Jason Armstrong

Tom Cruise scales the side of a 100-storey office building in Ghost Protocol.

Tom Cruise’s new mission

See, while Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol might not be the smartest edition of the franchise, it’s by far the most entertaining.

Tom Cruise scales the side of a 100-storey office building in Ghost Protocol.
Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. reprise their roles as Watson and Holmes in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Holmes plays in the shadows

Like its 2009 predecessor, Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows is more theme park ride than movie; it’s big, it’s loud, it’s very ambitious.

Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. reprise their roles as Watson and Holmes in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
New Year’s Eve stars Sofia Vergara as Ava and Katherine Heigl as Laura in the new romantic comedy from Garry Marshall.

New Year’s Eve not off to a good start

This isn’t a cast; it’s a small country. And if sub-plots were ice cream, we’d be watching Baskin Robbins.

New Year’s Eve stars Sofia Vergara as Ava and Katherine Heigl as Laura in the new romantic comedy from Garry Marshall.
Asa Butterfield plays the title role in Hugo

Scorcese scores with first PG film

Hugo is a movie that will be as misunderstood as it will be admired but there’s no questioning just how impressive this family feature is.

Asa Butterfield plays the title role in Hugo
Jason Segel and Amy Adams

Muppets back in action

Sure, I could throw around fancy words for The Muppets: bubbly, nostalgic, flat out, gut-busting hilarious … but I like enchanting best.

Jason Segel and Amy Adams
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart reprise their roles as Edward and Bella in the lastest installment of the Twilight teen vampire soap opera franchise.

Twilight saga opens new chapter

For those following Meyers’ girl-meets-bloodsucker saga, now in its fourth movie, there isn’t a whole lot Breaking Dawn doesn’t have.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart reprise their roles as Edward and Bella in the lastest installment of the Twilight teen vampire soap opera franchise.
Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy team up for Tower Heist

Heist comedy passable

I heard someone recently describe Tower Heist as a “slapstick version of Ocean’s Eleven.”

Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy team up for Tower Heist
Antonio banderas returns as the voice of Puss as the kitty cat lothario breaks out of the Shrek franchise into the character’s first standalone movie.

Classic fills some big boots

So uninspired was Shrek by the time it hit the fourth chapter, it’s easy to forget what a great character the series had in Puss in Boots.

Antonio banderas returns as the voice of Puss as the kitty cat lothario breaks out of the Shrek franchise into the character’s first standalone movie.
Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried stars in In Time

Day-to-day life In Time

You’ve heard the saying, “time is money”? The thriller In Time gives the motto a whole lot of weight.

Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried stars in In Time
George Clooney directs and stars in The Ides of March

Ides of March roll out slowly

Politics can be a very dirty business. And in a movie like The Ides of March, the dirtier, the better.

George Clooney directs and stars in The Ides of March
Funny guys Owen Wilson

Big Year misses the mark

Even diehard birders have to admit the activity doesn’t exactly set the table for adrenaline. Or laughs, if The Big Year is any indication.

Funny guys Owen Wilson
Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman

Real heart in Real Steel

A movie with the soft heart of Rocky, Real Steel can’t miss for pure entertainment.

Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman
Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill star in Columbia Pictures’ drama Moneyball

Moneyball wins off-field

Bennett Miller’s Moneyball, based on the best-selling book by Michael Lewis, is an especially unlikely candidate to hit a home run as a baseball movie. I say unlikely, simply because this story spends such little time actually on the baseball field.

Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill star in Columbia Pictures’ drama Moneyball
Paul Rudd headlines in the new comedy Our Idiot Brother that opens this week.

Our Idiot Brother is not so dumb

Is it wrong to expect a whole lotta dumb from a movie called Our Idiot Brother? Now, this is the GOOD dumb I’m talking about here …the put-your-brain-on-pause-and-laugh kind of dumb. And with a shaggy Paul Rudd headlining as a modern day hippie, Our Idiot Brother certainly looks to be dumb.

Paul Rudd headlines in the new comedy Our Idiot Brother that opens this week.
Matt Damon stars as Mitch Emhoff in Contagion

Virus makes for horrifying thriller

If you’ve seen commercials or trailers for Contagion and thought that it looked a heck of a lot like 1995’s Outbreak, well, you’re partly correct. There is a mysterious virus in this thriller, and it is a doozie. But the comparisons should stop there.

Matt Damon stars as Mitch Emhoff in Contagion
The Sci-fi horror film Apollo 18 fails to get off the ground

No liftoff for Apollo 18

The Blair Witch Project meets Apollo 13 and throws in a helping of Alien in Apollo 18, a sci-fi horror that sort of pretends to be a conspiracy thriller but, like the very small cast assembled for this sloth-paced thriller, isn’t good enough at acting to pull it off.

The Sci-fi horror film Apollo 18 fails to get off the ground
Emma Stone stars in The Help

Another view of society from The Help

It’s no Mississippi Burning, that’s for sure. Rather, The Help unravels a very serious chapter in American history with a safe, often sweet approach. Well, except for dangerous use of baked goods.

Emma Stone stars in The Help
Jason Momoa's take on the title role in Conan the Barbarian is no match for Arnie.

New Conan the Barbarian a weak imitation

Call me old school, but I miss Arnie. Oh, Jason Momoa certainly has the pre-requisites to play Conan The Barbarian – steely glare, long flowing locks, a definite vengeance seeker, not overly big on thespian skills and the dude looks like a walking commercial for 24 Hour Fitness.

Jason Momoa's take on the title role in Conan the Barbarian is no match for Arnie.
Aziz Ansari (left) and Jesse Eisenberg in Columbia Pictures' 30 Minutes or Less.

Film wastes a lot more than 30 minutes

30 Minutes or Less isn’t an awful film, mind you. An ‘80s-style caper comedy with a penchant for sailor talk, it’s passable if you’re in the mood for such an animal

Aziz Ansari (left) and Jesse Eisenberg in Columbia Pictures' 30 Minutes or Less.
Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds play a family man and a party hound in The Change-Up

The Change-Up isn’t all that big a change

In a Freaky Friday manoeuvre for big kids, Jason Bateman — devoted family man -— and Ryan Reynolds — irresponsible party hound — switch bodies and trade places.

Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds play a family man and a party hound in The Change-Up