Previous Movie Night Reviews
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Yet again we were pleased by the new Marvel movie. I thought the first movie really made you care about the characters and their relationship with each
other. This story continues to build on this while adding new elements. Can't wait to see where this group goes next: Avengers 3.
Spydey 10/10 and the Mrs. 10/10
5/9/17

Power Rangers
Lincoln had to see this movie in the theaters, so he and I took in a matinée. I thought that for being a Power Ranger movie, they did a pretty good job. Have
Bryan Cranston and Elisabeth Banks helped. Lincoln used a iTunes gift card to get this for his collection at home.
Spydey 7/10 and the Lincoln 16/10
4/2/17

The Lego Batman Movie
The new installment in the Lego series. Took the kids to see this on a matinée Sunday. The kids were so excited and loved it. I liked the movie as it was
entertaining, but it wasn't as good for me as the original Lego movie. I think there were some slow parts, but Lincoln remained engaged for the whole movie. In
the previews, there was a trailer for Ninjago, and that looks pretty good.
Spydey 8/10, the Rowan 10/10 and the Lincoln 10/10
3/4/17

La La Land
We loved this movie. I thought the start was interesting but kinda slow. Once Ryan Gosling's character Sabastian showed up, it was full speed ahead! I've said
before that if a movie pops back into your head days later, then that's a good movie. This movie has been popping up in my thoughts since I left the theater.
It's fun and it makes you think. Lots of emotion and two stars in Gosling and Stone carry the day. I highly recommend this movie.
Spydey 10/10 and the Mrs. 10/10
2/14/17

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story:
This was the annual Sheridan family movie this Christmas. It was a good adventure and I liked it. I did think there were some issues with the story and pace of
the movie, but not enough to change how much I enjoyed it when done. This has me waiting in anticipation for the Han Solo and Boba Fett Star Wars stories
that will be coming soon. Rowan really loved her first Start Wars movie in the theaters.
Update: Used some Christmas money to get this one on iTunes.
Spydey 9/10, the Mrs /10, and the Rowan 10/10
12/23/16

Moana
We love this movie. Bought it on iTunes when it came out.
Spydey 10/10, the Mrs. 10/10, the Rowan 10/10, and the Lincoln 10/10
12/5/16

Doctor Strange
The next Marvel installment moved everything forward and created a whole new line of story. Benedict Cumberbatch was awesome as Stephen Strange. Well
paced and exciting story kept you wanting more.  Looking forward to where they take this character in the whole scheme of things.
Spydey 10/10 and the Mrs. 10/10
11/13/16

Secret Life of Pets
This was a fun movie. We made a family night of it and the kids had a great time. They love animals so this was right up their alley. Rowan liked the fat cat and
thought she was really funny. Lincoln enjoyed the new big dog. Of course he gave the movie a 16 again!
Spydey 8/10, the Mrs. 9/10, the Rowan 10/10 and the Lincoln 16/10
8/2/16

Finding Dory
Rowan and Lincoln went with Nana to watch this movie. Lincoln says that this movie is "Daddy, a 16!" I think that means he really liked it. His favorite part was
when Dory found her family, hope that doesn't spoil it for you! Rowan: the movie was great but she wanted less human characters in it. She liked to just have
the animals. Her favorite part was the whale that always bumped into walls. Nana felt it was as good as Finding Nemo, she loved it.
Update: Bought this on iTunes with some Christmas cash. We've watched it again several times.
The Nana 10/10, the Rowan 10/10 and the Lincoln 16/10
6/23/16

Captain America: Civil War
Another great movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I really liked how it continued the stories began in the very first Cap movie The First Avenger.
Significant character changes for many of your favorites. It'll be interesting to see how they play out through Infinity War. Really looking forward to the new
Black Panther and second Ant Man movie now.
Update: Bought this on iTunes as soon as we could. Watched with the kids in a parental advisory way. They, of course, loved it.
Spydey 10/10 and the Mrs. 10/10
5/13/16

Zootopia
The Mrs. says it's a very good movie with an excellent message. Lincoln says "it's a 16!" Rowan says there were some scary parts and didn't have enough
excitingness. Review the Review: Rowan said that in hindsight the movie was actually better than she thought. She wanted to adjust her review up.
Update: Spydey saw this one when it was released on DVD. Love this movie and pulling for it to win the Best Animated Feature Oscar.
Update: Oscar Winner!
Spydey 9/10, The Mrs. 9/10, the Rowan 9/10 and the Lincoln 16/10
3/19/16

Kung Fu Panda 3
Rowan said her favorite part was when Po turned into the Master Warrior. It's Lincoln's favorite part too. The Mrs. loved this movie and her favorite part was
when Po rolled down the hill. We might get this one at some point.
Update: Spydey saw this on Netflix and loved it. These KFP movies are just lots of fun. Spydey 9/10
The Mrs. 9/10, the Rowan 10/10 and the Lincoln 10/10
3/5/16

Deadpool
Awesome. Totally awesome. As many outlets have reported, this R rated superhero movie was an anomaly. One I hope Hollywood chooses to repeat with
other titles. Comics are more that PG13 faire. Can't wait for Deadpool 2.
Spydey 10/10 and the Mrs. 10/10
2/12/16

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
This movie was worth the wait of 30 years. Very similar in story and pace with the original Star Wars: A New Hope, but enough of it was different to get this
new trilogy off to a great start. The emotional finish was very impactful.
Update: Got this on iTunes the day it came out. Watched with kids together and they loved it. Already have Ray and Kylo costumes.
Spydey 10/10 and the Mrs. 10/10
1/20/16

The Good Dinosaur
Rowan says this was good but there was some bad. There were some sad parts too and she was indifferent to it. Lincoln liked the part where the good
dinosaur met his cave man buddy. He also liked when he found his family.
Probably won't own this one. The Mrs. said "meh." and wasn't very original.
Review the Review: After seeing more animated movies, this one took a hit. Both R & L thought less of this movie as time went on.
The Mrs. 6/10, the R 6/10, and the L 6/10
12/14/15

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Another great addition to the MI reboot that got started with Ghost Protocol. We sat there thinking "how do they come up with this stuff!" several times during
the quick 2 hour movie. Very well done with great action and even character development. Such a fun movie and who doesn't want to have fun at the
movies?!?
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
8/19/15

