Quite laughable dialogue and plot points, but overall not the worst film ever. Liked the casting of the bad guy. Worked very well for me.
Sacrament, The (2014)
In the genre that has become Jason Statham movies, Safe lands fairly average on the spectrum. We get back story, we get the pieces on the game board, and we watch Statham knock them down with ease. What Safe does better than the rest is setting Statham up to have wronged all three major groups in the film (the Russians, the Chinese, and the police) so that all of them are “gunning” for him. Motivations are often weak and the odds impossible, but I do have to say, Statham is an action star that’s easy to watch and who has effectively cashed in on his niche.
Safe House (2012)
About what you’d expect from a Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington showing. Strong performances throughout, but the paint-by-numbers “surprise” twists and action sequences hold Safe House down from being anything above average, which, with a cast like Reynolds-Washington, seems like a feat within itself.
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Aubrey Plaza proves she can carry a film with her quirky nature, while Jake Johnson proves that he should be in more films. All the performances are matched perfectly by a “heartfelt story” which brings some well paced surprises. Even though there are several plot holes left unanswered, the film still carries on nicely as a whole.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)
Sanjay’s Super Team (short) (2015)
The Sasquatch Gang (2007)
Very unusual film. Not sure it lived up to its predecessor Napoleon Dynamite, but it had its funny moments. Justin Long was great in this film. He has proven that he can be great in a drama like He’s Just Not That Into you, and then transcend into this half-bit comedy.
The rest of the cast was dull. The story lines were dull and unbelievable, and just did not carry the weight that Napoleon had. Worth the watch for Justin Long, otherwise do not expect much.
Sausage Party (2016)
Savage Grace (2007)
Julianna Moore carries this film gorgeously, but with a lack of intent throughout the entire plot of the film, the viewer is lazily dragged through a mix between a solid drama and impending thriller. Shifting main characters makes the film uneven, as Eddie Redmayne eventually takes on the role, selling it as best he can, yet the film still comes off flaccid and unfocused.
Savages offers some of the best showings of Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch to date, as well as some undeniably strong performances from Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, and John Travolta. Without this strong cast, however, Oliver Stone’s latest would probably fall a bit flat, with a weak narrator and weak narration. Stone’s ability to intertwine dark, violent action with humor and heart is commendable and is ultimately what saves this film.
Saved! delivers its own brand of continuous comedy with a brilliant cast and plenty of frustrating uber Christians that seem to lift right off the screen. Though the plot is nothing new, the passion lies in the delivery.
Save the Last Dance (2001)
Saw II (2005)
Saw III (2006)
Saw IV (2007)
Gore-apalooza! They really pumped up the gore in this movie. Love the style of all the movies but they should probably quit making these movies.
Saw VI (2009)
Saw 3D (2010)
Costas Mandylor is a bad ass! I hope if the “Saw” franchise were to accomplish nothing else, it would at least be able to launch him into some sort of relevant work. That said, the “Final Chapter” was not great. The films have appeared to be getting worse and worse, and this one put the final nail in the coffin. The quality of the medium itself has gotten to the point of made-for-tv-movie and the actors are as if they were picked up off the street (aside from a short appearance by Chester Bennington of Linkin Park). The “games” were mere shells of what they used to be with little thought behind any of them. I severely miss the presence of Tobin Bell, but some passed performances do return. What the hell happened to Sean Patrick Flanery? His face rang a bell, but with his new build, he was almost unrecognizable. Thank God for IMDB.com.
Scary Movie (2000)
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
Schindler’s List (1993)
“Schindler’s List” is one of the most powerful and poignant depictions of the Holocaust in cinema’s history. And with the strength of master director Steven Spielberg, presenting his zeal for human compassion and unbridled attention to detail, matched with this true story, it is hard to even come close to matching such a masterpiece. Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes form an unbeatable ensemble cast, bringing to light the absolute best of their respected characters, while the torment and extreme sadness is delivered in such an undeniable way, that those who were not involved, can share in at least a glimpse of the madness that was Nazi Germany.
School of Rock (2003)
Woody Allen’s writing and directing bleeds through this film. Woody gives a great performance and Scarlett Johansson proves to be an attractive woman version of Allen when the role calls for it.
Scream 2 (1997)
Nails the genre on the head, supplementing the original quite nicely. The thing I like most about these films are the colorful casts that they tend to draw. Wes Craven proves brilliant at directing these horror films that draw attention to themselves yet still attempt to scare. Again, the film leads you to believe everyone is guilty, which makes a horror film that much better. One of the most suspenseful scenes in a horror film to date when Sidney has to crawl over the ghostface killer knocked out in the cop car.
