Review: ‘Electra Woman and Dyna Girl’ 2016 (low-rent big-hearted heroic hilarity)

More proof reboots CAN work: having love and respect the original material while putting your own unique spin on it. In a world bereft of supervillains since the forgotten Shadow War, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart) are a pair of non-powered costumed heroes taking down small-town thugs while financially scraping […]

Review: ‘Suicide Squad’ (They’re Really Sorry About Batman v Superman, Folks)

Is it too late to get writer/director David Ayer to take over Justice League? In the aftermath of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the world just got a lot more dangerous, and cooperative heroes are in short supply. Shady government operative Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) has been working on a […]

Review: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ (out of the darkness)

An effective job of bringing across the crew dynamic and the values of the original series glosses over plenty of story shortcomings and conveniences. The USS Enterprise is three years into its five-year mission — exactly where NBC cut the original television series short. The bridge crew is considering some hard choices regarding their Starfleet […]

Review: ‘Ghostbusters’ 2016 (answer the call, Kevin)

Wonderfully reimagined escapism — fun for fans new and old. On the eve of receiving tenure at a prestigious school, physicist Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) discovers an old book she co-wrote is selling on Amazon; self-published by her former friend and co-author Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), the contents could jeapordize her career. In the time […]

Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ (a dog-driven buddy bonding flick)

Zany, manic, and heartwarming. Max (Louis C.K.) believes he’s the luckiest dog in New York City, as happy as any dog could be with his owner…until she brings home another dog, Duke (Eric Stonestreet), an enormous rescue pet who immediately encroaches on Max’s status as top dog. As both try to out-alpha the other for […]

Review: ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ (the long Congo con)

You can take the man out of the jungle, but you can’t take the jungle out of the man. Everyone knows the story of John Clayton, the infant raised by apes to become Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) after his shipwrecked parents died. The story begins long after John has returned to England, residing in his the […]

Review: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ (you still wanted a sequel, right?)

Story matters. Well, maybe not to these guys… It’s been twenty years since the War of 1996, when locust-like aliens tried to destroy humanity and claim the Earth’s resources for their own. Since defeating the invaders, Earth has reverse-engineered the alien tech and unified the planet into a global defense force…preparing for the day when […]

Review: ‘Therapy for a Vampire’ (this is not normal)

An almost-sweet period vampire horror comedy set in Austria and spoken in German…with English subtitles. It is September, 1932 in Vienna, Austria. Count Geza von Közsnöm (Tobias Moretti) seeks out Sigmund Freud (Karl Fischer) for help after making a generous donation. He’s a biteless and bored vampire who despises the undead wife he settled for, […]

Review: ‘Zootopia’ (It Takes All Kinds)

Prejudice 101 — for kids of all ages. Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) dreams of making a difference, so she becomes a police officer in the big city. One problem: Judy is a bunny, and Zootopia is a metropolis fully stocked with predators and prey living life together in perfect harmony…but is everything as […]