Ant-Man
Was a little worried about this one as this isn't a character I read any comics on growing up. No need to worry, it was a really fun time and Paul Rudd was
awesome as Ant-Man and it'll be great to have him in more Marvel movies going forward.
Update: Bought it on iTunes for a snow day!
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
7/30/15

Minions
Brooke took the kids for the first viewing and then Nana and Papa took them for another viewing.
Rowan 10/10 and the Lincoln 10/10 and the Mom 6/10 and the Nana 5/10 and the Papa 1/10
7/11/15

Inside Out
Wow, what a great movie. Just really well done and had me enjoying it in my adult way as Rowan enjoyed it in her kid way. We'll be buying this one when it
comes out.
Update: Bought it on iTunes for Valentine's Day!
Spydey 10/10 and the Mrs. 10/10 and the Rowan 10/10 and the Lincoln 7/10
6/20/15

Avengers: Age of Ultron
We waited in heavy anticipation for this one and it didn't disappoint. I thought it moved the Marvel Cinematic Universe forward and gave you something to look
forward to for the next Captain America movie as well as the other Avengers movies. Review is pretty late so you've already probably seen this and if not, you
should. We'll own it.
Update: Brought this on iTunes with some Christmas cash.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
5/2/15

Birdman
We rented this one prior to the Oscars and enjoyed it. I'm still not sure exactly how to take the ending, but it was a fun ride. Michael Keaton really carried this
movie and was very good. The supporting cast was a great fit for the film and the way they shot it as one long take was incredible to watch. The Mrs. would
have given Grand Budapest Hotel the top Oscar but agreed that this was a good flick too.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
2/20/15

The Grand Budapest Hotel
It's Oscar time! We DVR'd this one off a free weekend of HBO. Very enjoyable movie with lots of crazy sets and characters, which is par for the course on a
Wes Anderson flick. If you get a chance, I'd check this one out before the Oscar telecast. It was nominated for 9 of them.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
1/20/15

Big Hero 6
Another kids movie and a good one. Wasn't sure what to expect as it's a Marvel property done by parent Disney. They did it right. Baymax was a great
protaganist and someone the kids could really root for. It had a great story and totally setup for more movies in the future. Watch this one on DVD, or borrow
it from us cause I'm sure we'll own it.
Update: Got this on iTunes for a movie night and bought it.
Spydey 10/10, the Mrs. 10/10, the Rowan 10/10, and the Lincoln 10/10
11/7/14

Edge of Tomorrow
I really wanted to see this movie. It's gotten great reviews and looked like a great story and adventure. We took it in at the discount theater and really enjoyed
it. The Mrs. was surprised how much she did like it. It's an action sci-fi flick with a Groundhog Day theme but nothing like you've seen before. A true original
story. See this one on DVD when you can.
Update: bought this for $10 in Walmart movie bin at Christmas.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
8/19/14

Guardians of the Galaxy
What a great movie. We were really looking forward to this one. They did a great job of introducing this strange band of characters and we were rooting for
them immediately. The story was well done and worked well into the Marvel Cinema Universe. Really looking forward to Avengers 2 next summer now.
Update: we own it.
Spydey 10/10 and the Mrs. 10/10
8/9/14

How to Train Your Dragon 2
Another daddy movie date with Rowan and Lincoln. They could not wait for this movie! The themes in this one are deeper and a bit darker than the first one.
Hiccup has grown up and finds a new family member that adds a whole nother level to the story. There's one big loss in the movie that I thought was just too
much. Rowan handled it better than dad did! This was the first movie Lincoln lasted in his seat the whole time. We'll be getting the DVD when it comes out.
Update: of course we got this on DVD right away.
Spydey 9/10, the Rowan 10/10, and the Lincoln 10/10
6/21/14

X-Men: Days of Future Past
What a great movie! They've done so well with the new cast and then to roll them into the old cast with a great story straight from the comic pages. Perfection.
Setting the story in the 70's was done really well with the music and the styles. Then the future parts were done well too and you felt the danger that the
X-Men were in. Can't wait for the next installment due summer 2016. See this in the theaters!
Spydey 10/10 and the Mrs. 10/10
6/5/14

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Round two on the reboot of Spider-Man with Sony Pictures. It was well done and the action scenes were quite amazing. We saw it in IMAX 3D, and that really
took those scenes to another level. Not sure it's needed to enjoy the movie, but we like to take in the full theater experience. I thought they did a great job with
Electro and Jamie Foxx looked like he was having a great time with the role. I could have had less lovey dovey stuff, but that's the parts that made the movie
better for Brooke. To each his own I guess. I did say to Travis and I wish Marvel Studios had this franchise, I'd like to see what they could do with it.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 10/10
5/3/14

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Great next step in the Marvel Studios run and a really awesome movie. The characters are from comic books but this was so much more than a comic book
movie. The action pieces were amazing and I thought the espionage parts were really well done. The movie doesn't spend a lot of time messing around, it
gets down to business and continues through the full two hours. This is a must see in the theaters and I can't wait until Avengers 2 next summer!
Update: bought this one with some Christmas cash
Spydey 10/10 and the Mrs. 10/10
4/6/14

Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Daddy movie day with Rowan and Lincoln. We checked out the new animated movie from Dreamworks because Rowan wouldn't stop talking about it. It was
just a bit over the top for Lincoln, but Rowan loved it (and the popcorn). I thought it was OK and felt we could have done it on DVD later, but with matinee
prices and Lincoln free it wasn't too bad on the wallet. We did have a lot of fun together.
Spydey 7/10, the Rowan 10/10, and the Lincoln 9/10
3/22/14

Gravity
Of course it's Oscar time and we need to rent one Oscar Best Picture nominated movie to watch the week of the show, right? We picked this one cause it was
short and we could knock it out for a not so late night. We liked it but I was glad we both saw it for a rental and not full theater price. There were some gaps in
the character setup but the visuals were amazing. I recommend a rental for sure. Decide on whether Bullock's character should have even been on the
mission yourself. I say, no.
Spydey 7/10 and the Mrs. 7/10
2/28/2014

Lego Movie
Our Valentine's Day family movie. Hit the matinee with the whole family. Linco lasted about an hour before he needed a break, but Rowan loved the whole
thing. It was well done for kids and adults. The story had a great ending and is well setup for a sequel. Lots of good humor throughout.
Spydey, the Mrs., the Rowan and the Lincoln all with 10/10
2/14/2014

