Her Review: Loneliness Never Looked So Beautiful (or Futuristic)

On my way to the theater, I asked Siri about the movie Her, and she got confused. "What kind of businesses are you looking for?" Siri replied in her always off-kilter robotic murmur. I barked back some line about Siri being stupid. She cracked some stupid joke. And my phone went back into my pocket. » 12/18/13 11:00am 12/18/13 11:00am

Pacific Rim Review: Holy Sh-t That Was Great

One of the most important things any great action movie needs is a lead actor who can deliver an absurd line and have it sound awesome. One who makes you cheer instead of laugh when he says something that is by all rights laughable. Pacific Rim doesn't have one of those. But it still manages to be the best summer… » 7/11/13 3:30pm 7/11/13 3:30pm

Star Trek Into Darkness Review: Small Time Fun

Making a Star Trek movie must be hard. A movie like Star Trek Into Darkness has to simultaneously treat its source material with acknowledgement, if not respect, and make itself feel new and original. There are a lot of ways to do that, but JJ Abrams seemed to choose, “Just make it fun and figure the rest out.” He… » 5/16/13 3:44pm 5/16/13 3:44pm

Iron Man 3 Review: More Human, Less Soul

The third Iron Man could have been one of two movies. It could have gone on a light and self-referential victory lap of the Ocean’s Thirteen variety. Or it could have decided that after two outings—one great, the other basically good enough—we had enough foundation with the characters to really dig in. Either might… » 5/03/13 2:45pm 5/03/13 2:45pm