If the “Fast Five” filmmakers had thrown in giant, shape-shifting robots, talking apes and some vampires, the fifth installment in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise would hardly have been more outlandish.
On the heels of his breakout hits “300” (300壯士：斯巴達的逆襲) and “Watchmen,” (守護者) director Zack Snyder's “Sucker Punch” is not just a 17-year-old boy's fantasy.
The gladiatorial thumbs-up or thumbs-down is a key plot point in the ancient Roman adventure “The Eagle.”
Great, another Chosen One. The action tale “I Am Number Four” is mostly familiar stuff, presenting the latest teen outsider coming into possession of his latent superpowers just in time to battle evil forces intent on world chaos.
Someday, hopefully someday soon, 3D will be exposed for the sham that it is.
A commercial kung fu film in every sense but one; “Shaolin” possesses a nationalist urgency that treads into historically murky waters.
So here's the gimmick in “Season of the Witch”: It takes place during the 14th century, but everyone speaks in contemporary language, which might have been acceptable if the dialogue were clever or intelligent or funny or, you know, good.
Hugely high-tech and forward-thinking in its day, “Tron” now looks cheesy and quaint in retrospect, with its blocky graphics and simplistic blips and bleeps.
The long goodbye for the most successful film series of the century thus far begins with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” the darkest and least characteristic of the batch.