The Imitation Game (2014)

The Imitation Game (2014)

The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing, a prodigal mathematician who played an integral part in breaking Nazi Germany’s “unbreakable” Enigma code during World War II. He and his team’s work shortened the war by an estimated two years, saving upwards of fourteen million lives. Told in a focused, … Continue reading

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

A lean, old-school espionage thriller that never tries to be more than it is, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a very pleasant surprise and possible franchise starter from director Kenneth Branagh. Based upon the character created by the late Tom Clancy (not based on any novel this time, just the … Continue reading

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End feels like the final chapter of this shockingly successful franchise (the whole shebang has been crafted from a Disney theme park ride), and one can only hope it is. While the first two films skirted by on charm and sheer energy, At World’s … Continue reading

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest certainly has a darker side than its predecessor, 2003’s The Curse of the Black Pearl, but that won’t stop me from making a general and simplistic statement: If you liked Black Pearl, you’ll like this one. The same goes for if you disliked … Continue reading

Domino (2005)

Domino (2005)

I had this horrible dream the night after I watched Domino. The Earth was being taken out War of the Worlds-style, complete with tripods shooting lasers, turning people and buildings into dust. After the demolition was complete, one of the pesky extraterrestrials descended into the last film vault left to … Continue reading

The Jacket (2005)

The Jacket (2005)

The Jacket is a terrific exercise in energy, storytelling, and exploring the supernatural. For those viewers who are patient, there is nary a dull moment in this puzzler that successfully meshes elements from all different genres. The outcome is a visceral aural experience coupled with a premise and denouement that … Continue reading