Frozen
Took Rowan to this one and we loved it! Already made the digital copy purchase on iTunes the day it came out. Rowan and Lincoln sing the songs together in
the car on the way to school. I liked how they flipped the script on Disney princess movies. Strong female characters as well as solid male characters. A movie
boys and girls can enjoy.
Spydey 10/10, the Mrs. 10/10 and the Rowan 10/10
12/8/2013

Thor: The Dark World
We're big Marvel fans and haven't missed one yet. Used to catch these flicks with Travis but lately it's been the Mrs. and I getting out to see them. We liked
this Thor better than the first one they did for him. Maybe it was the fact we knew more about him from the Avengers movies and with Loki a main character
again, we had an affinity with the characters. We'll probably own this one at some point.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
11/8/2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Since we've both read the books, we continued seeing the movies. This one was less a surprise and more expected to be pretty good. Stuck to the book very
well and set up the story for the two conclusion movies coming. We liked it quite a bit!
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
11/22/2013

The Wolverine
This was our anniversary movie, what a great Mrs. I have! This go around for the Wolverine was much better than the original story that came out a few years
ago. I liked the Japan settings and they did a good job getting their Japanese culture references correct. The bad guy had a nice twist and we thought it was a
good time. Worth renting or streaming if you can.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
8/19/13

Despicable Me 2
We had to go see this one with Rowan. She's had the first movie on continuous play from the moment we got it on iTunes. We really loved this movie, it was
such a good time! They do a great job with Gru and the kids and of course the Minion. Just know that there's a third one coming at some point. If you didn't
see this in the theaters, shame on you! Definitely check it out on DVD. I know when they release it, we'll own it.
Spydey 9/10, the Mrs. 9/10, and the Rowan 10/10
7/20/13

Monsters University
Summer Pixar flick and Rowan was ready to go. She was very familiar with the main characters of Sully and Mike. Took Sully a while to show up, so she kept
asking about him. They did a great job of showing just how they met and got to know each other. I thought it was great Pixar storytelling. Some will complain
about no 'original' story, but it was well done. Rent this for sure.
Spydey 9/10, the Mrs. 9/10, and the Rowan 10/10
6/27/13

Iron Man 3
Great way to get the summer movie season started! We were so ready for this flick after last summer's Avengers movie. They had a bit of the aftermath of
that movie written into the Tony Stark character, but it really was a new story for Iron Man. Loved the new suits and how they worked and really enjoyed the
action. Wasn't much of a comic book bad guy, the Extremis was more the bad guy. Rent this!
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
5/13/13

Man of Steel
I saw the reviews and wondered what's wrong with this movie. After I saw the movie, I wonder what's wrong with those reviewers? It's a fun ride and a well done
reboot of the Superman story. Good actors in all the right places and very well setup for the next installment. Should have no problem getting the Justice
League off the ground too.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
7/4/13

Wreck-It Ralph
We'd been reading great things about this movie and wanted to compare it with Brave as Best Animated Feature. We watched it with Rowan on Sunday
before the Oscars and we loved it. Great story and fun characters. Written in the same Toy Story vein but from a video game perspective. Rowan has
watched some of this movie every day since. We got it for the iPad, so she's a master of it now. Rent this one if you can.
Spydey 9/10, the Mrs. 9/10, and the Rowan 10/10
2/24/13

Argo
We rented this one on our Apple TV the weekend of the Oscars. Figured it was going to win the Best Picture and wanted to see it before it did. Very intense
movie with great acting and good story. Even if you know how it all plays out, there are several times in the movie where the suspense is such that you're not
sure how they get out of it. I'm not sure the Mrs. would have voted it the Best Picture, she's partial to Django. I think it deserved the Best Picture nod for the
year and I'm glad we saw it before the award show.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
2/22/13

Silver Linings Playbook
We wanted to get out and see this on before the Oscar telecast. It was a great date movie for us and we really liked the characters and their interaction with
each other. It had enough for each of us to enjoy our own aspects of the date movie. I suggest checking this one out if you get a chance. Well done flick.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
2/17/13

Django Unchained
Kind of interesting how we saw this one. I knew from Travis that it was a violent and foul mouthed movie, but it is Tarantino. The movie we were going to see
was sold out, so we turned to this one as a back up. Glad we did. A tough part of American history told through the crazy mind of Quentin. As always, he gets
the best from his actors and they delivered. It gets a little messy and campy at the end, but the payoff is worth is. Don't know if I'll watch again, but I suggest
you do at least once.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
1/13/13  

Lincoln
Had to see this one, right? I mean our son's name is Lincoln! Great history movie. You'd think it'd be slow and plodding, but it wasn't. The movie moved at a
brisk pace and told a great American political story that I never knew. It's the last few months of Lincoln's life and the assassination is at the end, but it's a very
small part. Daniel Day-Lewis will take another Oscar here, but not sure about the other noms it got. Rent this and you'll enjoy it.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
11/20/12

Skyfall
The best Bond movie I've ever seen. If they're going to hand out 10, then this movie should have gotten a Best Picture nomination. They've revived the Bond
franchise and it's set to run for the next one coming out. Great villain makes a good Bond flick and this one had it. Good back story from Bond's life and then
just great storytelling. The Mrs. would tell you that the Adele theme song sealed it too. Excellent flick, definitely rent this. We might even buy it.
Spydey 10/10 and the Mrs. 10/10
11/12/12

Looper
One of the best movies of 2012 I saw. I liked the trailers that were on TV and thought it sounded like a good adventure story. It sure was. I highly recommend
this movie. There's great acting and an amazing story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing all the way to the end.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
9/30/12

The Dark Knight Rises
A very satisfying, amazing, incredible finish to the Christopher Nolan Batman series. What a great movie! I feel like I need to get out and see this again in the
theaters. We saw it in IMAX and that's the way to go. Nolan didn't shoot this in 3D, which was fine by me. Didn't need it. It was a great story to tell and I was a
bit sad that it's over. We'll see if they can continue with this series or reboot again in a few years.
Spydey 10/10 and the Mrs. 10/10
7/22/12

The Amazing Spider-Man
As you can tell by the name of my site, I'm a huge Spider-Man fan. He's my favorite by far. This movie is not. I kind of wish they'd have took the year off and
waited for Avengers and Dark Knight to run their course, because this was not up to those standards. It was a servicable reboot of the Spider-Man series, but
they have some work to do for the next few. Won't be owning this one on DVD.
Spydey 7/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
7/7/12

