Tom and Jerry: Gags Are Fine In Overlong Comedy

There are a lot of hysterical gags in live-action/animated hybrid comedy Tom and Jerry but the gags alone aren’t enough to save the film. The long time cat-and-mouse rivalry–now in its 81st year–is set up against “the wedding of the century.”  Things move into motion when event planner Kayla (Chloë Grace Moretz) hires Tom Cat to get rid of Jerry Mouse.  When you know their history, you already know bad things are going to happen. …

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The Opening Act: Stand-Up Comedy Isn’t Easy

The Opening Act is a fictional account depicting the harsh realties that come with trying to make it in the business as a stand-up comedian. Writer-director Steve Byrne injects some of his own real-life experiences into the script.  Byrne has been in the industry for two decades so basically, he’s calling friends and casting them in the film.  This aspect certainly shows through in the production.  It honestly feels like one agrees to this kind…

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My Spy: Action Comedy Is Mediocre At Best

My Spy, the action comedy starring Dave Bautista, is set to launch on Amazon Prime Video after bypassing theaters because of the pandemic. After a few releases delays, the film is finally getting released.  If you’re looking forward to catching this on the big screen, I’m sorry to say that this won’t be happening.  Maybe it’s for the best because the spy comedy is a mediocre installment to the genre.  I was fortunate enough to…

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Scoob! Offers A Contemporary Update

Scoob!, now available for audiences to purchase on Digital/VOD, offers a contemporary update that fans of the Scooby-Doo cartoons will enjoy. Everyone’s favorite animated dog lives to see another day.  Given the family appeal, it makes perfect sense for Warner Bros. to offer this film through VOD rather than wait until theaters to re-open.  In a perfect world, we’d be sharing our laughs and screams in a theater right now.  When it comes to animated…

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Saving Zoë Should Have Stayed A Book

Saving Zoë is unable to adequately translate the source material to the big screen despite some fine performances from the Marano sisters. After sister Zoë (Vanessa Marano) gets murdered, Echo’s (Laura Marano) life pretty much comes to a standstill.  Neither parents seem to be doing okay with it.  If anything at all, they’re just grieving in their own ways.  Her mom turns to peels while dad works all the time.  While this isn’t healthy at…

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Crazy Rich Asians Injects Life In Rom-Coms

Crazy Rich Asians is the big screen flick that injects some new life so desperately needed in the romantic comedy genre.  If Netflix had their way, you wouldn’t be seeing the film in theaters.  This means that my Netflix-free parents wouldn’t see it at all.  Thank G-d a studio wanted to release this film in theaters because it’s a lot of fun. NYU economics professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) had no clue what she was getting when…

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