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…

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…

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…

Movie Reelz: Stardust (2007)

Plot:       ☆☆☆☆ Acting:   ☆☆☆☆☆ Visuals:  ☆☆☆☆☆ Music:    ☆☆☆☆☆ Overall: 19/20  –  A   Director: Matthew Vaughn Actors: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Mark Strong, Michelle Pfeiffer   I’m a sucker for a good fairytale. Always have been. Probably always will. The best kinds have kings, princes, princesses, magic, and pirates. Or maybe that’s just…

War for the Planet of the Apes

Plot:       ☆☆☆☆ Acting:   ☆☆☆☆☆ Visuals:  ☆☆☆☆☆ Music:    ☆☆☆☆ Overall: 18/20  –  A   Director: Matt Reeves Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller **Cave-sized spoilers ahead** Not so long ago, I realized that War for the Planet of the Apes was coming to theaters and I got excited. Then I became sad when…

Wonder Woman

Plot:       ☆☆☆☆☆ Acting:   ☆☆☆☆☆ Visuals:  ☆☆☆☆☆ Music:    ☆☆☆☆☆ Overall: 20/20  –  A **Minimum of spoilers* I’m not going to lie. I’ve been putting off writing up this particular movie even though I saw it on opening night. The fact is, I’m not sure I can’t say anything that hasn’t been said before. For the last…

Movie Reelz: The Princess Bride

Plot:       ☆☆☆☆ Acting:   ☆☆☆☆☆ Visuals:  ☆☆☆ Music:    ☆☆ Overall: 14/20 – B It’s been far too long since I’ve written an edition of Movie Reelz. In truth, RL destroyed much of my time and/or made me too tired to actually watch anything other than tv shows. (Though I did finally made it through all six…