Frozen

Whoa.

That was not at all what the trailers hinted at.


Thor: The Dark World

The first Thor was a bit disappointing.

There, I said it.

It could certainly have been worse, but it really felt like the entire movie served solely to set up Thor12 for the Avengers. It wasn’t terrible, it just … was.


Ender's Game

This one definitely goes on that list of movies I never thought would get made.


Gravity

Gravity is pretty awesome. I’m sure I’m not the only one to say that (it’s getting surprisingly good reviews all around; scifi doesn’t always get that), but here’s another for the mix.


Don Jon

This is going to be a hard one1. I went with my wife on the suggestion of a friend of hers–I think perhaps something was lost in translations. It’s certainly not the usual sort of movie that either she or I usually goes for.


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments comes with a fair amount of baggage. It’s a young adult urban fantasy series of five (with a sixth on the way) in a genre that by default seems to invite comparisons to Twilight1 and Harry Potter 2. There are love triangles galore3 which in the movie at least seem somewhat arbitrary. And then there’s the whole history with author Cassandra Clare's history in fan fiction4.


Elysium

Elysium is a pretty solid action movie with a nice message underneath it all. Unfortunately, it’s not quite District 9 and there have been rather a lot of solid action movies this year.