My best-to-worst: Looper Excellent on almost every level, from classic time travel paradox story to its presentation of a dystopian near future to its bleak and satirical deconstruction of the Bruce Willis action brand. A retro film lifted from the golden age of sci fi. Chronicle Another interesting sci fi movie about the ethics of telekinesis. Not great, but something that elevates the superhero genre above the bland Avengers baseline. Hunger Games Another workmanlike adaptation of a popular book series, but the story is relatively entertaining and the performances are solid. Men in Black 3 Not entirely sure the franchise needed resurrecting, but an acceptable entry with a cast that really knows how to deliver. Avengers A megablockbuster that makes a solid case for its popular appeal. But the story is a bit worn and typically absurdist for the comic book genre. Comedy keeps the film alive more than anything else. John Carter Tedious, but not unwatchable and at least true to its origins and sci fi era, which makes it miles better than the horrible and unnecessary Total Recall or Dredd remakes, or the sad re-release of The Phantom Menace in 3D, or the horrific and embarrassing mess of Prometheus Edit: I should add Cloud Atlas Just read the book, and Lockout which pretty much stands alone on a unique level of stupid. Bad sci fi from every angle. Made me want to send sympathy cards to Guy Pierce and Maggie Grace.