Serving as both a wondrous stroll down your childhood and a fantastic introduction to anyone deprived of the pleasure earlier, “The Muppets” is a warmly inspired nostalgia kick that will delight both longtime fans and endear the franchise to a new generation. Continue Reading
Occasionally there’s that amazing movie that for whatever reason — being under the weather, a jam-packed schedule, etc. — you just don’t get around to opening or even the second weekend. And then it happens. Your entire social network proclaims it “The GREATEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!!!!” and you instantly start mentally kicking yourself for missing out on clearly the best addition to come to theaters obviously in history. Then you find yourself preparing for cinematic ecstasy only to find yourself hopelessly disappointed wondering why everyone was raving about something that was decent, but hardly life-altering.
That’s not the case with “The LEGO Movie,” a joyous, endlessly fun film that may possibly be hype-proof. You’ll see it and instantly realize that this is truly what fun movie experiences are supposed to be like. Continue Reading
While it may not be the groundbreaking entry in the franchise, “Muppets Most Wanted” offers up another welcome slice of everything Muppets fans could ask for with an adventure guaranteed to please audiences of all ages. Continue Reading
Watching “Saving Mr. Banks,” a feel-good take on the contentious account of novelist P.L. Travers and filmmaker Walt Disney in making the 1964 classic “Mary Poppins,” it’s hard not to recall the famous quote “History is written by the victors.”
For all the filmmakers’ well-meaning efforts, it’ll take more than sugary spoonfuls to swallow this tale of revisionist history, which cast its main character as both the protagonist and villain in a audience-pleasing, if incomplete look behind the Walt Disney empire’s curtain. Continue Reading
Don’t look now, but the year’s best animated film didn’t come from reigning champ Pixar or even perennial rival DreamWorks Animation.
Instead, it’s the patriarch of the genre, Walt Disney Pictures, which reclaims its throne with “Frozen,” a charming effort that successfully combines gorgeous modern animation with the retro feel of a Disney classic. There’s memorable characters, helpful animal sidekicks, dancing and singing. It couldn’t be a vintage Disney film without a slew of musical numbers, but they’re so well done it’s not disruptive to the overall story. Continue Reading
2013 has been a fantastic year for black cinema.
“12 Years a Slave,” “Fruitvale Station,” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” all have legitimate shots at racking up some major hardware as awards season approaches. “42” was a compelling sports biopic, “The Best Man Holiday” proved a welcome balance of comedy and drama and “Kevin Hart’s Let Me Explain” was a hilarious stand-up film. The latest mainstream release likely won’t be held in such high esteem.
Just in time for the holidays comes the musical Christmas-theme drama “Black Nativity” featuring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson. While it won’t make the naughty list, the film is a little too underwhelming to make part of your festivities. Continue Reading
The most recent example is the promotional tour for “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2,” which has a Foodimobile touring the country with unique healthy menu items such as tacodiles, hippotatomuses, fruit cockatiels, subwhales, watermelophants, pickles, carrots, and celery. Continue Reading
Tina Fey? Diddy? Ty Burrell? Salma Hayek? And Statler and Waldorf?
It goes without saying I’m looking forward to this, right?