Scream 3 (2000)
The guessing game of the “Scream” franchise dies slightly in this “conclusion” to the series. Had this film actually been the finale, I could have respected it a lot more, but seeing as the series continues, it loses the finality that the writers were aiming for. Jaime Kennedy’s brief cameo from beyond the grave was by far the most entertaining part of the film.
Scream 4 (2011)
Normally when you put Wes Craven’s name on a film it is already going to be better than half the horror films out there. “Scream 4” is packed with enough big names and making fun of itself to be enjoyable. If anything, guessing who the killer is will keep you watching until the end. I am actually surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did.
Seafarers, The (1953)
Searching For Sonny (2011)
Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
“Searching for Sugar Man” is an amazing true story and the creators of this film are master storytellers, delivering a powerful plot progression that starts you off with a “hypothesis”, leads you through their research, and leads to the epic discovery of a man that everyone in South Africa thought was dead. To have this musician’s story played out for you, thinking he is dead until the moment of their realization, and then, to have this musician be apart of the film through interviews and footage of his return to music, makes for one of the most memorable music documentaries I’ve ever witnessed. It’s a tale that is both heartbreaking and uplifting, with a man that truly deserves recognition but is content living an average life.
Season of the Witch (2011)
Season of the Witch brings very little to the table as far as fantasy quest films, taking what has already been done and for the most part, just duplicating. As always we start with a set number of adventurers, looking to bring a witch to trial. Ron Perlman fits the era quite well, but Nicolas Cage sticks out sorely. Of course we lose questers on the way and the twists they encounters like wolves and demons are hardly thought-provoking. By the end battle, there is hardly enough keeping you invested enough to care how it ends.
Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The (2015)
Secret, The (2007)
Redeemed only by an amazing performance from Olivia Thirlby when possessed by her mother, The Secret is dismally similar to far too many films, including family dramas like Freaky Friday. Were Olivia and David Ducovny not such great performers, The Secret would probably become down-right unbearable.
“Secretariat” is the feel good film it appears to be. You pretty much know how it is going to end due to the “based on a true story” aspect but it still entertains and the final two race scenes are breathtaking. Diane Lane fit her part perfectly and the press conference scenes displayed that the best, but the “horse whisperer” portion of the film were completely unneeded. John Malkovich was by far the high point of the film and not just because he was his eccentric self, but for once got to show his compassionate range.
Secret Life of Pets, The (2016)
See Girl Run (2013)
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
Extremely average for this genre of dark, romantic comedy, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” fails to gain traction with its leads, Carrell and Knightley, who’s forced chemistry does not pair well with the sub-standard plot, not too mention the strained and unnatural look on Knightley’s face throughout the entire film. Plagued with shifting pacing issues and continuous dead-end plot devices, the sentiment is there, it’s just not presented effectively.
Seeking Justice (2012)
Is it just me, or is Nicolas Cage just doing films because he needs the money? Seeking Justice rides the line between a horrible joke of a thriller and a shred of a good idea. The cast is the film’s saving grace. Put Guy Pearce in anything and watch audience’s turn their heads to see it. Plus, the beautiful January Jones can definitely get a man’s attention. I am a die hard Nicolas Cage fan, through and through, so on paper, this film looked worthy enough to see. The plot, however, drives this film into the ground. The shocks are watered down, the performances are somewhat lacking, and there’s a character that acts like a fairy Godmother, opening and closing doors just to further the plot. Though my hopes were never high for this film, there is simply something missing in this revenge thriller.
Simply put, Will Ferrell is creating his own genre of movies. They’re not quite all the way funny but not necessarily dramas. This had the feel of a watered down anchorman and less of the characterization. Loved Andre Benjamin. I hope he sticks around the film business. Otherwise, no performance excited me. Pretty much good for some one liners. My favorite scene which saved the movie for me was the poker game where they pull out the gun. Hilarious!
Separation, A (2011)
Much more than the title of the film suggests, A Separation involves the downward spiral of not only a couple’s relationship, but the impact of stress placed on multiple families as times grow tough and people’s health deteriorates. Made spectacular only by its ending, the film really rides a fine line between reality and fiction.
