Frank Miller

‘The Expendables 3’ turns around the series

The latest installment of Sylvester Stallone’s geri-action series, “The Expendables 3,” greatly improves on the two terrible films that came before it but the fil ...

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ has enough of a foundation for next time

It has been seven years since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appeared in theaters. This time, they come armed with a big budget, cutting-edge special effects and mega-watt produ ...

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ probably savviest Marvel movie

The Marvel Comics universe is more than just superheroes saving their cities from evildoers with nefarious plots. Making their biggest gamble to date, the studio is adapting a les ...

‘Lucy’ entertaining enough to enjoy

The premise behind “Lucy” is that humans only use a small portion of their brains and that they could develop God-like powers if they unlocked its full capacity. Perha ...

‘The Purge: Anarchy’ concept hard to accept

  Movies will often ask you to buy in to a high concept that is otherwise ridiculous but crucial to the film’s plot. If I have to believe that the government has made ...

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ entertains while providing thought-provoking messages

The follow-up to “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is a better film in every fashion. It’s bigger, smarter and it even improves upon the already ground-breaking s ...

‘Tammy’ should have been great

On paper, giving Melissa McCarthy her own starring vehicle isn’t a bad idea, considering the stand-out supporting performances she has given in movies such as “Bridesma ...

This ‘Transformers’ hits lowest common demoninator

Has there ever been a blockbuster summer franchise as aggressively committed to the lowest common denominator as the “Transformers” movies? Each successive film is see ...

Don’t miss ‘22 Jump Street’

Comedy sequels suffer from an inherent problem in that jokes are funnier when you hear them the first time. By the time subsequent installments attempt to recapture the magic of t ...

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ lives up to its potential

Any film with a time loop gimmick automatically owes a lot to “Groundhog Day.” While other films have toyed around with this idea, few have lived up to the potential. ...

‘Maleficent’ an excuse to sell Disney merchandise

In yet another re-imagining of a classic fairy tale, “Maleficent” sees Angelina Jolie take on the role of the titular villain, a part she was seemingly born to play, to ...

‘X-Men’ given new life in latest film

The last X-Men movie helmed by Bryan Singer, “X2,” was universally regarded to be one of the best films in the series and the high-water mark that was only sporadically ...

“Godzilla’ destined to be a monster movie classic

The King of Monsters doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to crossing over from Japan to the United States. The 1998 film from big-budget spectacle ...

‘Neighbors’ is funny with life messages

When a rowdy fraternity moves in next door to a couple with a baby, a war breaks out between the young kids who just want to party and the new parents trying to figure out the ...

‘Heaven Is for Real’ preaches to the choir

It’s easy enough to imagine one’s faith in God challenged by an opposing viewpoint. Science vs. Creationism locked in a never-ending debate about what is and is not pr ...