Review – Peter Rabbit

Seeing as how practically everything in every corner of society is the source of controversy and outrage, these days, Will Gluck's Peter Rabbit has had its own faux outrage to deal with.  In some deep, dark corners of the Internet, a handful of folk who don't have any sort of creative insight, whatsoever, have accused the... Continue Reading →

Review – Black Panther

If one needed any further evidence that Marvel Studios has its fingers firmly on the pulse of modern audiences, look no further than the fervor surrounding the newest entry in the vaunted Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ryan Coogler's Black Panther.  While the Black Panther has been well-known to comic fans for over fifty years after being created... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Original US release date: July 28. 1951 Production budget: $3,000,000 Worldwide gross: $5,200,000 Remember Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?  The first feature-length animated film in movie history?  The one that grossed $185 million on a $1.5 million budget, simply by virtue of being the first of its kind?  Well, that was almost Alice in Wonderland.  Walt... Continue Reading →

Review – Paddington 2

I had absolutely no interest in seeing Paddington 2.  None.  I saw the first film, just a week or two ago, and didn't love it.  It wasn't poorly made, or anything.  It just wasn't made for me.  The humor and presentation were squarely aimed at kids, with little for adults to enjoy.  And there's nothing wrong... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – The Muppets Take Manhattan

Original US release date: July 13, 1984 Production budget: $8,000,000 Worldwide gross: $25,534,703 Much to my surprise, my #ThrowbackThursday columns on the Muppet films have been surprisingly popular, so I'm back with another installment.  Following the original (and wildly successful) The Muppet Movie (#TBT column) and its sequel The Great Muppet Caper (#TBT column), The Muppets Take... Continue Reading →

Review – Coco

For the second time in 2017, Pixar is back with a new animated feature, this time in the form of Coco.  Earlier this summer, Cars 3 underperformed, at best, likely resulting in a rare financial loss for the studio.  Pixar's reputation has seemingly been tarnished a bit in the eyes of audiences, as 2015's The Good Dinosaur... Continue Reading →

Review – Justice League

It's taken a very long time to get here, but we finally have a live-action Justice League movie.  The road to the film hasn't been the smoothest, but DC and Warner Brothers got the job done, one way or another, and now it's time to sit back and take it in.  The marketing has felt a... Continue Reading →

Review – Thor: Ragnarok

Here we are!  If you know me at all on a personal level, you know that the Hulk is my favorite fictional character of all-time (I like him better than most real people), so Thor: Ragnarok has been my most-anticipated movie of the entire year, without question.  A combination of the comics' popular "Ragnarok" Thor story (or... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Minority Report

Original US release date: June 21, 2002 Production budget: $102,000,000 Worldwide gross: $358,372,926 I actually wasn't excited about the release of Steven Spielberg's Minority Report in the summer of 2002.  I liked Spielberg.  I liked Cruise.  But the trailer didn't appeal to me.  And, even worse, it felt like I was forced to watch said trailer... Continue Reading →

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