The look and feel of the Firefly series is immensely upgraded in this blockbuster-like science fiction action film. Serenity picks up where the series leaves off, but attempts to be a stand-alone piece to which I feel it’s not. While the characters tend to come off as slightly different versions of themselves from the series, the relationships between the characters are in much need of their back stories. Without them, we never really know what the connection between Mal and Inara is or how long Simon and Kaylee have been toying with being lovers. None-the-less, Joss Whedon’s directorial debut is nothing short of brilliant, with enough action and adventure to rival any space/science fiction film.
Serious Man, A (2009)
Much like Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro’s brilliant pairing in Mean Streets, Serpico is yet another perfect pairing between Sidney Lumet and Al Pacino, in a gritty, dirty cop drama, with a bar-setting performance from Pacino, himself. With no wasted scenes, precise dialogue, and an image of New York that still holds up to this day, Serpico makes a run at being a perfect classic film.
Sessions, The (2012)
Strong performances throughout, especially from lead John Hawkes, who proves once again he is a force of nature, “The Sessions” is a thoughtful endeavor into the true life story of a man confined to an iron lung, who discovers that sexual activity is not out of his bounds. With impressive peaks and valleys of emotion and a maturity in handling a subject that could easily be tawdry and awkward, Ben Lewin delivers a fine achievement after over 15 years of inactivity. However, the film does lose me on several occasions, in that every woman that comes into contact with Mark O’Brien (Hawkes) falls in love with him, feeling much too glamorized and Hollywood romance to feel real. Helen Hunt does a fine job distancing herself from this generic love struck female persona, but still, by the end, feels lumped in with the rest. Hawkes definitely deserved to be honored for this role and one has to believe he would have been next in line to receive an Academy Award nomination this year.
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Delivering much more depth than originally anticipated, “Seven Psychopaths” is both self-aware and entirely humorous, all while remaining punchy and new. Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson produce high caliber performances as two of the psychopaths, easily keeping the crazy plot afloat, while Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken securely anchor the story down, both with solid, steadfast performances. McDonagh’s second director/screenwriter venture rarely skips a beat and even with the overabundance of gruesome violence, it still succeeds in coming out completely unique and memorable.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Shallow Hal (2001)
Shallows, The (2016)
Shape Of Water, The (2017)
Shark Night 3D (2011)
Shark Night fails to impress on even the most scantily-clad of surfaces. With no time for sex or fun, the film jumps straight into the killings, with no explanation and no regard for the audience. Shark Night is a film for films sake and just another poor excuse to use 3D. Even its predecessor Piranha 3D targets a certain group with its sexy, R-rated features while Shark Night drowns in its own PG-13 rating.
Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)
She’s All That (1999)
Sherlock Gnomes (2018)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Just as entertaining as its predecessor, A Game of Shadows brings the same Sherlock to a whole new mess of trouble. Moriarty (Jared Harris) is the perfect adversary, with the same logical approach as Holmes. The bickering between Watson and Holmes has run its course, but the dialogue works all the same. What really causes for excitement are the visuals, especially a gut-wrenching race through a bombastic, splintering forest. The stop-and-slow motions and three-sixty degree renderings of the space surrounding Holmes at any given moment that these films have become known for are still well worth the price of admission. I am also entirely excited that Noomi Rapace has found a vehicle to launch her brilliant career.
Shining, The (1980)
Stephen King should have been proud. Having read the book quite some time ago, I have to say the film blew my expectations away. So glad that Jack Nicholson was in this film. He brought something to the character I don’t think anyone else could. The little kid had an awesome demonic voice and in the end, this film is just enough eerie that you have to get a chill. Very well done.
Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)
Falls into the one against the world movies, but with a twist that the hero is a sniper. I liked going into the world of sharpshooting. A good suspenseful, action-filled movie.
Shotgun Wedding (2013)
Shrek 2 (2004)
Shrek The Third (2007)
Rent it. I laughed quite a bit, so as far as that goes, it was funny for an animated film.
Shrek Forever After (2010)
Side Effects (2013)
Finally the vague marketing makes sense, as “Side Effects” relies heavily on messing with one’s perceptions. Never heavy-handed, Soderbergh smartly moves pieces on a chessboard with ease, innovation, and mostly without the viewer even noticing, all while entertaining and breaking Hollywood story stereotypes. Filled with powerful performances, especially from Jude Law and Rooney Mara, who equally steal the show, both present levels of expertise in their roles yet unseen in their careers. With the Soderbergh touch, of slightly close and tilted camera angles and a freshness to the thriller genre that only this versatile director could deliver, if this truly is his final film, he will be sorely missed. Yet “Side Effects” is a fantastic note to leave on and definitely lands in the category of some of his best work.
