Author: Tim Pompey

Thunder god packs little punch

ThorDirected by Kenneth BranaghStarring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence1 hr. 54 min. I actually had hope for this film. It was directed by ye royal English thespian Kenneth Branagh, and included a cast of Academy Award-winners like Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins. In the end, however, the results are mixed — some good moments of drama, some surprising moments of humor. And yet, despite all the film’s fury, Thor feels tepid. The story really has two parts: one in the heavenly kingdom of Asgard, and the...

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Fill ‘er up with Diesel

Fast FiveDirected by Justin LinStarring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne JohnsonRated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, sexual content, and language2 hrs. 10 min. My wife made me go see this film. Understand that neither of us is a gearhead, which leaves only one good reason for her insistence: Vin Diesel. That might also explain the long line we stood in at 10:15 Saturday morning to buy tickets. Seems other wives had similar influence. Did I want to go? Not really, but now I’m forced to publicly thank her because this film is a blowout...

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A kingdom of cats

African CatsDirected by Alastair Fothergill, Keith ScholeyNarrated by Samuel L. JacksonRated G1 hr. 29 min. If I’m going to learn about nature, watching a Disney film would not be my first choice. Remember, these are the folks who invented the cult of cute animals: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Simba the Lion. For Disney, life in the wild usually has to have a dramatic or funny story featuring good animals and bad animals. Usually, the plot is skewed to make you choose sides. After all, any good tale has to have a hook. The launch two years ago of Disney’s...

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Lone injustice

The ConspiratorDirected by Robert RedfordStarring:  Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Evan Rachel WoodRated PG-13 for some violent content2 hrs. 3 min. This is a film about a war, a dead president and a trial. As such, there are two opposing threads that run throughout — the slow, methodical search for evidence and the flaming rage and passion that shook Washington, D.C., in the 1860s. What’s unique about this film’s perspective is that it focuses on Mary Surratt (Wright), the lone woman accused in the plot to kill President Abraham Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State John Seward....

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Your lowness

Your HighnessDirected by David Gordon GreenStarring: James Franco, Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, Rasmus Hardiker, Zooey DeschanelRated R for strong crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity, violence and some drug use1 hr. 42 min. I’m a sucker for tales about knights, wizards, dragons — whether it’s drama, comedy or just plain adventure. I don’t mind the caricatures or even a bit of over-the-top dialogue, as long as it’s entertaining. While this film tries to fit in that genre, it suffers terribly from multiple personality disorder. Is it comedy? A little. Adventure? Maybe. Graphic and disgusting? Oh, yeah, in spades....

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