STAR WARS:  The Rise of Skywalker – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 21 mins. 

Stars Wars Episode IX THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

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STAR WARS:  The Rise of Skywalker – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 21 mins. 

DIRECTOR/WRITER:  J.J. Abrams 

WRITER:  Chris Terrio, based on the Characters created by George Lucas

STARRING:  Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Lupita Nyong’o and Joonas Suotamo

As we venture into the final episode of the Star Wars Saga as we know it, it seems that those surviving as a part of the Resistance, are about to engage in battle with the First Order once more, taking us into another battle of good vs. evil, throughout the Galaxy…

I give STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD:  Now, for all you Star Wars fanatics out there, of course you’ve had your tickets for tonight’s release for months now, and there is no way that you wouldn’t see this final installment on a big screen near you! I also know that you, as I, have been waiting in anticipation to see what this final installment has in store for George Lucas’s masterful film and storyline creation.  But, for those of you who just enjoy the films, reminiscing back to 1977 when it all started, you may interested in my “less than totally blown away” review of this final feature.  Don’t get me wrong, this film is intense from beginning to end, as the action throughout harkens back to the Star Wars of yesteryear, as Abrams and his team tried to bring back as many elements as possible to make their storybook ending come full circle.  Good intentions didn’t prevail this time though, as the storyline they came up with throughout felt rather disjointed, as if they knew they had to reach the finish line, but weren’t quite sure on how to go about creating a powerful, meaningful, or slightly profound way to do it, which I totally feel is what ALL Star Wars junkies deserved in this final showdown.  Maybe Lucas should have taken the writing into his own hands to finish off what he started…  Maybe Abrams and his team struggled on what to do with the untimely death of Carrie Fisher? Maybe Abrams and his writing team should have ventured deeper into the lives of the characters we have come to love for decades, since they arrived on movie screens many moons ago, and found a way to truly take us deep into a galaxy, far far away, for this one last joy ride!  But sadly, it just doesn’t happen.  Yes, we manage to reach a final destination, but it felt anticlimactic at best, which made my heart ache, as the rather mundane, and sometimes almost sterile turn of events that was taking place on screen, just wasn’t doing it for me.  As much as I wanted to totally love every minute of this film, I just left the theater feeling like, okay been there, seen that, and not really much more.  Not exactly the feeling I was sooooo longing for since the trailer for this final installment popped in early April.  But with all that said, I would be remiss if I didn’t share the following with you too, before this review is through, and that fact is, I am so glad that I gave Adam Driver a second chance playing Kilo Ren.  Truth be told, I wasn’t quite sold on his performance when he first appeared in 2015’s The Force Awakens, as without him this time around, and his performance throughout this film, The Rise of Skywalker would have been even more disappointing for me than it was, when it was all said and done…so thank you Adam, for keeping the ending of an era since my teenage years, from becoming a complete let down!

FROZEN 2 – Rated PG – 1 hr. 43  mins. 

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“It’s Hard to believe, but FROZEN 2 is better than the original, in sooooo many ways! “- Kathy Kaiser, Matineechat.com

 

FROZEN 2– Rated PG – 1 hr. 43  mins. 

DIRECTORS:  Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee 

WRITERS: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, Marc Smith, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

STARRING THE VOICES OF:  Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood and Jason Ritter

As we venture back to Arendelle to find out what Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) have been doing for the last 6 years, it seems that our sisters are as happy as ever together, and lucky for us, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Sven and Olaf (Josh Gad), have been able to hang around the castle, and Arendelle this whole time too…

But now it seems, a strange voice from the mist is calling to Elsa…harkening her to a land that neither she, nor Anna know, but as they both vow to stick together, not matter what lies ahead, they both, along with their trusty sidekicks of course, will find themselves venturing into the great unknown…