Silent Child, The (short) (2017)
Silent Hill (2006)
In a time of adapting video games into films, most studios are willing to throw out just about everything that makes those video games special, until the only thing that remains is the name of the franchise, maybe some character names, and a villain or monster here and there. “Silent Hill”, however, captures the essence of the video game, nailing the atmosphere, the music, the camera movements, the monsters, and the character interaction to perfection. Sure, none of the actors will ever win an award for their sub-par performances and the story is paper thin, but being able to achieve such a close resemblance to the video game series will earn major points with the fans.
Silent House (2012)
Surface-level brilliant, “Silent House” delivers an outstanding achievement in cinematography, delivering a feature length film in what appears to be one consecutive shot (there is also no editor listed in the credits, which appears to strengthen that notion). Elizabeth Olsen commands a stunning performance, with some of the best acting I have ever witnessed in a horror film. However, the film loses itself in a lackluster downward spiral of twists that do little to payoff the build-up.
Silent Nights (short) (2016)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence give two of the best performances of the year and of their careers. The brilliance of the characters and their say-anything-do-anything mentalities not only provides for entertaining and comedic banter, but allows for both actors to drive home their exquisite and completely natural chemistry. Although the pacing is sometimes jumbled and the arguments reach points of complete inaudible insanity, these elements often end up enriching the plot, as the line between normal and mental illness grows more unclear the longer the characters interact. With heartfelt performances from key supporting players like Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook” not only succeeds comically, but also passionately, transcending the everyday romantic comedy and becoming so much more sincere and meaningful.
Simple Favor, A (2018)
Simpsons Movie, The (2007)
Sin City (2005)
Sing (short) (2016)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Single Life, A (short) (2014)
Single Man, A (2009)
“Sinister” is the best horror film I’ve seen so far this year. With a complete understanding of what makes a horror film frightening and rarely taking the common, easy ways out, the film delivers the maximum amount of spooks while keeping your fear heightened through the entire film. Besides Ethan Hawke, the performances aren’t much, but in a horror film, I’m more apt to let that slide, as long as I am entertained to the same degree. The cinematography and score are both above par, with some experimental elements that pay-off. “Sinister” is not going to win any awards, but from a strictly subjective viewpoint, horror films in this day and age don’t get much better than this.
Sisters Brothers, The (2018)
Sixth Sense, The (1999)
Six Wives of Henry Lefay, The (2010)
Skeleton Twins, The (2014)
Skin (short) (2018)
A film in a casket for an hour and a half I can deal with. I film in an elevator for half of a movie was somewhat acceptable. But a film about an alien uprising taking place in one hotel room (plus the roof and parking garage of said hotel) does not a movie make. This film could have used Adrien Brody. It seems like he makes all B-title movies better. One thing it could have used less of was the same situation over and over again. The graphics were acceptable but not enough to hold the film together.
There is a flavor to this film, designated to a distinct group of people. I am one of those people. The cast is a compilation of favorite comics that spans over several generations: Jason Segel (Freaks & Geeks, How I Met Your Mother), Laura Prepon (That 70’s Show), Michael C. Maronna (Adventures of Pete & Pete), and of course, Jason Schwartzman, who appears to have almost built this part for himself. For a college kid comedy, “Slackers” is everything I wanted it to be.
Sleeping Beauty (2011)
Emily Browning is an actress I could watch in just about anything. Though Sleeping Beauty lies rather stagnant, with little range in emotion, Browning’s beauty and performance is worth the film alone, watching her succumb to such low standards, remaining gorgeous throughout, but never accepting her beauty. She refuses to accept that her body is a “temple” and simply “whores” herself out to all her jobs. Julia Leigh takes many calculated risks in her directorial debut and for the most part succeeds, coming off with the same eerie tone as Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. As one critic describes the film, “it’s ultimately a horror story, though one completely free of blood and gore”, which is true, as you sit in mostly silence, in awe of the what horror Browning’s character will submit herself to next.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Dated and blatant, Where The Heart Is basically tries too hard and mish-mashes far too many events and ideas into one film. A critic said it best when he referred to it as “a great big ol’ commercial for the Wal-Mart”.
Talk about a movie with only two characters in the entire film. The conversations were witty and well paced, but the movie was at times confusing and unrelated to the rest of the piece. It was cool to find that Caine played in the older version of this film as well and played the opposite character. Also liked the Seven deadly sins analogies if you watch close enough to catch them.
