…See What’s Happening

  “The Lion King” is a story and a film that elicits a strong response. From that jaw-dropping sunrise and goosebump-inducing first note to the final credits, the animated classic is seared into our collective memories. It is perfection and untouchable. Which is why what I’m about to write hurts a little. It’s not that…

…power up

As this Comic-Con weekend comes to a close, there is a lot of film fun to unpack — trailers and phases and projects for screens large and small. And I think we all know who most of that news came from, but before I get to the Marvel of it all, let’s bridge the gap…

…See It’s Our Destiny

  “You’re gonna see it’s our destiny. You’ve got a friend in me.” Randy Newman, “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” There will come a day when the Toy Story franchise goes too far, but it is not this day. Pixar has once again managed to defy the odds with a fourth sequel that isn’t…

…dare to dream

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: So, there’s a woman who’s hosted one of the best-loved late night talk shows for decades… I’ll stop myself because no one has heard this one… And yet, “Late Night,” a new comedy starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling (who also wrote the screenplay) dares to dream of…

…Keep One Jump Ahead

With its live-action remakes of animated classics, Disney seems to have two speeds — “full out” and “slow and steady.” “Aladdin” is the first to fall in between. I’m going to assume we all know the basic story and skip the summary portion. If for some reason you aren’t familiar with “Aladdin,” I’m so sorry…

…check yourself

Today I’m going to do something I don’t like to do, but the circumstances have forced my hand. Today I will weigh in on a movie I have not seen. Why? Put simply, I refuse to believe that “The Hustle” could possibly be as bad as the low (but slightly improved) rating it currently has…