September 5, 2020

Over the course of the last 5+ months, with movie theaters shuddered, I often asked myself, “why wouldn’t they just release this on VOD?” That question about studios digging their heels in only grew louder in my head as new movies that would play just as well at home as they would in a theater started to arrive.

However, after watching ‘Mulan’ at home, I totally get why Disney waited as long as they could … it absolutely deserv...

August 28, 2020

If I’m being completely honest, I had no idea that ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ was based on a Charles Dickens novel. That might be because I have never read a Charles Dickens novel. I’m sure many can make the same claim, but I’d bet there’s not too many people that earned an English minor that can.

Based on this adaptation, it’s quite possible that I soon will no longer be able to make that claim.

Dev Patel and H...

August 21, 2020

I'm sure we're all guilty of it: someone pulls out in front of you at a stop sign, and in addition to (or instead of) slamming on your brakes, you also lay on your horn and give them the old one finger salute. Just so they know you're unhappy.

Turns out some people don't like that.

Russell Crowe stars as “The Man” in the psychological thriller “Unhinged,” opening in theatres August 21, 2020. (Photo Credit: Skip Bolden)

In 'Unhing...

June 2, 2020

Here’s how small towns work: either everyone knows everything that’s going on and everyone else is up to, or a big (relatively speaking, of course) event is going on and nobody is the wiser during said event.

Such is the case in ‘The Vast of Night.’

Everett Sloan (Jake Horowitz) and Fay Crocker (Sierra McCormick) listen for answers in ‘The Vast of Night.’ (Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios)

On a non-descript 1950s night in a non-d...

June 1, 2020

If I'm being totally honest, in the three months since I last sat in a movie theater I had completely forgotten about “The High Note.”

That, however, wasn't because I wasn't interested in the film. I was. As a matter of fact, after having seen the trailer a couple of times at my local cinema, I was downright looking forward to it … although I did set my expectations low before watching.

So perhaps it's those low expectations, or...

March 9, 2020

By the time I hit the 20-minute mark of ‘Onward,’ I had to ask myself whether it was actually a Disney Pixar movie or if I’d simply convinced myself it was.

It didn’t necessarily have the “look” of one, which wasn’t a big deal, but it was really missing the feel – that emotional oomph that all the great Disney Pixar flicks have. Missing that feel really made it feel like one of the corny DreamWorks movies.

Ian (Tom Holland) and...

November 28, 2019

Imagine if you will: you’re watching ‘Last Christmas’ at your local theater. Near the end of the second act you feel your phone go off in your pocket (you can’t hear it since it’s muted it because you’re not an idiot). Your friend has been diarrhea poisoned and needs your help right away.

You dart out of the theater thinking, “man, that was a completely satisfactory hour – I don’t know how it ends, but at least this wasn’t a wa...

November 28, 2019

At first glance one could reasonably assume that ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ is a biopic about Fred Rogers and his ascent to becoming one of the world’s most beloved children’s TV hosts.

While reasonable, that assumption would be wrong.

Tom Hanks stars as Mister Rogers in TriStar Pictures’ “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” (Photo by: Lacey Terrell. ©2019 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved. Photo by: Lacey Terrell **AL...

November 26, 2019

If I was given only one word to describe ‘The Irishman,’ that one word would be “intimidating.”

At 209 minutes (yes, you read that right), the film’s runtime is a lot on its own. Now add the following: it takes place over the course of several decades and isn’t always linear; whether or not the events actually happened are disputed, but include real historical figures, including the Kennedy family and Jimmy Hoffa; it’s a mafia-...

November 25, 2019

When it comes to the world of ‘Frozen,’ there are two certainties:

  1. Disney knows how to craft an incredibly enjoyable story around these characters and this world.

  2. You are the only one who thinks it’s cute to dress your kid up like Elsa and share videos of them singing on social media … I cannot stress this enough.

In Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Frozen 2," Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) finds herself in an enchanted...

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