Jason Armstrong

Tom Cruise scales the side of a 100-storey office building in Ghost Protocol.

Tom Cruise’s new mission

See, while Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol might not be the smartest edition of the franchise, it’s by far the most entertaining.

Tom Cruise scales the side of a 100-storey office building in Ghost Protocol.
Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. reprise their roles as Watson and Holmes in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, a sequel to the successful 2009 film.

Holmes plays in the shadows

Like its 2009 predecessor, Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows is more theme park ride than movie; it’s big, it’s loud, it’s very ambitious.

Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. reprise their roles as Watson and Holmes in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, a sequel to the successful 2009 film.
New Year’s Eve stars Sofia Vergara as Ava and Katherine Heigl as Laura in the new romantic comedy from Garry Marshall.

New Year’s Eve not off to a good start

This isn’t a cast; it’s a small country. And if sub-plots were ice cream, we’d be watching Baskin Robbins.

New Year’s Eve stars Sofia Vergara as Ava and Katherine Heigl as Laura in the new romantic comedy from Garry Marshall.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart reprise their roles as Edward and Bella in the lastest installment of the Twilight teen vampire soap opera franchise.

Twilight saga opens new chapter

For those following Meyers’ girl-meets-bloodsucker saga, now in its fourth movie, there isn’t a whole lot Breaking Dawn doesn’t have.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart reprise their roles as Edward and Bella in the lastest installment of the Twilight teen vampire soap opera franchise.
Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy team up for Tower Heist, a new comedy that has been billed as a slapstick version of Ocean’s Eleven.

Heist comedy passable

I heard someone recently describe Tower Heist as a “slapstick version of Ocean’s Eleven.”

Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy team up for Tower Heist, a new comedy that has been billed as a slapstick version of Ocean’s Eleven.
Antonio banderas returns as the voice of Puss as the kitty cat lothario breaks out of the Shrek franchise into the character’s first standalone movie.

Classic fills some big boots

So uninspired was Shrek by the time it hit the fourth chapter, it’s easy to forget what a great character the series had in Puss in Boots.

Antonio banderas returns as the voice of Puss as the kitty cat lothario breaks out of the Shrek franchise into the character’s first standalone movie.
Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried stars in In Time, a action sci-fi thriller set in a dystopian future where immortal youth can be bought.

Day-to-day life In Time

You’ve heard the saying, “time is money”? The thriller In Time gives the motto a whole lot of weight.

Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried stars in In Time, a action sci-fi thriller set in a dystopian future where immortal youth can be bought.
Funny guys Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black joined forces to make The Big Year, a new film about bird watchers that is long on birds but short on comedy.

Big Year misses the mark

Even diehard birders have to admit the activity doesn’t exactly set the table for adrenaline. Or laughs, if The Big Year is any indication.

Funny guys Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black joined forces to make The Big Year, a new film about bird watchers that is long on birds but short on comedy.
Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman, right) and his son, Max (Dakota Goyo) cheer on their robot, Atom, in a match at the WRB in DreamWorks Pictures’ action drama Real Steel.

Real heart in Real Steel

A movie with the soft heart of Rocky, Real Steel can’t miss for pure entertainment.

Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman, right) and his son, Max (Dakota Goyo) cheer on their robot, Atom, in a match at the WRB in DreamWorks Pictures’ action drama Real Steel.
Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill star in Columbia Pictures’ drama Moneyball, based on the best-selling baseball book by Michael Lewis.

Moneyball wins off-field

Bennett Miller’s Moneyball, based on the best-selling book by Michael Lewis, is an especially unlikely candidate to hit a home run as a baseball movie. I say unlikely, simply because this story spends such little time actually on the baseball field.

Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill star in Columbia Pictures’ drama Moneyball, based on the best-selling baseball book by Michael Lewis.
Matt Damon stars as Mitch Emhoff in Contagion, a thriller about a the battle to stop the spread of a pandemic disease.

Virus makes for horrifying thriller

If you’ve seen commercials or trailers for Contagion and thought that it looked a heck of a lot like 1995’s Outbreak, well, you’re partly correct. There is a mysterious virus in this thriller, and it is a doozie. But the comparisons should stop there.

