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

“Smallfoot” has a great cast, but lacks clever laughs or memorable songs

On a recent flight, I decided to watch 2018’s “Smallfoot”. I’m a fan of Channing Tatum (he once said hello to me on a film set) and Zendaya (“The Greatest Showman”, “Spiderman: Homecoming”) and the movie looked cute in trailers. Sadly, it did not deliver much more than an in-flight distraction. The story follows Migo … Continue reading “Smallfoot” has a great cast, but lacks clever laughs or memorable songs

“Incredibles 2” is fun, action-packed, and worth the wait

Believe it or not, 2004 was 14 years ago. I know, math, right? But that means it’s been almost a decade and a half since the original “Incredibles” was released in theaters. I loved it when I saw it in college, reveling in the by-gone design and old-school comic book-feel of the world writer/director Brad … Continue reading “Incredibles 2” is fun, action-packed, and worth the wait

“Coco” is a beautiful, magical journey into the Land of the Dead

Disney-Pixar have done it again. Since they began to focus on more culturally-specific films such as Norwegian and Scandinavian culture in “Frozen”, Scottish folklore in “Brave”, and Samoan legends in “Moana”, they have hit the ground running telling stories from other lands that can appeal to a universal audience. “Coco” is the story of a … Continue reading “Coco” is a beautiful, magical journey into the Land of the Dead

“Voltron: Legendary Defender” season 3 tackles big topics, delivers big action and fun

“Voltron: Legendary Defender” is easily one of my favorite animated series. Each season develops new and more complex conflicts and character dynamics that elevate what could easily be just a campy Saturday morning cartoon to a respectable, nuanced series great for kids and adults alike. Season three begins with the Paladins of Voltron trying to … Continue reading “Voltron: Legendary Defender” season 3 tackles big topics, delivers big action and fun

“Despicable Me 3” (2017) continues moneymaking machine, but in the best way

“Despicable Me” was actually the reason I started these reviews in the first place. I watched it with my nephews at least three or four times in a row before finally convincing them to put on literally anything else. Since then, there's come “Despicable Me 2” and “Minions”, and now in theaters is “Despicable Me … Continue reading “Despicable Me 3” (2017) continues moneymaking machine, but in the best way

And Now Our Feature Presentation: “The LEGO Batman Movie” (2016)

Finally got to see “The LEGO Batman Movie” flying home from vacation recently. I had meant to see it in theaters, but movies don't hang around too long in the theaters here and I had heard a fairly lukewarm review from a friend who'd seen it, so I figured I'd wait for it to be … Continue reading And Now Our Feature Presentation: “The LEGO Batman Movie” (2016)

And Now Our Feature Presentation: “Moana” (2016)

Disney is knocking it out of the park! Of my top five films of the year for 2016, three were Disney films! Coming in at #2 was the latest from the Mouse, "Moana", featuring the voice talents of Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Concords”), and featuring the songs of … Continue reading And Now Our Feature Presentation: “Moana” (2016)