Category Archive: Fantasy

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Remember the song about the kindly “Puff, the magic dragon”? (Peter Paul and Mary (1963)).  Smaug certainly doesn’t.

Thor: The Dark World and All is Lost

Rating: Simply stated, forget the national critics. Without Redford, All Is Lost is a waste of time. Yet, Thor: The Dark World is a rollicking fun time.

This Is the End

Rating: If you want a very funny film where Hollywood stars make fun of themselves, overcome your doubt and see this movie. And it doesn’t need to be seen on the big screen,… Continue reading

The Wolverine

Rating: Who else but Hugh Jackman could drift from playing the Wolverine to hosting the Oscars in 2009? Come on, aren’t you a bit curious?

Man of Steel

Rating: Though it has its moments, I was begging for John Wayne to reappear and utter his famous line to a preacher who droned on in The Searchers (1956), “Put an Amen on… Continue reading

Byzantium

Rating: Dark, violent and extraordinarily sexy, Ms. Arterton and Ms. Ronan make compelling vampires.

Oz the Great and Powerful

Rating: In describing Franco’s wizard, “Great and Powerful” does not come to mind.

Jack the Giant Slayer

Director Singer’s film has already been unfairly dismissed as a lost cause. It’s actually a fun ride, particularly if you can coax a teenager to see it with you.

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

How can you possibly resist a film that dismisses witches with the same energy that it dismisses homosexuals, liberals and Democrats? It’s almost like crashing a Tea Party gathering.

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