Scanners (1981) [2]
Positives: Michael Ironside and the graphic scenes in this film are the only items worth watching. There is also vague co star Patrick Mcgoohan (whom is best known for as the Warden in Escape from Alcatraz). The movie is remembered when it debuted in 1981 and its key scenes featured in the 1984 horror documentary Terror in the Aisles.
Negatives: Boring script spite the cool powers of mental telepathy a few have..But the powered is used as a weapon rather than learning.

Scream of the Banshee (2011) [3]
Positives: A new look or version of Pandora's Box. I also thought the creature's way of attacks reminds you a female Freddy
Kruegar. The creature reminds me a few puppet type characters (Twilight Zone The Movie) and (Dark Crystal).
Negatives: (Spoiler) Opening scene could have had a better script of why/how creature ended up in the box although ironically that
is what was shown. Doesn't really explain what time period it occurred although a Knight capture's it.

Sherlock Holmes [3] (2010)
Positives: Actors, Characters, Scenes
Negatives: Script was difficult to figure out. But only at the ending as Holmes explains/diduces to his nemesis Blackwood about everything thru out movie, then the plot
and story can be understood. (I geneously gave it a 3, not until Holmes explains everything to Blackwood is worthy of a 3). Also the infamous Holmes theory of reasoning "what ever is left,
however unlikely, must be the truth" is never scripted.

The Shining (1980) [2]
Positives: Ok spite the fact it was written by Stephen King, he wrote it and loosely based it on the infamous haunted Stanley Hotel, yes its a hotel version of Amityville Horror. Jack Nicholson put on a (interesting) freaky performance. Shelley Duvall's performance was slow but does turn into a scream queen. I did not know Stanley Kubrick directed this, that explains alot (the freaky scenes, aka WTF was that?)
Negatives: A family of 3 become caretakers of a huge hotel during winter time....Why are there caretakers at all if there is no business. When he is hired, Jack is informed of family murdered at hotel and goes there with his own family. I really delayed for years watching this, never understood the term/phrase The Shining. When its explained what it means, I still scratched my head (?), strange phrase for something so simple and similar to medium. I was also interested in the critical acclaim, I question it now.



Sitter, The (2011) [3.5]
Positives: Script, Scenes. Definitely a remake of 1987's Adventures in Baby Sitting, just male version. But all casted, did and didnt sell.
I was thinking (the late) Chris Farley would have been great for this. Honestly better than the 1987 version.
Negatives: Seemed like no major actors, (so/but the script/scenes saved the movie)

Skyfall (2012) [3.5]
Positives: Characters, Script, Story, Scenes. The story really sold, with what turns out to be a agent surviving past torture and getting even via betayal.
Negatives: First half of the movie, seemed to lead that they would kill Bond off, (let alone be shot and questioned for active duty) Most of the actors seemed ok for the roles but them some seemed to be updated (an older Bond? and young actor to portray "Q". I even questioned actor Daniel Craig (not disrespect).
Skyfall (2012) [3.5]
Positives: Characters, Script, Story, Scenes. The story really sold, with what turns out to be a agent surviving past torture and getting even via betayal.
Negatives: First half of the movie, seemed to lead that they would kill Bond off, (let alone be shot and questioned for active duty) Most of the actors seemed ok for the roles but them some seemed to be updated (an older Bond? and young actor to portray "Q". I even questioned actor Daniel Craig (not disrespect).


