‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ proves bigger isn’t always better

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom begins three years after the destruction of the revamped Jurassic World on Isla Nublar. The island is deserted except for a small team sent to retrieve a bone from the Indominus Rex. We were first introduced to that hybrid of dinosaur species in Jurassic World. Fifty feet long, it is stronger and more dangerous than the famed Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ is as excellent as its five Oscar nominations would indicate

Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams in 'Her'
Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams in ‘Her’

[rating=4]Starring:  Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Matt Letscher, Chris Pratt and Kristen Wiig
Writer(s):  Spike Jonze
Director(s):  Spike Jonze

If someone could figure out a way to bottle and sell the whimsy of Spike Jonze, they would make an insane amount of money.  His fourth film, Her, is as imaginative as any of the prior three and a very thought-provoking movie.

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‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is Kathryn Bigelow’s masterpiece

Jessica Chastain delivers outstanding performance in 'Zero Dark Thirty'
Jessica Chastain delivers outstanding performance in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

He tasks me! He tasks me, and I shall have him! – Khan Noonien Singh

The quote above is from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and it is all about Khan’s obsession with hunting down and killing Captain James T. Kirk.  Zero Dark Thirty is a much better tale of obsession, and is hands-down one of 2012’s finest.  While one hopes this is just the latest elevation of the talent of director Kathryn Bigelow, if it turns out to be her magnum opus it would still place her head and shoulders above almost everyone else.

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‘The Five-Year Engagement’ desperately needs more laughs

Jason Segel, Emily Blunt and Rhys Ifans in ‘The Five-Year Engagement

I’m a big fan of Emily Blunt.

I became a big fan of Jason Segel’s after his recent work in Jeff, Who Lives at Home.

I’m a big fan of director Nicholas Stoller, after Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.

So what the heck happened to their newest collaboration, The Five-Year Engagement?

I’m still wondering, more than a day after leaving the auditorioum as I shook my head over what I’d just seen.  The problem is, I went to see a movie marketed as being “from the producer ofBridesmaids, and this just wasn’t nearly funny enough.

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