The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

One of my favorite classic romance movies, this film uses a format from more modern romantic comedies by blending a little humor into the romantic situation. By showing two people who don’t know they are in love and have a tendency to bicker and fight in person, the story reveals that until you really get to know someone, you can’t always judge them.

The 19th Wife (2010)

I wasn’t expecting much from this Lifetime made-for-TV movie, so i was really surprised when I got caught up in the story. This murder-mystery takes a look at polygamy and the unique hardships that fundamentalist mormon women have to endure for their faith.

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

I love the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, so i may be biased in thinking that this movie could have been amazing, but it left out a lot of character development and was cut in such a way that it was almost disorienting. The film is good if you haven’t seen the original, and the soundtrack almost makes up for it’s strangeness.

The Devil Inside (2012)

This movie has so much potential. It has a good start, gets creepy, but then fizzles near the end, with one of the most disappointing endings I’ve ever seen.

Batman (1989) **22yr aniversary**

My favorite movie as a kid, this one is hard to review fairly… but to be honest it’s a little dark for children. Still, it’s one of the most defining Batman (and comic) movies — a must see for everyone.

Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)(2006)

What many say is one of Guillermo del Toro’s masterpieces, this dark and gritty Spanish fairytale is set in post-Civil War Spain and features Doug Jones playing two of the most memorable creatures (El Fauno / Pale Man) in Del Toro’s massive creature library. The story very much mirrors the feel and dark tone of the original Grimm Brothers’ stories, so don’t expect the traditional Disney happy ending.

Super 8 (2011)

Super 8 is Steven Spielberg’s family-world meeting J. J. Abrams’ modern monsters; it’s like Cloverfield through an E.T. or Goonies filter. However, it is NOT a kids film — this movie is for adults who grew up watching E.T. and Goonies, and while the movie has a bit of a stretch near the end, it’s enjoyable if you watch through adult eyes but with a child’s mindset.

Tron Legacy (2010)

This sequel can stand alone from it’s predecessor; with an amazing soundtrack, complex story, and stunning visual effects, this movie can be enjoyed by almost anyone. While taking a new look at much of the now-classic world of Tron, it still has the good sense to throw in some classic lines and references that true fans of the original will recognize.

Tron (1982)

The original computer adventure that features the top-of-the-line graphics for the time and reminds us just how far CGI has developed. The movie is classic 80s, combining both an Epic and 80’s Comedy genres amazingly.

True Grit (2010)

This remake follows the novel more closely than the original (1969) film, dropping the comedy for a much darker story. While this movie may not be as light-hearted as it’s predecessor, this emotional tale of a daughter seeking revenge is a must see.