Review – Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road (“Rocketman”)

This story of how Reginald Kenneth Dwight of England became legendary piano-man Sir Elton Hercules John in what can only be described as a two-hour music video selfie. Think of Bohemian Rhapsody mixed with Mamma Mia!  * Just like 2018’s, Bohemian Rhapsody, we bear witness to the rise and fall (and subsequent rise again) of…

Review – Kid of Steel Needs a Spanking (“Brightburn”)

What if Superman, as a child, had grown up evil instead? That’s the premise for this strangely wicked and off-kilter movie, brought to you by the brother & cousin of director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy). This also marks director David Yarovesky’s U.S. debut in film, although he played a Ravenger in Gunn’s movie.…

Review – Finally! A Remake Diamond in the Rough (“Aladdin”)

If you’ve seen the brilliant classic animated 1992 Aladdin, with the equally brilliant Robin Williams voicing the shape-shifting Genie, then you’ll be pleased to hear that THIS animated-to-live action movie doesn’t go dark & dismal (like the recent Dumbo remake) or sideways weird (like Beauty & the Beast). * * As told as a 1001…

Review – Just Another Rom-Con (“The Hustle”)

No, this isn’t a documentary about the 70’s dance craze (i.e. “Do the Hustle!”), rather it’s the third remake of 1964’s Bedtime Story, which we already know as the much beloved 1988 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Michael Caine & Steve Martin. BUT! Being 2019, this remake must feature an all-female cast because it’s 2019. *…

Review – One Author To Rule Them All (“Tolkien”)

Author John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, aka J.R.R. Tolkien, is well known to just about everyone, probably because of all the incredible movies made by director Peter Jackson. A certified genius in writing, Tolkien actually created 15 different Elvish dialects, along with languages for Ents, Orcs, Dwarves, and Hobbits. Astonishing! * * Told mostly in flashback,…