Social Network, The (2010) [3]
- Positives: Hearing and reading about the actual history it seems the factual history appears to be accurate depending of course what you believe based on the published story. But the lawsuit scenes are a definite he said vs he said. Actor choices were apparently good. A line in the movie I was impressed by (depending an historical accuracy) Mark Zuckerburg replying to the Winklevoss brothers "If Facebook was really your idea why didn't you create it?!"
- Negatives: Where do I start. Movie reviews are not supposed to be or even made personal. But as I say to alot of people why would anyone listen to a "movie critic" its just an opinion. But this movie hit a personal nerve/demon in me. I spent/lived and worked for a company that housed off campus living to UPenn students in Philadelphia. So I believe I know college students, although I never was one technically (did briefly attended tech school for less than a year). The image of college students I saw showed them to be arrogant, know it alls and pretty succeeding in jamming their foot in doors and in their own mouths. Ive seen so many college portrayed movies that it seems the only two goals are "a degree and getting laid".
Note: I only ended up on Facebook because a friend of mine, bullied me on to it. :)

Source Code [3] (2011)
Positives: Seems like a remake of Bruce Willis 12 Monkeys and a take on the "repeated script" episode "Cause and Effect" from Star Trek: TNG. Eventually you cheer for the hero to fulfill his mission.
Negatives: The chamber the hero is in is very vague, even in script to character himself. The title should have been "Guinea Pig is a Corpse" or "Corpse is A Guinea Pig"

Star Trek: First Contact 1996 [4]
Positives: Actors, Characters, Script, Plot. An historic question is answered at practical ending to whom were the first aliens human made contact with. Simple enough the most popular race. Both James Cromwell and Marina Sirtis  were hysterical in their drinking scene.
Negatives: The background story for going back in time due to Borg interference was good but seemed cheesy. The 24th century Enterprise crew literally helping make the first warp flight was without a doubt cheesy if not literally involved in their own existence. Even in the last Star Trek series Enterprise their mention vaguely. 

Star Trek: Generations 1994 [3.5]
Positives: Actors, Characters, Script, Plot.
Negatives: The Nexus??? My god, how many times travel episodes did each series do and this is the best they could come up with??? The title is also too simple, again.

Star Trek Insurrection 1998 [3.5]
Positives: Script, Scenes. Some scenes with TNG crew experiencing youth again due to the planet's properties was interesting and funny.
Negatives: This was more like a tv episode than a movie should have only been that. If it was'nt the TNG crew it may have almost sucked.

Star Trek Nemesis 2002 [2]
Positives: Characters
Negatives: Poor story, script, plot. All time worst Star Trek film. The death of Data was not expected, just barely understable.

Star Trek The Motion Picture 1977 [3.5]
Positives: Actors, Script, Scenes, Special Effects
Negatives: Story was questionable or needed a tad better re-write. The title of movie is not the point of vague but too simple. Not a big fan of original tv series and the plot's seems like s 2 hour expanse of a would be tv episode. This was of course just a reunion of TOS characters.

Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan 1982 [4]
Positives: Actors, Characters, Script, Scenes, Special Effects. Ricardo Montalban was a fantasic antagonist.
Negatives: Not saying the plot was negative because its of course an enemy character from the TOS returning for revenge, hence the name. So although the title is cool, it should have been more incognito. Possibly more damage to the ship would have improved it.  Spock's death although poignant, could have been done better in face make up.

Star Trek III The Search For Spock 1984 [4]
Positives: Characters, Script, Story. Christopher Lloyd did a great original Klingon as they have always been portrayed as.
Negatives: I can only think it would be copying or they actually did copy Leonard Nimoy's documentary tv show "In Search of " title. The plot to bring Spock back 3/4 of the movie of course but the script for it was vague. Kirstie Alley should have returned as Savvik. Killing of Kirk's son David should have been a fight but was just as bully vs no contest.

Star Trek IV The Voyage Home 1986 [4]
Positives: Actors, Characters, Script. Although it was a good story, plot was so similar to ST: TMP, the scripted awkward ness of the foul language of mostly Spock and spots by Kirk were comical.  Really funny was when Kirk and crew blocked the harpoon and shut off the Klingon ship cloak scaring off the whaling ship. There are many great script rebuttals so the foul language was unnecessary.
Negatives: The attempt to implement foul language due interacting with people in 1986 was almost stereotypical. A few mistakes can be easily found. In the outgoing message by President of the UFP says "signals as almost totally ionized our atmosphere". Spock says "the President did say the signal was directed at Earth's oceans."

