POKE’MON DETECTIVE PIKACHU – Rated PG – 1 hr. 44 mins. 

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POKE’MON DETECTIVE PIKACHU – Rated PG – 1 hr. 44 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Rob Letterman 

WRITERS:  Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, and a slew of others 🙂

STARRING:  Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, and Ken Watanabe

As we are thrust into a world where everyone has their very own Pokémon especially selected for them, we meet a rather lonely Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) who has yet to find a Pokémon’ to call his own.  When he decides to look into the mysterious disappearance of his father, he meets a beautiful rookie reporter named Lucy (Kathryn Newton), who is also in search of answers regarding his father’s disappearance.  And, when they happen upon Tim’s Father’s Pokémon – Detective Pikachu…it seems that he just might be the ticket to finding out what really happened to Tim’s Dad, and to uncover what all the other strange happenings are as well, in the world of Pokémon…

I give POKEMON’ DETECTIVE PIKACHU a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN & WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD:  Packed with Pokémon’s galore, plus action and suspense all along the way, POKE’MON DETECTIVE PIKACHU has something for everyone, no matter what your age.  Smith is perfectly cast as the son-on-a-mission to find out what happened to his father, and I was so excited to see him cast as the lead in this film, having thoroughly enjoyed his supporting role in 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  Reynolds voice work is sheer perfection this time around too, because if you weren’t a fan of Pikachu before, you will certainly be a fan once you catch Reynold’s funny and charming work in this film.  Kathryn Newton was fun to watch too, my only wish was that I would have known more about Pokémon and its 700 characters going in, as there were parts where I wasn’t quite sure exactly where we were headed. But, luckily for me, a fellow critics daughter explained volumes to me about it after the fact, raising my understanding of what I had just experienced on screen!  All in all, if you love Pokémon, and have your very own favorites as part of your world, then you most definitely are going to want to see Pokémon Detective Pikachu at a theater near you this weekend.  But if Pokémon isn’t a big part of your existence in this life, just like it isn’t in mine, then you might just want to hold off and catch this film when it hits on DVD, a few short months from now.

Review of THE HUSTLE  – Rated PG-13  – 1 hr. 34 mins

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THE HUSTLE  – Rated PG-13  – 1 hr. 34 mins

Director:  Chris Addison

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, Dean Norris, Ingrid Oliver

Two con women try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American tech tycoon out of five hundred thousand dollars first.

NO SPOILERS BELOW

THE HUSTLE is a movie that should not have been made.  All the trailers make it look like it is something completely different than what it really is, which is a remake of another remake.  The first movie was made in 1964 entitled BEDTIME STORY starring Marlon Brando and David Niven. The second movie was made in 1988 entitled DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine.  How many times are they going to remake this movie? It seriously didn’t need the remake after DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS because that one was so good that hardly anyone even knows it was a remake. THE HUSTLE is just flat out lazy filmmaking.  It uses the same jokes and storyline as the first two, only this time around the twist is that the movie follows two women con artists played by Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway. Wilson plays the “small time” con artist in this version and all her jokes just poke fun at her appearance and her weight.  The “fat jokes” are just as lazy as the movie because they come across as Chris Farley jokes only without the heart, humor and lovability he had. Anne Hathaway plays the other more successful con artist in THE HUSTLE, but just like her partner in this film she is just as lame. Neither one of them belong in this movie, but Hathaway is the bigger fish out of water.  Her performance is like watching a very bad ventriloquist try an English accent. You can’t tell if she’s playing an American or a Brit, but either way it’s a forgettable performance. Actually both Wilson and Hathaway owe Steve Martin and Michael Caine an apology for this poor attempt at remaking such a great movie. It’s honestly a slap in the face to fans that love DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and to the actors in that previous film.  Now, honestly, I’m biased (if you couldn’t tell already), which is why this movie bothers me soooooooo much. There was nothing new. Same jokes. Same scenes. Same deliveries. How this movie got a green light to be made, I’ll never know. And whoever did the advertising for this film – aka trailer – needs to be given an Oscar or their own slap in the face, because there is nothing in it to show any resemblance to this movie being a remake.  Don’t waste your time watching THE HUSTLE in theaters or even at home. Let this one fade away into the nothingness of bad films that should have never been made. Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There is one post credit scene.

