Review – Hakuna Reboota (“The Lion King”)

Looks like director Jon Favreau is Disney’s go-to guy in taking Disney’s classic animated feature films and converting them to “live action“. I say “live action” only in the vaguest of terms, because these remakes/reboots aren’t really live action; there’s no living, breathing, REAL animals in them! They’re all CGI. * Directing Disney’s 2016 “live…

Review – Bo Peep Packs A Punch (“Toy Story 4”)

After 2010’s Toy Story 3 heart-breaking conclusion (where a grown Andy drives away to college, leaving his beloved toys to little Bonnie), everyone thought that was the end of the franchise. BUT! In a world where sequels are everywhere and money is king, Disney/Pixar just couldn’t leave well enough alone. * * Ever wonder why…

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 – This Movie Needs a Time-Out (“Little”)

Oh sure, you got your body-switch movies (The Hit Girl, Freaky Friday, 17 Again), but what about where an adult becomes a kid? Okay, so there’s Big and 13 Going On 30. Writer/director Tina Gordon (who just also wrote that dismal What Women Want) gives us an updated version on the old classic body switch…