Review: “The Incredibles 2”

4 out of 5 stars. Pixar’s “The Incredibles” was released 14 years ago.  Think about that.  Fourteen years.  The long-awaited sequel to the animated film that follows a family of superheroes is finally in theaters, and it picks up at the exact moment that its predecessor left off, the familiar characters springing into action as … Continue reading Review: “The Incredibles 2”

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Review: “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

3.5 out of 5 stars. "Solo: A Star Wars Story" isn't the Star Wars movie we needed. It isn't even the Star Wars movie that many people wanted. Behind-the-scenes troubles arose halfway through production, causing a good deal of apprehension as to how the final product would turn out, while even many die-hard fans seemed … Continue reading Review: “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

Review: “Avengers: Infinity War”

The following is a non-spoiler review of "Avengers: Infinity War."   3 out of 5 stars. “Avengers: Infinity War” had a lot it needed to accomplish in the space of two and a half hours.  But it also had a lot it needed to prove.  That feels like a weird thing to say about the … Continue reading Review: “Avengers: Infinity War”

Review: “A Wrinkle in Time”

2.5 out of 5 stars. Minor spoilers ahead for those unfamiliar with the story. I first read Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel “A Wrinkle in Time” when I was in elementary school.  I remember not being especially thrilled by it, but decided last year, in anticipation of Disney and Ava DuVernay’s film adaptation, it was time … Continue reading Review: “A Wrinkle in Time”

Review: “Black Panther”

5 out of 5 stars. Although several superhero films over the past couple years have done different things to make audiences rethink the genre, it’s easy to be inundated with the sameness of the Hollywood blockbuster.  This is especially true of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which found a formula that seems to please audiences and … Continue reading Review: “Black Panther”

Review: “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi”

4.5 out of 5 stars. A little ways along into “The Last Jedi,” Luke Skywalker asks Rey if she knows what the Force is.  She responds that “it’s a power that Jedi have,” and “it can make things float”—which, to be fair, isn’t too far off from the sort of response most moviegoers would likely … Continue reading Review: “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi”

Review: “Coco”

5 out of 5 stars. I’m sure that, as I was watching “Coco,” a minor issue or two regarding the plot pinged in the back of my head, but honestly, I can’t remember now what those issues might have been.  That’s because “Coco,” the latest animated feature from Pixar, is about as close to perfect … Continue reading Review: “Coco”

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: “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: “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)

4 out of 5 stars. There’s a point in director Bill Condon’s live-action version of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” where I knew right off that I was going to love the movie, and that point comes no more than two or three minutes into the film.  The opening sequence that details the … Continue reading Review: “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)