Category Archives: Family

Minions movie review – the ‘Despicable Me’ scene-stealers shine in spotlight

(L to R) KEVIN, BOB and STUART are on a mission in “Minions”, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s comedy adventure in which the Minions try to save all Minionkind…from annihilation.

The frequent scene-stealers of the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise get their turn in the spotlight in ‘Minions,’ and while they’re probably better-suited in hilarious background roles there’s a lot of fun to be had for fans.

Throughout the film, that usual Minions goodness had me smiling, giggling and laughing, but the formula that’s made the Minions so popular isn’t truly sustainable for 90 minutes. Continue reading Minions movie review – the ‘Despicable Me’ scene-stealers shine in spotlight

‘Inside Out’ review – Pixar’s emotional effort is one of its best yet

inside-out-teaser-trailerWe’ve come to expect a certain standard of excellence from Pixar and while recent efforts haven’t always lived up to those lofty expectations, its latest, ‘Inside Out,’ emerges as one of the studio’s best.

I can’t see another film this year topping its combination of heart, emotion and complexity. You’ll love it the first time, but ‘Inside Out’ will prove even more enjoyable upon repeated viewings. Continue reading ‘Inside Out’ review – Pixar’s emotional effort is one of its best yet

Game of Thrones review S5,Ep.10 – Mother’s Mercy

Game of Thrones - Mother's Mercy -High Sparrow and CerseiYou quickly learn with ‘Game of Thrones’ that it’s best not to get too attached to any character as they could get killed off at any moment. Season 5 reinforced that school of thought more than any other with a frequently chaotic and violent season finale that took several major players off the board. Continue reading Game of Thrones review S5,Ep.10 – Mother’s Mercy

‘Tomorrowland’ review – all hope is lost in confusing sci-fi film

Tomorrowland - Britt Robertson

With his highly anticipated new project, Director Brad Bird seeks to encourage viewers to once again dream the impossible dream and reach for the stars. It’s an empowering and refreshing spin on the modern blockbuster, which seem more preoccupied with detailing wholesale property damage than tapping into the imagination and creativity of the audience.

Disappointingly, there’s little reason for optimism with ‘Tomorrowland,’ a family sci-fi adventure that has all the necessary ingredients to create a lively, energetic feel-good film, but feels more like a shrewdly calculated marketing plan from Walt Disney Pictures to drive families to the theme park attraction. Continue reading ‘Tomorrowland’ review – all hope is lost in confusing sci-fi film

Review: Big Hero 6

Disney Hiro and Baymax
Disney
Hiro and Baymax

Since acquiring the Marvel Comics license, Disney has been content in letting Marvel Studios have all the fun with one big live-action blockbuster after another,  but “Big Hero 6″ marks the first team-up in Disney’s specialty that will leave you completely satisfied with its service. Continue reading Review: Big Hero 6