Movie Review

Veteran movie reviewer Jim Erickson shares his no-holds-barred opinions on Hollywood's best efforts. Tune in every Thursday for the latest review.

Movie Review: Mud

May 2, 2013

Mud is a first-rate little drama of life among the lower classes, a little like Winter's Bone, and maybe a good deal more subtle than it seems at first glance.

Movie Review: Oblivion

Apr 25, 2013

Friday's "Go!" section in the Eagle said some things so generic to current movies that I have half a mind to make a rubber stamp of it to use as a template for future reviews.

Movie Review: Trance

Apr 18, 2013

Even with a little help from some people in the audience, I'm not sure I can say that Trance makes complete sense.

The Croods is a quite enjoyable animation that might have been a little better if it had made up its mind what it wanted to do and worked a little harder to avoid repetition.

Movie Review: Emperor

Apr 4, 2013

Emperor is a blown-opportunity movie, which purports to be about General Douglas MacArthur's decision whether to try Emperor Hirohito for war crimes in the wake of World War II.

Spring Breakers will owe its box office success to its continual shots of bosoms and bottoms, not always covered by bikinis.

Movie Review: The Call

Mar 21, 2013

The Call does, as accused, turn in the end from a first-rate police procedural about how the 911 emergency system operates into a story of first-person heroics by Halle Berry.

Courtesy / Disney

Oz the Great and Powerful is a fun movie not unworthy to be a successor-- as a prequel-- to the great MGM movie of 1939. It isn't as good as The Wizard of Oz, but what is?


The makers of the Hangover movies have titled their new movie 21 & Over, supposedly because it is about the loss of innocence and gain in adulthood bestowed by one's 21st birthday.

Movie Review: Snitch

Feb 28, 2013

What with all the recent gabble about Academy Awards and all, it may seem a little trivial to talk about a little movie like Snitch.