‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is One of the Best Disney Animated Movies in Years (Review)

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is One of the Best Disney Animated Movies in Years (Review)

As the pandemic continues to linger, the state of seeing big releases in movie theaters remains in purgatory. COVID-19 case numbers are going down, seemingly causing box office numbers to go up to the point that theaters are beginning to show signs of a pulse, albeit not a strong one. Studios are still keeping a close eye on the pandemic on a week-to-week basis with movie dates changing at a moderate pace. When we will see blockbuster movies exclusively on the big screen rather than accompanied by  same-day releases on streaming services at no extra cost (like Warner Brothers and HBO Max), nobody knows. But Disney, as they did with their Mulan remake, is dropping Raya and the Last Dragon not only in theaters, but also on Premier Access on Disney+ this Friday for $30, giving families the option to watch it at home. Not only is Raya and the Last Dragon the first good movie of 2021, but it’s also one of the best animated movies from Disney in recent memory. 

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Ralph Breaks the Internet is Gorgeous, Clever & Emotionally Nuanced (Review)

Ralph Breaks the Internet is Gorgeous, Clever & Emotionally Nuanced (Review)

I saw Ralph Breaks the Internet this week.  I loved the first movie and the trailer for this sequel looked pretty promising. I had high expectations. After all, I gave up Taron Egerton Fan Service in Robin Hood (it must have been there) for in place of this film, so it had better be good.  And it WAS. Weird how sequels don’t suck like they used to. Time was when you could safely ignore a sequel unless it was getting rave reviews but these days sequels seem to be all at least as good as their previous films. Read more

Injustice 2: The Greatest Use of Harley Quinn Since Batman The Animated Series (Review)

Injustice 2: The Greatest Use of Harley Quinn Since Batman The Animated Series (Review)

From Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, DC Entertainment and developed by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios comes Injustice 2. Featuring a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains the sequel allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favourite DC characters. The game will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16, 2017.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Make No Mistake This is a War Movie [Review]

Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story – Make No Mistake This is a War Movie [Review]

My goodness, director Gareth Edwards had some pretty big shoes to fill – Rogue One had to bridge the fairly sizable gap between Episode III and IV, it had to tell a great story about how the plans for the Death Star were acquired, it had to fit thematically and visually with all the other films and yet still feel fresh.  Other films have tried that and failed – in this very franchise.  Anyway, that’s a tall order.  Luckily, in my mind, Rogue One succeeds on all counts. Read more

Rogue One: First Star Wars Spin-Off is Exciting and Somewhat Meaningful [Review]

Rogue One: First Star Wars Spin-Off is Exciting and Somewhat Meaningful [Review]

As evidenced by last year’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the galaxy, “far, far away,”  reigns supreme over pop culture once again. But the next release in the Star Wars universe proves to be a rather different, and somewhat challenging, sell for audiences: a spin-off set between episodes three and four of the intergalactic saga. Without the Skywalker family or lightsabers (mostly) as the main focus, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a view of the inner workings of both sides of the all-out war between the Rebellion and the Empire. Rogue One could have easily been just a “cash grab” simply by inserting the words “Star Wars” to its title, but luckily, for the most part, it isn’t. Despite some issues, Rogue One is a fine expedition filled with new characters on both sides of the conflict that feel somewhat meaningful to the Star Wars universe.

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Moana: Funny & Charming. Impossible Not to Love [Review]

Moana: Funny & Charming. Impossible Not to Love [Review]

It’s impossible not to love Moana; it’s so charming.   I was stuck elbow to elbow with a theater positively stuffed with little kids at that special age where they cough and sneeze without covering their mouths and I still had a good time.    I love the effort Walt Disney Animation put into its originality.  It’s not just retelling Fairy Tales anymore, it’s showing a different kind of life with different stories and different practices.  I loved the way Moana looked, especially the way the people moved when they danced.  It was gorgeous. Read more

New Rogue One Trailer Reveals Mads Mikkelsen’s Character, More Vader & Giant Fallen Jedi Statue?

New Rogue One Trailer Reveals Mads Mikkelsen’s Character, More Vader & Giant Fallen Jedi Statue?

From Disney and director Gareth Edwards, comes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Taking place before the events in the original movie Episode IV, Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed. The film is scheduled for release December 16, 2016. Read more

New Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer Introduces Darth Vader & More Story Details

New Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer Introduces Darth Vader & More Story Details

From Disney and director Gareth Edwards, comes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Taking place before the events in the original movie Episode IV, Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed. The film is scheduled for release December 16, 2016. Read more

Edrio Two Tubes from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Revealed #SDCC2016

Edrio Two Tubes from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Revealed #SDCC2016

From Disney and director Gareth Edwards, comes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Taking place before the events in the original movie Episode IV, Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed. The film is scheduled for release December 16, 2016. Read more

New Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Sizzle Reel Trailer & Official Poster Unveiled

New Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Sizzle Reel Trailer & Official Poster Unveiled

From Disney and director Gareth Edwards, comes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Taking place before the events in the original movie Episode IV, Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen , Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed. The film is scheduled for release December 16, 2016. Read more

Billie Piper Says David Tennant is Her Fav. Doctor Plus; Alan Tudyk & Brandon Routh Hit The Stage [Calgary Expo]

Billie Piper Says David Tennant is Her Fav. Doctor Plus; Alan Tudyk & Brandon Routh Hit The Stage [Calgary Expo]

[Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo 2016] Penny Dreadful actress and Doctor Who alumni Billie Piper hit the stage to answer fan questions about the beloved BBC series this past weekend at CCEE16; Plus Alan Tudyk (Con Man) and Brandon Routh (Legends of Tomorrow) chat with fans.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer is Here to Take The Death Star Down

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer is Here to Take The Death Star Down

From Disney and director Gareth Edwards. comes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Taking place before the events in the original movie Episode IV, Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen , Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed. The film is scheduled for release December 16, 2016.

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Zootopia: Genius, Rich & Inviting with Amazing Character Design [Review]

Zootopia: Genius, Rich & Inviting with Amazing Character Design [Review]

Normally I don’t go in for G-rated films.  I like a little sex and bloodshed in my entertainment, not to mention cussing.  At least there was nudity, which was hilarious.  If you think that’s a spoiler, it’s not.  There were naked animals in the trailer.  But my goodness, how I enjoyed this film.  The world of Zootopia was rich and inviting and the story was well told. Read more