Just the right blend of horror and comedy. For as much grief as Elizabeth Banks gets from critics, I thought she did a fine job in the film. I admire a director that works in gore, but is able to restrain himself from going completely overboard.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Danny Boyle takes many chances with Slumdog Millionaire, and they completely pay off in the end. The basically unknown cast is always a gamble, but when it relates to a location viewers know little about, like Mumbai, we get to know these people through the situations they incur. The plot structure of the film is genius, using flash backs in the most creative way in recent history, as we watch Jamal Malik on India’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and flashing back to how he knows all the answers to the questions through his epic struggle through life in the slums. Freida Pinta is a knock-out and every scene she graces is impressive. Also, all scandals and rumors aside, the child actors in this film are some of the best I have ever witnessed. This film deserved all the Academy Awards that it won and was easily the best film of that year.
Small Soldiers (1998)
A perfect vehicle to launch Mary Elizabeth Winstead and her future successes as a dramatic actress, “Smashed” proves itself a viable Indie with a close-to-the-chest demeanor and dead-on, ethereal performances, not just from Winstead, but from co-star Aaron Paul as well, who gives a glimpse of the headlining actor he will certainly become. James Ponsoldt is unafraid to delve into the truth of addiction and all that comes with turning your life around, allowing his gorgeous lead actress to be dirtied and without make-up throughout most of the film.
Smiley Face (2007)
Was not a fan. Have to be stoned to watch and still that might be a stretch. That’s too bad because I like Anna Faris.
Smokin’ Aces (2007)
One of the most creative action films I have personally ever seen. Jeremy Piven steals the show and that is saying a lot with the enormous cast in this film. The editing is well done, the writing is full circle brilliance, and the director must be a borderline genius to keep all the shooting sequences straight. Top ten best endings to a film ever! Epic, glorious, and with all the candy coated characters, the film still finds a way to have a meaningful and thought provoking conclusion. Kudos to Ryan Reynolds. The man will garner more than one Academy Award in his lifetime and this performance proves it.
Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017)
Snow Angels (2007)
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Any film that can even remotely make me forget Kristen Stewart’s past discrepancies is doing something right. With a solid script, impeccable visual effects, and a commendable showing from all the cast members involved, especially Chris Hemsworth, Snow White and the Huntsman delivers on almost all levels. Charlize Theron is showstopping, unabashed by playing ugly, yet completely breathtaking as the “fairest of them all”. I never felt cheated (Stewart even pulls off the accent) and was always entertained; two signs of a successful adaptation.
Social Network, The (2010)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)
Something Borrowed (2011)
Either this film was so bad it made John Krasinski funnier or he actually did get slightly more entertaining on his own. Either way, this film completely drops the ball and with its soap opera tendencies borderlines on painful.
Basically a look into the not-so-glamorous life of a celebrity, Stephen Dorff tediously circles a deserted track with his expensive car and falls asleep to blonde twins pole dancing at the foot of his bed. We are always told that celebrities lead such fascinating lives, but in reality, the truth is probably much similar to this film. Both Dorff and Fanning deliver great performances and cause this otherwise monotonous film to be filled with some worthwhile moments.
Song Of The Sea (2014)
Son of Saul (2015)
Sound of My Voice (2012)
Hands down, Brit Marling is stunning. Carrying the entire film, “Sound Of My Voice” is made whole solely by her performance and her’s alone. Yes, there are supporting cast in the form of creepy cult members that deliver the right amount of unease, and there is a main cast, who struggle through their performances with lack of conviction and star power, but with Marling comes this sense of “higher power”. Within a sea of unknowns, Marling is the shining light that you constantly wait to see again, and within the context of the film, this works wonderfully. Yet another ambiguous end, the screenplay could have dropped many more “what-ifs” to make the ending hold that much more weight. Without Marling, this film would have been nothing. Without the eerie factor and ambiguous ending, this film would have been nothing. But thanks to those additions, this film achieves intriguing, while still remaining underwhelming.
Source Code (2011)
For coming off like a revisiting of “Deja Vu”, replacing Denzel Washington with Jake Gyllenhaal, “Source Code” actually displays true thought and fine tuned execution. The performances were point blank, especially from the leads and even Michelle Monaghan won me over. The writing was phenomenal and this was not the action-fest that it appeared to be. Duncan Jones is really proving his worth with this, his second feature.
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
Space Jam (1996)
Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013)
With the serious, “dedicated” performance from Michael Rapaport, Special would just be another low budget, independent film. But with that performance comes a truthfulness that carries the off-the-wall concept to a level of seriousness that is then taken seriously. With the craze of average people becoming superheroes (Kick Ass, Super, Bad Ass), Special is a nice change of pace, looking more at the human psyche rather than the bravado and action that comes with fighting crime.
