“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

“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

“Paddington” is a delight for the entire family

Initially I had no desire to see “Paddington” in 2014 for any reason other than to review it for this series. Having only a passing knowledge of the children's book “Paddington Bear”, I assumed it was purely for kids and I wouldn't have any interest. But then it did amazingly well at the box office. … Continue reading “Paddington” is a delight for the entire family

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: “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”

George and Harold are two imaginative elementary school kids fond of pulling pranks. They also created a comic book superhero named Captain Underpants from another planet where everyone just wears underpants and has super powers. Their principal, Mr. Krupp, is always trying to find a way to punish them for their antics, with his ultimate … Continue reading And Now Our Feature Presentation: “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”

Kid Tested – Uncle Approved: “The Good Dinosaur” (2015)

First published in the Holyoke Enterprise on December 24th, 2015. Do my wife and I attend matinees of animated films alongside parents with small children? Yes, of course we do. Duh. Especially Disney/Pixar films. After over a month in theaters, we finally made it to see “The Good Dinosaur” and while not their best effort, … Continue reading Kid Tested – Uncle Approved: “The Good Dinosaur” (2015)

Kid Tested – Uncle Approved: “Spy Kids” (2001)

    First published in the Holyoke Enterprise 4/30/15   Who’d have thought Robert Rodriguez, the guy who brought us “From Dusk Til Dawn,” “Sin City,” and “Desparado,” would ever make not one, but four children’s action movies about a family of spies and their adventures saving the world? After directing “The Faculty”, his only … Continue reading Kid Tested – Uncle Approved: “Spy Kids” (2001)