Category: Movie Reviews

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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Review

My expectations for Murder on the Orient Express weren’t the highest. I expected it to look good and hit most of the right beats, like any good popcorn movie. I didn’t expect Murder on the Orient Express to be so much more than a seasonal tent pole movie, but it was. I have always loved murder […]


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5 Best Sci Fi Movies Starring Soldiers (and the Worst 1 Ever)

These sci fi movies starring soldiers provide thrills and chills, in space and on the ground. Except for one that’s so bad you’ll be tempted to test that theory about screaming in space. When someone says “science fiction” or “sci fi” most people probably picture outer space, or aliens, or some futuristic city. Almost every […]


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‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ Review

Captain America: The First Avenger is a movie that’s overlooked when it comes to great Marvel movies. It’s set in the ’40s, and has an old-fashioned style. It’s also character-driven, spending time on Steve Rogers before he underwent the experiment that turned him into a super-soldier. Perhaps the old-fashioned style and slow pace, especially compared […]


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DC Movies Timeline or DC Extended Universe

DC movies are being released as fast as lightning (remind you of anyone?) to compete with Marvel’s jam-packed roster of superhero movies. 2016 saw the release of two DC movies within only a few months of each other. Warner Bros. will release two DC movies in 2017, as well. I recently created a Marvel movie timeline […]


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Marvel Movies Timeline: What to Watch, What to Skip

The Marvel movies timeline is lengthy and each movie dovetails into the next. But, if you’re not steeped in comic books or the entertainment industry, the Marvel movies timeline can be confusing. Where do you start your binge? Can you jump into the middle of a Marvel movie timeline and still keep up? And which […]


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Tom Holland is the Webbing That Holds ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Together

Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t a re-boot of Spider-Man movies. Unlike The Amazing Spider-Man movies, starring Andrew Garfield, Spider-Man: Homecoming is fresh and masterful in telling Peter Parker’s story, which is already in progress. Here are 7 reasons to see Spider-Man: Homecoming, especially if you’re a die-hard fan. (No spoilers, so keep reading!) See also: I wrote a list for […]


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‘Wonder Woman’ Review: Smart, Dark and Powerful

Wonder Woman was everything I wanted it to be. It’s the kind of superhero movie that reaffirms my belief in good scripts and great directors. Wonder Woman is the best of the DC movies to date. It took in over $103 million in its opening weekend, taking the top spot for that weekend and the following. […]


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Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 Review

‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’ Review

Let me be up front. This Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 review is not going to be as glowing as the pages and pages of reviews out there. So, if you want to find out why I’m all “meh,” keep reading. The Basics Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 begins not long after the gang […]


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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story..L to R: Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), and Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen)..Ph: Giles Keyte..© 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

5 ‘Rogue One’ Revelations

I offer the revelations that I’m still thinking about from the excellent Rogue One. I finally saw Rogue One and loved it. I’m not really a guy who can give you a reasonable review since I was predisposed to love it and all things Star Wars. (Here’s my review of Star Wars Pringles! “They’re awesome!”) […]


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3 Very Different Empowering Movies for Girls

Last week I saw three empowering movies for girls that were very different from each other, but had valuable messages. I’m a member of Generation X, raised by Baby Boomer parents. My mother was part of the first generation of women who were encouraged to work full-time and have a family. I’m not naturally inclined […]


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Top 5 Christmas Movies Since the ’80s

Nothing announces the beginning of the holiday season like the spate of Christmas movies that play ’round the clock on TV.  Sure, there are classics, like It’s a Wonderful Life, but recent decades have also given us some Christmas movies that have become iconic. These top 5 Christmas movies are always on my annual viewing […]


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‘Doctor Strange’ Review – Marvel Re-Invents Itself Again

Doctor Strange is an origin story, which means we find out how he got his powers. After a horrible accident, talented surgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must find a new purpose in life. He is mentored by The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). A lot of controversy surrounded Doctor Strange. After it was revealed that Tilda Swinton […]


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5 Short Horror Films that Really Freak You Out

Even though I watch and enjoy horror year round, in light of the Hallowe’en season, I thought I’d share some of my favorite short horror films. Each of these films runs under 15 minutes, so they’re good when you just have a little time and don’t want to sit through a whole feature. Don’t let […]