Special Forces (2012)
Spectre (007) (2015)
Reminiscent of several other science fiction thrillers, “Sphere” basically follows the progression of “Event Horizon”, except underwater and with far more bizarre deaths. The film is cast perfectly, with Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson showing off their range, but Michael Crichton isn’t able to effectively adapt his film and it more or less comes off like a science fiction slasher film.
Spice World (1998)
Suffering from the same downfalls that most origin superhero films have, Spider-Man finds a way to still be enjoyable, with a fresh cast of Tobey Macguire, James Franco, and the beautiful Kirsten Dunst. Willem Dafore offers a memorable villain, all while furthering a nice plot for the sequels. Rarely tacky, Spider-Man succeeds in creating some of the most memorable moments in any Marvel film as well as creating the most down-to-earth superhero film of its time.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
It is hard to drop the ball any harder than the third Spider-Man film but Sam Raimi and Marvel find a way to completely destroy an epic franchise built perfectly by two prior films. With the entire cast returning and plotlines carried from the first two films, how is it even possible to get this wrong? Spider-Man 3 fails to build any tension, or even coherency at times, throughout the entire film. With more villains and conflicts, you would think there would be more epic battles, but with zero memorable fight sequences and wasted conclusions to storylines, left and right, how Raimi got away with writing this, I will never know. By the time Peter Parker begins wearing eyeliner and dancing down the street like an idiot, there is little connection left to any of the other films or to any sort of fanboy mentality. The end of the film becomes unrelentingly awful and unworthy of the two hours invested in the film. The only thing Spider-Man 3 gets points for are the continued amazing graphics, the soundtrack, and the returning cast. Had the story matched the previous films, this could have been a brilliant film. Instead we were stuck with melodrama, soap opera amnesia bullshit, and emo-dancing Peter Parker.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)
In a very spotty drama, Kutcher basically plays a male gigolo that has a close encounter with karma when he meets the right woman. Almost every character in the film is unlikable and there is little for an audience member to get behind, even at the very end.
Spy Who Loved Me, The (007) (1977)
With an overly impressive first act, including a repeat ski chase which ends in a death-defying jump that has to be seen to be believed, “The Spy Who Loved Me” never really drives home the final two acts, recycling most of its story elements, including the underwater theme from “Thunderball”. How the film redeems itself is by having Bond work with Maj. Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach), a rival agent, in which Bond actually unknowingly kills her lover at the beginning of the film. Once she finds out, she vows to kill him, which makes their dynamic that much interesting. Still lingering on the fact that I do not necessarily enjoy Roger Moore as Bond, this is one of his better showings.
Stand By Me (1986)
A little too much on the fantastical side, Stardust is an adventure that tends to try and top itself throughout the course of the film, becoming less about a well-rounded story and more about exploring grand new worlds with very little holding them together. However, with some interesting casting and good enough direction, Stardust does remain original and ultimately memorable.
Star Is Born, A (2018)
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Star Trek (2009)
As epic of a space adventure that one could ask for, “Star Trek” is just the right mix between reintroduction and reinstating, with plenty of throwbacks to the original series, including a performance by Leonard Nemoy, all while keeping the franchise fresh for those who have little to know exposure. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have excellent chemistry, first as rivals and then as shipmates, both filling their roles splendidly. At times, the supporting cast seems thrown together, with faces like John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Winona Ryder, Simon Pegg and, especially, Tyler Perry, but it eventually works itself out, almost as if J.J. Abrams is giving these actors a chance to shine outside their comfort zone. The visual effects are stunning, apart from the constant lens flares, supported wholly by an enthralling screenplay. No matter what level of “Star Trek” involvement you are, Abrams re-imagining is stunning all around and a nice surprise for those with little expectations.
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Besides the final battle scene between Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul, the rest of the film is forgettable. There is a disconnect between real and computer-generated that constantly takes you out of the reality of the film and reminds you that this is indeed make believe. There is such potential in the characters, but it is almost as if George Lucas does not know what to do with them, not to mention, Jar Jar Binks is one of the worst characters in the entire history of film.
