Movie Review: CAPTAIN MARVEL

CAPTAIN MARVEL poster | ©2019 Marvel Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Bening, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Clark Gregg, Akira Akbar, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Chan Writers: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet, story by Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet Directors: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel Studios Release Date: March 8, 2019 CAPTAIN MARVEL begins with a loving, lovely tribute to Marvel’s founder, the late Stan Lee. This at once puts us in a warm, sentimental mood and gives the movie that follows something to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner Writer: J.K. Rowling, based on characters created by J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 16, 2018 FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD is set in 1927, one year after the events of its immediate predecessor, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, which was released two years ago. Both films are set in what is now to be known as WIZARDING WORLD, aka the HARRY POTTER universe. Got all that? Good, because FANTASTIC BEASTS: […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD poster | ©2017 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Aiden Gillen, Freddie Fox, Craig McGinlay, Tom Wu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Neil Maskell Writers: Joby Harold and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, story by David Dobkin and Joby Harold Director: Guy Ritchie Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 12, 2017 On the one hand, there’s a protagonist called Arthur who pulls a magical sword out of a stone in medieval Britain, so the storytellers have pretty much got to acknowledge this is indeed a tale of Arthur and Excalibur. On the other hand, Mordred is a mage who […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPY

SPY movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Peter Serafinowicz, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Jude Law, Morena Baccarin Writer: Paul Feig Director: Paul Feig Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: June 5, 2015 SPY is a rarity, a send-up of the James Bond genre that actually works. Part of its success is that star Melissa McCarthy actually seems like someone who could both be totally taken for granted and entirely capable, part of it works because the script by director Paul Feig has a lot of good jokes that are timed well and part of it is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SIDE EFFECTS

SIDE EFFECTS | (c) 2013 Open Road Films

Rating: R Stars: Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum, Vinessa Shaw, Ann Dowd Writer: Scott Z. Burns Director: Steven Soderbergh Distributor: Open Road Release Date: February 8, 2013 SIDE EFFECTS starts out seeming like it’s going to be a movie about a severely depressed young woman, Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara), whose life is upended once when her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) is released from prison after a stint for insider trading. Emily’s existence goes through even bigger changes she agrees to be a guinea pig for a new antidepressant. This is the set-up, but the movie turns out […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS movie poster | ©2012 DreamWorks

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law, Dakota Goyo Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the short film and book by William Joyce Director: Peter Ramsey Distributor: DreamWorks Animation SKG RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is a 3D animated feature that brushes off the hoarfrost from notions like the importance of a child’s sense of wonder and makes something entertaining and even sometimes moving from it. Scripted by David Lindsay-Abaire from William Joyce’s short film and novel, RISE OF THE GUARDIANS actually feels like a fairytale, the kind that used to enthrall most of us […]Read On »

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SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Highlights DVD and Blu-ray Releases for the Week

SHERLOCK HOLMES A GAME OF SHADOWS | (c) 2012 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS – I wasn’t a big fan of the first SHERLOCK HOLMES movie as I never really got behind the legendary detective as an action hero versus, you know, doing actual investigative work. So when the sequel came out I wasn’t expecting […]Read On »

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CD Review: SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS soundtrack

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS soundtrack | ©2011 Water Tower Music

Sherlock Holmes was always a bit of a stuffed British shirt before Guy Ritchie gave him a rock and roll, martial arts attitude that re-invigorated the character with his SHERLOCK HOLMES franchise and its latest installment SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS. Part and pipe of Ritchie’s in-your-face makeover was Hans Zimmer’s audacious score, whose crashing player pianos, scratchy strings and bombastic orchestra gave a terrifically fun, steampunk attitude to Holmes, in much the same way as his defiantly anti-historical music brought unexpected juice to the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN soundtracks. Now Holmes and his ever reluctant partner Watson are […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including CONTAGION

CONTAGION | © 2012 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies CONTAGION – Call the OUTBREAK of the modern era but with a crapload more depressing situations that come along with what would happen if a devastating pandemic sweeps the globe and wipes out a considerable amount of the population. Told in a format similar to other films […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

SHERLOCK HOLMES - A GAME OF SHADOWS poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Kelly Reilly, Rachel McAdams, Stephen Fry Writers: Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney, based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Director: Guy Ritchie Distributor: Warner Bros. Let’s get the big question out of the way at the top – yes, SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS is an improvement on its 2009 predecessor. The new film brings back Robert Downey Jr. as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved creation, nineteenth-century London sleuth Sherlock Holmes, with Jude Law reprising his role as Holmes’ sidekick/chronicler Dr. John Watson and Guy […]Read On »

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