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Batman: The Killing Joke Movie Review

‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Movie Review

Batman: The Killing Joke earned criticism from die-hard fans of the titular graphic novel. Fans, and critics, are unhappy with the first half of the movie, which was created solely for the movie. I agree with those fans, even though I never read the graphic novel. BEWARE SPOILERS AHEAD Synopsis Batman: The Killing Joke is […]


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(l-r.) Beetle, Kubo, and Monkey emerge from the Forest and take in the beauty of the landscape in animation studio LAIKA’s epic action-adventure KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, a Focus Features release. Credit: Laika Studios/Focus Features

‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is Boldly Artistic

Kubo and the Two Strings, in theaters August 19, reminded me that animated movies can be more than slick CG products. Kubo and the Two Strings is entertaining, yes, but it’s also art. Synopsis Kubo and the Two Strings is set in a Japanese-esque world. Kubo (Art Parkinson) and his mother are hiding from her sisters and their […]


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‘Suicide Squad’ Review – Can You Say Hot Mess?

Suicide Squad was meant to be a fun aside, a summertime movie that flew under the radar. Thanks to disappointing box office returns for Batman v Superman, however, Suicide Squad took on much more attention and pressure than it was meant to. Suicide Squad is about a group of incarcerated criminals, who are released by super-secret government agent […]


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‘Ghostbusters’ is a Feminist Movie. Or Not.

There’s been a lot of talk about how Ghostbusters is a feminist movie. There’s also been a lot of backlash about the talk about how Ghostbusters is a feminist movie. After watching it twice, I’ve decided Ghostbusters is a feminist movie. But not in the same way in-your-face way that Thelma and Louise or even Mad Max: Fury Road is. There’s […]


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‘Finding Dory’ Trivia

You think you know Dory? Just because she starred in Finding Nemo, and now stars in Finding Dory, doesn’t mean you know everything about her and her friends. Sure, you know she’s a blue tang (Paracanthurus) with memory problems. But there’s an ocean’s worth of trivia about Finding Dory you don’t know. The Basics When we catch up […]


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‘Warcraft’ Movie vs. Game

Warcaft, the movie based on the World of Warcraft online video game, may be receiving middlin’ reviews in the United States, but it’s shattering box office records in other parts of the world. Warcraft is rated 26% Rotten, according to Rotten Tomatoes. But Warcraft scored a record-setting opening day – including midnight shows – in 290 IMAX theatres across […]


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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Review

X-Men: Apocalypse does not feel like the third movie in a trilogy, even though it is the third X-Men movie in the latest series. Moreover, it takes the best parts of all the X-Men movies and strengthens them into a powerful film. Putting aside a few minor annoyances (see bottom), X-Men: Apocalypse is a well-crafted film […]


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12 Funniest ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Scenes

There aren’t a lot of funniest Captain America: Civil War scenes. Our favorite Marvel superheroes are pretty serious, this time around. They’re asking knotty questions, and few of them have answers. Like, is it okay to work outside the law if it’s the right thing to do? How far should you go for a friend? How do […]


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75+ Marvel Movie Easter Eggs

Marvel movie Easter eggs are a blast to discover. They’re also plentiful, because Marvel has had a grand scheme for its movies since Iron Man debuted. During a geek-out session on the Internet after all of Marvel’s mega announcements, I found this fun list of Easter Eggs from Marvel based movies. Some of them aren’t […]


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‘Batman v Superman’ Pros and Cons

Let’s take a look at Batman v Superman pros and cons. First off, I loved Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as a fun popcorn movie. It’s to movies what “Call me Maybe” was to music. Looking for something deep? Look thou elsewhere. As I have admitted many times, I’m an easy mark for comic book movies. For […]


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15 Best Disney Movies Ever

A list of the best Disney movies of all time might look different for everyone. Your list of the best Disney movies of all time will be based on different criteria than someone else’s. You might take into account the animation, the story, the characters, the music, or how the movie made you feel. I decided […]


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‘Batman v Superman’ Review: When Critics Attack

Batman v Superman is taking a lot of hits from the critics. In her Batman v Superman review, Ann Hornaday, of the Washington Post, says, “Batman v Superman is so desperate to be taken seriously, it forgets to have fun.” Michael Phillips, of the Chicago Tribune, even went as far as to compare it to The Odd Couple in his Batman […]


