Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Fifth in a Non-Extinct Series

When the original “Jurassic Park” appeared toward the end of the last century, it was a clever take on science run amok. While that is a theme that has been assayed often over the ... Continue Reading →

Incredibles 2 – Pixar Again Hits it Out of the Park

There was a moment in time when Disney could have bought Pixar for (cue Austin Powers’ nemesis Dr. Evil) for a million dollars. The Disney board at the time did not see the future, ... Continue Reading →

Hereditary – Another Horror Movie to Add to the Pile

Horror movies come in various flavors. There are the cerebral, where the director holds back much of the gruesomeness, understanding Alfred Hitchcock’s genius realization that the ... Continue Reading →

Solo: A Star Wars Story

When George Lucas moved from his biographical “American Graffiti” to a galaxy far far away from Modesto, he doubtfully envisioned how large his Star Wars universe would become. ... Continue Reading →

“Book Club” – From Between the Covers and Up on the Silver Screen

In a clever bit of brand extension, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is the book chosen by a quartet of ladies of a certain age. No doubt Universal Pictures and Vintage Books was pleased ... Continue Reading →

Tully – Charlize Theron Shines as a Mom Visited by a Remarkable Nanny not Named Mary Poppins

Jason Reitman made his mark with several thoughtful films, including “Thank You for Smoking,” “Juno,” and “Up in the Air.” His dad Ivan helmed comedy blockbusters like “Ghostbusters,” ... Continue Reading →

Avengers: Infinity War– The Marvel Universe Continues to Expand

I admittedly came late to the world of Marvel; I was not a comic book kid and I held back as the movies came out. The superhero films of several decades ago were mostly mediocre, but ... Continue Reading →

Isle of Dogs – Wes Anderson’s Film Annoys Like a Puppy That Won’t Stop Barking

Wes Anderson has established himself over the years with some very clever films. The ambition in several of the films is matched by the execution, resulting in gems like “The Royal ... Continue Reading →