Reviews

The Lion King (Review)

Think back to the best steak you’ve ever had. Delicious, succulent, medium-rare steak, maybe with some asparagus and a baked potato from some fancy restaurant. Now think of the best Hamburger you’ve ever had. All juicy and yummy with cheese and other classic toppings with a side of the best crispy french fries you’ve ever had. Both amazing. Both meat. There’s a reason for both, right? So why is it then that people don’t see the value in a realistic looking remake of The Lion King?

Angel Has Fallen (Review)

Look… Nick Nolte rules. Nothing else I say in this review of Angel Has Fallen, the third in the Gerard Butler “Has Fallen” action series really matters. It doesn’t matter if I liked the movie, it doesn’t matter how it compares to the last two. All that matters is that you know that Nick Nolte rules, and if you see this movie, you will be entertained by every minute that he’s on screen.

The Last Black Man In San Francisco (Review)

The effects of gentrification weigh heavily on the city itself as well as its inhabitants in director Joe Talbot’s debut feature, The Last Black Man In San Francisco. The title is more of an exaggeration, despite the film going in some magical realism style directions which could have signaled a literal take, and instead deals with a man, played by Jimmie Fails (and based on his own life) who feels like he’s being pushed out of the city he calls home.

Toy Story 4 (Review)

Did we need a Toy Story 4 after the perfect ending that was Toy Story 3? Was a new character made out of a plastic fork found in the trash named Forky (voiced by Tony Hale) something we couldn’t live without as movie fans? What seemed like a pretty easy to answer question turned out to be a little more complicated than a simple “no.”

Aladdin (Review)

My first thought after leaving my screening of Aladdin, Disney’s newest entry in their plan to do live-action remakes of all their animated classics was “well I don’t need to do an episode on that since it’s just basically influenced by the cartoon.” My second thought was, “I don’t know… It was alright, I guess.” My third thought was “Did I see that new live-action Aladdin movie yet?”

Hellboy (Review)

Lets get one thing out of the way right here at the top: Neil Marshall’s reboot of Hellboy is not the worst comic book movie of all time as many sensationalized headlines described it upon its initial release. It’s not very good either, but it’s far from the worst. There are even precious Marvel movies that I didn’t enjoy as much as this childish, silly slice of blood, guts and one-liners.

Long Shot (Review)

Seth Rogen has made a career out of playing schlubby Jews (I can say that because I am one too), but his most recent role as Fred Flarsky in Long Shot gives him plenty of new territory to evolve the character… Even if the character is still a schlubby, Jewish stoner that refuses to grow up.

Dumbo (Review)

Dumbo, the latest in the ever growing line of Disney live-action remakes of animated classics is finally here, and you will believe… That an incredibly life-like CGI flying elephant can be upstaged by a pitch perfect Danny DeVito.

Captive State (Review)

An original sci-fi film is hard to come by, so when the trailer comes out for something interesting and unique, I think we all root for it to be good. Unfortunately, that’s just simply not always the case, and Captive State is an example of an original idea that just doesn’t work out.

Apollo 11 (Review)

It’s hard to imagine that we haven’t already seen all the footage there is to see of man’s first journey to the moon. Yet here we are, in CNN Film’s stunning IMAX documentary Apollo 11, completely put together with footage shot back in 1969 on 70mm film as if the beautiful images were just waiting around for the technology to catch up with it so it could be displayed in all its glory.