Review of UglyDolls – Rated PG 1 hr. 27 mins. 

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UglyDolls – Rated PG – 1 hr. 27 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Kelly Asbury 

WRITERS:  David Horvath, Sun Min-Kim, Allison Peck

STARRING the voices of  Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monae, Wanda Sykes, Gabriel Iglesias, Emma Roberts, Leehom Wang, Pitbull, Ice-T, and Kelly Asbury

When Moxy (Kelly Clarkson), and her band of friends soon realize that UglyTown is not place the place for them, as they long to find someone to love them, imperfections and all.  When, they decide to embark on an adventure of a lifetime, even though their Friend Ox (Blake Shelton) tries to talk them out of it, the world seems to be their oyster, and they can’t wait to see what the great beyond holds.  That is until they meet up with Lou (Nick Jonas), the perfectionist extraordinaire, who is going to make sure that these imperfect dolls meet with their demise, once and for all.   Now, with Mandy (Janelle Monae), the little less than perfect Doll in their corner ~ and Ox on his way to save the day too ~  it seems that Moxy and her pals are going to finally find someone that will love them, just the way they are…

I give UglyDolls a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD OR NETFLIX:   This film is full of fun, with lots of fabulous music throughout, it’s just made for a younger viewer than usual, from about 4-7 years old – but, I agree, they deserve movies written just for them too.  The characters throughout are enjoyable to view, and the older children might be intrigued by the voices of Kelley Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Nick Jonas enough to get them through this film, but the storyline throughout moves really slow, especially for the older children, and adults too. But, with that said, the message Ugly Dolls conveys is vitally important and spot on for children of any age ~ as it emphasizes the importance  of realizing “you are perfect, just the way you are!”  Needles to say, I’m suggesting that if you don’t have little ones in your family to take to the theater this weekend, then you might want to hold off till UglyDolls hits on DVD or Netflix, so that you can take a gander at it, in the comfort of your own home, and that way if you feel a need to nod off while the kiddos are watching it, you can manage to do that too, and not feel bad about snoring your afternoon away in the theater…enough said ;

100% SPOILER FREE REVIEW of AVENGERS: END GAME – Rated PG-13

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AVENGERS:  END GAME – Rated PG-13 – 3 hrs. 1 min. –

DIRECTORS: Antony Russo, Joe Russo

WRITERS:  Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

Based on the writing of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Jim Starlin 

STARRING:  Robert Downey Jr, Brie Larson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and so on, and so on…

The End is upon us and how sweet, and emotionally draining it is…

For me, from the minute Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) hit the big screen, my evolution into the Marvel Universe had begun.  I was drawn in not only from the hotness he exuded in 2008, but by my intense infatuation with a real SUPER HERO – whose brains were just as valuable as his brawn, as his ever expanding ingenuity forges a way for him to become my favorite, IRON MAN, thus, thrusting me into the grasp of the almighty Marvel Universe.  And then just to make sure that I wasn’t going anywhere, MCU brings the brave, valiant and no longer frozen in time CAPTAIN AMERICA (Chris Evans) onto the scene, solidifying the destiny of MARVEL, not only for me, but for everyone else fortunate enough to experience what the MCU had in store, as we have followed these two, and so many more beloved Marvel Superheroes literally anywhere they would take us.

And now, 22 films later, the much-awaited AVENGERS: END GAME has finally arrived, and, as I totally expected, they have saved The Best for Last.

Writers Christopher Marcus and Stephen McFeely bring to the table some very personal, and intertwined storylines for this film, as they have unmistakably found a way to make us adore these characters, each and every one of them, even more than we have before.