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‘Divergent’ Movie: 9 Things They Got Wrong

Divergent was a wonderful book; the Divergent movie was disappointing. I love dystopian books with strong female protagonists, and Divergent fit the bill. Then the movie machine cranked up, and like all insatiable readers, I cringed. Sure, the Hunger Games movies have been box office and critical successes. But then there are movies like The Twilight Saga: […]


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9 Ways ‘Deadpool’ Crushes It

The 9 ways Deadpool crushes it for me might be different than your list, because I’m several years older than a lot of the fans who headed to the theater opening weekend. Deadpool shattered box office records for biggest February opening, biggest opening for an R-rated movie and biggest opening by a first-time feature director. My personal experience involved arriving at the theater Sunday night, […]


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6 Times ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Worked Flawlessly

As I’m writing this, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is shattering box office records all around the world. In just over a week, it raked in over $890 million globally. Star Wars: The Force Awakens took the number two spot in movie grosses for 2015, previously held by Avengers: Age of Ultron. With only two weeks at the box office in 2015, Star Wars: […]


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‘Ant-Man’ Review: Serious Geek-Out Scenes

When an Ant-Man film was announced as part of Marvel’s Phase 2 plan, a lot of civilians (people who don’t read comic books) scoffed at a movie about a shrinking superhero. Our Ant-Man review takes those folks to task. Every time I was in a 20-foot radius of such a scoff, I was quick to point out […]


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12 Monster Movies for Halloween

So, it is that time of the year again, when ghosts, ghouls, and assorted goblins make an appearance. In spooky tales told in front of an open fire, on TV, or darkening your footstep with the time-honoured incantation “Trick or tree-heat!” Yup, you guessed it by now, Halloween season (though I, of all people, should […]


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15 Best ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Funny Scenes

For a superhero movie that’s about the possible extinction of the human race, the Avengers: Age of Ultron funny scenes numbered pretty high. There are small moments you have to look for, but for Marvel fans, the Avengers: Age of Ultron funny scenes are almost as important as the action sequences. Avengers: Age of Ultron is suffering […]


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‘Into the Woods’ Movie vs. Stage

Watching Into the Woods on the silver screen should be breathtaking. Fairy tales come to life! Into the Woods is entertaining until two-thirds into the movie, when everything turns very dark, literally and figuratively. But is the stage version any different? Is the movie a faithful adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s fairy tale mash-up? Stage musicals have been […]


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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Review – Chris Pratt Saves the Day

Guardians of the Galaxy seemed like a gamble. Sure, Marvel was producing hit after hit, but Guardians starred an untested (at the time) leading man, as well as characters very few people had ever heard of. Plus, the whole movie had a completely different vibe from the other films on the Marvel movie timeline. And it’s […]


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8 Ways ‘Godzilla’ Made Me Laugh

Today my husband and I went to see Godzilla, against my better judgement. But my judginess wasn’t related to the quality of the movie, but to the mile-wide streak of yellow that runs through my soul. I’m a big baby when it comes to scary movies of any kind, so I was prepared to close my eyes and […]


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Poking the ‘Godzilla’ Muse

I honestly don’t know why I love Godzilla so much.  From any kind of logical standpoint, it’s completely preposterous (an animal that large would actually suffocate very easily and her legs would break).  That was the mistake the, ugh, Matthew Broderick movie made, trying to make the monster stuff logical: feeding her fish; applying lizard […]


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Dermot Mulroney vs. Dylan McDermott

Several months ago, I posed a challenge to readers. You had to remember, correctly, which actress starred in various films: Rachel McAdams or Elizabeth Banks? The test was a challenge because the actresses look similar, and rose to fame at approximately the same time. Now I am issuing a new challenge: Dermot Mulroney or Dylan McDermott? […]


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3 Most Under-rated Chris Evans Movies

These Chris Evans movies flew under the radar when they debuted. However, they represent some of his most endearing work, even before he became Captain America. I was watching a press conference with Chris Evans and the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Someone from the press asked the cast, if they could choose a character […]


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10 Funniest ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Scenes

By far, the best of the Marvel movies is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This movie just knocks it out of the park. There’s a lot of character development, which is hard to squeeze in when there’s a ton of action. Too frequently Captain America is seen as just a white-bread goodie-goodie. Here, we get to […]


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Which Disney Princess Raked in the Most?

