good, but the movie's even better, much more coherent.
The Hunger Games
I liked the books but I liked the first movie even more. The storytelling is tight, tense, and Jennifer Lawrence is perfect in the role of Katniss. The only quibble I have with the Hunger Games series is this: I'm constantly hearing about "the gatekeepers" of children's literature. Now here's a trilogy of novels about kids killing kids—so where are the gatekeepers?
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Terrific storytelling, but the film got me wondering—where are all these infamous gatekeepers? The first Hunger Games book/movie was all about kids killing other kids in the woods. Catching Fire is basically a spectacle featuring bread and circuses. I know, I know, the heartless fascists are responsible—but does that argument really hold water? As I said, though—a fine story.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 2
Most people aren't really good at ending things. You know, like, "I really care about you, and this is all my fault, not yours, but I never want to see you again." And so, we come to the end of The Hunger Games. Like I said, we aren't good at ending things. B-
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Unusual flick about a strange uncle and a stranger 13-year-old nephew who get lost in the Australian bush. Good performances, good dialogue. Could've, should've been 10-15 minutes shorter. B+
The Hurt Locker
A movie about soldiers who dismantle bombs in Iraq pretty much guarantees suspense, and Hurt Locker delivers that–plus fine acting and nice pacing. Still, I wonder who besides me, some critics, and maybe Stephen King will go to see this flick?
I saw this one because I like Anne Hathaway and my wife Sue would kill me if I aw The Long Shot without her. The Hustle isn't terrible, but it's not great. A better bet would be to watch Dirty Rotten Scoundrels again. B-