Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Director: Rob Marshall Actors: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer Award Corner: ☆☆☆☆ – B Out on Blu-Ray and DVD this week is the much acclaimed Mary Poppins Returns. As one of the few people I know who’ve actually read the original books by P.L. Travers, I was excited to see what new…

Captain Marvel (2019)

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck Actors: Brie Larson, Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Benning Award Corner: ☆☆☆☆☆ – A I literally just came from the theater. Usually I wait a bit to let all the implications of the movie sink in. Sometimes I see it more than once to make sure I understand what’s…

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2019)

Director: David Yates Actors: Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Jude Law, Johnny Depp Award Corner: ☆☆☆☆ – B In honor of the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald on DVD and Blu-Ray, I thought I’d finally get around to actually getting my review up on it. Suffice it to say, it’s been a while….

How to Train Your Dragon (2019)

~-~-~-~-~-~ We interrupt this blog for an irregularly scheduled broadcast: I went back and looked at my original intention for this blog from several years ago and spied the line about not having a “convoluted rating system.” While I’m not abandoning the idea of having a rating system, I’m paring it down. Therefore, from now…

Justice League

Plot:       ☆☆☆ Acting:   ☆☆☆☆☆ Visuals:  ☆☆☆☆ Music:    ☆☆☆☆ Overall: 16/20  –  A Director: Zack Snyder Actors: Gal Gadot, Ben Afleck, Jason Mamoa, Ezra Miller   Yes, yes. I know. This was released AGES ago.  Between real life and the holidays, I don’t know where the time has gone. But the important thing now, is to…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Plot:       ☆☆☆☆ Acting:   ☆☆☆☆☆ Visuals:  ☆☆☆☆ Music:    ☆☆☆ Overall: 16/20  –  A Director: Rian Johnson Cast: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher   **Millenium Falcon sized spoilers ahead** Okay, I’m going to admit it. I got lazy. That and the holidays are always an insane time with people coming and going and eating….

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Plot:       ☆☆☆ Acting:   ☆☆☆☆☆ Visuals:  ☆☆☆☆ Music:    ☆☆☆☆ Overall: 16/20  –  A   Director: Patrick Hughes Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Elodie Yung, Gary Oldman   Since this has been a year largely of remakes and sequels it’s refreshing to find movies that can still surprise you. Baby Driver was a movie that I…

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

  Plot:       ☆☆ Acting:   ☆☆ Visuals:  ☆☆☆ Music:    ☆☆ Overall: 9/20  –  C   Director: Luc Besson Cast: Dane Dehaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna   First Impressions: I wanted to like this. I really did. I loved Fifth Element and I really hoped that this would turn into another cult classic. (Which reminds me,…

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Plot:       ☆☆☆☆ Acting:   ☆☆☆☆☆ Visuals:  ☆☆☆☆ Music:    ☆☆☆☆ Overall: 17/20  –  A   Director: Jon Watts Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau   **Spider’s web of spoilers**   Do you ever look at a word you’ve spelled a hundred times correctly and go “that’s not right?” and yet it…

Baby Driver (2017)

Plot:       ☆☆☆☆ Acting:   ☆☆☆☆☆ Visuals:  ☆☆☆☆☆ Music:    ☆☆☆☆☆ Overall: 19/20  –  A **No Spoilers** Talk fast. Drive fast. Live fast. Die fast. That’s the theme for writer/director Edgar Wright’s latest film, Baby Driver. Most known for his work on Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Wright has made an…