There’s no question that Elsa and Anna, those princess sisters from the north, have brought in an iceberg-sized sum at the box office. But how do they stack up to, say, Belle, from Beauty and the Beast? This week, Entertainment Weekly has a report on Frozen’s success, and how Disney didn’t prepare for it very well in terms […]


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Top 5 Disney Sing-Along Movies

Frozen joined the ranks of the best Disney sing-along movies, in the tradition of Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sound of Music, and even “Once More with Feeling,” the Buffy the Vampire Slayer all-singing episode. If you’ve never attended a sing-along movie it is exactly what you’re picturing. The entire audience joins in singing the songs with the movie characters. Sometimes they […]


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‘Thor: The Dark World’ Review

With Marvel’s reputation for making hit movies firmly secured, Thor: The Dark World premiered to a built-in audience. While Thor still isn’t as popular as Iron Man or Captain America, The Dark World saw a higher box office draw than Thor, jumping from $181 million to $206 million in domestic gross. I think the key word that the […]


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Top 10 Funny ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Scenes

Just because he’s the god of thunder, doesn’t mean he can’t be crack a joke. To see a funny Thor, rather than a brooding Thor, usually means Loki or his avenging friends are somewhere close by. Thor: The Dark World premiered to mixed reviews by critics and fans alike. In one week, the film earned […]


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Rachel McAdams vs. Elizabeth Banks

The first time I noticed Elizabeth Banks was in a bit part in Catch Me If You Can, in 2002. When I saw Spider-Man 2 in 2004, I recognized the actress for who she was, not realizing her identity when I saw her as Miss Brant in Spider-Man 1. The first time I saw Rachel […]


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‘Man of Steel’ Review – There’s No Justice

Man of Steel is the first movie in the new-ish DC movies timeline. Man of Steel is the origin story of Superman. This movie goes a little deeper than previous Superman movies into what might have happened on Krypton that lead to Kal-El being shipped to Earth. Man of Steel also veered away from the Superman of […]


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‘Iron Man 3’ Review – It Doesn’t Get Much Bigger Than This

In Iron Man 3, Tony Stark is grappling with, essentially, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Iron Man was the only Avenger who went into space and saw the enormous alien army that they had been up against. He knows just how close they came to losing in New York. Meanwhile, the Mandarin comes gunning for Tony, […]


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‘The Avengers’ Review – The Gang’s All Here

The Avengers was the movie Marvel fans had been waiting for. The previous movies, that starred single superheroes, were just the appetizer to the main superhero meal. Marvel did not disappoint.  Avengers was a huge hit, bringing in a whopping $623 million. In Avengers, Loki shows up on Earth and steals the Tesseract, an alien cube that […]


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‘Thor’ Review – Origin Story of a God

Thor was a very different movie from the Iron Man movies. Kenneth Branagh, who is known for directing successful Shakespeare adaptation, was brought in to bring to life a story that could have been very stilted. He succeeded. But, of all the Avengers, Thor is probably the least beloved, so the box office draw was […]


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‘Iron Man 2’ Review – A Weak Villain

I didn’t like Iron Man 2, but it brought in $312 million, only $6 million less than the first one, so someone liked it. In Iron Man 2, Tony Stark is under pressure from the government to divulge the secrets to his flying suit of armor. He is resistant, because he fears the information will […]


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‘Iron Man’ Review – The Beginning of a Grand Experiment

Iron Man was the first movie to kick off what Marvel refers to as Phase I. You might not remember that, when Iron Man was debuting, anyone who didn’t read comic books was like, Iron Man? Who’s that? Now, of course, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t know Iron Man, and that Robert Downey, […]


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‘The Incredible Hulk’ – What Happened?

Although Dr. Bruce Banner was played by a different actor than the one who stars in later movies, The Incredible Hulk is still considered canon, and part of Phase 1. Edward Norton (Fight Club) played Banner, the scientist who gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “go green” when he gets angry. Although The Incredible […]


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