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
Though Hayden Christensen is difficult to watch at times, his metamorphosis as Anakin Skywalker makes up the better portions of the film, especially his love story with Padme (Natalie Portman) who grows as an actress from start to finish. Once again, the disconnect between CGI and reality is palpable, completely ruining the authentic feel to the films. No matter how good the characters and storylines get, the CGI-heavy atmosphere of Star Wars deters the films from ever reaching a level of admiration from myself, causing me to constantly shake my head in disapproval. The epic battlefield conclusion feels too similar to that of the ending of Episode I, yet the Yoda and Count Dooku lightsaber fight compares nicely to the final lightsaber fight in Episode I.
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
The last of the prequels, Revenge of the Sith finally sheds the unnecessary and focuses on what the fans actually care about, which is action and mythology. It also feels like every actor from the trilogy finally fits their parts with Hayden Christensen coming across much more believable than the previous film, Ewan McGregor finally proves why I ever gave a damn about Obi-Wan, and Natalie Portman is pitch-perfect. The dialogue has come miles, the useless characters and childish humor are done away with, and what is left is one of the most epic films to date. The parallel fight scenes at the end are the most engaging of the entire series (1-6) and the emotions are raw and encompassing. The graphics finally become apart of the film rather than creating two separate planes to watch for two and a half hours. General Grievous and Yoda are some of best quality CGI characters I can ever remember having seen in a graphics-enhanced film. I am very grateful that George Lucas finally pulls through with this final prequel.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Star Wars revolutionized the grandeur of film and story-telling. The entire saga is tight-knit and engaging and produces some of the best characters ever to be introduced to film. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) sells this film and remains the best non-Jedi character of the entire franchise. The action scenes are epic and every new sequence in the film is memorable in its own way, proving to be truly masterful film-making.
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
The least interesting story of the original trilogy, the recycled use of the death star and the muddled Ewok forest pretty much dominate the film and make it less enjoyable. The opening of the film on Tatooine was a perfect beginning, but once the crew lands on Endor, the film stretches a concept much too thin. The revelation between Luke and Vader is worth the film alone, but what surrounds that is far less admirable. Good end, but not great end.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Last Jedi (2017)
State Of Play (2009)
Enjoyed the turn out of the film. Instead of making a huge twist at the end making the film seem smaller than it was, you got the sense the film was set up to be bigger than film. Nice change. Ben Affleck did great. Rachel McAdams was over-shadowed. Worth a watch. Jason Bateman and Jeff Daniels make nice cameos.
Station Agent, The (2003)
Not the worst movie I’ve seen, but too much on the lines of the “midget” tale of adversity. Nothing against small people, but in movies we’ve already seen this a million times. But then again, what haven’t we seen a million times?
Stay Cool (2011)
With a big cast and Mark Polish taking the writing and acting roles, Stay Cool lands mostly on its feet. About an author who returns to his hometown and revisits old relationships from high school, Stay Cool is slightly above any straight-to-DVD releases in its class, but still lacks that something special that sells it on the big screen.
Step Brothers (2008)
For the most part was very funny. I enjoyed Will Ferrell as always, but am not a fan of Reilly. The film got a little outrageous, to the point where, as the audience, you just step back and say, these are grown men and it’s not even funny anymore. Otherwise some really great moments. Seems like the best parts got cut so I can’t wait for it to come to dvd. “This beds like the rock of gibraltar.”
Steve Jobs (2015)
Still Alice (2015)
Edward Norton is probably one of the greatest actors of our time. Next to Robert De Niro this is even more apparent. The transformation of Norton’s character is the life blood of this film. I was hoping for more of a cat and mouse psychological thriller that the trailer seemed to project. There is absolutely no urgency in the film and therefore lacks the thrill. That aside, this film goes places that are different for its genre and the cast alone is worth a viewing.
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Strangers, The (2008)
This was the first movie in the history of movies that legitimately scared me. I was tense and uneasy the entire film and there was little to no gore involved. I think if horror films keep going in this direction, I am truly excited. The only problem I had was that it will only be surprising once. The next time I see it, it may not be as good. I feel as though something like this could happen and am extremely glad someone made this into a film.
Strangers On A Train (1951)
Characters were very memorable but the story as a whole didn’t keep my enthused. I loved the symbols and the acting done by Hitchcock’s daughter. Wasn’t my favorite Hitchcock piece.
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Straw Dogs (2011)
Every actor in this Straw Dogs remake fits their role perfectly, save for maybe James Woods playing the drunken coach, however, the characters still remain somewhat two-dimensional with no real motives or thought process behind the shift from cordial to maniacal, but perhaps that is the point. The boundary-pushing nature of the film is on par with other thrillers of its genre, but that also becomes its downfall as it resembles too many other films even for being a remake.
