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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

“Bumblebee”: a drama disguised as an action flick

“Bumblebee,” now the sixth installment in the “Transformers” franchise, could easily have been a  mindless action movie meant to generate box office revenue, not positive reviews. Expectations weren’t high coming off the tails of...

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is a shining hope for the future of Spider-Man films

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse” shares its name with the six part comic book epic “Spider-verse”. Much like the comic, the movie’s elements of featuring multiple Spider-people are prevalent throughout the story with a...

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of J.K. Rowling

Here we are once again, another prequel series has hit the silver screen and in an effort to make fast money at the box office, J.K. Rowling has left us with a mediocre filler...

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” shatters the box office

The sequel to Disney’s “Wreck it Ralph,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” places Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) and Ralph (John C. Reilly) in a chaotic action-adventure based around internet culture. Opening to an impressive $18 million,...

“Overlord” makes for a mindlessly fun and over-the-top wartime adventure

“Overlord,” directed by Julius Avery, pits a small band of U.S. soldiers ahead of the Normandy landings against the horrific machinations of the Nazis. On the surface, “Overlord” looks and feels like a big...

“Outlaw King” offers a compelling account of a pivotal moment in Scottish history

Chris Pine reunites with “Hell or High Water” director David Mackenzie for “Outlaw King,” a historical epic that follows the rise of Scottish King Robert the Bruce, as he attempts to unify medieval Scotland...

“Beautiful Boy” Misses its Dramatic Goal

“Beautiful Boy,” a story based on the memoirs of a meth addict and his father, stars rising newcomer Timothee Chalamet as Nic Sheff and seasoned actor Steve Carell as David Sheff. Although it boasts...

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a Majestic Ode to Queen

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is the highly awaited biopic on the legendary 1970s rock band Queen and its frontman Freddie Mercury. Like most, I’ve heard their singles before (including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the mega-hit the movie is...

“Mid90s”: Jonah Hill delivers a hard-hitting coming-of-age story in his directorial debut

Although actors-turned-directors aren’t something new, it is a relatively recent phenomenon that these directorial debutants experience significant initial success. Last year alone, directorial newcomers Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig made very successful debuts with...

“Halloween” Stays True to its 80s Roots

As a fan of the original 1978 “Halloween,” I had high hopes for the 2018 sequel. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. “Halloween” is a crowd-pleaser, with frequent nods to its predecessor, gory scenes galore...