‘Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood’ is a slow, entertaining Hollywood love letter

After a small spree of Westerns, Quentin Tarantino returns to modern history… sort of. Tarantino tackles the Hollywood of 1969. Steve McQueen is still cool. Bruce Lee is kicking ass on movie sets, and hippies have descended on Los Angeles. Tarantino balances an interesting spread of characters and ideas. Fortunately, the famed director once again proves that he can juggle nonsense with great ease.

So sit back and take a ride back into 1969.

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is an emotional and satisfying European adventure.

Similar to Ant-Man and The Wasp, this MCU adventure had to follow up to a massive ensemble Avengers event. While it wasn’t the best adventure, it was entertaining to hold fans until Endgame. After Avengers: Endgame, where does one of the most beloved and youngest MCU go from here? Vacation.

But when you are an Avenger, there is no such thing as a quiet getaway.

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‘Child’s Play’ remake goes for laughs than scares

I’ll admit that the original Child’s Play scared me as a child. As a guy with a younger sister who had many dolls around, you can imagine why. I blame my active imagination. However, times have changed and Chucky has changed with them. The original incarnation of our favorite murder doll was possessed with the soul of a serial killer, but maybe the filmmakers of this reboot realized voodoo magic is too much cultural appropriation in these modern times.

So what do you turn to besides magic? Science and smart-home technology to make a hilarious miniature killer.

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Old School meets New School in ‘Shaft’

“He thinks he’s the black James Bond.”

It’s a line from the movie that’s actually true when you think about it. While James Bond was the international spy called on to save the world, Shaft became the answer for African-Americans. While he wasn’t out to save the world, the private detective’s small scale missions on the streets of New York were just as important.

While his current assignment remained the same in this sequel, the action could have been executed better.

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Heartwarming and funny, ‘Toy Story 4’ is a satisfying animated ending

In 1995, Toy Story changed the animation game as we embarked on the adventures of Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and Andy’s toys as he worried that his owner was leaving the cowboy behind. This dark premonition came to pass in 2010’s Toy Story 3. Andy, now an adult, hands his childhood pals to a preschooler named Bonnie. While the ending is bittersweet, it is happy enough to bring tears to moviegoers.

While Toy Story 4 is rediscovering lost friends, one’s purpose, and listening to your inner voice, is it really necessary?

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‘Dark Phoenix’ brings a smoldering end to the X-Men film franchise

After 19 years, 12 films, 2 Phoenix saga-focused films, and 1 franchise-binding Wolverine, the X-Men franchise is over. Dark Phoenix wraps up the X-Men prequel films and franchise before the inevitable Disney/MCU reboot switch is turned on. After an established history, I couldn’t see this franchise ending with anything less than an applause. It is heartbreaking to see it wane with a finale as hollow as Dark Phoenix.

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The Magic Carpet Doesn’t Reach Maximum Height in Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin

First of all, I love Aladdin.

When I get asked about my top Disney movies of all time (possibly coming in a future post), the Middle Eastern folk tale always lands in my top three. Ever since my childhood, the animated classic has ALWAYS landed in my top 3. Considering Disney’s success of live-action remakes, I wasn’t overly concerned, even with the hate on Will Smith’s Genie.

Was it a train wreck? No. But was it spectacular? Read on. Read More »