Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Release: Friday, May 31, 2019 →Theater Written by: Zach Shields; Michael Dougherty  Directed by: Michael Dougherty  The sequel to Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla (2014) is undeniably a different beast, dispensing with its predecessor’s drip-fed action and methodical pacing for more direct, adrenaline-spiking payoff. Edwards had his chance to thrill us and apparently he botched it so in steps Michael Dougherty, theContinue reading “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”

The Wandering Earth

Release: Monday, May 6, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Gong Ge’er; Junce Ye; Yan Dongxu; Yang Zhixue; Frant Gwo Directed by: Frant Gwo Describing The Wandering Earth as an ambitious movie is an understatement. That’s like saying Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad had cult followings. The sheer scale and spectacle on display make the likes of Michael Bay and PeterContinue reading “The Wandering Earth”

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

Release: Friday, May 10, 2019 →Theater Written by: Dan Hernandez; Benji Samit; Derek Connolly; Rob Letterman Directed by: Rob Letterman Sure, there’s Pokémon GO! now, but to me the colorful collection of “pocket monsters” will always be a trading card craze, and, weirdly, one of the only defining memories I have of the 18 monthsContinue reading “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu”

Captain Marvel

Release: Friday, March 8, 2019 →Theater Written by: Anna Boden; Ryan Fleck; Geneva Robertson-Dworet Directed by: Anna Boden; Ryan Fleck Captain Marvel figures to be a significant piece in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, acting as both a standalone origins story and a precursor to Jon Favreau’s standard-setting Iron Man; ipso facto it predates the entire MCU. That’s a pretty bold decisionContinue reading “Captain Marvel”

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Release: Friday, December 14, 2018 →Theater Written by: Phil Lord; Rodney Rothman Directed by: Bob Persichetti; Peter Ramsey; Rodney Rothman A Review from the Perspective of a Spider-Newb A cornucopia of visual delights that rivals the best of Pixar and Studio Ghibli, two of the giants in the world of animation, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has taken Sony PicturesContinue reading “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Release: Friday, May 25, 2018 →Theater Written by: Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan Directed by: Ron Howard Though Ron Howard is among my favorite directors I wouldn’t have pegged him as a candidate to helm a Star Wars movie, even a spinoff. But this is good news people — no longer do you have to suffer through The Dilemma to findContinue reading “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

War for the Planet of the Apes

Release: Friday, July 14, 2017 →Theater Written by: Mark Bomback; Matt Reeves Directed by: Matt Reeves Maurice: “Ooo! Oo!!!!” Me: “Yeah buddy, I hate war too.” We all know how Caesar feels about it. Poor Caesar. If he had his way, we wouldn’t even be here. War for the Planet of the Apes basically details everything the alpha male, theContinue reading “War for the Planet of the Apes”

Moana

Release: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jared Bush Directed by: Ron Clements; John Musker; Don Hall; Chris Williams Moana might just be Frozen‘s spiritual, tropical sequel. But to be honest, I’m only just guessing that — I never saw Frozen. Couldn’t stand the hype. When hype for a film made by a film company I generallyContinue reading “Moana”

Independence Day: Resurgence

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Roland Emmerich; Nicolas Wright; James A. Woods; Dean Devlin; James Vanderbilt Directed by: Roland Emmerich Nothing brings a tear to my eye faster than knowing that Earth’s mantle is going to be safe, at least until the next ill-advised blockbuster sequel. I really felt more for the core of the planet thanContinue reading “Independence Day: Resurgence”

The Jungle Book

Release: Friday, April 15, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Justin Marks Directed by: Jon Favreau Forgetting about your worries and your strife is pretty easy to do when Jon Favreau’s bold decision to remake the Disney animated classic all but steals you away to a wonderful world filled with adventure, danger and English-speaking animals. It’s actually quite amazing howContinue reading “The Jungle Book”