Kung-Fu Panda 2
Another great animated action kids flick from Dreamworks, and a worthy sequel to the original. However, the plot is a bit emotionally heavy for little kids and it does come to a heartwarming conclusion in which the adopted panda learns family is not defined by blood relation but by love. Then that lesson is swiftly kicked in it's furry panda nuts as said lesson is essentially negated by a gimicky end-credit scene that sets up the next film.
X-Men: First Class
Simply put, this is the best adaptation of the X-Men comics to film yet. From everything to the costumes and casting to the character traits and plot points, this film is pure fanboy Nerdvana.
This film has drawn comparison to The Goonies. True, both are Steven Spielberg produced films starring middle-schoolers on an adventure, but Super 8 isn't as light-hearted as The Goonies, plays out more like a mystery film, and deals out much bigger explosions. And a bonus for fans regarding the final scene, after the lens-flare-athon that was 2009's Star Trek, director JJ Abrams finally decided to make a lens flare a relevant (and touching) part of a film rather than cinematic
Green Lantern [3D]
It didn't suck as much as I feared. That's not the greatest compliment one can give a film, but as a life-long fan of Hal Jordan and his superhero status as a Green Lantern, it's honestly the best one I can give. The CGI scenes played out beautifully in 3D, but the story focused way too much on the Earth bound (and inexplicably excessively dickish) Hal and not enough on his training and the intergalactic ass-kickery of the GL Corps. Perhaps those kinks will be worked out in the inevitable sequel.
Cars is not my favorite Pixar film, but it was decent enough, and I'd say this sequel lives up to its predecessor. The spy plot (cribbed from The Man Who Knew Too Little, which was a parody of The Man Who Knew Too Much) works and puts the merchandising favorite Toe-Mater as the main protagonist rather than Lightning McQueen.
Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon [IMAX 3D]
Yup, Michael Bay finally done gone and done a decent Transformers flick. The last hour of the film is basically a string of action scenes one after the other. And it's glorious. Well, if you're into watching giant robots destroy a city and each other that is. True, the film has many a fault (Optimus Prime does some things WAY out of character, and there are plot holes galore), but by now fans should know to expect that from a Bayformers film.
This film is worth seeing for the scenes between Jennifer Aniston as a naughty dentist and Charlie Day as her abused dental hygienist alone. Jasons Bateman & Sudekis, Colin Ferrell, and Kevin Spacey (playing yet another hilariously evil boss) are all just the icing on the cake to a decent summer comedy.
Bad movie. This is a classic example of a comedy that gave away 99% of its funniest jokes in the trailer. Jason Segel is criminally underused in the film as well.
World War II and superheroes, two of my favorite film genres, are brought together in yet another wonderful Marvel Studios film. I was never a big fan of the Cap comics, but seeing scrawny Steve Rogers (even if the CGI was a bit dodgy) become a true hero was a very cool thing to see unfold onscreen. This film reminds jaded moviegoers and fanboys alike that a superhero doesn't always have to be cynical, conflicted, complicated, or inherently flawed in some way. Sometimes a do-gooder can just want to do good, and that's Steve Rogers.
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows pt.2
It's been years since I read the book, so I can't comment on what was omitted or added on to in the film. I do know that this is one exciting movie though. As a fan of the books and films, the only major complaint I have about the ending is that the final battle was so anticlimactic. However, there were some truly fantastic scenes rounding out the characters of Dumbledore and Snape—Ron & Hermione (apart from a kiss) not so much. And Harry, much like I remembered from the books, comes across in the end as not so much a "hero," but as someone who has the bravery to trust in those he loves and, most importantly, in himself.