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Zaki Hasan Movie Reviews

Zaki's Review: Creed

Zaki Hasan | Posted 11.24.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Far more than merely trading on the nostalgic fuzzies that come from revisiting a beloved movie institution, Creed confidently builds on Rocky's forty years of accumulated good vibes to blaze its own trail, mining a potent vein of raw emotion in the process.

Zaki's Review: Spotlight

Zaki Hasan | Posted 11.17.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Spotlight is about exactly what traditional journalism can and should be: finding the truth, even if it threatens entrenched power structures.

Zaki's Review: Spectre

Zaki Hasan | Posted 11.06.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Spectre isn't the worst Bond movie, nor is it the best. It's a little too long, a little too indulgent, and a little too scattered to be top tier 007, but it nonetheless benefits from solid action sequences and the sizable reservoir of audience goodwill for this franchise. I

Zaki's Review: Steve Jobs

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Like Aaron Sorkin's work on The Social Network before it, Steve Jobs isn't meant to serve as historical document of a man, but rather a meditation on a movement.

Zaki's Review: Pan

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

In this age of franchises, trilogies, and shared universes, it's not altogether surprising that we now have Pan, director Joe Wright's prequel depicting an abandoned orphan's inevitable journey to becoming the flightiest kid in Never Land.

Zaki's Review: The Martian

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.02.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

I first read Andy Weir's bestseller The Martian a little over a year ago. Actually, "inhaled" might be a better word to use. The story, about an astronaut stranded on Mars, his struggle to survive and the struggles on Earth to try and bring him home, is about as gripping a book as I've ever consumed,

Zaki's Review: Sicario

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.29.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Emily Blunt leads the cast of famous and familiar faces as Kate Macer, an FBI agent who's recruited by CIA handler Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) to assist in their operations just over the Tex-Mex border after increasingly brazen (and horrifying) encroachments Stateside by the cartels.

Zaki's Review: Everest

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.18.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Fully taking advantage of the immersive IMAX-3D palette, Everest benefits from some of the most breathtaking and dizzying mountain photography I've ever seen, as well as a top-drawer cast.

Zaki's Review: The Visit

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.11.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Unfortunately, The Visit isn't so much a bold reconquest of his home turf as it is a sad marker of just how far those glory days are.

Zaki's Review: American Ultra

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

American Ultra posits a mildly amusing premise -- what if a stoned-out slacker found out he was Jason Bourne? -- and turns it into ninety or so minutes of filmmaking that are probably a lot more engaging than they have any right to be.

Zaki's Review: Straight Outta Compton

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.20.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Of the core trio of actors, all three deliver. While's O'Shea Jackson Jr.'s relative newness to acting is evident at times, he has an undeniable screen presence that, coupled with his uncanny resemblance to his pop, manages to do a lot of the lifting.

Zaki's Review: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.14.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

With the arrival of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. after twenty-plus years in development, we've completed the series-to-feature process for all four major espionage-themed TV shows of the 1960s.

Zaki's Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Directed by Josh Trank, who made such a splash with Chronicle a few years ago, this latest Fantastic Four works so hard to go so far off-model that one wonders why they bothered at all if what they were going to end up with was so numbingly unoriginal.

Zaki's Review: Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.29.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Nearly two decades out, Ethan Hunt has become the star's signature role, and at 53, the indefatigable action hero hasn't lost a step as he runs, jumps, rides and drives from eye-popping set piece to the next with both will and skill.

Zaki's Review: Pixels

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.23.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

It's just aggressively mediocre, and pretty much vanishes from your brainpan as soon as the credits start rolling and you've hit your mental "reset" button on your way out the door. In that sense, I guess it fits right in with the extensive oeuvre of star Adam Sandler.

Zaki's Review: Ant-Man

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.15.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Right around the point where the titular heroes were laying waste to seemingly endless hordes of robotic drones, with laser beams and rubble and wreckage flying hither and thither, I realized I was having a real hard time staying interested in any of what was happening.

Zaki's Review: Terminator Genisys

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.01.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

It's been thirty-one years since the The Terminator first wowed audiences, and my fear as I stare down the abyss into the dark future is that they'll just keep cranking these things out forever and always until the end of time. They. Will. Not. Stop.

Zaki's Review: Jurassic World

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

The characters didn't work for me. What did work was just about everything else.

Zaki's Review: 'San Andreas'

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.03.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Here we are one summer later, and once again the poor Bay Area falls victim to the mega-destructo demands of summer blockbuster season. Thank goodness for musclebound Dwayne Johnson then.

Zaki's Review: Tomorrowland

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.22.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

In a bitter bit of déjà vu, Tomorrowland ends up suffering from the exact same flaws Prometheus before it did: Great premise, terrific visuals, airball at the buzzer.

Zaki's Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.15.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Featuring Tom Hardy in the role that first launched Mel Gibson's star into the stratosphere, Fury Road is a worthy addition to the canon.

Zaki's Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

The film takes a performance by the impossibly charismatic James Spader, and purposes it in service of an impossibly dull CGI automaton. It's a bit perplexing that Ultron manages to get so much right except for the very villain whose name is in the title.

Zaki's Review: Furious 7

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.03.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

With the tragic and unexpected death of star Paul Walker in late 2013, the Fast & Furious franchise was hit with a nearly insurmountable challenge heading into its seventh lap. The franchise's minders deserve all the props in the world for pulling it off with Furious 7.

Zaki's Review: Chappie

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

The sci-fi fable, about a robot that gains sentience, has an intriguing premise at its core, but it's rare to see a talented filmmaker with so many tools and so much talent at his disposal squander a compelling idea so thoroughly.

Zaki's Review: McFarland, USA

Zaki Hasan | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

The true-life tale, directed by Whale Rider's Niki Caro and featuring Kevin Costner as the harried coach of an underdog cross country team in California's Central Valley, tells its by-the-bootstraps story so winningly that, predictable though it may be, it's still hard not to find it thoroughly rousing.