• About Ealasaid

    Ealasaid is a technical writer, freelance movie reviewer, bookbinder, and geek-of-many-trades based in Portland, OR.

    The Equalizer

    by  • September 30, 2014 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Starring: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Johnnie Skourtis, Chloe Grace Moretz Rated: R for strong bloody violence and language throughout, including some sexual references The plotline featuring a retired/semi-retired man driven to take up his violent ways once more to save a woman is not new. In fact, there’s almost nothing...

    Read more →

    The Drop

    by  • September 16, 2014 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Michaël R. Roskam Rated: R for some strong violence and pervasive language Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz There’s a subgenre of crime films that linger over their characters, whose plots move slowly at first, but gradually become increasingly tense until the final confrontation is not only...

    Read more →

    As Above, So Below

    by  • September 2, 2014 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: John Eric Dowdle Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar Rated: R for bloody violence/terror, and language throughout So many movies in the last few years have focused on using visceral horror and supremely disgusting special effects to be scary that it’s refreshing to find one...

    Read more →

    The Expendables 3

    by  • August 25, 2014 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Patrick Hughes Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell, Kellan Lutz, Antonio Banderas Rated: for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language There’s a new Expendables movie out, catching the end of the...

    Read more →

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    by  • August 12, 2014 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: James Gunn Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan Michael Rooker, Glenn Close Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language Marvel Studios has been bringing out big, fun superhero movies for several years now, and they’ve reached...

    Read more →


    by  • July 29, 2014 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Starring: Scarlett Johanson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked Written and Directed by: Luc Besson Rated: R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality Suspension of disbelief, the willingness to overlook things that aren’t real or possible, is a vital part of enjoying almost any fictional movie. Superheroes, action stars, mad scientists, they all...

    Read more →

    Edge of Tomorrow

    by  • June 20, 2014 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton, Noah Taylor Directed by: Doug Liman Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material There’s a situation almost anybody who plays enough video games has experienced, where you have to keep doing the same thing over and over,...

    Read more →


    by  • June 20, 2014 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Robert Stromberg Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Sharlto Copley Rated: PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images A delightful villain is a must-have for a good fairytale story, and Disney’s old, animated “Sleeping Beauty” had one of the greats – Maleficent....

    Read more →

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    by  • June 2, 2014 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Bryan Singer Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklege, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan Rated: PG- 13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language Comic book fans are no strangers to “retcon” – short for “retroactive continuity” – that device...

    Read more →


    by  • May 19, 2014 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Gareth Edwards Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence The only questions that really matter when grading a giant-monster movie are: are the monsters awesome? Are they on screen enough? For both, the new “Godzilla”...

    Read more →