And what makes this final entry an even more exciting and intense journey too, is the fact that each of our favorite superheroes involved (including Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) has totally brought their A- game for this Last Hoorah, as the acting across the board, is the best it’s ever been.  Anthony and Joe Russo should be receiving accolades galore for the way they developed the most exciting MARVEL creation yet, as you find yourself watching in anticipation to see if our lost Superhero friends will able to make a triumphant return, or if our friends that Thanos spared in Infinity War, have met with their final destiny too.  And please don’t let the 3 hours+ scare you off from catching this film, repeatedly, at a theater near you, as I can attest that once this film starts, its seems like no time at all has passed, as you become mesmerized by the powerful intenseness of what is happening right before your very eyes…

Never in my wildest dreams had I imaged that a Marvel movie would bring me to tears, but, yep, you guessed it, as film even managed to make me sob like a little school girl, before it was through.  Make no mistake, AVENGERS: END GAME will be the BLOCKBUSTER of the SUMMER, it may even become the BLOCKBUSTER of 2019, as I don’t even think the next STAR WARS installment, can put a dent in what you are about to see.  This truly is one of those very special film experiences that you will keep with you for a very, very long time….

And, now that I shared my thoughts, it’s no surprise that, I rate AVENGERS: END GAME a MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN, and suggest that you do this numerous times over!!!

Review of DisneyNature’s PENGUINS – Rated G – 1 hr. 16 mins.

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PENGUINS – Rated G – 1 hr. 16 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Alastair Fothergill, Jeff Wilson 

WRITER:  David Fowler 

STARRING: Ed Helms

PENGUINS is Disney Nature’s next film, being released just in time for Earth Day 2019, as we embark upon a journey with our new friend Steve (narrated by Ed Helms), an Adelie’ Penguin, who is in search of a partner, and making a family of his own, as he fights through numerous perils that come from living in the frozen tundra of Antarctica…

I give PENGUINS a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON NETFLIX, STREAMING or DISNEY + in November.  I have always enjoyed Disney Nature releases, and love too, that they release them around Earth Day each year.  The problem I have with their latest release, is that even though the storyline and premise behind the film is really cute, it didn’t blow me away as some of Disney Nature’s previous films like 2010’s OCEANS, and 2011’s BIG CATS or 2012’s CHIMPANZEES.  It pains me to, to tell you to not head out the theater to view this new installment, as I know that it was painstakingly brutal getting all this footage in the icy cold of Antarctica, but I have to, nonetheless.   And also knew going in to see this film, that Penguins aren’t very exciting creatures, although I do enjoy seeing them at the Saint Louis ZOO every time I visit, But this particular film, and its subject matter was just too slow and mundane at times throughout, that I fought staying awake, as our friend Steve was making his way to find a mate, and begin his family in the harsh Artic wilderness.  But, by the same standpoint, if you love Nature, and have seen all of the other DisneyNature films on Earth Day, then by all means, don’t let me stop you from taking your entire family to a theater near you, to view this rated G film, as films with this rating are few, and far between.  But, if you and your children find yourself unimpressed by the lack of magic happening on screen too, you can’t say, I didn’t warn you, before you all headed out to a theater near you 😉

Review of MISSING LINK – Rated PG – 1 hr. 35 mins.

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Review of MISSING LINK – Rated PG – 1 hr. 35 mins.

 

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LAIKA animation’s (“Coraline”, “ParaNorman”, “The Boxtrolls”, “Kubo and the Two Strings” latest offering comes-off the heels of their most successful venture yet.  “Missing Link” follows the myth and legend pursuer Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) as his misfortunes become increasingly-evident.  As his attempt to find and photograph the Loch Ness Monster falls short, he soon after discovers a clue that could possibly lead him to the discovery of the legendary Bigfoot.  His journey takes him across the pond, through the US, to the Pacific Northwest where he actually discovers the missing link to humanity.  To Lionel’s surprise, Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis) can speak English and that he was the one who sent the clue; and he only wants one thing, to belong.  With the help of a map belonging to a friend of the past, Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), Lionel may be able to grant Mr. Link’s wish and gain his world-renown status that he so desires.  However, he must be careful as his enemies are afoot and are desperately trying to keep him from achieving his fame.

