There’s a sequence in the second act of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi that is not great. It’s not bad, per say, but it protracts the second act in a way that is unnecessary and, in retrospect, kind of feels like franchise service more than it feels like
There was a moment toward the end of Cars 3 where the audience around me erupted into gleeful applause. It wasn’t just one or two people, either. It was almost everyone in the theater. Except me. Not because I wasn’t digging the moment, I was, but I found myself a
Have you ever gone back to your old elementary school? Taken a moment to walk down the halls and reflect on your memories of the place compared to what the reality is? That’s kind of like what watching Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast is like. It’s almost exactly what
Jackie Natalie Portman stars in this powerfully stirring drama as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, whose faith and strength see her through the death of President John F. Kennedy. An early front-runner for Best Actress early in awards season, Natalie Portman encapsulated the essence of Jackie O during what was the
I had a couple questions going into my screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The big one was whether the film would be able to build and maintain suspense while telling a story that is directly related to events we know will happen in Star Wars: Episode IV
Clear, vibrant, blue water. Tactile sand. Hair that blows in the wind, gets wet and looks wet, gets sandy and looks sandy! Music, glorious music. And lyrics! Lin-Manuel Miranda lyrics! Moana, the newest release by Disney Animation Studios is a gorgeous film and a delightful adventure that is a pure
Queen of Katwe, opening this weekend, tells the true-life story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl living in poverty in Uganda who becomes an international chess champion. The film is lovingly directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) and stars David Oyelowo (Selma, Jack Reacher), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave,
This week Disney is releasing a remake of the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon. Co-written and directed by indie darling and Dallas, TX native David Lowery, the new Pete’s Dragon is a beautiful and emotional ride that people of all ages will enjoy. It stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Robert
There’s a scene about three quarters of the way through The BFG that is quite simply spectacular; it’s the best scene in the movie. The audience I saw the film with was totally engaged. They were laughing. They were groaning in anticipation of a joke so well set up that
“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming!” This is the sing-songy refrain of Dory, the titular character in Pixar’s Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. Finding Dory is an adventure across the ocean as Dory, along with Marlin, Nemo, and a host of other aquatic helpers, searches for
About an hour and forty minutes in to The Jungle Book, just around the time the film is reaching its fiery climax, I looked down the aisle and saw four or five kids on the edge of their seats, a few of them appeared to be losing their damn minds.
Zootopia is the latest talking animals offering from Walt Disney Animation Studios. I wasn’t entirely sold on the idea of Zootopia until I saw the extended trailer featuring the DMV and a Sloth. I’m sure you’ve seen it. It’s been everywhere, it’s hilarious, and it’s almost everything about this movie
Late January and February are traditionally the dumping ground for awful films. Imagine a giant metaphoric city dump filled not with actual garbage, but instead with bad horror films, lackluster action movies, and unrommy and uncommy romcoms. There are exceptions of course. The Silence of the Lambs was released in
THE FORCE AWAKENS ushers in a new era of STAR WARS with a lot riding on it’s shoulders. Maybe even too much.
While gorgeous to look at and hilarious at times, THE GOOD DINOSAUR lacks emotional depth and is essentially a retread of ‘Finding Nemo’.