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July 27, 2012
"The Dark Knight Rises" is the third installment of the current Batman movie series and is the best of the three, in my opinion. I think that is probably an unpopular opinion.

I liked "Batman Begins," but I thought it seemed too short because the original story took up too much of the movie. Most people will disagree with me, but I thought "The Dark Knight" was self-indulgent. The Joker was nothing more than an attention whore. Don't get me wrong, Heath Ledger played the part well, but it was so drawn out that it got monotonous.

There were no great performances in "The Dark Knight Rises" but overall, the movie seemed to have a story to tell and I wanted to see that story. The villain, Bane, was quite a boring character. I would probably say he's the weakest part of the movie, but the movie isn't really about him. Catwoman is also in this movie and is better than the Bane character, although, I was never fully convinced about her motivations. The story continues with where the "The Dark Knight" left off. Batman is now considered a criminal after taking the fall for Harvey Dent. Batman must now win back the trust of the city, if he decides to return at all (we all know he will), when the city is faced with a dangerous criminal (Bane).

I like stories with good character development and there are several characters that develop throughout the movie. I thought the villains could have been better but for having so many central characters, I thought they did a good job in putting together a coherent story. I give the movie a slightly better than 4/5 stars.
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July 14, 2012
The movie is about a guy who writes a classified ad that reads, "*WANTED* Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before." A magazine writer (Jake M. Johnson) brings up the idea to his boss to check this guy out and write a story about it. He brings two interns (Aubrey Plaza and Karan Soni) along with him to help him with the story. Aubrey Plaza's character, Darius, ends up being the one answering the ad.

The guy who wrote the ad, Kenneth, is played by Mark Duplass. When I first saw the guy, I had doubts as to whether he would be a good fit for the role. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the chemistry was between him and Aubrey Plaza.

There's also a side plot where Jake Johnson's character, Jeff, reveals that he's doing the story so that he can meet up with an old high school fling that lives in the same town as where they need to go to investigate their story.

The other intern that comes along, Arnau, is only a side character but I thought Karan Soni did a good job with him.

I really liked the movie. It's a geeky romantic comedy that is well written and heartfelt. I think I would have preferred a slightly different ending but it's an acceptable ending.

I give this movie a 4/5 stars.

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July 9, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man is a re-boot of Spider-Man movies. Its origin story differs from the 2002 Spider-Man movie.

It stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as his love interest, Gwen Stacy. Gwen is the daughter of the police captain, who thinks that Spider-Man is a menace and is out to arrest him. It's the typical story of father disapproves of daughter's boyfriend, boyfriend tries to win over the father.

I thought the Lizard was a disappointing villain. I thought the relationship between Dr. Connors and Peter Parker was not well written. I liked their relationship better in Spider-Man 2/3.

I would say that overall, I liked Tobey Maguire better than Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. I felt like Andrew Garfield was just being himself.

Gwen Stacy > Mary Jane Watson.

Overall, I thought the movie lacked focus and warmth. I saw it in 3D and I wasn't impressed by it. That part was extremely disappointing considering that it's Spider-Man. Come on, it's Spider-Man swinging through the city! Lets show off some of that 3D!

I give this movie a 3.5/5 stars.

Also, there is an extra scene after the initial ending credits.

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July 1, 2011
Oh, Michael Bay, even after you turned on your own movie, Revenge of the Fallen, and claimed that Dark of the Moon would be better, the critics still hated it.

I was disappointed that they replace Megan Fox with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Rosie is attractive enough, but I prefer Megan Fox. Not only that, but I felt that they threw away the chemistry that was built between the Mikhaela and Sam character. I didn't feel the same connection between Carly and Sam.

There were way too many humans. They couldn't even concentrate on one human story because there were way too many of them.

The beginning felt kind of slow and the end was just one long loud battle scene, which is a common problem with all three movies.

It felt like the robots also got less dialog time with each other than in Revenge of the Fallen. I think all Transformers fans want more dialog time between the robots.

Another thing that I was disappointed in was that Optimus Prime is kind of less badass in this movie.

There were some good things about this movie. I saw it in IMAX 3D and I liked how the 3D help separate the robots from the background. The Decepticons tend to look like one big pile of garbage in the background due to their lack of colour. The 3D helped with this problem.

I liked that they used plot ideas from two of my favourite Transformers TV episodes. I thought that the plot started out well but ended poorly. And still, some things didn't make sense.

As a Transformers fan, I give this movie 3.5/5 stars. That is lower than what I gave Revenge of the Fallen, which was 4/5 stars. Although, I think the average movie goer may enjoy this movie more than Revenge of the Fallen because the plot is less complicated.

If you don't want to be spoiled, stop reading here.

And HAPPY CANADA DAY to all the Canadians!
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