Why So Serious: ‘The Dark Knight’ celebrates 10 years

There is no limit to the praise that can be given to The Dark Knight Trilogy. Out of the three, it goes without saying that The Dark Knight is the best film. In honor of the film’s 10th anniversary, I decided to revisit Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece to see if I felt any differently about the film after time has passed since my last viewing, possibly come up with anything new. I learned one thing: I had forgotten how excellent this movie is.

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‘Sorry to Bother You’ is a refreshingly original film; full of ambition, laughs, and getting by.

During the summer movie season, it’s a risk to bring out something original among a long list of sequels, remakes, and superhero films. Most likely, that film will get lost in the shuffle and be mentioned underneath the blockbusters of the season. Bay Area rapper-turned-writer/director Boots Riley made his wildly infectious science fiction comedy Sorry to Bother You a weird but wonderful exception.Read More »

Light ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ a welcome breather as the MCU’s 20th film.

Everyone remember Avengers: Infinity War? The culmination of the first 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that was paced with amazing action sets, high stakes, and ripped out the hearts of fans all over the world by the time the end credits rolled. But we missed out on one of the more entertaining Avengers.Where was Ant-Man? The twentieth entry in the MCU franchise, Ant-Man and The Wasp, answers that very question.Read More »

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is an entertaining mixed bag of a film.

This month is a huge one of the Jurassic Park cinematic franchise as the first film celebrates its 25th anniversary. The work of late author, Michael Crichton, was adapted by Steven Spielberg and released in 1993. Filled with dinosaur chases (included a T-Rex chasing a Jeep), raptor hunts and other thrills, the film actually asked the question of ethics: even though it can be done, should it?

Twenty-five years and four films later, science and ideas have fallen by the wayside and more jump-scare entertainment has spearheaded the films. If you can put real science to the side, you can find enjoyment in the films. This has continued in the latest installment, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.Read More »

‘Incredibles 2’ is worth the 14 year wait

In 2004, Disney/Pixar kicked off their own superhero story with the animated classic, The Incredibles. The 1960’s retro style animated film had it all: colorful, relatable characters, wonderful storytelling, and a Silver-Age Fantastic Fourstyle and family message that everyone, no matter the age, could relate to. After that, fans who grew up watching the first one eagerly anticipated rejoining these heroes.

After 14 years, I can say that our patient waiting has paid off as writer-director Brad Bird delivered an entertaining delight.

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‘Wonder Woman’ sequel gets a title and a surprise return

Last year, comic book and movie fans were witness to Wonder Woman, the iconic hero and first superhero movie with a female as the lead character. Her origin story is one of the few hits DC Comics films have had since their attempted launch of a cinematic universe.

While that venture seems to be all but dropped, Warner Bros. looks to continue on the momentum that Gal Gadot’s movie started.Read More »

Friendship, fun, and gut-busting laughs run together in entertaining ‘Tag’

Remember when you and your friends used to ride bikes and run around outside? When adventure was found outside on your pedals or the words ‘You’re It!’ evoked feelings of excitement to find the next person you are going to touch and make them the chaser? As an adult, those days seem long gone, replaced with long work weeks and happy hour sessions.

So a comedy movie about grown men still acting like little boys one month out of the year isn’t a novel concept. This comedic trope has been used too often since the early 2000s. But it’s been a while since this old trope has been executed as perfectly as it is in Tag – possibly the funniest movie of the year so far.

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The girls have fun in this summer’s glossy heist ‘Ocean’s 8’

The George Clooney-led ensemble Ocean’s movies came out around a time that I didn’t really appreciate them. Upon revisiting them a few months ago through Netflix earlier this year, I finally figured out the hype.

Sandra Bullock’s grand heist film might not measure up to the predecessors, but the summer movie season is perfect for this starry but lightweight caper.Read More »