The impressive, animated tale of “Missing Link” is a very well-crafted journey with an impressive amount of heart and has a strong, resonating message throughout.  The film carries a great cast of voice actors, led by Jackman and Galifianakis.  The two share an impeccable chemistry that jumps-off the screen.  Saldana, Thompson, Fry, Olyphant, and Lucas round-out this fun, imaginative cast and they each brings their own heart and uniqueness to the film.  At the film’s focus is a strong message about the importance of caring for others and following your dreams.  While the film’s central message is rather apparent, some of its intended impact will be hit-or-miss.  Not because of the execution, but because some of the subject matter will go over the heads of a fraction of the film’s intended audience.  The film is full of humor and wordplay, but the younger kids may find themselves confused and asking questions.  For the older kids, teens, and adults, “Missing Link” delivers the goods and (though not topping its predecessor) proves that LAIKA should be one of the studios we readily support.  At 95 minutes, “Missing Link” flows smoothly from start to finish, keeping you intrigued and thoroughly entertained.  Be sure to stick around during the credits as LAIKA shows you just how much goes into a single scene with and incredible amount of time, detail, and human skill.  It truly is a marvel!  LAIKA continues to prove that they are one of the finest names in animation and I can’t wait to see what they bring us next!

“Missing Link” is fun for the whole family; an intriguing, motivational journey with a fun cast of characters and a strong central message that is a ton of fun!  If you’re taking the kids to the movies this weekend, make sure to discover “Missing Link”!!

3.5 out of 5

Watch the new trailer for The Secret Life of Pets 2 and celebrate #NationalPetDay.

Watch the new trailer for The Secret Life of Pets 2 and celebrate #NationalPetDay.

Visit TheSecretLifeofMyPet.com and share the secret life of your pet, and don’t forget to try out the cat and dog Snapchat lenses! Plus download new photos.

Discover the secret emotional life of pets in #TheSecretLifeOfPets2, in theaters June 7. Get tickets now: www.fandango.com/pets2

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 – In Theaters June 7

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Illumination’s tenth feature, The Secret Life of Pets 2, is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 comedic blockbuster that had the biggest opening weekend ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.

Packed with Illumination’s signature irreverence and subversive humor, this new chapter explores the emotional lives of our pets, the deep bond between them and the families that love them, and answers the question that has long intrigued every pet owner: What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home?

Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with some major life changes. His owner (Ellie Kemper) is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet) encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey, all of which only elevates Max’s anxiety. Luckily, Max gets some guidance from veteran farm dog Rooster (Harrison Ford, making his animated-film debut), who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his inner alpha, and give Liam a little more freedom.

Meanwhile, while her owner is away, plucky Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip.

And crazy-but-cute bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) gets delusions of grandeur that he’s an actual superhero after his owner Molly starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he’ll have to summon the courage to become the hero he’s only been pretending to be.

Can Max, Snowball, Gidget and the rest of the gang find the inner courage to face their biggest fears?

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy, the visionary team behind Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and the Despicable Me and Minions franchise, and is written by returning Pets screenwriter Brian Lynch. The film is directed by returning filmmaker Chris Renaud, who also directed Illumination’s Despicable Me series and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. www.thesecretlifeofpets.com

Genre: Comedy

Cast: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Harrison Ford, Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Pete Holmes, Garth Jennings, Bobby Moynihan

Director: Chris Renaud

Co-Director: Jonathan Del Val

Writer: Brian Lynch

Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

Check out the NEW OFFICIAL TRAILER for DISNEY’s LIVE ACTION – THE LION KING – Arrives in theaters July 19, 2019

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THE KING ARRIVES IN 100 DAYS

The brand-new trailer for Disney’s “The Lion King” is available today, marking 100 days until Simba arrives in theaters on July 19th.

Disney’s “The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book”), journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Staying true to the classic story, director Jon Favreau utilizes pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring the iconic characters to the big screen in a whole new way. Featuring the voices of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon, Disney’s “The Lion King” opens in U.S. theaters on July 19, 2019.

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Genre:  Action-Adventure

U.S. Release Date:  July 19, 2019

Cast:  Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and James Earl Jones.

