Bigger doesn’t mean scarier in the bloody and overwrought ‘It: Chapter Two’

2017’s It (or It: Chapter One) was a scary but surprise hit as Stephen King’s 1200-page horror novel was adapted for the big screen. Stellar performances from a young cast of child actors, an old-school feeling as a loss of innocence film at its core, with King’s fear, mortality and survivalist themes, helped make it the highest-grossingContinue reading “Bigger doesn’t mean scarier in the bloody and overwrought ‘It: Chapter Two’”

‘Ready or Not’ is a bloody, entertaining horror game to watch.

It’s no red wedding but this movie surely had a crimson honeymoon for the newlyweds of Ready or Not. A movie I didn’t expect much from; a gory game of Saw with the hunted wearing a white wedding dress. Let’s say I was pleasantly surprised.

Smart indie ‘The Farewell’ hits every emotional chord

“Based on an actual lie” is the introduction to writer-director Lulu Wang’s (actually true) story. This touching but bittersweet family dramedy will make you laugh and cry as you watch this family bond together around their matriarch. What isn’t a lie is The Farewell deserves to be considered one of the best films of theContinue reading “Smart indie ‘The Farewell’ hits every emotional chord”

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

‘Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw’ is a silly, enjoyable ride.

When Fast and Furious is attached to your title, you already know what to expect. In Hobbs and Shaw, a hulking big man and a stylish British guy team up to drive big trucks, smash people and make things explode. Just another day at the office.

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

‘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 ofContinue reading “‘Child’s Play’ remake goes for laughs than scares”

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 onContinue reading “Old School meets New School in ‘Shaft’”

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. WhileContinue reading “Heartwarming and funny, ‘Toy Story 4’ is a satisfying animated ending”

‘Always Be My Maybe’ is the Love Story We Didn’t Expect

Out of Netflix’s hit or miss original movie, it seems to get romantic comedies just right. The considerably entertaining Set It Up is an example of rom-com success. Netflix’s romantic comedy about two estranged best friends getting a second chance to rekindle an old flame that blends comedy, culture, and social commentary continues that run.