‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Interviews

Kevin McCarthy sat down with Joss Whedon, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, James Spader, Paul Bettany, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smoulders to geek out about “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Watch the Interviews

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Released: 2013

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Note: Shane Black did not shoot “Iron Man 3” in 3D or IMAX. The conversion lacks a good depth of field and takes away from the beautiful colors/effects of the film. Your best bet is to see the film in 2D and save yourself the extra cash! 

Note #2: Be sure to stay after the credits for one of the best Marvel end-credit sequences to date. It’s up there with the end-credit sequence for The Avengers.
Nerd Tears (n) – what one weeps at cinema that is too epic to comprehend. 
“Iron Man 3” will cause Nerd Tears. And according to Robert Downey Jr., who said, “I love Nerd Tears…I live for Nerd Tears,” this is perfectly acceptable. Growing up, I would watch epic action sequences or hear incredibly written dialogue sequences that were so mind-blowing that I found myself becoming teary-eyed. A great example is in the first “Iron Man” when Iron Man shoots that missile and just walks away from the explosion. The epic nature of that scene caused such a stir of emotions inside me that I had no other option than to get teary-eyed. Therefore, in 2011, I came up with the phrase “Nerd Tears.” Read the Full Review

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

Generes: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Released: 2011

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Even Guy Ritchie’s signature direction and awesome slow-motion action sequences can’t save this uninteresting, chemistry-lacking flick. The first act of the film is decent. The second act is downright slow and boring. Though, the third act almost saves the film. When looking at the film overall, it’s not necessarily a bad movie but a completely unnecessary one. The first flick was fun, fresh and gave a unique and awesome perspective on the classic character of Sherlock Holmes. This film just felt like it was forced and out of material. They introduce Moriarity at the end of the first film, hinting he would be the villain in the sequel but I didn’t find him villainous at all. Sure, he was the focus of Holmes’ mission but I never felt the threat or the excitement of trying to bring him down. Read the Full Review

Due Date

Genre: Comedy
Released: 2010

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

I can only imagine how hard it is for a writer/director to follow up one of the greatest comedies in modern history, or at least the highest grossing R-Rated comedy of all time. The amount of pressure riding on Todd Phillips had to be absolutely nuts. The Hangover was such a huge hit that it became a house-hold type of movie. Everybody saw it and pretty much everybody pretty much loved it. Now, as a critic, I have to try and separate myself from the comparison but everyone is going to want to know if it’s as good as The Hangover. Well, the short answer, Hell No! Read the full review

Easy A

Genre: Comedy/Romance
Released: 2010

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Easy A is one of my favorite movies of 2010. I was blown away by how charming, laugh-out-loud funny and honest the film was. Emma Stone is so natural on screen and her laugh is so infectious. Hopefully, this film will launch her career and land her more leading roles. Continue reading

Iron Man 2

Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi/Thriller
Released: 2010

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Note: Make sure you stay after the credits of the film for a nice surprise!

Is Iron Man 2 better than the first film? This is a question that I have been bombarded with since the first credit sequence hit the screen. In short, the answer is yes and no. The film improves on some levels (action and comedy) and then disappoints on others (very uneven and an unnecessarily complicated plotline). Though, I feel the improvements are enough to make Iron Man 2 a worthy sequel. How does it stack up against The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 2 and other super hero/summer blockbuster sequels? That’s a great question. As the great Samuel L. Jackson once said, “Well allow me to retort!” Try to imagine this visually on a chart. Let’s say the chart goes from one to one hundred and contains bar graphs. The higher the bar graph, the better the film. This is simply being done to show the change in quality of the films as the sequels were released. The Dark Knight was obviously a more superior film than Batman Begins, so much so that the leap would be from a seventy-five to a one hundred. The same went for Spider-Man to Spider-Man 2. The introduction of Doc. Ock (Alfred Molina) made the sequel vastly superior to the first film. Transformers to Transformers 2 took a completely opposite route where the first film was a visually entertaining and the second was just a complete waste of time. Why am I rambling on about other films? The main reason is to show that the Iron Man sequel essentially lives up to the first film. If you, the viewer, can sacrifice a couple of issues, you will be pleasantly surprised to see the upgrades the sequel has to offer. Read the full review