Director:  Jon Favreau

Producers: Jon Favreau, Jeffrey Silver, Karen Gilchrist

Screenplay by: Jeff Nathanson

Kathy vs. TK’s view of SHAZAM! – Rated PG-13

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SHAZAM! Rated PG-13 – 2hrs. 2 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  David F. Sandberg 

WRITERS: Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke

STARRING:  Zachary Levi, Djimon Hounsou, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Marta Milans, Grace Fulton, Cooper Andrews, Faithe Herman, and Ian Chen

In search of his mother, and tired of the Foster Care System he’s forced to be a part of, we meet Billy Batson (Asher Angel).  When a new Foster Family comes forward to take him in, Billy must now face the fact that he is living with 5 other foster children, making this transition very difficult, to say the least.  When an out of this world force beckons for the purest of souls, Billy finds himself blessed with Super Human powers, he must now learn to control…

When fellow Foster Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer) finds out what Billy’s been hiding, it seems that Billy’s road to Super Hero status, might just play out to be awesome for them both.  But what’s a super hero movie without a villain to try to take you down…enter Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong), who is going to take on Shazam!, and prove once and for all, the bad Dr. has what it takes, to rule our world, …and the entire underworld too…

I give SHAZAM! A rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  I know, you’re thinking, “No, not another Comic Book Character film”…but you will be glad that they pulled the super-funny, and super-real Shazam to the big screen, as this very family friendly film has a wonderfully entertaining storyline and super awesome characters all along the way too!  Levi and Angel are superb as Shazam and his alter ego, Billy Batson, as they bring this multi-dimensional character to life.  They both manage to make Shazam into a real mix of sweetness, charm, and badass-ness, that you absolutely don’t want to miss!  Also making this film super enjoyable to view is the “pain in the tooshie ” brother figure Freddy (played by Jack Dylan Grazer), as this movie without him, would end up being subpar for sure. And as comic book movies go, I think DC is really giving Marvel a run for their money,  with the movie making magic of Wonder Woman, Aquaman and now Shazam , as they each bring to life truly genuine characters, that you are totally invested in by the time their respective movies are through.  I was also very intrigued by the way Shazam conveys the importance of Family, regardless of how it comes to fruition.  I also loved the premise that there is a little super hero inside all of us, making Shazam the perfect family film that everyone in your family should see.  But, with that said, there are a few parts that might scare your little ones too, so keep that in mind before you venture out with those in your family under the age of 13.

And as always, please don’t leave your seats the credits are through…as you’ll want to catch both post credit scenes, so you know where we are headed to, once DC shows up again on the big screen, at a theater near you.

 

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SHAZAM!  – Rated PG-13  – 2 hr. 12 mins

Director by:  David F. Sandberg

Cast:  Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word – SHAZAM! – this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.

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BUT I HAVE REPLACED ALL THE PERIODS WITH EXCLAMATION POINTS BECAUSE…WELL…SHAZAM!

Bravo DC…BRAVO!!!  It seems to me that you’re finally on track with your superhero movies!  I’m hoping with the release of SHAZAM! you are running as far away as you possibly can from your previous films (MAN OF STEEL, BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, JUSTICE LEAGUE and SUICIDE SQUAD)!  Having Zack Snyder control those first movies was the biggest mistake DC could have ever made! They made no sense and were waaaaaaaaaaaaay too dark! Luckily with the releases of WONDER WOMAN, AQUAMAN and now SHAZAM! audiences are now getting to see the side of DC films they deserve, which is loads of action, lighter comedy and more of a connection to their favorite comic book characters!  Someone finally started watching what Marvel was doing and said, “you know what?, I think those Marvel guys may be on to something”! I mean how do you screw up Batman and Superman? How? HOW?! They’re iconic and practically write themselves on the big screen! Now Snyder will go down in comic book movie history as one of the guys who almost ruined Batman, right next to Joel Schumacher! As for SHAZAM!, I was very happy with this film!  I find it hilariously ironic that the DC characters that are saving the DC cinematic franchise are the ones that people make the most fun of! Which brings me back to SHAZAM! There are only a couple of things that I can say that are “bad” about this movie! One, the villain…he’s not very memorable! Mark Strong plays the character of Dr. Thaddeus Sivana and he doesn’t do a bad job, but he also doesn’t do a great job either! He’s just in the movie!  To be honest, he’s so vanilla that I didn’t even know if he was an actual villain of Shazam or if the writers just made him up! And btw, to answer that question…he’s an actual villain of Shazam! Two, a lot of the movie was ruined by the trailers and when I say a lot, I mean…A LOT!!! On the bright side, there is still plenty of movie left to entertain you that wasn’t shown in the trailers, but at the same time – WTF?! The people that make these trailers need to slow down!  Seriously ease back on the caffeine guys because you ruined like 50% of the jokes! I mean I heard crickets during parts that were supposed to be laugh out loud moments! I definitely think you should go see SHAZAM! in theaters! It’s a lot of fun and it will bring back your faith in the DC cinematic universe, along with your desire to see what will come next for these characters! If DC can keep this momentum going into the next films on their list, then the sky’s the limit for all DC comic book fans!  Until next time, thanks for reading!

