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Movie Review Archive

Thank you for checking out my movie review archive. I'm in the process of transitioning to something else, so I will no longer post new reviews to this blog. In the meantime, I will keep these reviews archived; these are from the fall of 2008 to April 2011. Please watch this blog for more info and keep in touch (you can still find me on Facebook and Twitter). Here's to more great movies!

Wes Singleton

North Texas Film Critics Association

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Kick-Ass - B

Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use - some involving children, 117 minutes

"Kick-Ass" packs a wallop of fun

"Kick-Ass" is the new superhero-movie-based-on-a-comic-book that rocks the house. Based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., it stars an engaging group of young folks with a Nicolas Cage thrown in. While a little overlong, it's tremendous fun and could likely end up a big hit. Directed by Matthew Vaughn of "Stardust" and "Layer Cake" fame, it boasts some nice but choppy visuals and an entertaining but predictable ending. Aaron Johnson is a nifty green-suited and masked Kick-Ass, who develops his powers over time and lots of elbow grease, Christopher Mintz-Plaase ("Superbad") is his cheeky, nerdy nemeis Red Mist, though it's little Chloe Moretz ("500 Days of Summer") who steals the show as tougher-than-nails Hit Girl, trained with power by her father Big Daddy (Cage). Other than the length, the biggest drawback may be the fact its Rated R for excessive violence and blood, something young kids may not get a kick out of. "Kick-Ass," interestingly enough, is a superhero movie about teens geared for adults. Go figure.