Review – Magical Miraculous Madrigals (“Encanto”)

After the monstrous success of Moana, Coco, Luca, and Raya & the Last Dragon, you can see a pattern emerging of story structure, toe-tapping music, vibrant bright colors, and similar-looking characters. Hey, once you have a good thing going, ya stick with it! Right?! Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigal’s, who…

Review – Cliché: The Movie (“Red Notice”)

What do you get when you have Deadpool, Wonder Woman, and the future Black Adam all in one movie that is a generic cop-buddy film? Yup, you get a trope-filled, cliché-riddled, action-adventure comedy starring three top-billed superheroes from other franchises. Oy!! In this lightning-paced cop-buddy film that steals from every film from Oceans 11 to…

Review – A Heist Movie That Needed Zombies (“Army of Thieves”)

Remember Netflix’s original movie, Army of the Dead, back in May? This is a prequel to that film. Set six years before the horrifying zombie apocalypse destroyed Vegas, this film centers on the first movie’s quirky, wisecracking German safecracker, Ludwig Deter. In Germany, Matthias Schweighöfer plays a timid, master safecracker & historian named Sebastian (who…

Review – Much Ado About Anderson (“The French Dispatch”)

There is only one Wes Anderson and nobody writes or directs a movie like him. His odd, symmetrical, and weirdly looking film style is unlike anybody else’s in Hollywood. Even his animated films (Isle of Dogs, The Fantastic Mr. Fox) are visually stunning. So, let’s dig in, shall we?  An acquired taste, Anderson’s films are…