Review – A Howling Success (“Isle Of Dogs”)

There’s no denying it, Wes Anderson makes strange films. From his odd Grand Budapest Hotel to his delightfully quirky The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, his movies are guaranteed to be usual, weird, and very entertaining. This is his second stop-motion animated movie since his brilliant 2009 movie, The Fantastic Mr. Fox. * * In…

Review – Virtually A Game Changer (“Ready Player One”)

A loving homage to nearly every sci-fi, anime, fantasy, and gaming motion picture out there, this film will need repeated viewings because of all the many pop-culture references and visuals thrown in. Imagine a movie that has the Back to the Future DeLorean racing next to the Mach 5 race car from Speed Racer? How…

Review – Below the Rim (“Pacific Rim 2 : Uprising”)

The one thing I really hate about sequels is, many times the original writer(s) and director never come back to give the second film any justice, just like in the perfectly dreadful Caddyshack 2 or Son of the Mask. So, what do you often get? A horrible screenplay, terrible direction, and a cast that is…

Review – Raiders Of The Lost Croft (“Tomb Raider”)

It seems we can’t go a single week without a movie coming out that isn’t a reboot or remake of a previous movie. What the hell, Hollywood?? What’s next, the entire Harry Potter film canon?? * * But I digress… this review is about the remake/reboot/reimagining of 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. (face palm)  In a…

Review – A Horse of a Different Color (“Thoroughbreds”)

Forget the current dismal remakes in town and go see this rare gem; a film that looks like it’s directed by Wes Anderson, maybe written by Kelly Freemon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen), and possibly scored by someone from those Conjuring series. But it’s not! * * Welcome to Connecticut, homes of the ultra-rich and…

Review – No Daylight Savings Here (“A Wrinkle In Time”)

Disney first took a crack at Madeleine L’Engle’s novel back in 2003 (see review below) and it wasn’t pleasant. So, they upped the ante, got big-named Hollywood stars, had Ava DuVernay (Selma) direct, Wreck-it Ralph screenwriter Jennifer Lee adapt the book, and increased the budget by $100 million. Think it worked? Let’s see…  * *…