‘Aquaman’ makes a splash in bright and entertaining seas.

Aquaman has never been the strongest or well-received superhero in DC comics. I mean, come on; a guy who can swim and talk to sea animals? He has always been seen as a second-tier superhero in comparison to the likes of the DC Trinity. With an entertaining but ludicrous story and good old fashioned fun, Aquaman has the DC Extended Universe continuing on the right course it started with Wonder Woman.

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ spins a web for the perfect Spider-Man film.

The first Spider-Man film debuted in 2002. Since then, we’ve had seven feature films about Marvel’s webslinger. Out of all of them, this is the first in the series since Spider-Man 2 that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Spider-Verse begins like all the others: the tragic origin story of Peter Parker. But we get hit with a zinger: Peter Parker isn’t the only one to wear the mask.

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‘Creed II’ pulls off the rare upset as an effective sequel

The Rocky franchise spans nearly forty years with eight films. Shocking, I know. When it comes to a boxing movie, most don’t get a sequel; much lass spawn other sequels and a spinoff. When you thought that every corner of this universe had been excavated for narrative gold, Creed II shows that there are still stories to tell and some fight left in the franchise. Read More »

‘Green Book’ is a comedic-drama full of laughs and heart.

When I saw Green Book‘s first trailer, I instantly drew comparisons to Driving Miss Daisy. With two actors whose work I’ve enjoyed of the years, I didn’t have to be oversold on how good this movie could be. In this type of film, the movie doesn’t work without a balance between the  two main actors. Viggo Mortensen and his counterpart, Mahershala Ali, found the elegant, understated balance that made this film even more beautiful.

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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is a magical ride but leaves a lot of questions.

I am…a Potterhead. I own two sets of the books, reading each book of the series at least twice. I’ve seen the movies multiple times, either on Blu-Ray or when they come on cable. The only thing that I haven’t done yet is go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida or go to London (trust me, it’s on the list). With that being said, it should come to no surprise, that I was going to be watching this movie the week of its release.

As a fan of the amazing world that J.K. Rowling has created and being an inspiration for myself as a writer, I can say that I enjoyed the magic returning to the silver screen again, but as an overall movie, it missed the mark. I enjoyed the first movie in this prequel series, but disappointed that this second one could not build upon the momentum its predecessor had. Read More »

Everyone’s favorite Pokemon is on the case in first ‘Detective Pikachu’ trailer

For the past 22 years, Pokemon has been a successful media franchise of video games, anime series, and movies. The craze has recently been revived with the launch of the mobile game, Pokemon GO. In case you are bored with Pokemon GO, there is some fresh Pokemon material coming our way: the first trailer for Ryan Reynolds’ Detective Pikachu.” class=”wp-more-tag mce-wp-more” title=”Read more…” data-mce-resize=”false” data-mce-placeholder=”1″ />

In the Pokemon universe, Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) is a failed Pokemon Trainer and the son of prominent detective Harry Goodman. When his father disappears in a car crash, Tim arrives in Ryme City and ends up meeting Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds). They discover Tim is the only human who can understand the Detective and reluctantly team up to find Harry and uncover the mystery surrounding his disappearance, while also solving various mysteries around Ryme City.

The Deadpool star turns in his red suit and R-rated, fourth wall-breaking humor for a digital yellow body and a badge (along with a cap) in the first-ever live-action Pokemon film, based on the 2016 video game. This is probably the closest we’ll ever get to seeing a human-Pokemon partner film that doesn’t have the assistance of colorful animation.

As a huge Pokemon fan, it makes my heart happy to see “live-action” Pokemon in action and interacting with humans. This might be the perfect blend of humor and adventure as we see the most iconic Pokemon is given a live-action makeover that he richly deserves. Detective Pikachu, which also stars Kathryn Newton (Blockers) and Ken Watanbe (The Last Samurai), is on the case on May 10.

The toys are back in town in the first teaser trailer for ‘Toy Story 4’

In 2010, I was still in college but I felt like a child again as Disney/Pixar created another installment in the franchise that began their partnership in 1995. Toy Story 3 was an animated masterpiece. It brought tears to my eyes as I reflected on that time in all our lives where we have to let our action figures or dolls go as we grow up and move on to bigger adventures. It was the perfect ending to the Toy Story franchise.

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Rami Malek and his band will Rock You in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

I wasn’t exposed to Queen until my college years. After my freshman year of college, I was singing ‘We Will Rock You’ with my hallmates and celebrating with ‘We Are The Champions’ when Virginia Tech won the ACC championship. It’s safe to say that I had a good base of study to go off on when I went into this film last Saturday. Musically, it did not disappoint.

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Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling rocket the start of the Oscar Race in ‘First Man’

We all know how the formula works for a movie looking to enter the Oscar Race. If it works, why mess with it? Damien Chazelle followed the same formula in First Man that earned him multiple nominations with La La Land. With this movie, the young director is looking for a different result come Oscars night. A visual epic about the human drive to succeed and push beyond our limits.

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