Godzilla
May15

Godzilla

Pacific Commotion Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson Review written by Tom Bevis In the last sixty years, Godzilla has become a cultural phenomenon widely cherished by fans worldwide. Following the release of Gojira in 1954, the King of Monsters has spun off into dozen of films, television shows, video games, and comic books (including a series of Marvel cross-overs) and has perhaps become the most recognizable of all...

Read More
The Railway Man
Apr17

The Railway Man

A Train Called War Starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman Review written by Tom Bevis “I have a small problem,” Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) tells his veteran cohorts in the crisp shade of a Veteran’s Club, “which I suspect this small gathering might find interesting.” Thus are the first spoken words of The Railway Man and many of its trailers. But the film has misled you. The Railway Man has led you to believe it will be a war-themed...

Read More
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Apr03

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Red, White and Bruise Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson Review written by Tom Bevis At this point, the films coming out of Marvel Studios need no introduction. Thanks to the irresistible and insatiable curiosity of the masses and the infinitely long reach of this wonderfully infamous machine we call the Internet, it seems all details of the films are readily available weeks prior to the actual opening. To those who have been...

Read More
Sabotage
Mar27

Sabotage

One Man Arnie Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington Review written by Tom Bevis When The Last Stand struck theaters nearly a year ago with gallons of cantankerous nostalgia and high-octane grit, many folks on the streets were speculating whether or not Arnold Schwarzenegger would be pitching his tent in Hollywood and focusing on reestablishing his acting career full-time. Even back then, I maintained that The Last Stand...

Read More
Bad Words
Mar20

Bad Words

Alphabet Dupe Starring: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn Review written by Tom Bevis If you’re a fan of Arrested Development, chances are you have already seen the single episode directed by series star Jason Bateman. Now, Bad Words provides the public a chance to see Bateman try his hand at the big screen in his feature directorial debut. In the film, 40-year-old underachiever Guy Trilby (Bateman) who, via an over-looked loophole, enters...

Read More
Kick-Ass 2
Aug15

Kick-Ass 2

Utopian Toilet Humor Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz Review written by Tom Bevis As far as books go, “Kick-Ass” is special to me. Not because it’s particularly that great or because I love it so much or anything, but because it’s one of the few Mark Millar books I actually liked. It’s not particularly good (you can read my thoughts on the original comic book and the first film) but it’s effective. In...

Read More
World War Z
Jun20

World War Z

Call of Duty: Zombie Mode The Movie Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos Review written by Tom Bevis A lot of people said World War Z, Max Brooks’ sequel to The Zombie Survival Guide, couldn’t faithfully be adapted. In a lot of regards, they’re right. Not as a film, anyway – the spanning and erratic narrative, told as an oral history of a world-wide zombie epidemic spanning tens of years, is more suited for television than for...

Read More
After Earth
May31

After Earth

Smith 2 Smith Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith I’m about to really bum you guys out, so I hope you can forgive me. After Earth is not a Will Smith movie. Here’s a shortlist of things I learned about the future from After Earth: 1) In 1000 years, whales will have two blow holes. 2) Also, in 1000 years, climbing a volcano will seem like a good idea. Not that astounding, I know, but no one’s walking into this theater to learn stuff. The...

Read More
The Hangover Part III
May24

The Hangover Part III

Sequel: The Sequel Starring: Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper Review written by Tom Bevis Full disclosure, here: I didn’t see The Hangover Part Two. Or The Hangover Part II, whichever they decided to roll with. Why didn’t I, you may ask? Because I liked the first one a lot. It mixed dirty comedy, ridiculous scenarios, and a mystery just one step below any neo-noir picture being made today. I wasn’t so surprised that it exploded the way it...

Read More
Mud
Apr26

Mud

A Penny for Your Thought; A Nichols for Your Bliss Review written by Tom Bevis Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan I’m thinking right now that it’s a shame more people won’t go see Mud. Some people will see Matthew McConaughey on the poster and write it off right then and there. Others will read the reviews and assume it is some kind of regurgitation of Stand By Me and decide to pass. Many of them, though, will look at the...

Read More

Like Cinema Spartan? Help spread the word by sharing with your friends!