Brave
Our first movie with Rowan and it was a good one. Pixar did a great job with their first movie with a female lead character and that made for a great first
theater movie for Rowan. She did a great job with her popcorn, soda, and watching the movie. There were a few scary parts, but for the most part it was just a
well done Pixar flick. Definitely worth a viewing at home and we'll probably be getting this DVD when it comes out. Rowan already has an Apple app
downloaded on the iPad.
Spydey 9/10, the Mrs. 10/10, and the Rowan 10/10
6/24/12

The Hunger Games
We're in on the Hunger Games. I actually read the book prior to seeing the movie. Brooke started after we went and we're both about done with the series.
This movie was very close to the book, which was nice. A lot bleaker and darker than I imagined it would be as popular as it was. But since it stayed true to the
book, the fans were in on it. Read the book, it's much better than the movie, but the movie was well done.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 7.5/10
6/13/12

The Avengers
Wow! What a great movie. I loved it. Went with Travis for the midnight showing in 3D and it blew us away. Much better than both of us had anticipated it would
be. Having the character development done with the previous movies helped in getting the action ramped up quickly in this one. They have this set up for a
nice run of more Thor, Captain America and Iron Man before they do Avengers 2. Which should be amazing. Went and saw it again with the Mrs. on IMAX 3D
and it was even better.
Spydey 10/10, Travis 10/10 and the Mrs. 10/10
5/4/12

The Artist
Well last week was the Oscars, so we got out to see the eventual Best Picture winner before the show. We really liked the movie. It was quickly paced, which
helps when it is a silent pic. Now, I'm not sure if this one will stand the test of time for being an all time great, but for this year I think it was worthy of the Best
Picture. We had only seen Moneyball out of the other 8, so what do we know? I suggest checking this one out on DVD when you can. At 100 minutes, it's a
quick one and you can say you saw Oscar caliber film making.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
2/25/12

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Wow! What a great adventure flick. Easily the best of the four MI movies out there. We say this in IMAX and it was quite a scene. The globe trotting locales
and high tech fights and weapons really made this a good night out at the multiplex. This movie is running around 95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, so for a
Tom Cruise movie that's quite impressive lately. If you can't get to the theaters to see this definitely rent this one. You won't be disappointed.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
1/6/12

Moneyball
Finally getting some of our fall movies up here, it's only Oscar time! We really enjoyed Moneyball which is really the Billy Bean story. It would be hard to make
a movie on sabremetrics and the economics of baseball, right? So they had Brad Pitt portray the baseball life of Billy Bean, the general manager of the
Oakland A's. He turned baseball on it's head with how he built a team on very little money, compared to the Yankees for instance. There are many teams
using his philosophy now, including the Chicago Cubs. This movie is up for several well deserved Oscars next month: Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best
Supporting Actor to name a few. I'm not sure they'll get any hardware, but I highly recommend a viewing of this flick.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
10/15/11

Captain America: The First Avenger
We always see the summer movie of the year, and I think excluding Harry Potter this may be it. It had a great story and good casting to carry it along. They did
a good job setting up
The Avengers movie for next summer where all the latest comic book characters come together for one movie: Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and
Captain America. Of course by the time I get this review out, the movie isn't in the theaters. Definitely rent or stream this one, it's a keeper.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
7/27/11

Bridesmaids
The Mrs. was to do this review but since we saw it months ago I figured it was time to get something up. We really enjoyed this flick. It was the perfect laugh
out loud movie.
Kristen Wiig really carries the movie and the supporting cast was hilarious, especially Melissa McCarthy as Megan. I suggest you see this
movie at some point, you won't be disappointed.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
5/25/11

Thor
The summer movie season begins on SpydeysWebb.com with a bang. Thor is great movie. The casting was spot on for the title character as well as the
supporting cast. Rural New Mexico made the action scenes tighter and more 'believable'. This movie is another step in the lead up to next year's
The
Avengers. Lots of Marvel back story and foreshadowing for future plot lines. This one needs to be seen in the theater. We went 3D, but I don't think it's
necessary to enjoy this flick.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs 9/10
5/11/11

The Social Network
Didn't see this one in the theaters, but caught it on PPV right before Oscar night. I was glad that we checked it out because it made the battle between this
and King's Speech better during the telecast. We enjoyed this movie. Being a movie based on recent history that we've experienced made it more interesting
for me.
Mark Zuckerberg as a character was a real jerk, so it was hard to relate to that. His friend was a more likeable and enjoyable character and he's the
one that got screwed over. I thought that
Justin Timberlake did a real good job with what he had to work with. I'd suggest a viewing of this, but definitely think
the Academy got the Best Picture right with the movie below.
Spydey 7.5/10 and the Mrs. 7.5/10
2/27/11

The King's Speech
Our first movie for this year's Oscar prep was this excellent period drama. It was a good historical story with great acting that made for a very good time. I
really like
Geoffrey Rush, and he was awesome in his character. Along with Colin Firth, these two should be up for some hardware this award season. I'd
suggest checking this one out in the theaters, it's that much fun. If you don't, definitely see it on DVD.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
1/20/11

Red
We really enjoyed this movie! It had good actors, lots of action, and many funny parts. It'd been a while since we've been to see a movie in the theaters and
this was the perfect one to head back for.
John Malkovich really steals the scenes he's in with both craziness and comedy. I'm not sure you need to run out
and see this at the multiplex, but I definitely recommend it for DVD viewing when it comes out. You'll like it, I'm sure.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
10/28/10

Get Him To The Greek
Hilarious! Very funny movie that was well cast and did a good job with the story. This is a sequel of sorts to Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The rock star, Aldous
Snow, that was in that movie is the main character in this one. It's a 3 day trip from London to the Greek Theater in LA for a comeback concert. A small time
record intern must get the star to LA, the hilarity ensues. P. Diddy does an amazing job with his performance. Reminded me of Tom Cruise's part in
Tropic
Thunder. If you can, see this one.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
6/7/10

