Transcendence Has Some Of The Dumbest Smart People We've Ever Seen

What went wrong with Transcendence? This movie was supposed to be the new science-fiction hotness. An original storyline about artificial intelligence and brain-uploading, the directorial debut of Chris Nolan's cinematographer Wally Pfister, a great cast... and yet, it's getting widely panned. Why did the A.I.… » 4/18/14 1:06pm Friday 1:06pm

Captain America 2 Is One Of The Best Action Movies I've Ever Seen

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a brilliant action movie, that serves up a huge dose of wish fulfillment along with its bravura fight scenes. The wish fulfillment isn't just being a face-kicking badass and blowing shit up, but the notion that we could all live in Steve Rogers' world, where political conundrums… » 4/04/14 12:43pm 4/04/14 12:43pm

Noah Is the Best and Worst Bible Movie You'll Ever See

Noah is the first of the great Bible epics coming in 2014, and it's probably going to be the weirdest. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has created an intense, disturbing reinterpretation of the Old Testament flood story that owes a lot to obscure rabbinical debates and fantasy epics. Get ready to see the Bible » 3/28/14 4:33pm 3/28/14 4:33pm

The Robocop remake will shock you because it's so damn awesome

The Robocop remake, out in theaters today, is a pitch-perfect, badass update of a movie that is practically legendary. As if that weren't surprising enough, it also manages to revive that lost art of the 80s: the smart B-movie that stumbles a bit but still goes where blockbusters fear to tread. » 2/12/14 3:42pm 2/12/14 3:42pm

Keanu Reeves' new movie has 47 problems, but the Ronin ain't one

Nobody was expecting the new 47 Ronin movie to be good — its long delays and problems have become legend — but it's bad in a particularly depressing way. This is a film that's not only boring and campy, but also kind of nonsensical, turning a classic story of revenge and loyalty into a stew of crap. » 12/25/13 1:38pm 12/25/13 1:38pm

The Hobbit proves you can like a movie even if it's not good

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is considerably better than the first movie in the trilogy. It has a more coherent structure, genuinely interesting character development, and fucking awesome dragon action. I liked it a lot — yet I was painfully aware of how bad the movie was. Here's what you'll enjoy in The Hobbit, … » 12/13/13 2:32pm 12/13/13 2:32pm

Riddick shows how NOT to resurrect a great antihero

There aren't too many characters like Richard B. Riddick nowadays. He's an old-fashioned sort of anti-hero, whose amoral brutality is tempered by a code of honor. He was great in his first movie, but it turns out that antiheroes have a hard time supporting a franchise. As his new movie, Riddick, sadly proves. » 9/06/13 12:34pm 9/06/13 12:34pm

New Wolverine movie is not much better than the first Wolverine movie

There's a meme going around about The Wolverine that says it's not that good, but at least it's way better than X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the previous solo vehicle for the indestructible tough guy with the metal skeleton and claws. But sadly, it's not that much better. » 7/26/13 3:28pm 7/26/13 3:28pm

Pacific Rim is the greatest fairy tale of the twenty-first century

In a summer of sequels, reboots, and misfires, Pacific Rim is a brilliant surprise. Its cheerful audaciousness will take you back to a time when blockbusters were original stories that filled you with glee and wonder. This movie works just like a fairy tale, but one whose inevitable moral won't make you claw your face … » 7/12/13 2:10pm 7/12/13 2:10pm

World War Z fails the zombie bite test

World War Z is basically a big-budget B-movie. A lot of the action sequences are lifted straight out of Resident Evil, and its basic tropes are a somewhat unstable mixture of disaster movie and political thriller. But there are a couple of great zombie movie ideas inside it, struggling to get out. » 6/21/13 12:37pm 6/21/13 12:37pm

Man of Steel: Worth It Just For The Super-Powered Combat

There's really only one reason to see the new Superman movie: to watch people with superhuman powers pounding the crap out of each other, flying into each other and burninating each other with heat vision. Luckily, The Man of Steel more than delivers on the super-punching front, even as it muddles through in other… » 6/14/13 2:58pm 6/14/13 2:58pm

Iron Man 3: The Fall (and Rise) of Tony Stark

The first Iron Man movie uses Tony Stark as a metaphor for American power, with Tony's near-lethal chest wound signifying his remorse at spreading weapons around Afghanistan. The brilliant Iron Man 3 makes this connection even more explicit, giving us an elaborate fable of post-9/11 America and a paranoid-but-cocky… » 5/03/13 12:59pm 5/03/13 12:59pm

Noobz: The Kotaku Review

One of the true joys of the movie watching experience is having your expectations blown away. This applies to all forms of entertainment, but films are perhaps the best possible example. Because how many times have you seen a trailer and expected something to be God awful, only to be pleasantly surprised by the actual… » 1/24/13 3:30pm 1/24/13 3:30pm