I give FROZEN 2 a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  Wow, it was quite a long wait to catch our favorite Princesses in action again, but oh was it soooo worth it!  Disney has managed to once again outdo themselves, as the storyline and music this time around, is even more incredible than in the original film!  And whether you loved FROZEN just as much as your kiddos did, or you were one of those parents that thought ” if I have to hear “Let it go…” or “Do you want to build a Snowman?” one more time, I’m going to lose it!”…I assure you that the songs from Frozen 2 won’t nearly annoy you as much, as they are truly magical and much needed for this incredible storyline, the whole way through.  Kudos too to Writers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, Marc Smith, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, as they managed to take Anna and Elsa on an adventure that’s even more exciting, than their first escapade into the wilderness!  Suffice to say too, that Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell are even better in their respective roles as well this time around, as they seem more confident as to who Elsa and Anna are, and who they are both destined to become!  So, buckle in for another Disney Magic excursion that is going to leave you wanting more, even though I’m not sure if this is the plan, or not, this time around.  And I think that this second Frozen is focused more on the older children this time around too, and why wouldn’t it be, as the children who fell in love with the original are all 6 years older, and more mature as they say, although its perfect for the younger ones too, in so many ways! Rest assured all the fun, all the emotional connection and of course, all the love you felt for the first film is about to return, and then some…so gather up all the youngsters in your household, and all the old farts too, as everyone in the family is going to want to check out Disney’s latest masterpiece ASAP, at a theater near you!

Review of MALEFICENT:  MISTRESS OF EVIL – Rated PG – 1 hr. 58 mins.

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MALEFICENT:  MISTRESS OF EVIL – Rated PG – 1 hr. 58 mins.

This Review may contain Spoilers – Proceed at your own risk  

 

DIRECTOR:  Joachim Renning 

WRITERS:  Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Hapster & Linda Woolverton

STARRING:  Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Harris Dickinson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Robert Lindsay

As we venture back to the fantasy land that Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and her goddaughter Aurora (Elle Fanning) inhabit, it seems that Prince Phillip is bound and determined to make Aurora his wife, sending both Maleficent, and Phillip’s Mother, Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) into a tizzy…

And as Aurora and Phillip make plans to wed, it seems that there are many dark forces throughout both of their kingdoms, at work against their union…leaving the Prince and Princess to wonder if they will ever be free to embark upon their very own “happy ending”…

I give MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS DISNEY FLICK ON DVD!  Don’t be fooled by the name of this film, as Maleficent’s EVIL, is nothing more than is to be expected from a Mother unsure of her daughter’s choice in men, or the divisive, and bitter to the core mother-in-law she is about to acquire. Jolie’s performance is as spectacular as she was in the original, and the storyline this time around is rather endearing too, as it literally keeps you guessing the whole way through.  Pfeiffer’s devious portrayal, beacons back to her very beautiful looking on the outside, but mean and nasty on the inside portrayal that she mustered up for 2007’s Hairspray.  And with Fanning all grown up this time around, she spreads her wings more within this film, showing that she can act just as well as her famous big sister.  And it seems that since Aurora is 5 years older, she gets to marry a much cuter Prince Phillip this time around too, as Harris Dickinson takes over this vital role.  Add in the additional storyline and characters brought to this film by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ed Skrein as Maleficent’s “own kind”, plus the resurfacing of Maleficent’s favorite raven Diaval (Sam Riley) too, and you end up with one very entertaining, and very magical Disney creation, filled with superbly animated CGI throughout, and a feel good ending once it arrives too…

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” revealed a new trailer this morning that journeys into the enchanted forest, revealing more of Anna & Elsa’s adventure in this highly anticipated feature film – FROZEN 2 Hits Theatres  Nov. 22, 2019.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” revealed a new trailer this morning that journeys into the enchanted forest, revealing more of Anna & Elsa’s adventure in the highly anticipated feature film – in U.S theatres  Nov. 22, 2019.