Star Trek V The Final Frontier 1989 [3.5]
Positives: Actors, Scenes and Script just barely.
Negatives: First thing on this list was title. Should have been used for a final movie rather than a title to probably described the reason behind the plot. Second, the plot. How many people in reality think and do this. Searching for God of all things does and cannot be implemented, scripted, written or even thought into SCIENCE FICTION! Well then again? It seemed to me almost all actors were out of shape. Kirk said this "great barrier" was at center of galaxy. How many times at Star Trek journeyed there probably. Just a lame if not poor script, plot. Worst of Kirk area movies. What was with the apparent nude scene for Nichelle Nichols??

Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country 1991 [4]
Positives: Actors, Characters, Script, Plot. Although Star Trek TNG's episode Yesterday Enterprise explains how the Klingon peace treaty came to be. So this movie is what would be considered the preliminaries to a truce.
Negatives: The Klingon prison did seem to much like their type. Add on the fact I thought Klingon's don't take prisoners, they kill their enemies. Although the title was explained in pre-post production statements, still didn't seem like Star Trek language. Spock's rebuttal with Kirk "only Nixon could go to China" was questionable. The famous and historical phrase explains how Nixon would help bring a conclusion to the Vietnam War but this movie Humans-Klingons were referred as the cold war between US-Russian.

Star Wars (Episode IV A New Hope) 1977 [3.5]
(Notes: If film work like this did'nt exist to the level it was released back in 1977 I probably would be illuminated as I would be in a 2011 stadium style theater. So I have to admit watching it thousands of times on television killed it's image of being original. I think I saw it on television even before video since my first theater movie was until at least 1984-1986)
Positives: Characters, script, story, special effects.
Negatives: Kill scenes a bit to graphic for even science fiction. As comical and enjoyable as everyone would find C-3PO I found his, lack of better word, naiveness or constant wary annoying as most found Jar Jar Binks was in Episode I.

Star Wars (Episode I The Phantom Menace) 1999 [4]
Positives: Story, characters, script. Pod Race was great. (Note: As most found the character Jar Jar Binks annoying I though he was funny/enjoyable)
Negatives: The title; should have been just "The Beginning". As much as I liked Jar Jar his people needed a little more work on CGI art. The character-friendship between Anakin and Padme seemed ok as friends, it was difficult to picture them having a relationship-future in this movie.

Star Wars (Episode II Attack of the Clones) 2002 [3.5]
Positives: (It's very much impossible to say any other way, but exclude the love story; all aspects of film were fine).
Negatives: The love story begins for Anakin and Padme, and as much as it was needed it dragged it (since Im not a super fan of romance movies). And it would not have worked if Anakin had'nt sprouted to about 6'5. Padme's script even kept telling him she was not comfortable reminding him she remembers him as a child.

Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith 2005 [3.5]
Positives: Story, characters, special effects. The battle between Yoda and the Emperor was fantastic, it was a representation of God vs The Devil. The birth of Darth Vader was long awaited movie moment (interesting they even brought back James Earl Jones for the voice).
Negatives: The light saber battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan reminded me as Lord of the Rings, way too long. However it was fast and furious. Movie really sowed up loose ends quickly. Anakin's turn which although dragged from his, Episode II's, frustrated attitude and impatience turned into what seemed as he were drugged addicted by Senator Palpatine. The choice to just turn and attack everyone insight could be viewed as a serial killer's mind. If the Wookies were scripted why was'nt the Han Solo character added as a cameo.

The Smurfs (2011) [3]
(Notes: I noticed bad reviews online for this, but Im a fan of the original cartoon so I had to see it. Not bad at all)
Positives: Actors, Characters, Script, Story. Very good job of character on The Smurfs based on the original cartoons. Hank Azaria did a great Gargamel.
Negatives: Only that a few Smurf character names were changed. Needed a far more negative and rough voice for Grouchy. 

Super 8 (2011) [3.5]
Positives: Great script, story, scenes, actors. It was Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets Cloverfield! Lot of scenes were shocking, 
edge of your seat, OMG, What the moments! (Note: Probably will purchase DVD)
Negatives: Like Cloverfield the "thing/creature" was vaguely shown, but even thru put movie an outline of body was shown and full face I guess?

Tammy (2014) [4 ****]
Positives: Melissa McCarthy is always AWESOME! Movie was written and produced by Melissa and her real husband Ben. Basically this movie is anything and everything that can go wrong will go wrong but family is always there. Restaurant scene when she is fired is F AWESOME! Wish I did that at Olive Garden.
Negatives: Why does she always seem to portray a piece of trash in movies but wonderful character in Mike and Molly tv show. Now I am not slamming people who look like that, but most of her movies characters are the same.

Task. The [3] (2011)
Positives: A definitely ironic script when it came to character choice as apart of the script. (I dont mean casting). Prison was good size, good set decor. A seemingly interesting view of how a reality show is produced and ironic twist in story/script.
Negatives: Like most non majors, possibly a major actor or plural was needed. And even final destination kills shots would have helped also.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) [3]
Positives: Megan Fox was a decent April O'Neill (nothing over sexed about her like in Transformers). The turtle origin story (SPOILER ALERT) involving April did really work, very interesting. Shredder honestly looked cool, like a human wearing a Megatron outfit. The vague ending with Shedder probably says TMNT 2.
Negatives: (SPOILER ALERTS) The turtles were way too large or tall in size. Very few few comical teenage elements that both cartoon and 1990 trilogy had that made them really enjoyable. I believe the movie as most superhero movies based on original comics. Its been said the original issues of TMNT comics made them out more serious but the cartoon made them enjoyable for kids. Thats why the 1990 trilogy was successful. This 2014 version made them FAR too serious, with very few comic lines and their famous surfer reference jokes.

Texas Chainsaw Massacure 3D (2013) [3]
Positives: It is announced as direct sequal for 1974 version  although there  was 1986  Part 2. However it seems to take place almost immediately after the girl escapes in pick up truck in 1974 version. Actor Gunner Hansen who played original Leatherface (Bubba Swayer) has cameo as a relative of Swayer family when police confront them, his white beard is really noticable. Although same good gory material, not enough teen victims.
(SPOILER): When typical girl survivor, discovers she is relative is Swayer family, she turns and help Leatherface, her script line to him WAS SO FUNNY I WILL REMEMBER IT FOREVER and you will actually cheer as Leatherface gets even with town posse. Dif type of ending were used to but not bad. Leatherface shows her a sealed letter which reveals more family history but ironically shocking is her grandmother; is played by actress Maryln Burns the survivor in 1974.
Negatives: Although good gory material not enough teen victims. May it was me but his make up job and possibly body size is not as great in original TCM's. Also, Ive notice this in films in the past 10 yrs...ENOUGH WITH the TOOTHPICK ANOREXIC actresses.

Theory of Everything, The (2014) [3]
Positives: Other than knowing his name/fame (Stephen Hawking) of being a Physicists, author and science genius I knew nothing of his personal life or what happened to him physically. Interesting view how he met both wives, his children, college. And when he recieves the computer that speaks for him.
Negatives: I did not know it was ALS a major form muscular dystrophy that crippled him...Its VERY DIFFICULT to watch him be crippled and upset the fact no one could understand him at times which really hinders his theories and knowledge of the universe.

Thing, The [2] (2011)
Positives: Uh boy, a few elements of the 1982 version of tacked in. A stand out scene in the 1982 version, the spider human head, was remade into a full body (talk about a rip off).
I won't say I hated it but since I was a big fan of 1982 Kurt Russell version I had to check it out. There were two new never before done elmemts: that the creature could not remake
non bio parts like teeth fillings and the crew entered the spacecraft,
Negatives: Remember, if you ever did or watched, a copy of a copy of vhs tape, same here. Its a definite attempt to combine the 1951 and 1982 versions. Kinda of a lame ending. How
many others have reached a second remake (1951, 1982, 2011)

Thor [3] (2011)
Positives: Actors, Story. I honestly was never a fan of apparent comic or cartoon version. I know there is historical references that he was a Norse god. I have yet to read on the comic/cartoon character to see how well the movie was accurately based. I was actually impressed.
Negatives: Like I said I don't know the character history enough but according to the movie he had a brother name Loki who is historically known as god of mischief which is not referenced at all like that.  

Titanic 1997 [3.5]
Positives: Actors, Plot, Script, Historical Scenes
Negatives: Most notably the love story although it did work apparently. Although much was done on historic records, interviews and anatomy/video of wreckage, a few scenes were either admitted to be a tad exaggerated or later discovered possibly inaccurate.

Total Recall (2011) [2]
Postives: Character and storied references from the 1990 (AS) version. A few CGI scenes. There is a cameo from a actress who passes a security check point, which in 1990 version, Arnold is dressed as a woman which her head seperates "get ready for a surprise" and she reprieses her scripted first line "2 weeks". However, nothing unsual happens but you do remember her face, but she seemed to slim down.
Negatives: Where do I start, actors, reworked script which didnt work. 1990 version was very violent but it worked. Too much CGI, sometimes if work, this was too cheesy.

Toy Story 3 (2010) [3.5]
- Positives: Yes an anticipated animated sequel. Except for a few missing characters and voices from the first two it was still pretty good. It's final scenes are lines are emotional but it's call growing up and letting go. I am being generous giving it a 3.5, the animation and actor voices and being apart of the Toy Story saga is what saves it.
- Negatives: The storied backgrounds needed different ideas. If they were deliberately taken to a day care center would make sense. The apparently bad characters that ruled the day care center, didn't sell. Looking back at Toy Story 2, the bear was a rip on The Prospector's story. Also the story's time lime, having him jump from boy to getting ready for college is one heck of a jump for a sequel. They should have continued thru an animated tv series like Star Wars Clone Wars did.

Transformers (2007) [3.5]
Positives: Thank god, Peter Cullen voiced Optimus Prime, other wise its doubtful this movie would have worked. Action scenes, script, Shia LaBeouf was ok for Sam.  
Negatives: Before I learned the Transformers themselves were CGI, I believed they were actually for real, animatronics (I described as a "starving artist put together model").  I've also said many times "sex" doesn't sell with me in movies and television (not needed) so neither did Megan Fox. Movie would have truly sold using original G1 cartoon voice actors. Megatron killing Jazz so easy sucked but it was placed to sell Megatron's brutality.

Transformers: Age of Extinction [2**] (2014) (slight spoilers)
Positives: (Hmmm) Optimus Prime first seen (old/rusted) in his G1 cartoon form with flat front rather than snout nose engine. Bumble Bee at least later in film goes from black to yellow. There were a few other autobots that seemed human like faces. Ok, the Dinobots, don't appear till almost end but their discovery had more story than their involvement. Megatron into Galvatron story does seem plausible and Frank Welker sold the voice spite him being Megatron's voice as well as human creating Transformers was interesting. As for story, a post battle hatred of humans for Transformers had a 9/11 or Pearl Harbor foreign essence.. Mark Walhberg's replacement of Shia Labeouf...I guess.
Negatives: Movie takes place 4 years after DOTM, should have started for flash backs with humans (or government turning against autobots) that would have DEFINITELY helped plot/story not just take a few words or autobot reactions to humans. The word or term Decepticons I dont think was said or used so those opposite or attacking, it was a directional rip on G1 Five Faces of Darkness. Again, too long. If Optimus Prime and other autobots are angry with humans, why dont they leave Earth. So except for elements, this reminds me of Star Trek Nemesis, it sucked. Yes this time I wil fully agree Michael Bay was or is more obsessed with explosions than telling a story.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) [3] (Notes: That's being generous, should give it a 2)
- Positives: Nasa Story, Many G1 Cartoon references. Director Michael Bay always delivers with great CGI, Action and Explosions.  
Cameo by legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin. A few new Transformer appearances such as Shockwave, Laserbeak, apparently Unicron and others.
Favorite scene in film in film is Rose Huntington-Whiteley's Carly with a verbal spot with Megatron, was totally awesome!
- Negatives: First, Sam's problem & reason for finding a job was stretched ridiculously long and more an insult to the character.
Second, I'm honestly not a fan of sex in movie or television (and thats just the view of young females in short dresses). Rose Huntington-Whiteley was
just a blond usage for the G1 character Carly. Even Megan Fox had better action scenes again was not a fan of her sexual matter in previous two.
Third, Sentinel Prime's heel turn totally unexpected, my mouth dropped in shock. Fourth, Optimus Prime taking out main Decepticons by himself was
scripted selfishly. Fifth, if Buzz Aldrin had a minute + cameo, movie should have had Donald Trump spotted for 5+ seconds running out of Trump Tower
in Chicago scenes. Sixth, a little overboard with Decepticons take over and rampage of Chicago, it looked like something out of a Terminator movie.
And last, movie way too long, 2 and half hours.
(Notes: My friend Mark and I agree movie's end's too abruptly but it seemed as a probable trilogy finale)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen [3.5] (2009)
Positives: Great start to finish script, scenes, more Transformer characters and following more on G1 cartoon story lines.
Negatives: As mentioned in first Transformers review, Im not of fan of female characters used almost primary for gf but name as movie in history that does'nt. As much as they brought/shoved in the story/scene of Optimus being killed (it was more a prison gang up than the 1986 version of a one on one leader vs leader fight), so it was horrible to watch.

Tron [3.5] 1982
Postives: For the era of computer graphics, it was awesome. Great story. Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner and David Warner were great casting.
Negatives: The other actors were fair. However the computer graphics seemed too grayish almost black and white.

Tron: Legacy [3] 2010
Positives: Fair story as a sequaled follow up with the son looking for his father and much reference from the first as well scene elements.
Negatives: Background scenes were more dark, horror like even. The scripted story of what happened to the father, characters and "the grid" since the son growing up was kinda vague somewhat difficult to understand. Climax at ending fair could needed better scripting or alternate ending.

12 Years a Slave (2013) [3]
Positives: One of few based on true story movies which is nearly 100% accurate (thats why this won for film of the year and cant see how Argo won in 2012 spite being a true story it was highly fictionalized). If you've seen or remember ROOTS this is a movie version where ROOTS was television based. Very graphic and seems all real names were kept.
Negatives: Its unfortunate that what ever happened to Solomon after his rescue and death are a mystery. Spite Brad Pitt is the abolitionist, why would a slave/plantation owner have or allow him to work on his property? There are only a few scenes apparently fictional (but nothing significant to damage or make story/movie look good like Argo did). Very graphic like ROOTS what slavery was like, difficult to watch at times. Also ROOTS is known for its constant usage of the "N" word toward slaves, not even near the same amount used in this movie.

Twilight Saga (2011) [Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse] [3]
Positives: A different plot of which discovering and hiding for Vampires. Ironically the character Edward does not want to attack
or turn Ella into a vampire but protects her.
Negatives: I have never accepted or like vampire movies/characters due to Hollywood's past creating, exaggerating, and if not
amplifying vampire history. And of course Im not fan of love stories. But had finally watch these due to their overboard popularity.


Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) [3]
Comments: I could both ways positive/negative when it comes to even spoiling the story and ending.
Major Spoiler Alert: First 20 minutes are for those who enjoys weddings. But when a strange pregnancy threatens
Bella's life, all know and say the baby will cause her death but takes Edward to change her over to save her (I'd
call that a good script). The final shot of movie is what she always wanted.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) [3.5]
Positives: Actors, Characters, Script. As much as I always promoted Im not into love stories, this was more the protection of a child. And should
nomimated for picture of the year. Bella's vampire education was very interesting.
Negatives: As always Im not a love story fan. The final battle should have been a larger group versus the valtouri, although what the battle is
actually revealed as, both a let down and relief. 

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) [3]
- Positives: Since I absolutely loved the first in 1987, a sequel would be intriguing. When I read Charlie Sheen would have a cameo (I said a line from Superman II, "man this is gonna be good!"). Michael Douglas sold great just - as he did in the first movie.
- Negatives: I was impatient so I read about the movie before watching it, and was surprised by a few things. His very young son Rudy had committed suicide(OMG!) and where did this daughter Winnie come from? Charlie Sheen would only have a cameo and what he says in a brief confrontation with Gecco turns out to be hypocritical. It's probably the updated look of media, internet and the financial world I don't care to hear or see now, didn't push/sell this to something I'd wanna see again.

Wild Bunch, The (1969) [2]
Positives: Clips and most other reviews said this was considered "Bloody Sam" Peckinpah's best film. Funny, yeah the characters if not even the actors probably represent the director in real life. Peckinpah's biography is titled "If they move, killem" which is the very much the first line delivered in the film. Cannot and refused to be controlled by rules & laws, like Peckinpah is known for just for making a film. The actors did fit this movie for sure. Finale is definitely, probably what is called "going out in a blaze of glory". One thing that Ive picked up on, being the fourth Peckinpah film to watch, one constantly used song "Gather by the River".
Negatives: Critics....I think they choose characters over story. Because I was confused if not really unsure of the story. It was kinda difficult what to give this one, 2: Needed Improvement or 3: Watch Once. Again for the fourth time and probably going to be a repetitive theme for me is Im not a fan of westerns but trying be a Peckinpah fan. God, did this one drag trying to understand a story or plot. It was easy to figure out the time period, when and where but not really what was going on or what anyone was thinking to do.

Wizard of Oz, The [3] (1939) (Notes: Just watched recently released 2 disc special edition)
Positives: But listening to interviews/docs of TWOZ author, making of and commentary it put the movie in a better and more respectful light.
Negatives: Due to, like Star Wars, tv/cable have played it a million times and ruined its image.

War Horse (2011) [3.5]
Positives: Script, Scenes, Story, Direction, Surprising impressed at this epic.  I compared it to 1990 movie Chips the War Dog. Was amazing how many times horse changed owners.
Ton of  WWI scenes.  You learn alot of  the nationalities, living conditions, ventures during the war didnt know much about during WWI.
Negatives: A few things seemed fiction. When a horse is typical hurt/injured it's usually put down...In reality it would have been put down, respectively several moments in the movie.

The Warriors, The (1979) [3.5]
Positives: Kept hearing about this, lots of critical acclaim. Interesting opening and seems to attempt accuracy of the rough nite life of NYC's boroughs with street gangs and their turfs. How the gangs all met together was amazing. Each gang had interesting attire and style. Few strange moments were a few gangs The Warriors did have fights with, couldnt fight at all (except the Union street gang). The girl gang was surprising. The one was who responsible for the shooting, is most memorable for his improvised verbal challenge "Warriors, come out and playe-ya" while clapping bottles.
Negatives: Why did ALL the gangs just accept the word of someone yelling the warriors did the shooting with zero evidence or site of (although this is resolved later in the movie). The ending is a bit dull but from a gang point of view respectful.

We Bought a Zoo (2011) [3]
Positives: A few things were changed but based on a true story. Talk about "sorta" being suckered into buying property. Casting, Scenes, Animals, Story.  Seems like a
real look at what is takes to operate a zoo.
Negatives: Almost any and every true story gets change, which I really hate. There is a supposed early teen love plot which doesn't work unless both sides are into it.