Iron Man 2
Alright! A new Iron Man movie. The first summer blockbuster was a great adventure. We'd been waiting for this one since the end of the first one, and I wasn't
disappointed. They had a decent story and added some new
Marvel mythology to carry on into their new movies coming out in the next few years (Thor,
Captain America, The Avengers). I felt that it could have had a bit more action parts, but when there was action it was good. We hit this one with comic book
movie buddy Travis and his girlfriend. It was a great night for everyone. If this is still in the theaters, see it. If not, rent it. It's good.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
5/7/10

Hot Tub Time Machine
Very funny movie! It was like Back to the Future time travel with Superbad high school hijinx. All four of the time travelers were well cast and the story was
constructed well, which made for a great adventure. I know this review is late, so you must rent this On Demand or in your video store. You won't be
disappointed, lots of fun.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
3/31/10

Sherlock Holmes
A great adventure was in store for us at this movie. It was a movie that was a lot of fun. Downey and Law were perfect together as Holmes and Watson. Some
may think the fighting and violence was not Sherlock Holmes, but it made for a great time in the multiplex. If you don't get out to see this in the theaters before
it's gone, I definitely recommend a DVD or HBO viewing!
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
2/3/10

Up in the Air
It's Oscar time, and this one's getting some talk for being up for some biggies. We decided this would be movie one for 2010. We liked the less than two hour
running time too.
George Clooney is a great actor and I for one like to watch him act. He really carried the movie, but there are two solid female actors with
him. The other supporting parts were actors that you would recognize, so an all around solid cast. The Mrs. mentioned that there were parts that needed to
move a bit, but there were also some laugh out loud moments too. It's a good movie that tells a good story, what more could you ask for. I suggest catching
this on DVD or HBO, but definitely worth seeing.
Spydey 8.5/10 and the Mrs. 8.5/10
1/20/10

Avatar
With Christian, Zach, and Yvette along, Spydey and the Mrs. took in our first flick in 4 months! The only way to come back was Avatar in 3D. The scenery and
backdrop of
the world of Pandora was worth the price of admission. First 3D movie I've seen in a theater in forever, and this one was different to begin with.
The 3D only enhances the pictures on the screen. No swords, bullets or bomb parts flying at your head. It's used to increase your feeling of being on
Pandora. It was very cool. The Mrs. liked the story more than  I did, and that is reflexed in our scoring below. This movie is a
must see in the theaters with the
glasses
and for the last three weekends, it looks like people are.
Spydey 9/10, and the Mrs. 10/10, and the Zach 10/10, and the Yvette 8/10, and the Christian 8.5/10
12/26/09

(500) Days of Summer
Anniversary night date movie for us, and we loved it. A very different kind of romantic comedy. It's like the narrator says in the beginning, it's a story of boy
meets girl but NOT a love story. Very well done and well cast. It moved along quite well at 97 minutes, which was enough to tell the story without getting
bogged down in the brutalness of it all! And there is some brutalness involved with the main character Tom. If you don't make it to the theaters for this,
definitely check it out on rental or HBO. You'll like it.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
8/19/09

Transformers
Revenge of the Fallen: Grade A summer blockbuster fare. We finally made it out to this one and was surprised how full the theater was. No wonder it's doing
boffo box office. Director Michael Bay likes to blow stuff up and kinda have a story that goes along with the explosions. There's some story gaps and continuity
issues throughout, but overall a very enjoyable movie. If you like the robot fights, you'll need to see this one in the theaters. It just won't be the same on the
small screen at home. They have definitely set it up for
another installment.
Spydey 7/10 and the Mrs. 7.5/10
7/18/09

The Hangover
Funny movie of guy's bachelor party in Vegas that goes completely off the tracks. Funniest character was Alan, played by Zach Galifianakis. Like they said in
the movie, he's too stupid to be insulted, which makes for some hilarious dialogue. I remember him from
2005's The Comedians of Comedy (good stuff). One
thing I wish I hadn't done before going was seeing all the trailers and sneak peeks. I felt that many times I'd already seen stuff, just not in the right order. Quick
90 minute run with the action pretty fast moving and a nice solid finish. I'd see this one in the theaters if I were you.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 6/10
6/10/09

Star Trek
An amazing reboot of a classic series, the new Star Trek movie rocks. Both Trekkies and newbies will enjoy this go 'round. The casting was perfect and for
movies like these, where the characters have been known before that's a must. All the major characters were perfectly portrayed and the story was tight and
well done.
The Romulans are the baddies in this one and there's some time travel and intergalactic misunderstandings involved in the story as well. Of
course, right? Easily the best Star Trek since the
Wrath of Khan in 1982. I really like where this new group is going and look forward to their next adventure.
This is one you hit the theaters for. Enjoy!
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 8.5/10
5/14/09

X-Men Origins: Wolverine:
Movie night again, and this one we'd been waiting for. Another comic book movie adventure with Travis joining Brooke and I at Carmike for caramel corn
(Brooke and me) and Snow Caps (Travis). Awesome flick! I can't understand the reviews that this movie is getting from some people. I think Dark Knight really
warped how critics 'view' comic book movies. DK was a one of a kind masterpiece. Wolverine is the back story on one of comics greatest characters and it's
very well done. Like Brooke said when we left, the character is such a likable one, it's easy to root for him.  Actors
Jackman (Wolverine) and Schreiber
(Sabretooth) carried this movie along with great mutant characters and a surprise cameo at the end. Good stuff. I highly recommend this for theater viewing,
amazing CGI and fight scenes. If you go, stay until after
all the credits. There's a scene added to the very end just like they did for Iron Man last year (two
different scenes depending on the theater you're in). It's becoming a Marvel movie tradition.
Spydey 8/10, the Mrs. 9/10 and the Travis 9/10
5/7/09

I Love You, Man:
What a funny movie! We've become big Paul Rudd fans, and he didn't let us down again. Funny guy flick that doubles as a great date movie with the movie
relationships between Paul's character and his fiancée and his new best friend. I would recommend a theater viewing for this if you like, it will also be good on
second viewing from video or cable. The casting was top notch as well, the only thing I'd change is
Jon Favreau's casting as a jerk husband. This was against
his type of character and it just didn't fit. You'll recognize several other actors in this, which makes it fun. We really enjoyed it.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
4/2/09

