Inspired by true events, Saving Mr. Banks is a film that takes us behind the scenes of how Mary Poppins came to the big screen. The art of filmmaking is a painstaking process. This is something I’ve learned not just through watching bonus features but reading biographies about classic Hollywood. On paper, there’s nothing inherently wrong with the film. It’s only when you dig deeper into the actual story where the film has its faults. …"Saving Mr. Banks Goes Behind The Scenes"
Dolittle, the latest incarnation of everybody’s favorite doctor to talk to pets, is now available for audiences to purchase on Digital/VOD. Hugh Lofting published 14 books about Dr. Dolittle between 1920-1952. There have been a few feature films about the character but Dolittle is based on the 1922 book, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle. Robert Downey Jr. leads the star-studded cast as the famous doctor who can understand and talk to animals. For all of…"Dolittle Is Now Available On Home Video"
Last Christmas benefits from chemistry between Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding while taking inspiration from the George Michael song of the same name. Following the opening in Yugoslavia 1999, the film flash-forwards to London 2017. Kate (Emilia Clarke) works as an elf for Santa (Michelle Yeoh) in a Christmas store open all year long. This is what she does for work when she’s not trying to land gigs as a singer. While cleaning the windows…"Last Christmas: Will The Film Give You Its Heart?"
Booksmart‘s Beanie Feldstein delivers another strong leading performance as teenager who becomes a rock music critic in How to Build a Girl. The film isn’t the typical coming-of-age comedy. Not many people come of age while seeking to reinvent themselves as a rock critic. This is what happens for Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein). Once a bullied high school teenager, Morrigan transforms herself into rock critic Dolly Wilde after taking a job with D&ME. The opportunity…"Toronto 2019: How to Build a Girl"
Men in Black: International ups the ante just a little bit as MIB takes the fun across the pond in order to protect the universe. It’s been known since Tomorrowland that the Eiffel Tower was a bridge to another dimension. While the former film saw Gustav Eiffel as a founder of Plus Ultra, this film sees him as one of MIB’s earliest agents. In fact, the Great Migration was really aliens coming to Earth. But…"Men in Black: International goes Across The Pond"
Men in Black 3 is certainly a welcome sight while offering a fresh twist for the franchise ten years after a very sour outing. One minute, Agent J (Will Smith) is on the phone with Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones). The next minute, J finds himself with a temporal fracture headache and craving chocolate milk. An altered timeline means that so much hasn’t happened. And yet, J would still be recruited into the MIB agency…"Men in Black 3 gets the old charm back"
Missing Link is the newest addition to the Sasquatch Cinematic Universe and finds our west coast friend feeling lonely and wanting more. After a mission to find proof of the Loch Ness monster goes spectacularly awful, Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) finds himself on a new quest. This one comes as a response to a letter from someone. This someone believes that they know where to find the Sasquatch. Or as we otherwise know them:…"Missing Link: A Sasquatch Cartoon"
Make no mistake that Primary Colors is a satire but the film’s events are rather uncanny when it comes to similarities with the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign. Henry Burton (Adrian Lester) signs on to manage the presidential campaign for Arkansas Governor Jack Stanton (John Travolta). Stanton has this charismatic attitude about the way he walks and talks. You can’t help but like the guy and want him to win! Stanton already has a strong team…"Primary Colors Really Goes For The Satire"
Late Night is a hysterically funny film that puts the spotlight on women in a comedy industry on television that is predominantly male. Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is the host of Tonight with Katherine. In the film’s universe, Katherine the only late night talk show host who is female and has her own show. She’s won many awards over the years and the film starts as the Brit becomes the first foreigner to take home…"Sundance 2019: Late Night"
While there are laughs, Johnny English Strikes Again doesn’t have enough to over come the predictable cliches throughout this spy comedy. That the film starts out with a cyber attack revealing the identities of every single undercover agent in Britain isn’t a problem. It’s that this EXACT trope was played out before ten years ago in the film remake, Get Smart! It just so happens that Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) happens to be retired from…"Johnny English Strikes Again: Full of Spy Cliches"