Matt Damon stars as Mitch Emhoff in Contagion, a thriller about a the battle to stop the spread of a pandemic disease.
The Sci-fi horror film Apollo 18 fails to get off the ground, held back by a lack of suspense.

No liftoff for Apollo 18

The Blair Witch Project meets Apollo 13 and throws in a helping of Alien in Apollo 18, a sci-fi horror that sort of pretends to be a conspiracy thriller but, like the very small cast assembled for this sloth-paced thriller, isn’t good enough at acting to pull it off.

The Sci-fi horror film Apollo 18 fails to get off the ground, held back by a lack of suspense.
Emma Stone stars in The Help, a film examining the lives and relationships of working black women in 1960s Mississippi.

Another view of society from The Help

It’s no Mississippi Burning, that’s for sure. Rather, The Help unravels a very serious chapter in American history with a safe, often sweet approach. Well, except for dangerous use of baked goods.

Emma Stone stars in The Help, a film examining the lives and relationships of working black women in 1960s Mississippi.
Jason Momoa's take on the title role in Conan the Barbarian is no match for Arnie.

New Conan the Barbarian a weak imitation

Call me old school, but I miss Arnie. Oh, Jason Momoa certainly has the pre-requisites to play Conan The Barbarian – steely glare, long flowing locks, a definite vengeance seeker, not overly big on thespian skills and the dude looks like a walking commercial for 24 Hour Fitness.

Jason Momoa's take on the title role in Conan the Barbarian is no match for Arnie.
Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds play a family man and a party hound in The Change-Up, yet another take on the body-switch genre usually reserved for teen flicks.

The Change-Up isn’t all that big a change

In a Freaky Friday manoeuvre for big kids, Jason Bateman — devoted family man -— and Ryan Reynolds — irresponsible party hound — switch bodies and trade places.

Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds play a family man and a party hound in The Change-Up, yet another take on the body-switch genre usually reserved for teen flicks.
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy adventure Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Harry Potter casts his final spell

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 picks up exactly where Part 1 left off months ago, with Harry burying his dear friend, Dobby a Free Elf (well, that’s what the tombstone said, anyway), and getting set to embark on another tough journey to find the horcuxes containing shreds of Lord Voldemort’s soul and destroy them.

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy adventure Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
The big guy, Optimus Prime, battles it out with the Decepticons on the streets of Detroit, taking out a large chunk of the city in the Dark of the Moon, the latest in the Transformers series.

Third time isn’t the charm for Transformers

A quote from Dickens sums up the third Transformers movie: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

The big guy, Optimus Prime, battles it out with the Decepticons on the streets of Detroit, taking out a large chunk of the city in the Dark of the Moon, the latest in the Transformers series.
Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) races through the streets of Tokyo in Cars 2, the latest offering from Pixar Studios.

Cars sequel fun, but not a powerhouse racer

When you’ve smacked it out of the park at the ridiculously consistent pace that Pixar has established, it’s going to come as a bit of a downer when the latest hit doesn’t sail into the bleachers.

Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) races through the streets of Tokyo in Cars 2, the latest offering from Pixar Studios.

Green Lantern lacks punch

Green Lantern is a pretty cool ride, and probably everything a comic book movie should be. So then, why does it feel like this feature is missing — oh, I dunno — something?

Gabriel Basso plays Martin, Ryan Lee plays Cary, Joel Courtney plays Joe Lamb and Riley Griffiths plays Charles Kasnick in Super 8 from Paramount Pictures.

Imagination key to horror in Super 8

Super 8 is a movie produced by Steven Spielberg, a fact that becomes very apparent, very quickly. His fingerprints are all over this thing, and that’s a good thing — the initial suspense and overall nostalgia more than makes an impact before writer-director J.J. Abrams goes crazy with both boyish enthusiasm and a biggie size budget.

Gabriel Basso plays Martin, Ryan Lee plays Cary, Joel Courtney plays Joe Lamb and Riley Griffiths plays Charles Kasnick in Super 8 from Paramount Pictures.
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