I’m honestly still confused about the premise of Onward, which claims to be about teenaged-elf-brothers who try to bring their father back to life in a fantasy suburban world. It’s from Disney-Pixar though and stars the voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt. It has to be good, right??? Well, why don’t you see Onward EARLY and FOR FREE just to be safe? Lucky for us, I have passes to do just that in Dallas and Oklahoma City. Continue reading →
Here’s a movie for the whole family that’s opening on Christmas Day. It’s Spies in Disguise from Blue Sky (the makers of Ice Age, Ferdinand and Rio), starring Will Smith and Tom Holland. Apparently Smith’s super-spy is turned into a pigeon while working with Holland’s nerdy technology officer and they have to work together to save the world. Well, the kids will love it and I have passes to see Spies in Disguise Continue reading →
This is odd. Here’s a movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland and Nicholas Hoult but it ISN’T a superhero flick. The Current War: Director’s Cut even has Michael Shannon but instead of playing Superman‘s nemesis, this time he plays George Westinghouse. They all come together in The Current War: Director’s Cut, which depicts the race between Westinghouse and Thomas Edison (Cumberbatch) to see who’s vision would power the modern world.
Are you thinking, “Wait a minute? Wasn’t this movie released a few years ago?”
Well, there’s a whole story behind that (which you can read HERE) but director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon won the rights to re-shoot his picture after Harvey Weinstein effectively ruined it. It’s an opportunity rarely given to directors and best of all, I have passes to Free Screenings all over Texas! Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
Before we discuss taking your kids to see Spider-Man: Homecoming, we should probably address how YOU feel about it. Odds are, you’re still confused about the need for a reboot (especially since they JUST rebooted it with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker) and, as a result, you’re apathetic about the whole thing.
Let me clue you in to a few solid reasons for you to NOT be apathetic about Spider-Man: Homecoming. Continue reading →
If you aren’t excited about Spider-Man: Homecoming, it’s probably because you didn’t see his triumphant return in Captain America: Civil War. Yes, I also rolled my eyes at the thought of it, but my Spidey-apathy was abated when young Tom Holland donned that stretchy suit. Good Lord, that boy is adorable. If you missed it, click HERE to see a compilation of his Captain America: Civil War scenes. Or don’t. I mean, then you’ll just want to SEE Spider-Man:Homecoming and I simply don’t have enough free passes for EVERYONE. Continue reading →
In the Heart of the Sea tells the story of a monstrous white whale, but it’s not the same whale story we’re familiar with. No, this one tells the REAL story of the doomed Essex, which Herman Melville based Moby Dick on. Chris Hemsworth plays the First Mate of a ship that is attacked by a whale and then lost at sea for months. We learn about the ordeal from Tom Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson), who is the only surviving crewmember of the Essex. He has been wracked with guilt for years and reveals big secrets to Melville as he recounts the whole, harrowing tale.
In the Heart of the Sea is directed by Ron Howard, who brought along his favorite crew members from the movie Rush (including Hemsworth, who can still pull off beefcake when he’s gaunt and scarred). Howard also uses his Rush cinematographer, Anthony Dod Mantle, which brings me to my biggest problem with In the Heart of the Sea. The camera is EVERYWHERE, constantly being thrown around to the point of losing focus and sometimes even sight of its subject. I think Mantle wanted a new and interesting way to convey the motion of a ship at sea, but the camera is shaky even when they’re docked. It’s distracting to the point of frustration and sometimes even dizzying. The commotion is exaggerated by the 3D effects (which is how I saw it) so I recommend seeing this movie in a traditional 2D format. Believe me, the 3D effects do not enhance the movie enough to justify barfing up your Junior Mints.
There’s also the issue of a big reveal later in the film. It’s a terrifying secret of the Essex crew but the audience will see it coming from miles away. Maybe we’ve seen too many lost-at-sea pics lately (Unbroken and Life of Pi come to mind immediately) but this has become familiar territory for us. In the Heart of the Sea feels anticlimactic and predictable, thanks to this, despite attempts to tell an old story a new way. I’m afraid that I can only recommend In the Heart of the Sea to those who love a good seafaring adventure, who are also not prone to motion sickness. – C-