Movies to watch during the pandemic

Continuing from last week’s column, I shared a list of shows and series I’ve been watching during the last four months in lockdown. Here is my list of movies to watch between binge-ing shows. Also note many/most of these are not family friendly (marked with *), but parents need something to watch after the kids … Continue reading Movies to watch during the pandemic

“Onward” is a wonderful mix of comedy and high-fantasy any nerd like me will love

Onward is Disney/Pixar’s latest film to hit theaters, starring Tom Holland (Spider-man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and Chris Pratt (Star Lord in the MCU) as two brothers, Ian and Barley, living in New Mushroomton, a land that once was home to fantastical magic and adventure that has become a hum-drum suburb thanks to modern … Continue reading “Onward” is a wonderful mix of comedy and high-fantasy any nerd like me will love

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a mixed bag of high fantasy adventure

Admittedly, I had very little interest in this movie after seeing the first film and finding it hard to remember. That may also be because we watched it on a bus in Florida while the driver got lost on the way back to our hotel, but that’s neither here nor there. Maleficent told the story … Continue reading “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a mixed bag of high fantasy adventure

“Hotel Transylvania” is cute and has a lot of heart. But once is enough.

Sometimes movies come along with so much of a marketing push that I get tired of them before I even see them. The trailers are shoved in my face so frequently that whatever merits the film may have are lost because I’m now annoyed at its mere existence.  This couldn’t be more true about the … Continue reading “Hotel Transylvania” is cute and has a lot of heart. But once is enough.

The final installment of the “How to Train Your Dragon” films is a fitting end to a delightful trilogy

“How to Train Your Dragon” instantly became one of those movies I didn’t expect to love as much as I did. The sequel was equally good, continuing to develop interesting and complex characters and relationships as well as creating breathtaking animation with even more dragons to love. The third of the series is currently streaming … Continue reading The final installment of the “How to Train Your Dragon” films is a fitting end to a delightful trilogy

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” works…well enough as a first film in the series

I was very late to the “Harry Potter” party. I saw the first film at the Peerless Theater and wasn’t a huge fan. I thought some of it worked, but most of the performances from the child actors were not great (but honestly how great can 10 years olds be in their first film roles?). … Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” works…well enough as a first film in the series

WELL, ‘TOY STORY 4’ IS ABOUT AS PERFECT AS A SEQUEL CAN GET

It’s well known I poo-poo most sequels sight-unseen because I’m a movie snob. But every once in a while, a great film warrants a second and even sometimes a third. Very rarely can a film series surpass a trilogy both in need for more from the story and in audience interest. So, naturally, when I … Continue reading WELL, ‘TOY STORY 4’ IS ABOUT AS PERFECT AS A SEQUEL CAN GET

‘TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES’ IS A FUN ROMP WITH THE DC SIDEKICKS

Most people would agree that the Marvel Cinematic Universe stands supreme in the world of superhero movies. DC hasn’t quite figured out the formula of good writing, competent directing, and a balanced use of computer graphics. What they have been long-successful with are their animated series and films, many of which I have devoured excitedly. … Continue reading ‘TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES’ IS A FUN ROMP WITH THE DC SIDEKICKS

KUNG FU PANDA 2 PROMISES BIG LAUGHS AND A LOT OF HEART

“Kung Fu Panda” was one of my earlier reviews and I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to review the second. I’d been told by friends how great the series continued to be but never got around to watching the sequels. Since it’s currently streaming on HBO, I’m delighted to report my friends were correct! … Continue reading KUNG FU PANDA 2 PROMISES BIG LAUGHS AND A LOT OF HEART