Hannah Montana: The Movie:
Guest review by Shelby and Travis Martin
As an eleven year old, this is my first movie review. My father and I went to see the movie together and I thought it was fantastic! Her music was more mature
than the
actual TV show, her new song "The Climb" is a country (not pop) song, and has made the top 20 song list. Billy Ray Cyrus has one of his songs, with
original Rascal Flats songs, and an original Taylor Swift song, too. The love scenes were believable, based on her personality it seems she would really like
the guy she has a crush on. One thing I didn't like about the movie is my favorite character Oliver, who plays a big part in the TV show was only in one scene!
He would have given the movie more humor. Speaking of humor, some jokes were aimed to little kids, though my dad laughed in some parts.
As the father of an eleven year old I wanted to bring my iPod which doesn't have any
"Achy Breaky Heart".  But I have a Berles-like weakness for musicals,
and this wasn't worse than the John Mellencamp, George Strait movies with the same plot.  I actually kind of liked it.
Shelby 9.5/10 and the Travis 7/10
4/23/09

State of Play:
This was a very different movie than what we've been going to recently, which was mostly comedies or comic book movies. This was a full blown government
conspiracy thriller, and a well done one at that.
Russell Crowe really carried the movie and was in about 95% of the scenes. First rate cast for the other parts
made this a well spun yarn! Now, they could have cut about 15 minutes off the length and still had a great story. The twists and turns come throughout the
flick and you'll never know where they end up until it's over. If you like the thriller movies, you could see this in the theaters. Otherwise, I definitely recommend
home viewing on HBO or DVD.
Spydey 7/10 and the Mrs. 7/10
4/23/09

Watchmen:
Well, this was an interesting movie. Coming from someone who had read
the graphic novel the movie is based on, I think they did a tremendous job. Alan
Moore, the writer, always said that this could never be a movie, and he was right. They left out at least 40% of what's in the novel. Large swaths of back story
and secondary stuff that fills in the meat of the characters. That doesn't really help people understand the movie if they haven't read the book! The casting
was top notch except for
Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre II, she was freaking terrible. Problem is that character is a huge part of the movie! There were several
scenes of extreme violence and one steamy sex scene with questionable music. My suggestion? Read the graphic novel (let me or Travis know, we'll let you
borrow it). If you like it, then check the movie out on HBO or DVD. If you've read the novel, get to the theaters. I think you'll like what they did with it.
Spydey 7/10 (3/10 if you hadn't read the novel), the Travis 9/10 (2/10 if you hadn't read the novel), the Berles 3/10, & the Shlater 1/10 - neither of them had
read the novel!
3/18/09

Slumdog Millionaire:
We finally got out to see this movie! I've been talking about seeing this in the blog for weeks now. Rowan went to Grandma and Poppa Sheridan's and we hit
the multiplex on Lynnette's gift card. What an amazing movie! We absolutely loved it. The characters were perfect with the main players portrayed by different
aged actors. It was unlike any movie I've ever seen, truly one of a kind. I really enjoyed the music as well and the final Bollywood dance at the end was a great
capper. I'm not sure if this is Best Picture yet, but it's definitely one of the best movies of the year. Very enjoyable.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
2/12/09

Role Models:
What an enjoyable movie. We had a good time with this one. I'm not sure if everyone would want to pay full admission for it but I highly recommend it for HBO
or rental viewing. The language is rough and the 10 year old was the worst, but he also had some of the best lines.
Paul Rudd has really become a go-to guy
for straight man comedy, and does a great job in this one. You will recognize many actors from other projects you've seen, especially the
group counselor
who's crazy/sick funny in this and
40 Year Old Virgin.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
11/11/08

Madagascar 2: Guest review by Jason Shlater
What a great family movie. If you liked the first one you will be very happy with its sequel. You could almost call this one more of a comedy than a kids movie. It
really entertained the kids
and parents. Many scenes made the audience laugh out loud. Home run for a family flick and the Penguins are hilarious. This will
sum it up for you: Noah, our two year old, watched the entire movie,
QUIETLY. Enough said! So go and "Move it, Move it" to the Box Office and get your
tickets.
Jason 9/10 and the Julia 9/10 and the Noah 10/10
11/18/08

Beverly Hills Chihuahua: Guest review by the Mrs.
This was a lot of fun! You wouldn't have guessed it, would you? The story line is respectfully original and you instantly care about the canine characters. The
humans are entertaining enough and the details to the story are more then amusing. Take your kids or don't (we didn't!). You'll still leave the theatre feeling
good...and probably singing.
Mrs. 7/10 and the Spydey 6/10.
10/29/08

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: Guest review by the Mrs.
This movie makes you remember what it feels like to be a part of the "what's happening now" crowd.  With more then a few great characters, artistic shots of
some cozy clubs, and some all-out rockin, this movie does a perfect job of documenting a night out in New York City. Just like a true night-on-the-town, you
are taken on a roller coaster ride of experiences and emotions. The directing was incredibly able to create the same feelings in the audience that you would
actually feel if out on your very own adventure in the city.
Michael Cera delivers another awesome performance promoting being true to yourself and
remaining your own person. Lots of laughs, some mouth-dropping outrageous action and lots of quirks. Yep, this movie is worth seeing.
Mrs. 8/10 and the Spydey 7/10
10/14/08

Pineapple Express:
We made it out to our first post-Rowan movie and I think we chose a good one. This movie was pretty funny. Brooke loved the slap stick comedy and I enjoyed
the boneheaded stoner comedy. Suffice to say, we're big
Seth Rogen fans, and he came through again. Not everyone would enjoy this movie, it is a stoner
comedy and it's a shoot 'em up action movie. People get shot dead in this movie and there's a couple of huge fight scenes. Interestingly enough, we were the
only two people in the theater! First time that's ever happened to me. So basically, this is a review telling you that it's worth a rental or HBO viewing. It will not
be in the theaters next week, that's for sure.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
9/24/08

Quantum of Solace:
Guest review by
David Hill
Positive points:
The movie starts out with an amazing car chase w/ lots of bullets, trading paint & scraping metal/carbon fiber (for all the NASCAR lovers out there) & insane
driving across interesting terrains somewhere in Italy
Great action scenes & stunts are everywhere in the movie on foot as Bond chases after villians, amazing hand-to-hand combat, through the air, etc.
Continue to full review...
David 7/10
11/14/08

