"Punisher: War Zone" is yet another Punisher movie that won't do very well with either the critics or at the box office. The reason is simple: People don't really like the Punisher very well in the first place. For the not quite large enough to be commercially significant minority, though, all three Punisher movies had actually been pretty good, and what we were looking for when we entered the theater. So... this one is not bad. The Thomas Jane version was better, but this one is not bad. And the thug at the kitchen table was just a classic.
"Cadillac Records" is a very cool fictionalized biopic, sort of a Cliff Notes version of the actual story, edited for maximum melodrama. The history isn't great, but it isn't bad either; the performances are first rate, and the music is... Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Howling Wolf, Etta James... Some originals, some first rate covers, all solid as hell. You can just close your eyes and let it happen.
"Nobel Son" is a lame caper movie with a GREAT cast. Or rather, it's a pretty good caper movie that hangs on a technological impossibility: One of the characters breaks down a Cooper Mini to parts a single person can manhandle (maybe possible, probably not), loads them into crates, and then rebuilds the car from crates to drivable showroom condition in 90 minutes. There are other technological problems as well, but that is the most glaring one. For the most part, the human interaction parts of the movie were good, but the technological stuff (on which the plot depended) was lame and badly researched.