Let’s get one thing straight: Toy Story 4 is undeniably a major cash grab. Hollywood may love great storytelling, but they love money even more. Toy Story 4 is about as unnecessary as a film can be, but it’s filled with heart, compelling characters and witty humor.
With all the business of graduation, vacation and new employment, I’ve fallen behind on my reviews. So, instead of completely skipping out. here’s one big mega-review, with shorter musings on everything I saw last month.
As the movie comes to a close, Jean delivers a final voiceover that’s quite on the nose, saying, “This is not the end of me, or the X-Men. It’s a new beginning.” Let’s just hope the new beginning with Disney and Marvel Studios results in a more stable series of mutants.
On the surface, “Booksmart” may look like just another high school party flick, but that’s not the case. Instead, it’s a wicked smart, incredibly-paced and flat out hilarious look at what high school, and teenagers, are really like in 2019.
After stealing the show in 2011’s “Bridesmaids,” Rebel Wilson seemed poised to break out as one of comedy’s next leading ladies. But it turned out the once hilarious bit was the only thing in Wilson’s repertoire, as she proceeded to bring the same worn-out shtick to every role she could get her hands on– and “The Hustle”is no exception.
With all of these big names hogging the spotlight, it can be hard to hear about the other exciting films to look out for this summer, and there are plenty to put on your calendar. So, if you ever get tired of superheroes, monsters or remakes, head to the theater to check out some of these films.
“Gloria Bell” works as an excellent stage for Moore to flex her acting muscles, but beyond her display, there isn’t much else to keep audiences engaged.
“Pet Sematary” is a middle of the road horror adaptation with a handful of solid scares and unnerving performances, that ultimately struggles to overcome issues with pacing and an abundance of exposition.
“Dumbo” is a rare swing and a miss for Disney, with lackluster performances and an extremely basic narrative. Director Tim Burton’s stylistic flair makes for some beautiful visuals and serves as one of the film’s few redeeming qualities.
After bursting onto the scene in 2017 with Get Out, director Jordan Peele is back for more with his sophomore feature, Us. While his directorial debut was certainly a thriller filled with plenty of scares, the film’s focus was its brilliant social commentary; but this time around, it’s all about the terror.
In “Shazam!” director David F. Sandberg has created a fun, light-hearted superhero romp overflowing with hilarity and heart – proving that the DCEU doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom.
After premiering to some mediocre feedback in early September 2018 at Toronto International Film Festival, “Greta,” and its stale reviews, had a while to marinate before its March 2019 release date. But, I’m here to set the record straight. THEY WERE WRONG. “Greta” is absolutely wild, in all the best ways.
While a film about an amateur female wrestler’s rise to WWE stardom may not sound like it’s up your alley, don’t be too quick to look over this one. With genuine laugh-out-loud moments and enough heart to fill The Rock’s massive chest, “Fighting with My Family” is perfect for die-hard wrestling fans and newbies alike.
While the return to the Lego universe may not feel as groundbreaking and creative as the first journey, its charm and entertaining self-awareness are as present as ever. Mix in a few fun musical numbers and a genuine, heartfelt message and it makes for an exciting trip to the theater.
Despite the rave reviews it’s receiving, “The Kid Who Would Be King” never quite lives up to its lofty expectations.
It’s common knowledge throughout the entertainment industry that January is where movies go to die – and the latest Matthew McConaughey project is no exception.