Movie Review – The Secret Life of Pets 2

  So here is what I hope: The Secret Life of Pets becomes its own universe, much like the Minions, and we can continue to enjoy the antics of Max, Duke and Snowball. There’s so much story left to tell about these citified critters who can’t stop getting into mischief. And now with the addition …

Movie Review – X-Men: Dark Phoenix

The X-Men Universe, produced by 20th Century Fox,  had a twenty year run. Now that it’s over, they should be applauded for the influence they’ve had on the superhero movie genre. Fox movie assets are now owned by Disney. That means the X-Men can, at some point, be wrapped into the MCU with the Avengers. …

Movie Review – Rocketman

  I had a hard time with this review. Rocketman is both extraordinary (in costuming, sound, and visual sequences) and by-the-numbers (a creative life plagued by inner demons). Elton John’s musical biopic is a grand fantasy with exciting numbers that feel like a top notch Broadway extravaganza. It’s got great pacing, fun set-pieces, an ideal …

Movie Review – Booksmart – Whipsmart Nerd High School Anthem

  Booksmart is more smart than bookish, featuring the quirky party-hearty hijinks of a girl duo with genuine chemistry. Moverover, Booksmart, for all its modern nods, felt exactly like a 1980s John Hughes film. I mean that as a compliment. It’s zippy, amusing, pleasant, and sometimes clever. It’s also sometimes raunchy, but never in an …

Movie Review – Brightburn – An Ingenious Anti Superman Film

Last night I was thoroughly entertained. Brightburn has something for everyone. There is horror, science fiction, humor, drama, suspense — the list goes on and on. The special effects garnered most of my applause. There were sequences I’ve never seen done before. One scene in particular was a literal jaw dropper. I won’t spoil anything …

Movie Review – Aladdin (2019) – A Live Action Remake, Good for the Target Audience

The 2019 live-action remake of Aladdin is a difficult movie to review, because I’m not the target audience — that’s mainly young kids. Personally, I found the movie to be occasionally entertaining at best, and barely tolerable for the rest. There were a few laughs here and there, and rarely did the song and dance …

Movie Review – The Sun Is Also a Star

I enjoyed The Sun is a Also A Star more than I thought I would, since romance flicks are not in my current job description. The acting was pretty good, and I will say our two star-crossed lovers had great chemistry. The target audience — teenage girls — will not be disappointed. Charles Melton has …

Movie Review – John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum (Not as good as the first two)

I loved the first two John Wick movies, especially the first, which really brought new life to the action genre. But I found myself getting bored by the monotonous action in John Wick Parabellum. I think the movie might have been better if it had been a little shorter. Many of the fight seems felt …

Movie Review – The Hustle – Rewatch Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Instead

Ah, The Hustle. It looked so winsome from the trailers. I like Rebel Wilson most of the time, and Anne Hathaway almost all the time. The promising premise: a comedy with two completely different brands of women, running high-stakes scams on rich men in Europe. I was excited to do the Peetimes for this film, …