“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

“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

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” proves everything is still awesome (even when it’s not sometimes)

“The Lego Movie” was a surprise hit for me when it came out in 2014. I had no idea what to expect and it ended up being not only one of my favorite movies of that year, but of the last five years at least! I laughed, I cried, and I really wanted to go … Continue reading “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” proves everything is still awesome (even when it’s not sometimes)

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” continues the excellent storytelling and life lessons of the original

“Wreck It Ralph” is one of my favorite Disney movies of the last decade. As a lover of video games (albeit a novice and terrible player of them), it was an absolute delight and had such a strong message of friendship and acceptance that still makes me cry every time I watch it. I even … Continue reading “Ralph Breaks the Internet” continues the excellent storytelling and life lessons of the original

“Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald” has the magic, but lacks the polish

JK Rowling’s latest entry into her “Wizarding World” franchise hit theaters a few weeks back and immediately the reviews were mixed at best. I saw “Fantastic Beasts” upon its debut in theaters two years ago and was mildly disappointed. However, after a subsequent viewing, it has moved up to the prestigious ranking of “fine”. So … Continue reading “Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald” has the magic, but lacks the polish

Kid Tested – Uncle Approved: “Beetlejuice” (1988)

It [was] October so let's get spooky! Not really a kids' movie at all, Tim Burton's “Beetlejuice” is still one of my favorites from my youth. Starring Michael Keaton as the titular character along with Alec Baldwin, Gina Davis and Winona Ryder, “Beetlejuice” is the story of Adam and Barbara Maitland who die tragically in … Continue reading Kid Tested – Uncle Approved: “Beetlejuice” (1988)