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Editor's rating: 
 3.7
 
Monday, 02 July 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Mirror Mirror (2012) Everything in Hollywood comes in twos.  That used to be true.  Now its, everything in Hollywood comes in threes.  The latest batch is centered on fairy tales.  In this particular case, the fairy tale of Snow White. At roughly the same time we have the television show “Once Upon A Time,” then Universal’s “Snow White & The Huntsman,” and finally Fox’s “Mirror Mirror.”  Unfortunately for us today, “Mirror Mirror” happens to be the dud of the batch. The film is easily explained as one-note.  Everything is bland.  The characters have no depth.  The writing tries to be comedic but ends up being nothing more than a lame stand up comedy routine.  The film’s story is almost a background to the legend of Snow White except for the characters are not quite the same.  For example, the seven dwarves don’t have the right ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.1
 
Friday, 01 June 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (3D/2D Combo) (2012) I don’t know exactly why, but it seems lately the films I enjoy most get the worst critic ratings and sometimes worst fan ratings as well.  This is a case of both.  “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” was actually a lot of good fun.  Even without kids I enjoyed the sequel more than the first I dare say. The sequel has faults, sure, most ever sequel does.  However, the adventure seems more unified this time around.  There is a change of cast members, basically just Josh Hutcherson is the only remaining original cast member.  Dwayne Johnson joins the party as does Luis Guzman, Vanessa Hudgens and Michael Caine. What does the sequel lack?  Well, particularly, it is the lack of explanations.  The disappearance of Josh’s uncle as well as their Icelandic tour guide from the first film.  Not even a mention.  Also, ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.6
 
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Darkest Hour, The (3D/2D) (2011) “The Darkest Hour” is a clear example of a film that could have been better than it turned out to be.  In short, it had potential that was squandered. The film turns out to be nothing more than an alien invasion film that never really leads anywhere substantial.  Two business school friends show up in Moscow to make a pitch.  When things turn ugly, they hit a local nightclub, where apparently they were notified by some app that two American girls were stuck there. It doesn’t take long for the alien invasion to start.  We never get to see what happens to rest of  the world, but given what happens to Moscow we can safely assume that there are probably no more than a 1,000 human beings on the planet after just a few days of alien attacks. The aliens are quite cool.  ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.1
 
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Cowboys & Aliens (Extended Edition) (2011) I predicted how this film would fair way before it ever saw the light of day.  When a student of mine used it as a trailer for the final project of the semester, it was easy to see how the production would turn out.  First, it would garner lots of attention.  The concept of cowboys and aliens in the same film would intrigue the simple masses while it is in production.  Of course the trailer with all the good bits in it helps the cause. However, I saw straight through that and knew this film would approach tankness.  Approaching the theatrical debut I was bombarded with interviews of just how great this concept was.  However, I never heard that it was a great film.  Bad sign.  In the end, the film failed despite all the hype it received, and perhaps the ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.8
 
Monday, 20 June 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Sucker Punch (Extended Cut) (2011) I am willing to bet that like myself, the majority you were not expecting what you were delivered when you first watched this film.  The trailers seem to promise something so different than the end result.  As such, "Sucker Punch" is probably one of the worst films of the year, but at the same time retaining so much potential. Zack Snyder, famed for his directions of "300" and "Watchmen," fans were expecting a whole lot more the seasoned director.  Instead, what we get is a titillating, fanboy wet dream surround by some of the most non-cohesive and under-developed plot ideas and characters.  Snyder presents us with two different films, minimum, at the same time. First, we have Baby Doll (Emily Browning), who has been committed to a shady psychiatric institution after a disaster with her stepfather and little sister.  This became my ...
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