P.S. – There are 2 post credit scenes and I have to say, they are not that bad – one is pretty exciting and daring, while the other is just fun!  Watch for the first one at the mid-credit mark and the other is at the very very end! You’re welcome! Shazam!

 

Check out the 1st full length trailer for Disney /Pixar’s TOY STORY 4 – Hits theaters June 21st, 2019

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ABOUT “TOY STORY 4”:

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.

Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”), and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney·Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.

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U.S. Release Date:  June 21, 2019

Voice Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Maddie McGraw,  Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Emily Davis, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, June Squibb, Carl Weathers, Lila Sage, Don Rickles, Jeff Garlin, Maliah Bargas-Good, Jack McGraw, Juliana Hansen, Estelle Harris

Director:  Josh Cooley

Producers:  Jonas Rivera, Mark Nielsen

NOTES:

  • “Toy Story,” originally released on Nov. 22, 1995, was the first fully computer animated feature film and the highest grossing movie of the year. It was nominated for three Oscars® and two Golden Globes®. 
  • “Toy Story 2” is the first film ever to be entirely created, mastered and exhibited digitally. It was also the first animated sequel to gross more than its original, breaking opening weekend box office records in the U.S., UK and Japan, becoming the highest grossing animated release of 1999. It won the Golden Globe for best motion picture – comedy or musical. It won a Grammy® for best song written for a motion picture, television or other visual media (Randy Newman, “When She Loved Me”).
  • Released in 2010, “Toy Story 3” won Oscars® for best animated feature film and best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original song (Randy Newman/“We Belong Together”). The film also won a Golden Globe® and BAFTA for best animated film. It was the second Pixar film to be nominated for the best picture Oscar. It’s also Pixar’s second highest-grossing film of all time behind “Incredibles 2.”
  • The 2015 short “Riley’s First Date?” was helmed by director Josh Cooley and produced by Mark Nielsen.           

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A New Trailer and Poster for Marvel Studios AVENGERS ENDGAME has finally arrived…Film Hits Theaters April 26, 2019

Avengers Engame

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Kevin Feige produces “Avengers: Endgame,” and Anthony and Joe Russo are the directors. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau and Stan Lee are the executive producers, and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.

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Kathy vs. TK’s Review of CAPTAIN MARVEL – Rated PG-13

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This Review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser and contains NO SPOILERS

CAPTAIN MARVEL – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 4 mins.

DIRECTORS:  Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

WRITERS:  Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet

STARRING:  Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening and Clark Gregg

As we venture back to a Marvel prequel, circa 1990’s, we meet Vers (Brie Larson), who arrives on earth as a Kree warrior, although she seems to have intense feelings and flashbacks, pointing towards Earth is where she has belonged all along. When she mounts her attack against the alien, shapeshifting Skrull leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), it seems that S.H.I.E.L.D. officer Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is going to come along for this joy ride, as he is convinced that Vers may be the long-vanished Air Force Pilot Carol Danvers, but with some newly acquired strength and abilities, that no normal human has ever possessed before.  When Danvers former alien mentor Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) brings his fellow aliens down to earth to set things straight with her, and the Skrulls too, it seems that Earth is about to be caught in the crosshairs of an alien war, unless Captain Marvel can access here extreme powers, to save her friends, and the rest of us too…

