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Movie Review: 'The Lion King'

It's time for the latest entry into the trend of Disney live-action remakes, and this week we have a doozie. 1994's "The Lion King" is one of the most beloved and successful 2D... — Updated 7/26/2019


Movie Review: 'Crawl'

"Crawl" is a horror movie with a simple enough premise: Haley, played by Kaya Scodelario, has to rescue her father, played by Barry Pepper, from the basement of their Florida home... — Updated 7/18/2019


Movie review: 'Spider-Man: Far from Home'

Following "Avengers: Endgame," the Marvel Comic University needs someone new at its head. Iron Man and Captain America will not be returning; Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy... — Updated 7/11/2019


Movie Review: 'Toy Story 4'

It may be the most boring movie review audiences ever read. Don't get me wrong, "Toy Story 4" is far from a boring movie. In fact, it packs in so much action that I wondered if it c... — Updated 6/27/2019


Movie Review: 'Men in Black: International'

"Men in Black: International" doesn't deserve to call itself a "Men in Black" movie. Sure it's about a mismatched pair of secret agents, played by Tessa Thompson and Chris... — Updated 6/21/2019


Movie Review: 'The Secret Life of Pets 2'

I just barely enjoyed 2016's "The Secret Life of Pets." The cutesy animated movie about house pets had to scratch and claw its way to a two and a half star rating, which is now a... — Updated 6/13/2019


Movie Review: 'Aladdin'

The big question surrounding the new live-action remake of Disney's 1992 animated classic "Aladdin" is, can the iconic comedic performance that defined the original be replaced and... — Updated 6/13/2019


Movie review: 'John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum'

Neither the first "John Wick" movie from 2014, nor its 2017 follow-up did enough business to warrant an official review from me. How I wish they had. I could have written about how... — Updated 5/30/2019


Movie review: 'Pokémon: Detective Pikachu'

I should start off by saying that I'm not a fan of "Pokémon." I have never found the game or its creatures to be cute, funny, interesting or worthwhile. Except for Squirtle the Tur... — Updated 5/23/2019


Movie Review: 'The Intruder'

The first lamb for "Avengers: Endgame" to slaughter is "The Intruder," a home invasion thriller where the invader cares deeply about the home. It's hard to talk about this movie... — Updated 5/16/2019


Movie Review: 'Avengers: Endgame'

Here it is – the grand finale to the superhero franchise that defined a whole generation of blockbusters. Moviegoers thought they were going to get a definitive end last year... — Updated 5/10/2019


Movie Review: 'The Curse of La Llorona'

Valek the demonic nun is the stuff of nightmares. Annabelle the possessed doll is a freaky sight. La Llorona is about two-thirds as scary as either of them. Her yellow eyes certainly aren’t inviting, nor is her constant stream... — Updated 5/3/2019


Movie Review: 'Little'

The top two movies in the country right now have the exact opposite premise. “Shazam!” is about a young boy who is happy when he turns into an adult. “Little” is about a grown woman who is miserable when she turns into a ch... — Updated 4/26/2019


Movie review: "Shazam!"

"Shazam!" tells the story of Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel, a wily teenager who has spent his life running away from foster homes so he can search for his long-lost mother. Hi... — Updated 4/19/2019


Movie review: "Dumbo"

I know I saw the 1941 animated version of "Dumbo" on multiple occasions back when I was little, but I don't remember much about it. I remember that the main character was an... — Updated 4/12/2019



Jordan Peele’s “Us” is a film whose reputation precedes it. Almost every conversation about the film over the past month has included talk about its inevitable place among... — Updated 4/6/2019


Movie Review: "Wonder Park"

"Wonder Park" seems like it was conceived as a writing exercise: come up with the most agreeable premise in the world and screw it up. It is a movie that dares you – dares you... — Updated 3/29/2019


Movie Review: "Captain Marvel"

There's a weird structure to "Captain Marvel," the latest entry in the all-powerful Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, sent out a distress call to Ca... — Updated 3/22/2019


Movie Review: "Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral"

When audiences last saw curmudgeonly crime against cinema Mabel "Madea" Simmons from creator, writer, director and star Tyler Perry, "she" was starring in "Boo! 2: A Madea... — Updated 3/14/2019


Movie Review: 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World'

It's a shame that I never got to review the first two "How to Train Your Dragon" movies from 2010 and 2014, respectively. The beautiful animation, engaging characters and complex... — Updated 3/7/2019


Movie Review: Alita: Battle Angel

The first trailer "Alita: Battle Angel" appeared over a year ago for a release in July, during the hot summer movie season. But apparently some edits needed to be made, and the... — Updated 3/1/2019


Movie Review: 'The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part'

"The Lego Movie" was one of my favorite movies of 2014. It should have won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature that year, and its snub in the category is only explainable by a sort... — Updated 2/21/2019


Movie Review: 'Miss Bala'

“Miss Bala” found a modicum of success this past weekend purely because it was a medium-sized fish in a small pond. Namely, it was the only new wide release on Super Bowl weekend. Opening on Super Bowl weekend means kissing... — Updated 2/8/2019


Movie Review: "The Kid Who Would Be King"

Unless they're part of a huge franchise like "Harry Potter," live-action children' movies are a tough sell. True, Steven Spielberg had good fortune with some family-friendly hits, a... — Updated 2/1/2019


Movie Review: 'Glass'

Director M. Night Shyamalan is known for his twist endings, and 2017's "Split" ended on a doozie. It turned out that the movie, which featured an antagonist named Kevin, played by... — Updated 1/24/2019


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