Movie Review – Hellboy – Wow. So, so, so bad.

Going into the movie I didn’t expect much. The trailer looked promising, so I gave the movie a pre-movie rating of 75/100 in the Peeple’s Poll in the RunPee app. Right from the start the movie had problems. They launched directly into a voice-over narration — rarely a good choice. (I think Fellowship of the …

Movie Review – Shazam! – Great for Tweens, Less So for Adults

I’ll start by setting the context: I love action/superhero movies, but never read any comics. So, I’m basing this review strictly on how I see the movie, not how it compares to any other body of work. The Good: While I definitely didn’t like the movie, I’m sure young boys under 12 years old or …

Movie Review – Captain Marvel – A Pretty Good Origin Story

I’ve seen Captain Marvel twice now, and can honestly say I enjoyed it more the second time around. With my initial impressions I gave the movie a B. I’m bumping it up to a B+ now. As a big Marvel Cinematic Universe fan, I think the most useful rating is to place it along with …

Movie Review – Fighting with My Family – Pleasant, Non-Demanding Fun

Fighting with my Family is a pleasant little true-life-based sporting movie leaving you feeling a little happier than when you went in. It’s not about Earth-shattering events or anything particularly profound for humanity, and it doesn’t need to be. It’s a small and surprisingly charming story: a young woman gets plucked out of obscurity in …

Movie Review – Alita: Battle Angel – Lighter, more Enjoyable than Ghost in the Shell

  Alita: Battle Angel is a sort of YA version of Ghost in the Shell, and I’m not exactly thrilled to see the same thing re-done in so short a period of time. At least this one was more enjoyable, with better humor, more likable characters, and a universe that might be more interesting to …

Movie Review – The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

  What a charming, amusing, engaging, but ultimately fluffy bit of fun The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is. It’s right up there with the enjoyment level of the original Lego film and The Lego Batman Movie, although perhaps a little less sensibly told, narratively, than either. The story rambles all over the place, with …

Movie Review – Cold Pursuit – Liam Neeson Does Action Right

If you like the Coen Brothers, you’ll love Cold Pursuit. This movie runs circles around Liam’s other ‘particular set of skills’ flicks. The well-placed humor that you usually see in the Coen films is refreshing, and sometimes really funny. Sure, we get plenty of head banging “shooting at point blank range” bloody snow scenes to …

Movie Review – How to Train Your Dragon 3 – The Hidden World – No Spoilers (A newbie’s initial review)

  This stunning third Dragon movie needs to be seen if you like the series, or even if you’re new to the series but ‘grown-up’ enough to long for dragons to bind with and fly with in your own right. In other words, you don’t even need an excuse to drag a kid along to …

Movie Review – Miss Bala – Surprisingly Pleasant and Fun

I was pleasantly surprised by Miss Bala. It kept me interested and wondering what was going to happen. There were also some tense moments that had me on the edge of my seat. I didn’t see that coming. I was really dreading this movie, but had to eat my words when I walked out saying …

Is A Dog’s Way Home a Sequel to A Dog’s Purpose?

Well, is it a sequel? Yes. And no. It’s also kind of a remake. I’ll get to that in a minute. A Dog’s Way Home and A Dog’s Purpose, both written by W. Bruce Cameron, are intended as the first two parts in a “shared universe” dog trilogy. This is slated to culminate in A Dog’s Journey later …