Movie – Now You See Me: B+

now you see meB+
Like Trance, you can expect a movie about magicians and misdirection to have a high level of plot twistiness. Unlike Trance, the final twist is incredibly forced and doesn’t make any sense under even slight scrutiny. Fortunately, the ride along the way is entertaining enough and is populated with actors I like enough to enjoy, though surprisingly Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman aren’t up to their usual standards. It starts with some awful spinning camera tedium and is filled with terrible dialog by bystanders, audience members, and news reporters. But these annoying details are largely forgiven by some fun scenes, such as the initial police interrogations and the various magic performances/heists.


Movie – The Dark Knight Rises: A

As a fully indoctrinated Nolan-ite, it’s difficult for me to judge this movie honestly. Simply giving it an A instead of A+ required some serious mental anguish. But it’s not a perfect movie. It’s a great movie, but I felt some off-balance pacing and a bit of predictability hurt its *ahem* rise to meet the hype. Though this predictability may only present itself to those versed in Batman lore. There were dozens of sequences I loved, and that fantastic Nolan dialog I can’t get enough of. It brought the conclusion the series needed, but the effects weren’t as awe-inspiring as its predecessors.