Aladdin (2019)

Director: Guy Ritchie Actors: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott Award Corner: ☆☆☆☆☆ – A First, let me point a small, tiny detail you may or may not know about me. I am a Disneyphile. A complete 100%, spreadsheet creating, Disney World addict. And Aladdin holds a very special place in my heart. Always has,…

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…

Thor: Ragnarok

Plot:       ☆☆☆ Acting:   ☆☆☆☆ Visuals:  ☆☆☆☆ Music:    ☆☆☆ Overall: 14/20  – B Director: Taika Waititi Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum There were few movies I was looking forward to more than Thor: Ragnarok. I became slightly disenchanted with Marvel when Captain America: Civil War came out so I’ve been…

Black Panther (2017)

Plot:       ☆☆☆☆☆ Acting:   ☆☆☆☆☆ Visuals:  ☆☆☆☆☆ Music:    ☆☆☆ Overall: 18/20  – A Director: Ryan Coogler Actors: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira This is one of, if not my absolute favorite origin story to date that MCU has created. It is vibrant, exciting, and amazing in just about every aspect. While unfortunately,…

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….

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…

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Plot:       ☆☆☆ Acting:   ☆☆☆ Visuals:  ☆☆☆ Music:    ☆☆☆☆☆ Overall: 14/20  –  B **Ship in a bottle-sized spoilers** This has been the year of sequels and remakes. And more remakes. And more sequels. Why on earth should the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise be any different? What started off as a simple ride at Disney World…

Beauty and the Beast

Plot:       ☆☆☆☆ Acting:   ☆☆☆☆☆ Visuals:  ☆☆☆☆☆ Music:    ☆☆☆☆ Overall: 18/20  –  A Let’s face it. It is a world of sequels, repeats, and endless superhero movies (though Logan is totally worth it). Yes, remakes are everywhere these days, particularly with the debut of the new Power Rangers movie, hints at Mary Poppins Returns, and yet…

Star Wars: Rogue One

**Death Star Sized Spoilers ahead** It doesn’t seem possible that this time last year, I was sitting in a darkened theater, eagerly waiting for the first lines of the epic crawl to descend into the vastness that makes up the Star Wars Empire. Yes, I chose my wording carefully. It truly has become an empire….