Alita: Battle Angel Leaves Quidditch in The Dust with Action-Packed Motorball (Review)

Alita: Battle Angel Leaves Quidditch in The Dust with Action-Packed Motorball (Review)

I wanted to see Alita: Battle Angel from the second I saw the trailer.  It looked amazing. Except those eyes – Alita’s big giant eyes freaked me out but the rest of it was promising.  This is from director Robert Rodriguez who gave us From Dusk till Dawn, the series and Sin City but neither of these (or anything else he’s done) really reminded me of the tone here, so I wasn’t sure what Alita: Battle Angel would actually be like.   Read more

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a Fast-Paced & Fun Sequel (Review)

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a Fast-Paced & Fun Sequel (Review)

This week I watched The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.  I really liked the first Lego Movie, though I have to say I wasn’t sold on the ending.  I don’t want to say what that ending is, just in case it’s a spoiler (it’s not in the trailers for the sequel, after all)  Those of you who have seen it know what I mean – how would they build on what they revealed in the first one? Read more

Everything’s Still Awesome, Because The LEGO Movie 2 is a Familiar But Fun Sequel (Review)

Everything’s Still Awesome, Because The LEGO Movie 2 is a Familiar But Fun Sequel (Review)

The LEGO Movie was arguably one of the biggest surprises of 2014, but what wasn’t a surprise after massive success at the box office is a sequel getting the green light to go into production from Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group. It was always going to be a challenge to live up to the success of the original, but the direction from Mike Mitchell, and pens of writers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have crafted a solid sequel in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, which retains the spirit, tone and sense of humor from the original, and remains entertaining despite an air of familiarity. Read more

Cold War is an Intimate, Powerful Romance That’s Beautiful in Black & White (Review)

Cold War is an Intimate, Powerful Romance That’s Beautiful in Black & White (Review)

Born and raised in Europe, Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski has become an auteur in his own right since venturing from documentary filmmaking to narrative features in the late 90s, and broke through to American audiences upon winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2014 with Ida. His new film, Cold War, is a period romance about two lovers who meet and drift apart only to reunite and leave each other over the course of several years, and it finally arrives in theaters outside of major markets to critical acclaim and awards season recognition that’s without question well-deserved. Read more

Stan and Ollie is a Delightful Celebration Of Two Comedy Icons (Review)

Stan and Ollie is a Delightful Celebration Of Two Comedy Icons (Review)

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were a legendary comedy act in the early days of the cinematic medium’s existence, but like all the acts before and alongside them, they experienced a downturn in popularity in the twilight of their careers. But the retelling of their comeback tour as a traveling theater show through the whole of Europe in the early 1950s in the film Stan & Ollie is entertaining and endearing to watch thanks to great performances from Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, an authentic attention to detail from the production design and costumes to the makeup that recreates the iconic looks of the pair, and the delightful tone to a story that celebrates Laurel and Hardy as comedians as well as comrades. Read more

Despite its Cracks, Glass is a Satisfying Conclusion to the Unbreakable Trilogy (Review)

Despite its Cracks, Glass is a Satisfying Conclusion to the Unbreakable Trilogy (Review)

It’s hard to believe that a trilogy from M. Night Shyamalan has come full circle, and that it stemmed from his first movie, Unbreakable. Back then, fans did not view films about vigilantes and villains as the type of movies that would play a pivotal role in the future of Hollywood (unless you made a vigilante movie centered around Batman). But boy have things changed since Bruce Willis’ David Dunn put on the rain slicker and saved the day in Unbreakable. After connecting the universe of Unbreakable with 2017’s Split, Shyamalan is back to give us the conclusion to this story of heroes and villains set in the City of Brotherly Love. While Glass may be the weakest of the Unbreakable trilogy and is certain to create watercooler talk about its twists, it offers a unique spin on the perception of comic book stories. Either way, Glass will satisfy fans of the characters from this trilogy despite its cracked structure.

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Mary Poppins Returns is Fun & Faithful to The Original but Falls Short of a Classic (Review)

Mary Poppins Returns is Fun & Faithful to The Original but Falls Short of a Classic (Review)

I have to admit, the hype got to me with Mary Poppins Returns.  Hearing Emily Blunt talk about how she couldn’t try to be Julie Andrews but instead had to just do her own version of Mary Poppins piqued my interest.  It’s not like there were really any competing movies out this week. Another Transformers movie and another superhero movie? Pass.  Truth be told, the original 1964 Mary Poppins filled my little gay heart with joy.  How could I resist having a look? Could they make a successful sequel? Maybe, but I had my doubts before the film even began when some of the actors came out and thanked us for coming to their film. That never bodes well. Read more

Aquaman is A Wild Thrill Ride That Splashes With Colossal Entertainment (Review)

Aquaman is A Wild Thrill Ride That Splashes With Colossal Entertainment (Review)

There was a time that everyone thought that the DC Extended Universe was all but dead. Between Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, Man of Steel, and Justice League, it seemed that they didn’t quite know what the fans wanted. So many dark undertones and bloated run times made those films hard to enjoy. While I somewhat enjoyed BVS and Justice League, it was clear that they needed to take multiple steps in a different direction in order to keep this universe alive. Wonder Woman was absolutely incredible and it showed hope. It is pleasing to say that Aquaman is another awesome installment for DC. While it may not be as good as Wonder Woman, it’s still a lot of fun and visually stunning. Read more

Mary Poppins Returns is a Charming Love Letter That Occasionally Tries Too Hard (Review)

Mary Poppins Returns is a Charming Love Letter That Occasionally Tries Too Hard (Review)

There are always a few movies that come out each year that act as love letters to old Hollywood. Sometimes you get a movie like La La Land that does it just enough, but not too much. Sometimes you get one that does it just a little bit too much. Does this make it a bad movie? Not at all. Mary Poppins Returns is quite frankly a charming film. But does it affect its ability to become a classic? Yes. Let’s take a look at what worked and what didn’t in Mary Poppins Returns. Read more

Mortal Engines is Flawed but Brilliantly Original (Review)

Mortal Engines is Flawed but Brilliantly Original (Review)

So after a week where nothing came out for movies (at least in the village where I live), this week there were TWO releases.  I had my choice between Mortal Engines and Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse. I wanted to see both, they both looked wonderful.  But a quick hop on Rotten Tomatoes showed me that they were not equal – Spiderman was at 98% or so, Mortal Engines was at 35%. So did I want to gush over a doubtlessly flawless movie or did I want to write about a dumpster fire?  Well you see what I chose. I went in with super low expectations and was delighted by what I saw. Read more

Vice is a Bold, In-Your-Face Biopic About History’s Most Secretive Man (Review)

Vice is a Bold, In-Your-Face Biopic About History’s Most Secretive Man (Review)

Can we all just acknowledge how awesome it is that Adam McKay has went from directing raunchy comedies to directing riveting dramas? In 2015 The Big Short was one of the year’s best, and in 2018 Vice will end up being one of the year’s best as well. From the gripping opening scene to the final few minutes, Vice grabs you and doesn’t even come close to letting you go.  Read more