Tropic Thunder:
Got out to see one last movie before Rowan's arrival. We really enjoyed this flick!
Guest review by
Travis Martin
Bringing the Thunder - For us Zoolander fans who are really, really, really ridiculously good looking, we were really looking forward to seeing Tropic Thunder.
I was definitely not disappointed. The good news is you don't have to be a
Ben Stiller fan to like this movie. He has some funny lines but as in Zoolander, it is
the rest of the cast and the big name cameos that steal the show. The
Tom Cruise part is NOT overhyped!!! No one in the theater left during the closing
credits. Another thing, this is one movie where the parts on the trailer are funnier in the context of the movie.
Danny McBride is hilarious as the trigger happy
explosives expert but it is
Downey, Jr. that steals every scene he's in. This movie napalms Hollywood egos but it also is a smart war movie parody. I will own
this movie and wouldn't mind buying another $8 Coke and see it again.
Travis 10/10, the Beetle 10/10, Spydey 8/10, and the Mrs. 8/10
8/16/08

WALL-E:
Took my dad to see a great flick this past weekend. WALL-E was absolutely awesome. From the very beginning you're drawn into WALL-E's world and care
about the guy. You want him to survive amid the disaster the Earth has become. Lots of not so subtle envionmental images in this movie, but it's the
interaction of the characters that carries this film. You root hard for WALL-E and EVE to make it. Oh, and I guess the humans too, but mostly it's the robots. I
should have seen
Ratatouille in the theaters, so I'm very glad I got out and saw this in the theaters. It's a masterpiece. I can't wait to see Pixar's next effort.
Spydey 10/10, the Mrs. 10/10, the papa Sheridan 9/10
8/2/08

The Dark Knight:
Wow, I mean wow. What a movie experience. A comic book movie with superb casting, amazing sets, AND an awesome story!?! Hands down the best comic
book movie ever, let alone one of my top films. Can you tell I liked it? With comic book movies you know what you're getting in the hero, it's the villain that
makes the movie. Heath Ledger's Joker makes this movie. Every scene he's in steals the show. He made you cringe, laugh, giggle, and squirm. Perfect. I left
thinking 9, but Travis called me at midnight to change his vote to the 10. We then talked several times over the weekend about it and the movie just grows on
you. You remember things about it that affects you later. I might have to see this again on IMAX. It will be interesting to see where other comic book movies go
from here. You
can make a good one with a great story...it is possible. Good luck to Spiderman 4 and Iron Man 2. You have something to live up to. Here's a
review link from a guy I like on YouTube:
Fitzy's Batman review rated R for salty language.
Spydey 10/10, the Mrs. 9/10, the Buzz 9/10, the Beetle 9/10, the Ryan 9/10, and the Travis 10/10
7/18/08

Hellboy II: The Golden Army:
Well, we've been waiting for the second movie and it didn't disappoint. We really enjoyed this one. It's not going to win any awards, but it was very
entertaining. Writer/Director
Guillermo del Toro's imagination is incredible! Hellboy himself is written well, but the other beasties in the film are a sight to see.
We especially liked the Johann Klauss character not to mention the Angel of Death toward the end of the film. Simply amazing. They've set this up for a third
movie, and it will be interesting to see what GdT does with that.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10
7/11/08

Iron Man:
We had quite a group for the movie this week! Iron Man did not disappoint, it was a huge hit for the group. It was hard to imagine the movie being bad when
you have Oscar caliber performers in all the big spots. The story was good, with only a few small holes. That could be due to the two writing duos that worked
on the script. The action was great and the movie moved quickly. As far as I could tell, the
Iron Man mythology was followed very well. We loved it!
Spydey 9/10, the Mrs. 10/10, the Berles 8/10, the Buzz 10/10, and the Travis 10/10
5/2/08

Sex and the City: guest review by the Mrs.
The fact the premier of Sex and the City  prompted "Girls Night Out" everywhere was just an added bonus, the movie did not disappoint. With silly and
outrageous fiascos always happening to the four main characters, the high fashion wardrobes and accessories they model, and the "not-your-every-day" men
they meet, the Sex in the City movie continued to spoil ladies everywhere with pure entertainment and eye candy. I also personally enjoyed the more serious
side to the women's lives portrayed in the movie and experienced the evening as a roller coaster ride of sore sides and watery eyes. I will admit being
disappointed by a decline in some of the acting that for some (especially the small roles of the male actors) seemed "mailed in". There were times when I
wanted to roll my eyes at the absolutely unnecessary added drama i.e. the entire Mr. Big jilting scenerio...I mean, what couple could make it through an
over-hyped one-sided wedding like that? The warning signs were blatantly obvious. But my question to those who have chosen to be critical and slam the
movie altogether is, "Wasn't it better than nothing?" After getting hooked by the show, my attachment with the writing style, characters, and a peek into their
extravagant urban lifestyles left me mourning for weeks when there were finally no more new episodes to watch. To join a reunion with Carrie, Samantha,
Charlotte, and Miranda was just the dose I needed. The hole the show left when it ended has now finally healed (at least a little!).
Brooke 7/10, Concepcion 7/10, Julia 8/10, AJ 8/10, Marisa 7/10, and Kristen 4/10
5/30/08

Forgetting Sarah Marshall:
We're back in the theaters! This one was a good one to get back to. Hilarious would be my one word review. There were two times I was laughing so hard I
had tears. I can't remember the last time I cried at a movie! The latest installment from the
Judd Apatow crew is an excellent 'date' movie. I think the ladies and
the gents will love it for their own reasons. We had been looking forward to this movie for a few months and we're not disappointed.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
4/18/08

Michael Clayton:
Didn't see this one in the theaters, but rented it at home on PPV. Awesome movie. A great legal thriller. George Clooney is a movie star and really shines in
his role as Michael Clayton, a janitor for problems within his law firm. The problem the story focuses on is a big one and involves his closest friend at the firm.
The intrigue and subtle suspense are done very well. We really enjoyed this movie and highly recommend renting it.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs 9/10

Semi-Pro:
Went to see Will Farrell's new sports spoof movie on opening weekend. It was a good call! A very funny movie that didn't outstay it's welcome. There was
enough supporting help that Jackie Moon, Will's character, didn't overdo himself. The play on the 70's and ABA basketball in general were very well done.
Much better than
Blades of Glory and right on par with Anchorman, with less quotable lines.
Spydey 6/10, the Mrs. 8/10, and papa Taylor 6/10
2/29/08

