Movie – Dead Man Down: C-

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It did a poor job of establishing the characters and their relationships early, and as a result I was totally lost for a while. Eventually I figured it out, but by then it was too late to enjoy the developments. It started and ended in gunfights, and was populated in between with slow relationship drama that’s mediocre at best.

Movie – Prometheus: A

For all Ridley Scott’s “this is not a prequel” talk, it certainly was filled with direct connections to his Alien. That said, he delivered on every promise. It was moody and ominous, full of great performances, especially Fassbender’s, and contained just the right amount of suspense and action. Some of the new alien designs were interesting, while others were merely satisfactory. Good sci-fi is rare, and this is it.

Movie – The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest: B-

Like the second film, this one focused to much on Lisbeth. Instead of creating a new intense scene, it revisits one from the first film several times, and instead of hunting a serial killer, we get a rather drab courtroom drama and a strange battle with a character whose motivations I never understood.

Movie – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: A-

There was definitely lots of what I liked from the original, but all the world-jaunting and technology-expanding seemed to add gimmick instead of substance. I liked how Moriarty’s abilities mimicked Holmes’ but my favorite aspect from the first, Holmes’ unwavering assurance that the widely believed explanation was incorrect, was sadly downplayed to allow for a bit of humanizing failure. Rapace’s character was almost entirely pointless. Still a fun film, though.

Movie – The Girl Who Played With Fire: A-

Though at times it seemed like a forced sequel, the material was smart enough to keep me guessing. The attempt to make the characters more personally motivated in their investigations didn’t seem necessary, but I suppose it worked. I’ll certainly still watch for the third in the series.