Review: “Cars 3”

3 out of 5 stars. I realize that I am in the minority when I say that I really like “Cars.”  The 2006 animated Pixar film about a cocky racecar who changes his way after he is waylaid in a sleepy town off Route 66 was an instant hit with audience but met with mediocre … Continue reading Review: “Cars 3”

Review: “The Mummy” (2017)

2 out of 5 stars. Disney has the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Warner Brothers has DC.  And, not to be left behind, Universal Studios now has the Dark Universe, having announced remakes of many of the studio’s classic horror franchises, the plan being for them to take place in the same universe.  That new series is … Continue reading Review: “The Mummy” (2017)

Review: “Wonder Woman” (2017)

4.5 out of 5 stars. “Wonder Woman” is the most important blockbuster movie of the year; actually, it’s one of the most important movies not just of 2017 in general, but in recent years.  Film and television mediums have been dominated in recent years by superhero movies, but from Marvel’s now-massive cinematic universe to the … Continue reading Review: “Wonder Woman” (2017)

Review: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

2 out of 5 stars. If you’re looking to watch a little over two hours of a major movie studio desperately trying to resurrect a franchise that should have been dead and buried a long time ago, look no further than “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”  Directed by franchise newcomers Joachim … Continue reading Review: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

Review: “Alien: Covenant”

2 out of 5 stars. Director Ridley Scott is clearing trying to Say Something with “Alien: Covenant,” which, although its title doesn’t make it sound that way, is actually a sequel to 2012’s “Prometheus,” which was itself a prequel to the “Alien” franchise that originated with Scott at the helm.  The adrenaline-pumping action bits that … Continue reading Review: “Alien: Covenant”

Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Like most sequels, it’s not quite as fresh as the original, taking the endearingly quirky trademarks that made it so popular and pushing them to the point where it’s almost overkill.  Almost, but not quite, because “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is a stellar sci-fi adventure that holds its … Continue reading Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”