Juno:
The missus was to do this review, but we're falling behind. We both enjoyed this movie very much. At first, I didn't care for the leading lady much. She seemed
a bit off...but she as well as the other characters really grew on me as the movie went along. Juno's parents were awesome! Very well done characters and
funny too. You might not be up for this movie in the theaters, so at least rent it. It was better for me than last year's indie darling,
Little Miss Sunshine.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
1/12/08

We Own The Night: Guest review by Jason Shlater
Let's give this one a B for B movie. I know that grade is a little harsh. We Own The Night was a statement used by the NYPD in the 80's. The phrase
symbolized the police department's fight against the soaring drug problem. Sounds like a great movie idea! You had Rober Duvall, Marky Mark, Eve Mendes
(who has a nice scene early), and Joaquin Phoenix. A story based on a turbulent relationship between two brothers on different sides of the law and a father
who happened to be the deputy police chief, watching. All that, how can you go wrong? The ending of the sucker is where they went wrong. The ending is so
non-eventful it is hard to describe. I thin they wrote the ending in about 10 minutes just in time for their last coffee break! The story was very nicely built up,
and the ending just brought it down.
Shlater 6/10 and his Mrs. 6/10

Bourne Ultimatum:
It had been a while since our last movie! This was a good one to get back in the swing of things with. What an awesome finish to this trilogy, we were not
disappointed. It starts right after the second one ends and doesn't let up until the finish. What a ride! I suggest reading the first book in this trilogy, Bourne
Identity. One of my favorites. UPDATE: Got this for Christmas. Sweet.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 9/10
10/6/07

Superbad:
Funny ass movie. Rude and crude at times and boy can that character they aptly named Seth cuss! But the setups and the action of the movie were spot on
and excellent for a number of laughs out loud. In the same vein as
Fast Times and American Pie, these HSers are out for fun. The whole movie takes place in
one night at the end of their senior years. I'm convinced anyone would find something in here that reminds them of high school and would enjoy it immensely.
UPDATE: Bought this for $7 at Blockbuster.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 9/10

Hot Rod:
Well, after a good run of movies we ran into a dud this week. Hot Rod wasn't so hot. We questioned even going, but Roger Ebert said it was funny throughout.
Well, it was funny in parts. But the overall feeling was wait for 'free' viewing on HBO or something along those lines. Typical SNL movie.
Spydey 4/10 and the Mrs. 4/10

Transformers:
What a great summer movie. Good action, just enough cheese, and a well put together story (seeing as it's based on a cartoon). We loved it. I couldn't wait to
see this movie and it didn't disappoint. When the Transformers fight, it's full on. Michael Bay usually knows how to do the action and he did again.
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 9/10

Live Free or Die Hard:
Another great summer movie. The action picks up right away and carries on throughout the flick. McClane has his work cut out for him and if you can suspend
your disbelief several times you can see how he gets the job done. I wonder why it took so long to get this forth one made, over 12 years since the 3rd. I'd
easier rank this as the second best behind the classic 1988's Die Hard.
Spydey 7/10 and the Mrs. 7/10

Spiderman 3:
Not as good as the previous two. The fight scenes were spectacular! But the lovely dovey story, as I call it, was way too much. It was also the first weekend
movie we saw, and the punk ass kids' behind us took a little out of the whole movie experience. Did continue my comic book movie run with Travis. It was our
3rd or 4th we've seen together.
Spydey 8/10, Mrs. 8/10 and the Travis 10/10

Pirates of the Caribbean:
At World's End: In a word, awesome. In another word, long. It was awesomely long as well. Too damn long, but very well done and entertaining. Answers all
the questions from the previous two and we both enjoyed it very much. Kiera Knightley needs to eat a sammich!
Spydey 8/10 and the Mrs. 8/10

Knocked Up:
HILARIOUS!!! Like the Mrs. said, they made the perfect guy movie with chick flick mixture. It was funny as hell and flew by quickly. From the same guys who
did TV's Freaks and Geeks and 40 Year Old Virgin. All new mothers and fathers should see this movie. With all our friends that just had babies, we were
thinking it was rather timely. Seth Rogan, the guy in the Knocked Up poster to the left, has a new one coming out in August, Superbad. Looks just as hilarious.
Check out that trailer here.
Spydey 9/10 and the Mrs. 9/10

Shooter
Review written by the Mrs.
Movie night came and went without a hitch. We're becoming more comfortable with 50 cent popcorn night and filled the largest mixing bowl we own to the brim.
Mmmmm.
It is not surprising our rating for the movie was different, but it was our reasoning that led to my writing this week's review of Shooter starring Mark Wahlberg.
During my tomboy, cowgirl days I especially loved to watch sniper movies. In fact, I am on record stating I wanted to someday become a sniper (ask my dad,
he was just a little concerned!). Therefore, I have seen all of them and remember them fondly. Most memorable are
Sniper, Assassins, and Leon: The
Professional. All great movies. Shooter just might top them all! My heart rate increased approximately 15 minutes into the movie and I remained on the edge
of my seat for the entire 2 hours. On one hand, how can you compare this movie to the artistic genius that is
300 and rate it only 1 level difference. However,
on the other hand it is the artistic advancements and new technologies in sniper film-making that make Shooter possibly the best sniper movie ever. With the
same pace and feel of the
The Bourne Supremacy and with its ultra dramatic, creative and down-the-barrel shots this film hits the spot for the updated sniper
genre. I've waited for this for quite a while.
Shooter gets an 8 out of 10 from the Mrs. 7/10 from Spydey

300
The movie was good. At just under 2 hours, it really flew by. In depicting the Battle of Thermopylae in 480BC the fight scenes were amazing. I wish I could get
my hands on the actual graphic novel the movie is based on, but have been unable to find it. You could tell that many of the shots in the movie were
EXACTLY as they appeared in the graphic novel. If you liked 2005's
Sin City, you'll like 300. Both were written by Frank Miller with 300 helmed by Zach
Snyder. I am a big graphic novel fan and anxiously await the release of Moore and Gibbon's
Watchmen next year also directed by Snyder. The Mrs. really
enjoyed 300. She felt some of the scenes were quite intense, but thought it was as good or better than Sin City. I felt character development was better in Sin
City, but that won't take away from 300's battle scenes. The characters of King Leonidas and Queen Gorgo were fleshed out the most. I would suggest you go
on Tuesday nights to Carmike and take your own bucket or pail. They'll fill with popcorn for only 50 cent!
300 gets an 8 out of 10 from Spydey. 9/10 from the Mrs.