The trailer and images introduce the following characters and voice cast:

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  • KING AGNARR – The son of King Runeard, King Agnarr is married to Queen Iduna, and is Anna and Elsa’s father. King Agnarr loves his family, and would do anything to ensure his daughters’ wellbeing and safety. Alfred Molina lends his voice to King Agnarr.
  • YELANA – The unspoken leader of the nomadic Northuldra. She is fiercely protective of her family and community but is known to soften when people show an understanding of nature and their  environment. Martha Plimpton was called on to bring Yelana to life.
  • HONEYMAREN – A member of the Northuldra, Honeymaren is a true free spirit and wants nothing more than to bring peace to the enchanted forest. She is bold and brave, with a reverence for the magic of nature. Rachel Matthews provides the voice of Honeymaren.
  • RYDER  – Eager and fun, Honeymaren’s brother Ryder embraces life with optimism. Ryder’s love of reindeer might just rival Kristoff’s – but unlike Kristoff, Ryder has never roamed the great plains outside of the Enchanted Forest. He longs to embrace the world and venture beyond the magical mist. Jason Ritter lends his voice to Ryder.
  • BRUNI – Curious and cute, this salamander inhabits the Enchanted Forest. Though shy at first, Bruni can’t help but be drawn to Elsa’s icy magic and enjoys the cool snowflake treats she creates.

“FROZEN 2”

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U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 22, 2019

Voice cast:  Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Rachel Matthews.

Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Produced by: Peter Del Vecho

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? What truths about the past await Elsa as she ventures into the unknown to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond Arendelle? The answers are calling her but also threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll face a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.

NOTES:

  • “Frozen,” which opened in 2013, is the highest grossing animated film of all time.
  • “Frozen” won an Academy Award® for best animated feature film of the year. The film’s iconic song, “Let It Go,” with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, also won an Oscar® for best achievement in music written for motion picture, original song.

Kathy vs. TK’s view of TOY STORY 4 – Rated G

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TOY STORY 4 – Rated G – 1 hr. 40 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Josh Cooley

WRITERS:  John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Josh Cooley, Valerie LaPointe

Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Martin Hynes and Stephany Folsom

STARRING the voices of:  Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Joan Cusack, Keegan-Michael Key, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Bonnie Hunt, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Carl Weathers, Laurie Metcalf, and  many, many more!

It’s been Nine years since we’ve had the opportunity to hang out with our “Favorite Toys”, and as we embark on our next adventure, we find that Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) are enjoying their new home with Bonnie, although it seems that Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw) has created a new friend for them to hang with, her buddy Forky (Tony Hale).  As everyone is lucky enough to join Bonnie and her family on a “road trip of a lifetime” …we find our friends both old, and new, soon find ~ the world outside Bonnie’s room is about to turn into one big fabulous adventure, yet again…

I give TOY STORY 4 a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN, but you already knew that right?!:  Woody, Buzz and the gang are back and so is our beloved Bo Peep for this next installment of the best Pixar franchise for me!  Toy Story 4 seems if no time has passed at all, as Hanks and Allen – I mean Woody and Buzz, bring their characters back to the big screen, with all the joy and humbleness that we’ve known and loved since the beginning!  PIXAR has definitely managed to do it again, ~ as only they can ~ and with another adventurous storyline that will tug at your heartstrings, every step of the way.  I just knew that Toy Story 4 wasn’t going to be able to make me “the blubbering fool” that the 3rd installment did, as that storyline was way too close to home with my eldest heading off to College, just like Andy did.  Well, that was very wishful thinking on my part ~ and very stupid of me as well ~ because in true PIXAR Fashion, they managed to once again make sure that you need a few tissues to get through this one too!  And let me assure you that I was not the only one in my family touched by this film, as both my 19-year old daughter, and my hubby too, were shedding tears right along with me.  Yep, be prepared for this installment to emotionally affect your whole crew as well! I mean, truth be told, I’m sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, once this 4th installment finished playing out.  And I am amazed at how each of these actors/characters manage to touch your soul so deeply, that you just start to relive your childhood each time another film is released.  I absolutely loved seeing Woody and Buzz again,  and Bo Peep too, and the writers brought along some incredible new characters to add to the excitement too, including Duke Caboom – played by Keanu Reeves, and the masterfully crafted addition of Bunny and Ducky, brought to life by none other than Key and Peele,  thus making this next installment even more stupendous, if you can believe that!  So now that you know to prepare yourself for another very exciting, and very emotional adventure at the hands of Pixar, make sure to gather up your whole family, and head out the a theater near you to catch TOY STORY 4 this weekend.  This film is absolutely sheer perfection to view, throughout each passing frame – including the last few…so make sure to stick around till the very end 😉