I give CAPTAIN MARVEL a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS MARVEL FILM ON DVD.  Now regardless of what I am about to share, if you are a Marvel fanatic, and wait with bated breath for the next film to arrive each and every time, then who am I to tell you not to run to your nearest theater to catch this next installment.  But, with that said, I was saddened by the fact that even though I enjoyed Larson as the most powerful superhero, male or female, like EVER…I was not as enamored by the mediocrity I felt about of this film as a whole.  It’s sad really, that Marvel films have taken us to such incredible heights with their storylines, and intense, well casted characters, that keeping up the momentum, and increased greatness that we are anticipating with each new release, literally cannot be achieved indefinitely.  So even though this film isn’t bad, and Larson’s attempt at given a realness to this female superhero should be mentioned, CAPTAIN MARVEL not only didn’t WOW me, it just felt like it was a means to an end, giving us the forum to get Captain Marvel into the AVENGERS: End Game Saga, which will be bittersweet at best come April. I also must convey, that CAPTAIN MARVEL doesn’t come close to the excitement, thrills and kick-ass badness of Gal Gadot’s portrayal in 2017’s WONDER WOMAN either, which actually saddened me a little bit too.  I must also share that Jackson, Gregg and Mendelsohn’s performances were okay too along the way, and Law’s portrayal of “is he good or not” Yon Rogg Character played out well too, but I just didn’t love this installment, no matter how hard I tried.  So, with that conveyed, like I stated earlier, if MARVEL’s your deal then please, you aren’t going to be happy until you go see CAPTAIN MARVEL on the big screen, so better get a move on…but if you aren’t that enamored with Marvel’s super hero reign, and you aren’t in any hurry to drop your cold hard cash to catch Brie Larson in action, I suggest you wait and catch CAPTAIN MARVEL on DVD when its released; just make a point to definitely see it before you venture to out to see AVENGERS: End Game when it hits on April 26, 2019.

***And lest me not forget to share that in typical MARVEL FASHION, there are two post credit scenes with this film, so get ready to sit tight and settle in for a while once this film comes to an end, as you don’t want to miss the set-ups for AVENGERS: END GAME, if you leave the theater too soon…

 

This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards

CAPTAIN MARVEL  – Rated PG-13  – 2 hr. 4 mins

Director by:  Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden

Cast:  Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

NO SPOILERS BELOW – STAN LEE WOULD NOT APPROVE

Right off the bat, I’m going to tell you to see this movie in theaters because I am a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and in my humble opinion the only way to truly appreciate them is to go to the theater and see each & every one on the big screen.  Now…that being said, CAPTAIN MARVEL is not the MCU’s strongest film, but it’s not their weakest either. It certainly is a great introduction to a character that most of us are not as familiar with as let’s say Spiderman or The Incredible Hulk. Captain Marvel is definitely deserving of her own movie and I am so happy in the direction Marvel is now taking its audience.  Their stories are becoming more adventurous and sci-fi, but at the same time each one is being recognized as a serious film and not some sort of goofy piece of movie fluff. If you need proof of this all you need to do is take a look at the cast of each of these films. Amazing actors are bending over backwards to be in these tremendous stories and that makes comic book movies more than just a “fad”.  A certain famous director (which shall remain nameless – but I can tell you he is NOT a fan of Netflix movies winning Oscars) has been quoted as saying comic book movies are going to fade off into the sunset just like the Western genre has and my response to that is…”umm, no they’re not!” Comic book movies are here to stay and the MCU will continue making more because these stories are not only relevant, but they also can be so much more than just a person in a cape.  Look at what BLACK PANTHER accomplished! A comic book movie with a story that is entirely personal to the director, but also connected to a larger film universe. What Marvel has done is unprecedented and cannot be copied. CAPTAIN MARVEL is a perfect example of how the Marvel Cinematic Universe will continue to make terrific films, to take chances on characters they believe to be special and to show all the “naysayers” out there that comic book movies are here to stay.  Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There are 2 post credit scenes.  Make sure you wait until after all the credits have rolled before you leave the theater.  You’re welcome! Oh and this movie has the best cameo I have seen in all of the MCU films to date.  Movies buffs like me will understand why I love it so much. LMAO. Keep a very sharp eye.