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 – The Best of Enemies

This biopic is set in Durham, North Carolina, in 1971. First of all, the plot took me by surprise, given the magnitude of racial tension that still exists. This is not your normal racially-charged kind of black-versus-white-movie where tensions escalate, folks get hung, justice is never served, and everyone walks out the movie theater quiet …

Movie Review – Pet Sematary – A Worthy Adaptation

The newest adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Pet Sematary, was a solid remake. Thirty years after the original release, the makers attempted to revive their cult classic film. That’s a huge undertaking, and an enormous gamble, considering the die-hard fans of the original. To please or not to please — that is the question. They …

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 – Dumbo – A live action remake your kids will enjoy

If you have a toddler, Dumbo is one of the few movies in the theater now that is specifically for your child. It’s PG-rated, so your kid won’t come home and ask you questions you don’t know how to answer. If you are worried about animal mistreatment with the circus background, by the end of …

Movie Review – Hotel Mumbai – Unrelenting Violence

Hotel Mumbai is not an easy movie to watch; it’s brutal, and the killing is unrelenting. It hits the deck running and doesn’t let up for two hours. There were very short scenes of personal interaction — few and far between. Most of the movie was about chaotic running and killing, and many times the …

Movie Review – Unplanned – Warning: Horrific Visuals You Can’t Unsee

What I just watched so severely traumatized me that I, in good conscience, can’t go to sleep without putting up a warning tonight. There are scenes in Unplanned that are so intense and graphic I had to look away. I could not watch what was happening on the screen. I was left nauseated, and in …

Movie Review – The Beach Bum – A Bum Deal (If You’re Not Actually High)

I’m still trying to figure out if any plot happened in this pet project by Matthew McConaughey, but now fully understand why most theaters didn’t play it. Beach Bum is an hour and a half of watching someone else’s party. There are huge doobies and naked boobies, and I guess that’s enough for sitting back …

Movie Review – Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

Who would have thought that Nancy Drew would still be rocking it after 89 years? This new and improved version of Nancy Drew is perfect for the target audience of today’s prepubescent girl. The movie addresses bullying, body image hating, peer pressure, and the need to fit in as the new kid in school. So …

Movie Review – Us – Tons of Symbolism, Creepy, and a Great Time at the Movies

I’m by no means a lover of horror movies anymore, but when Jordan Peele writes one, you can’t help but wonder what it will be like. His freshman movie, Get Out, was creepy enough to motivate me to see more from him. Us didn’t let me down. It’s a little hard to write specifics about …