Strong Island (2017)
Struck by Lightning (2013)
Stutterer (short) (2015)
St. Vincent (2014)
Hinging mostly on Craig Roberts’ performance as the over-intelligent fifteen-year-old, Submarine succeeds in reaching its dark humor roots while bringing something new to the table. Critics are buzzing about Richard Ayoade’s debut as director and rightfully so, as the off-beat humor in the film is hard to match to any other film of its kind.
Sucker Punch (2011)
This is going to be the most successful poorly reviewed film ever I have a feeling. I, a 23 year old male with a normal sex drive, completely fell in love with this film. It is the “Scott Pilgrim” of purely action films with gorgeous women, revealing outfits, and amazing fighting choreography and fight sequences. i will purchase this film when it is released and perhaps even see it again in the theater. The opening sequence was exquisite. The downfalls were a lack of story and character depth, but honestly, I was not there for that. This film was everything I wanted it to be. Eff you critics.
Suicide Squad (2016)
Summer in February (2014)
Had “Sunshine” stuck to what it was accomplishing in the first three-fourths of the film, it would have easily gotten five stars from me. I could have seen this film up for awards, from the youthful cast with stunning performances, the unworldly cinematography, and with Danny Boyle’s track record, the directing of a master. In summation, up until the “slasher flick” turn of events, the film is utterly unique and compellingly astute. That said, the cat and mouse, Freddy Krueger dance at the end was hard to digest after such amazing filmmaking right out of the gate.
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
This film surprised me. Wasn’t sure what to expect, but glad I gave it the time. The leads did fantastic and even allowed the supporting characters to shine (the young boy, the shop owner, and Alan Arkin)
With the violence and incredulous situations of “Kick Ass” and the heart and endurance of Woody Harrelson in “Defendor”, “Super” grabs the do-it-yourself superhero genre and snuggles somewhere, nicely in between both of those films. Kevin Bacon and Ellen Page both very much surprised me their roles.
Super 8 (2011)
What can only be described as the love-child of Spielberg and Abrams, “Super 8” grazes all the best parts of the 80’s and 90’s films we loved while growing up. With tones of “Stand By Me”, “E.T.” and “The Goonies” meshed with “Cloverfield”, “Jurassic Park”, and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, this film delivers more in one sitting than all the blockbusters of this summer thus far. Abrams proves his sensibility, which is apparent from the earlier scenes in the film, displaying a mastered directorâ(TM)s hand that steers away from the brash and blatant brush strokes that we become accustomed to in this sort of setting. The kids are the stars of the show, as our empathy evolves for them, along with the relationships at play throughout the film. Elle Fanning exhibits an acting prowess far beyond her years and captures the center of attention in the midst of a horror, monster movie. Though I feel the nature of this film will miss certain audiences, “Super 8” hits home for those who grew up entertained by this mild-natured, yet truly extraordinary, style of adventure.
Hilarious! I could definitely relate. Love McLovin. Hopefully we see him in some future movies.
Super Size Me (2004)
Support The Girls (2018)
Surf’s Up (2007)
Just plain bad. Feels like a reinvention of “iRobot” and “Gamer”. The acting is dismal, the plot is impossible, and it ultimately just loses any sort connection to its audience.
A superbly shot, casted, and executed film by Jennifer Lynch (daughter of David Lynch). I absolutely love when actors are taken out of their typecast and thrown into a role that is completely opposite. The plot of the film is told in such an original way. Watch the trailer!
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
A great musical, Sweeney Todd is allowed to go as dark as it needs to go with the guidance of Tim Burton and an R rating. Though some of the musical numbers are not as good as others, the theme of revenge throughout the film works perfectly, especially as Johnny Depp engulfs the role of Sweeney. Helen Bonham Carter is radiant for a change and appears to grow better and better as the film progresses. Overall, Burton delivers one of his best films to date while effectively bringing musicals to the big screen.
Sweetest Thing, The (2002)
Swiss Army Man (2016)
Switch, The (2010)
Sydney White (2007)
Sympathy for Delicious (2011)
There is enough going on in this Mark Ruffalo production to keep things interesting, but never outstanding. Christopher Thornton is a new enough face to keep the film exciting, yet the dialogue and plot tend to hold him down. Ruffalo’s performance compliments the film nicely, but over all, the rest of the cast misses their mark, or perhaps never even reaches it.
What appeared to be unconnected stories throughout the film becomes an intertwined reward for those willing to endure the highly involved political talk and constantly shifting agendas. George Clooney displays an uncharismatic performance, yet somehow still nails the subtly of the role.