Terminator Genisys (2015)

Well, the first act is a lot of fun. The recreation of elements from the first film is joyful, and the film rollicks along well in these sequences. When the two leads (Clarke and Courtenay) come into focus, the movie loses its way, and not because neither of them act well in the film, but…

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

A fantastic action film, excelling in virtually every aspect. Robert Patrick makes for a great, iconic villain as the T-1000. Linda Hamilton delivers an excellent performance, so different from her character in the first film. Schwarzenegger performs a similarly reversed version of his character from the first film, also to great effect. Unlike the first…

The Terminator (1984)

James Cameron’s “The Terminator” is as much slasher as science-fiction. It’s unusually intelligent and restrained for the genre, and Cameron displays an excellent handle on tension and release. The film is not an action film like its sequel, with the bursts of violence fairly rare. It’s mainly comprised of tension-building scenes, explorations of the iconic…