Pirates of Blood River takes a defiant tone against traditional values, but squanders it on bland action and repetitive imagery.
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Terror of the Tongs can't escape its racially crude depiction of Hong Kong and the lone British captain who can save the country.
Deceiving to the last, Scream of Fear toys with the obvious before making things right in a classic finale.
Ushering in the Hammer horror era, The Curse of Frankenstein is stellar on its own even when removed from its important legacy.
Atmosphere helps lift The Gorgon over its familiar and routine horror trappings, plus Peter Cushing alongside Christopher Lee.
While willingly stretching censorship limits from the time, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll falls to its own cynical worldview.
Battle of the Five Armies finds purpose and settles storylines amid a gargantuan battle, plus offers a reasonable runtime.
The Hobbit begins with An Unexpected Journey that's too often expected and too long, if still enjoyable fantasy fare.
The Two Towers is an unusually optimistic middle chapter, imperfect, if ensuring Frodo is a notable, memorable hero.
While time sapped the visual effect's prowess, at its heart, The Fellowship of the Ring maintains its raw fantasy, and works in the now as it did when first …
Revenge of the Sith pays off two movies worth of political maneuvering, delivering thematically and with its action.
Overwhelmed by the pitiful romance at its core, it's easy to miss or undervalue Attack of the Clones for certain storytelling successes.