“Aladdin” doesn’t try to be different enough

Another month, another Disney live-action remake. Mostly, the studio has played it safe. Indeed, many of these films seem nearly shot-for-shot portrayals of their animated counterparts. Does "Aladdin" give us something, anything different to pique our interest? Eh, a little bit. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the movie tells the familiar tale of Aladdin (Mena Massoud),... Continue Reading →

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Why Do Prequels Suck?

This past November saw the release of "The Crimes of Grindelwald", the second installment in the Harry Potter prequel series. After the first entry, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", performed somewhat admirably, "Grindelwald" has been panned by critics and has served up a general lackluster box office take nationally. There will always be... Continue Reading →

On Rewatching “The Last Jedi”

Like many, I was disappointed with Rian Johnson's recent Star Wars film. I thought "The Force Awakens" was a great film, evoking the spirit of the original trilogy while also adding new characters and moments to the mythos. Yes, it borrowed its plot too heavily from "A New Hope", but the core dynamics of story... Continue Reading →

“The Last Jedi” a mixed bag

*SPOILERS ABOUND* There are some great scenes in the latest "Star Wars" film. A confrontation in the throne room of Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) between both apprentices, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Rey (Daisy Ridley). A daring sacrifice to save the remnants of the Resistance fleet by Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern). Luke staring... Continue Reading →

“Into the Woods” a solid film

Whenever Disney dabbles into fairy tales, especially darker ones, there's an inherent perception that studio executives will dampen down the story and 'Disney-fy' it, making it more accessible for families and taking the darker tone out of it. With Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, there was fear that the studio would subdue the darker third... Continue Reading →

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