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Movie Review: "Christopher Robin"

Sometimes it's best just to stay in a comfort zone. Believe me, I know all the counterarguments: "Playing it safe is boring," "You'll never get anywhere if you don't push yourself"... — Updated 8/10/2018


"Mission: Impossible – Fallout"

Like any proper franchise, "Mission: Impossible" has to up the ante with each new installment. This concept means different things to different people. Maybe it means that Ethan... — Updated 8/2/2018


Two new releases topped the box office this past weekend with approximately $35 million. I've decided to review both.

"Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" I'm not terribly familiar with the ABBA songbook. I know about "Dancing Queen" and of course the title song, but otherwise I just think of ABBA as... — Updated 7/27/2018


"Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation"

I did not care for the first two "Hotel Transylvania" movies. Basically I felt that Adam Sandler's style of humor had run its course, and even doing something as unique as applying... — Updated 7/18/2018


Movie Review: 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' occasionally fun, but ultimately flimsy

Audiences last saw Scott "Ant-Man" Lang, played by Paul Rudd, in 2016's "Captain America: Civil War" where he fought on Cap's side, lost and went to prison. It was briefly... — Updated 7/13/2018


"Incredibles 2"

Although Pixar has never made anything I'd call a "bad" movie, they've had mixed results with their sequels. The second and third "Toy Story" movies are just as beloved as the... — Updated 7/12/2018


"Sicario: Day of the Soldado"

I never saw 2015's "Sicario" in theaters, I only knew it by its reputation as a movie that was unfairly overlooked at the Oscars that year. I watched the film in preparation for its... — Updated 7/11/2018


"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"

Back in 2015, "Jurassic World" briefly set the box office record for biggest opening weekend of all time with $208 million before climbing to #3 on the overall domestic chart. It... — Updated 7/1/2018


"Ocean's 8"

I think it was a mistake to call this movie "Ocean's 8." The modern-era "Ocean's" series began in 2001 with "Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve" in 2004, and "Ocean's Thirteen" in... — Updated 6/20/2018


"Deadpool 2"

It has been two years since "Deadpool" turned the superhero movie genre on its head with its excessively crude fourth-wall-breaking humor. There had been R-rated comic book movies... — Updated 5/27/2018


"Life of the Party"

For those who thought I spent too much time last week whining about "Overboard" not being funny, just a heads up that "Life of the Party" this week is going to be more of the same.... — Updated 5/18/2018


"Overboard" falls flat

"Overboard" is a remake of a reprehensible 1987 film starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. In that film, poor slob Russell takes advantage of the amnesia suffered by the snobby... — Updated 5/11/2018


The "Avengers: Infinity War" showdown arrives

Warning: Spoilers ahead. As long as there have been The Avengers, there has been the threat of Thanos, played by Josh Brolin. The villain's visage first appeared midway through the... — Updated 5/9/2018


"Rampage" is a destructively fun movie

"Rampage" stars Dwayne Johnson as a primatologist who has to save Chicago from the triple terror of an enormous genetically mutated gorilla, an enormous genetically mutated wolf... — Updated 4/27/2018


"Ready Player One"

It's no accident that "Ready Player One" opened on Easter weekend, as this movie is obsessed with Easter Eggs. Not the kind one paints and puts in a basket, but little bonuses... — Updated 4/16/2018


"Pacific Rim: Uprising"

The 2013 movie "Pacific Rim" was about giant robots called Jaegers that fought giant city-leveling monsters called Kaiju. Yes, the story was officially about the human pilots of... — Updated 3/31/2018


'Tomb Raider' is a decent live-action adaptation

There's a rule among movie buffs that there has never been a decent live-action adaptation of a video game. Not a single one. A scant few detractors will defend the original... — Updated 3/26/2018


"A Wrinkle in Time"

Last week I reviewed "Red Sparrow," a spy movie with a typical spy movie plot. All of the characters had their own agenda, loyalties kept flip-flopping around, and there was a lot... — Updated 3/18/2018

 By Bob Garver    News

Movie Review: “Sully”

“Sully” tells the story of eponymous pilot Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), who on January 15 2009, after a dual engine failure in midair, landed a large passenger aircraft in... — Updated 9/12/2016


“Jason Bourne” Movie Review

“Jason Bourne” gets off on the wrong foot by having a lame title. I guess the idea was to recover from the flop that was “The Bourne Legacy” by promising viewers that Jason... — Updated 8/1/2016

 By Bob Garver    News

MOVIES: Keanu -- Key & Peele -- movie falls flat

For weeks, I was dying to see “Keanu.” I’m a big fan of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele and their sketch show “Key & Peele.” My family loves those sketches where they... — Updated 5/4/2016 Full story

 By Bob Garver    News

HOLLYWOOD: Jungle Book -- a family popcorn movie - 2 out of 5 stars

While Disney continues to put out new hits like “Zootopia,” it’s also working hard to update its old hits. The live-action version of “Cinderella” was one of the ten... — Updated 4/18/2016

 By Bob Garver    News

HOLLYWOOD: The Boss falls flat with tired gags, shortcuts

“The Boss” is a movie that features a montage of a girl being dumped on an orphanage, Melissa McCarthy break-dancing, an extended mouth-spreader gag, awkward flirting and dating... — Updated 4/14/2016


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