Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw – The Essential Late Summer Popcorn Flick

I am not going to lie and say that “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw” is a gorgeous slice of cinema, but it is a pretty darn fun popcorn flick with plenty of over-the-top action set pieces, lively comedic chemistry between Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, and a killer soundtrack […]

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Disney’s “The Lion King” is Visually Riveting, but an Ultimately Bland Recycling of the Original

Critically-acclaimed director, writer, and producer Jon Favreau oversees this photo-realistic remake of Disney’s 1994 animated feature The Lion King. The original film was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, and written by trio Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton. This time around, in addition to Favreau taking over the director’s chair, newcomers Jeff Nathanson […]

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Spider-Man is Far From Home, but the MCU is Right Where it Needs to be

There is quite a lot to unpack in this review. It took me two viewings to decide exactly how I felt about this film. Nevertheless, here we are in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 23rd film, and it does not show signs of slowing down anytime soon. ———————————————————————————————————————- After the universe-shattering events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Peter Parker […]

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Toy Story 4 – Childlike Existentialism

Director: Josh Cooley Writers: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Josh Cooley, Valerie LaPointe, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Martin Hynes, and Stephany Folsom Producers: Peter Docter, Mark Nielsen, Jonas Rivera, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich   ————————————————————————————————————————————– Toy Story 4 somehow manages to explore the most complex and profound themes at the heart of human existence through the eyes […]

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Cannot Quite Rise from the Ashes

Director: Simon Kinberg Writer: Simon Kinberg *Based on comic books created and written by John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, Jack Kirby, and Stan Lee* Producers: Daniel Auclair, Todd Hallowell, Simon Kinberg, Stan Lee, Kathleen McGill, Josh McLaglen, Hutch Parker, and Lauren Shuler Donner Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, […]

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Godzilla is King of the Monsters, but this Movie is the Runt of the MonsterVerse

Director: Michael Dougherty Writers: Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields, and Max Borenstein Producers: Yoshimitsu Banno, Shirit Bradley, Alex Garcia, Jon Jashni, Cliff Lanning, Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Ali Mendes, Richard Mirisch, Kenji Okuhira, Maricel Pagulayan, Mary Parent, Brian Rogers, Zach Shields, Thomas Tull, Barry H. Waldman Starring: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Ziyi […]

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Disney’s Aladdin (2019) – A Magic Carpet Thrill Ride

Director: Guy Ritchie Writers: John August and Guy Ritchie Producers: Ivan Atkinson, Kevin De La Noy, Jonathan Eirich, Max Keene, Dan Lin, Karl McMillan, Mark Mostyn, and Marc Platt Starring: Mena Massoud, Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban,  and Nasim Pedrad ————————————————————————————————————————————– Despite some narrative bloat, one too many climaxes, and a slightly […]

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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu – Ridiculous Fun Done Right

Director: Rob Letterman Writers: Dan Hernandez, Benji Sait, Rob Letterman, Derek Connolly,  and Nicole Perlman *Based on characters and other Pokémon stories created by Satoshi Tajiri, Ken Sugimori, Junichi Masuda, Atsuko Nishida, Tomokazu Ohara, and Haruka Utsu Producers: Greg Baxter, Cale Boyter, Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr., Tsunekazu Ishihara, Hidenaga Katakami, Cliff Lanning, Don McGowan, Ali […]

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Avengers: Endgame – Finality, New Beginnings, and Everything in Between

Directors: Joe and Anthony Russo Executive Producers: Kevin Feige, Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito, Jon Favreau, Michael Grillo, James Gunn, Stan Lee, and Trinh Tran Writers: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely *Based on comic book storylines and characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Jim Starlin Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris […]

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