Rating: 4 out of 5
Short version: This is the Superman sequel that should have been, VASTLY superior to the ridiculous theatrical release.
I won't be getting into much detail about the story which should be well known in a 20+ year old film, but instead will concentrate on what makes this new version so much better than the original.
If you're not familiar with the story behind the story, it's really quite fascinating. Originally Richard Donner was hired to film both Superman and Superman II simultaneously, after which the footage would be edited into two separate movies. Unfortunately, what happened during the course of filming was that many differences began to manifest themselves between Donner and the producers, the Salkinds.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Short version: Daniel Craig is the best James Bond since Sean Connery in a movie that's sure to bring this franchise back to life.
Bond is BACK, baby!
Casino Royale is a very different James Bond film from probably any made in the last 30 years, and that's a good thing. You can consider this the Batman Begins of the Bond franchise: It's faithful to the source material but pretty much discards anything that's come before it as far as other movies, it gives us some insight into the character, and is much more "raw" than the films that preceded it.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Short version: An insane, bloody, gratuitous, funny rollercoaster of a movie that doesn't pretend to be anything beyond that
Going in, the one thing I didn't expect this movie to be was funny. I had more laugh out loud moments during Crank than I did while watching the supposed comedy Clerks II. Before you decide to go see this, be aware that it earns its R-rating on every level: content, situations, language, violence, gore, sex and nudity. (Fine, now everyone will rush out to go see it.)