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) [3]
Positives: Actors, Script, Plot.
Negatives: Even more concern is the movie give's someone new ways to secure a bldg for an attack. I thought of Dhamer, Manson, Damien but they were obvious, explainable problems.
This kid had an original hate for life, for almost no reason. The word sociopath was in the reviews.

Wrath of the Titans (2012) [3.5]
Postives: Actors, Characters, Story, Scenes. This is a sequal for the remake of Clash of the Titans, but this sequal would have sold better for the original 1981.
Negatives: Because the 2010 remake ends with Percesus and Andromeda not marrying, so Wrath follows up with Perseus with a child thats not Andromeda's, which does'nt really help.  Although CGI works for creatures
only looks fair for gods. The climax of gods vs gods goes to easy and should have been more aggresive or complicated.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) [4 stars!]
Positives: I tried watching the cartoon version it was dull...Then read wikipedia of comic version, movie version and cartoon version. Scripting, Special Effects and just the changes to modernize this version REALLY SOLD. (Spoiler) The explanation that Magneto was accused of in assassination of JFK seem more plausible in real life than even just the movie. But this has nothing to do with full story so thats not really a spoiler)
Negatives: Each version, comic, cartoon and movie I think is scripted with a different mutant that caused/lead to different future which both hurts and helps. President Nixon's involvement in this version of X-Men Days of Future Past make him look like he was good president, I guess this was before Watergate. The scenes that go from past and future looked oblique/confusing.

X-Men First Class (2011) [3]
- Positives: Fairly interesting story to a movie version of their beginning. Good special effects. Hugh Jackman has stunning cameo,
and awesome reply to both Charles and Erik, probably favorite scene in movie.
- Negatives: Opening of movie, you were not sure if you were watching X-Men 2000 release, but story was understandable.
A few notable characters were or became obvious but some if not most never heard of them. I thought according to comic books, especially the front
cover of Uncanny X-Men #1 Storm and Cyclops were the First Class. Although my friend Mark noticed as they used Cerebro to search out young
mutants for the first time, I missed a young Storm. Knowing somewhat of their origins via cartoons/comics, at least movie did show them but a few things
were either strange, unexpected or didn't work. The naming of most of characters is weak due scripting giving it to one person.
How sides are drawn between Professor X and his students, Magneto and the Evil Brotherhood is also weak.

Yogi Bear [3] (2010)
Positives: Actors, Script, CGI, Scenes. While I watched I didn't realize Dan Akroyd voiced Yogi, which maybe was 80% close to original cartoon. Justin Timberlake voiced Boo Boo, which was perfect from original.
Negatives: Story not straight. Jellystone Park, although obviously ficitional, based on its size I would assume is a national park so could not be sold by greedy mayor for development. Most cartoons/CGI voiced characters is one thing but there was no question by humans that about a talking bear/animal

Zero Dark Thirty (2012) [3]
Positives: Apparently is the CIA, several years searching and torchering Al Qaeda suspects, discovery and special forces execution of Osama Bin Laden. Reading history and reviews it seems to be TOO accurate that it put those involved lives at stake in real life. Movie was well over 2 1/2 hours long. Some very shocking moments with Al Qaeda surprise attacks. The special forces assault on Bin Laden's compound is what really sells the film.
Negatives: Although Im a history buff, first part of film focusing on torchering suspects and search for Bin Laden does almost hang on being boring. (SPOILER), Osama Bin Laden's execution is incredibly vague, and accoring to interviews else where on the internet he was called out by name but since the bldg/rooms were VERY DARK he is practically unseen.

The Zoo Keeper (2011) [3: Worth Watching Once]
Positives:  Positives: Stallone and Cher sold as the lions
Negatives: Negatives: A tad bit better selection of character voices...The actor for zookeeper was fair. The gold digging gf part was scripted too much
(she dumps him them comes back for him yrs later that makes sense)