Spider-Man

MOVIE REVIEW: Can “Spider-Man: Far From Home” Make the HUGE Leap from “Endgame?”

Imagine being the first Marvel film released AFTER Avengers: Endgame.
It almost isn’t fair, is it? Following on the heels of a film that brought all of our favorite superheros together (and even took some away) would be an enormous challenge for any picture, but especially one that had such deep connections to one of the departed (I’m just now realizing how hard it will be to write this review without any A) Spider-Man: Far From Home or B) Avengers: Endgame spoilers). Continue reading →

Spider-Man

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Spider-Man: Far From Home” EARLY & FOR FREE

I wonder if Tom Holland felt weird when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse became a monstrous hit. Did he watch it win the Oscar and grumble, “But I’m the real Spider-Man,” or is that just something I would do? Well, it doesn’t really matter because Spider-Man: Far From Home will hit theaters July 2nd and briefly make everyone forget about Miles Morales. It’s already projected to make $150 million opening weekend, so maybe you should skip the lines and see it EARLY and FOR FREE. Continue reading →

Parent Review

Does “Avengers: Endgame” Live Up to the Hype (& Can Your Kids See It?)

I made a joke on social media yesterday about dropping spoilers into my Avengers: Endgame review. It led to actual death threats. That’s one of the reasons I’m so nervous about writing this review, but I also truly don’t want to spoil anything for anybody. So instead of writing about the movie, I’m going to tell you what you need to do before seeing it. Continue reading →

Brie Larson
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MOVIE REVIEW: Why “Captain Marvel” Feels Like a Pat on the Head ( & *Parent Review)

The first thing I noticed about Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel was the sound of her footsteps. They are heavy and solid, and signify that something serious is approaching. It’s quite a shift from earlier female superheroes, who are essentially deadly ballerinas. Implied weight is rarely a good thing for a female movie character (think back to ANY time you remember a woman with heavy footfalls in film) but it signifies a shift in how a woman is perceived onscreen. Carol Danvers isn’t light, but skinny can’t be expected to save the world.
Carol Danvers’ heavy steps are one of many progressive female notions you’ll catch in Captain Marvel, and how you feel about that will affect how you feel about the film in general. Will you soak it all in OR (like the woman sitting behind me at the screening) will you say, “Stop force-feeding me GIRL POWER!” Continue reading →

Brie Larson

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Captain Marvel” EARLY & FOR FREE

Brie Larson is taking a beating right now! People have been trashing her new movie Captain Marvel before even seeing it, trolling her personally, and even accusing her character of “not smiling enough.” (Seriously?) You won’t hear me buying into any of it, though. I’ve been a huge fan of Brie Larson’s work since her 21 Jump Street days, and I especially appreciate how she supports diversity among film critics. Larson even gave this very website a plug on Twitter once, so I might have a bit of a crush on her. Sure I’m biased, but that doesn’t change the fact that Captain Marvel IS getting great reviews (read some of those HERE) AND ticket sales have already outpaced Wonder Woman. In fact, it’s currently the 2nd highest advanced ticket-seller (for a superhero movie) right behind Black Panther! None of that will matter if you get to see Captain Marvel EARLY and FOR FREE, and I actually have passes to TWO screenings! Continue reading →

Miles Morales
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Why “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the Superhero Movie We NEED

If you aren’t an avid Marvel fan, you might be tempted to blow off Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I’ll admit to a small eye-roll myself, when I saw that yet another version of Spidey was in the works, and that THIS ONE didn’t include Tom Holland. Then my daughter (who spends too much time watching superhero theories on YouTube) clued me in to the different Marvel universes and how Miles Morales (our new Spider-Man) plays into them.
The multiverse concept might sound extremely dorky to those of us who don’t follow the comics, but it works fantastically in the hands of an animation expert like director Bob Persichetti (Puss in Boots, Monsters vs. Aliens, The Little Prince). He has taken the story of Miles Morales’ interaction with a radioactive spider and slipped it almost seamlessly from page to screen. It results in the clearest example of a comic-book-movie to date, but it doesn’t always work. Continue reading →

Venom

MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Venom” OK for KIDS?

Remember the days before Marvel Studios, when superhero movies were uninspired, jumbled messes but we liked them anyway? Well, that’s exactly what Venom reminds me of.
Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, a reporter who discovers a parasitic space-alien that invades his body. Brock must learn to work with it to save himself and becomes Venom.
Hardy is doing the best he can with this role (he’s already slated for two more Venom movies) but a dopey script and shallow character development weighs him down. Venom himself delivers all of the action, but hokey dialogue and lackluster CGI kills any chances for realism. A fun bromance develops between Eddie and Venom though, and their banter gives the movie a much needed lift. That and it’s brisk pace keep Venom from being a complete waste of time.
But can your kids see it? Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Venom” EARLY & FOR FREE

Oh, people always have to gripe about something, and now they’re mad at Venom.
Evidently, the new Marvel flick, starring Tom Hardy as Spider Man’s rival, is rated PG-13 in the United States. That’s just too kid-friendly for long-term fans of the character, who wanted something much darker for this new incarnation. Hardy doesn’t seem to mind though. In fact, he got most of his direction from his 10-year-old son, who knew far more about Venom than he did. You can read more about that HERE, or would you rather just see Venom EARLY and FOR FREE? Click HERE to grab your passes if so, then watch the trailer below. And HOLY COW Venom looks SCARY to me! Even with that PG-13 rating!

Ant-Man & Wasp
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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Ant-Man & the Wasp” OK for Kids?

We were in dire need of a lighthearted Marvel movie after April’s devastating Avengers: Infinity War, so thank goodness Ant-Man and the Wasp are back and bringing the laughs. This time, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lily) are attempting to bring her mother (played by a stunning Michelle Pheiffer) back from the Quantum Realm, with the help of Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). A stranger called Ghost threatens their progress while a sleazy billionaire (Walton Coggins) attempts to steal their technology at every turn. Time is running out to save The Wasp’s Mom, and Ant-Man will risk it all (including his own family-life) to save her.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is brought down by the Quantum Physics jargon that’s constantly thrown around, and a side-story involving Ghost and Hank Pym‘s former colleague (Lawrence Fishburne) never makes much of an impact. You’ll have too much fun to care though, thanks to Michael Peña’s Luis. He’s back as Ant-Man’s business partner and he almost steals the whole movie with that crazy, clueless smile. Peña and Paul Rudd’s eye-winking charm bring an airy, sweetness to Ant-Man and the Wasp, while Evangeline Lily brings the brains and brawn. I had a blast watching this movie and gave it a B+, but is it appropriate for your kids? Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Ant-Man & the Wasp” EARLY & FOR FREE

I know we’re all excited about seeing Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, but something’s been bothering me.
Have you gotten a good look at the Wasp’s outfit?

Evangeline Lilly
Do YOU see it???

I was a little put-off by the weird boob-cups when I first saw it, so I hit Google to see if I was alone. Imagine my surprise when HelloGiggles.com pointed out something I had completely missed. You can read about that HERE, but you’ll never look at the Wasp in costume without having dirty-thoughts again.
You still want to see Ant-Man and the Wasp though, don’t you? Especially if you can see it EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →