Picoreviews (including last month's trip to Beijing)
- Wrath Of The Titans: Blah.
- Puss In Boots: Surprisingly good. Better characters, plot and action than your average action movie.
- The Great Magician: Good. Mixed tone, but interesting and fun.
- Chronicle: Good.
- John Carter: Blah.
- Contagion: OK. Not best watched on a plane next to someone coughing.
- The Invention Of Hugo Cabret: OK. A bit too much "look, a movie about movies, isn't this clever".
- Mission Impossible 4: OK. Utterly generic but well done at that.
- Salmon Fishing In The Yemen: Technically proficient, but it focuses on a protagonist whose marriage isn't very good so he runs off with a younger woman. I don't find that heroic, so I don't sympathize with the narrative thrust and the movie simply does not appeal.
Recently in theatres I've seen The Avengers (really good), Prometheus (good in every way except that it makes absolutely no sense --- what a missed opportunity), and The Amazing Spiderman (good in every way except that it's a retread of a ten-year-old movie that was perfectly good the first time around).