Movie Reviews by Scott Sycamore 1 - 30 of 81 articles
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Focus movie poster'Focus' Movie Review (B-)
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US release date: February 27, 2015
MPAA: R
Box Office: $53,781,000
Scott SycamoreFebruary 28, 2015
You might get lost from the plot, as I did, but you’re still going to want to give this snazzy cool fest a pass.
'Jupiter Ascending' Movie Review (D+)Scott SycamoreFebruary 9, 2015
This flick fails in such a way that you cannot believe what you are looking at.
'Whiplash' Movie Review (B+)Scott SycamoreOctober 26, 2014
Finally someone in the cinematic universe shows up with some quality material.
'Guardians...Galaxy' Movie Review (B+)Scott SycamoreAugust 7, 2014
Now here's a real whiz-banger, kids: a comical-book movie that's actually FUN!
'Dawn...Apes' Movie Review (C+)Scott SycamoreJuly 17, 2014
As Caesar and the apes of this movie know, sometimes when you change the game, you end up destroying it.
'Edge of Tomorrow' Movie Review (C+)Scott SycamoreJune 7, 2014
After a thought-provoking first half, this film devolves into the same brainless shoot-‘em-up action sequences that have made you want to kill yourself so many times before.
'Days of Future Past' Movie Review (B-)Scott SycamoreMay 25, 2014
The set pieces have been scaled up from previous films, and move the overall action along nicely.
'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Movie Review (C+)Scott SycamoreMay 21, 2014
The main problems with this film boil down to: a lack of extended quality action set pieces, as well as very murky character motivations.
'Godzilla (2014)' Movie Review (C)Scott SycamoreMay 16, 2014
It punches through the paper-wall but then doesn’t take time to rip through the rest of the façade with great vengeance and furious anger.
'Red State' Movie Review (B-)Scott SycamoreAugust 27, 2011
For a hardcore cult film, Kevin Smith did impressively well with the subject.
'Machete' Movie Review (B-)Scott SycamoreSeptember 7, 2010
It's almost as if Rodriguez doesn't quite trust himself to pull certain things off, and purposely injects badness as some form of self-sabotage.
'Transsiberian' Movie Review (B-)Scott SycamoreJuly 28, 2008
This is a fun little indie thriller. Director Brad Anderson didn't wow me, but he added another decent one to his film canon.
'Indiana Jones 4' Movie Review (B)Scott SycamoreMay 23, 2008
It's damn silly and averagely-scripted, but still it's fun! I think this might be the best climactic artifact scene in any Indy movie. The scope and fury of it is bombastic.
'Run, Fat Boy, Run' Movie Review (C+)Scott SycamoreMarch 27, 2008
Instead of taking an adventurous and entertaining route, it sticks to formula that an infant wouldn't drink out of its bottle.
'88 Minutes' Movie Review (C+)Scott SycamoreMarch 24, 2008
If you eat up crime-type stories, you might find it a halfway-okay way to pass the time.
'American Gangster' Movie Review (C+)Scott SycamoreNovember 1, 2007
Everything is so cliché and by-the-numbers.
'Death Proof' Movie Review (B)Scott SycamoreJune 30, 2007
A man who knows how to juxtapose and effortlessly mix genres all in a single moment stands tall in my book.
'Spider-Man 3' Movie Review (C+)Scott SycamoreMay 5, 2007
There's no question about it: this is a flawed-as-hell movie. When something gets this over-stuffed and over-budgeted, it almost can't help but suffer from the mass-appeal Hollywood stench.
'V for Vendetta' Movie Review (B)Scott SycamoreMarch 19, 2006
We have a true cinematic Vendetta...The film has myriad flaws of course, but they are not egregious enough to capsize a full sense of enjoyment. Chow down for England.
'Syriana' Movie Review (C+)Scott SycamoreNovember 25, 2005
Syriana plays as a very static and talky "thriller" that never really succeeds as a piece of entertainment.
'Get Rich or Die Tryin'' Movie Review (C+)Scott SycamoreNovember 15, 2005
He flashes his big smile and can seem almost sweet at times, but we know that his moral compass doesn't exactly point in the right direction. And this might be the main problem: he's just too violent to really gain sympathy.
'Zathura' Movie Review (C-)Scott SycamoreNovember 9, 2005
I would expect that anybody without a very childish sensibility will be quite disappointed by this offering.
'Saw 2' Movie Review (C+)Scott SycamoreOctober 28, 2005
It's all mind-numbing savagery without real nuance or subtlety.
'Walk the Line' Movie Review (C)Scott SycamoreOctober 15, 2005
If you're going to film the tale of a remarkable life, make sure it's a remarkable movie. Walk the Line is not.
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'Serenity' Movie Review (D+)
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US release date: September 30, 2005
MPAA: PG-13
Box Office: $25,335,935
Scott SycamoreOctober 3, 2005
All you regular moviegoers out there should be warned: this is not the exciting experience that you may think or hope it?s going to be.
'Flightplan' Movie Review (B)Scott SycamoreSeptember 26, 2005
Imagine my delight when I found myself absorbed in this flick despite knowing quite a bit about it beforehand.
'Cry Wolf' Movie Review (C)Scott SycamoreSeptember 22, 2005
We never feel any tension or fright; we are simply watching the people go through the motions of a silly story.
'Dick and Jane' Movie Review (D+)Scott SycamoreSeptember 21, 2005
A shamefully forgettable and infuriatingly unfunny hack-job.
'Lord of War' Movie Review (B)Scott SycamoreSeptember 20, 2005
{Andrew Niccol} has crafted a keen slice of entertainment with a relevant message.
'The Man' Movie Review (D+)Scott SycamoreSeptember 16, 2005
It's so flat, so uninspired, and so off-key that it actually becomes thought provoking.
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