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TOY STORY 4  – Rated G  – 1 hr. 40 mins

Director:  Josh Cooley

Cast:  Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Bonnie Hunt, Joan Cusack

When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.

NO SPOILERS BELOW

Let’s not pull any punches here, if you have kids or if you have seen any of the other TOY STORY films, you’re going to see TOY STORY 4.  It’s a fact and we all know it. And to be honest, TOY STORY 4 is worth your time and money. These four movies are done with such love and heart that I would say it is impossible to not get caught up in all the fun they provide their audience.  Each story is its own and after watching TOY STORY 4 I have now noticed the outstanding character arcs provided for all these wonderful toys we see on the silver screen. It’s very subtle, but it’s there and that is one of the many reasons why I fell in love with these movies.  Another reason why I love the TOY STORY franchise is the evolution of the animation. It is the perfect example of how Pixar has evolved into the animation giant they have become. The original TOY STORY movie came out in the year 1995 and since then, the world of computer-generated movies has been pushing the limits of how far they can actually go.  The attention to detail has become astounding. For example, a cowboy’s leather hat has visible wear and tear, the stickers on an astronaut’s spacesuit are now showing they have bunched and bubbled over time, and a porcelain sheep herder has a sheen to her that reflects all her surroundings. Seeing these things is just the tip of the iceberg too. The use of camera angles has gone to a place that even the animators probably never thought it could go.  I absolutely cannot wait to see what these digital geniuses come up with next. And finally, I would like to talk about the voice talent. Tom Hanks – well it’s Tom Hanks. He’s amazing and comes across as one of the most caring human beings ever. Tim Allen has brought his A game once again. But the surprise of this movie is Annie Potts who voices Bo Peep. She started off in these movies as a supporting character, but this time around she is a major contributor to the pushing forward of this story.  And that’s the beauty of Pixar animation. An actor may only have a couple of lines in the first film, but then in a sequel (which could be years down the line) they could be the main focus of the movie. Great job all around!!! Go see TOY STORY 4 in theaters as soon as you can! Like I said earlier, it is worth your time and money. Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There is no post credit scene, but if you’re a true fan of the TOY STORY franchise, then stick around until after the credits have rolled because there are a couple of dedications that deserve your nod.

 

Review of ALADDIN – Rated PG – 2 hrs. 8 mins. 

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ALADDIN – Rated PG – 2 hrs. 8 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Guy Ritchie 

SCREENPLAY BY:  Guy Ritchie, John August

STARRING:  Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, and Billy Magnussen    

It’s been 27 years since we’ve ventured through the streets of Agrabah with our favorite street rat, Aladdin (Mena Massoud), as he still longs to be living in the palace, while the Sultan’s daughter Jasmine (Naomi Scott), longs to escape the trappings of her royal life.  When the Sultan’s right hand dude Jafar (Marwan Kenzari)  manages to kidnap Aladdin, so he can make him venture into the Cave of Wonders – Aladdin manages to exit the cave, with his monkey Abu, a magic carpet, and most importantly,  the lamp containing an “All powerful Genie” (played by Will Smith), thus making sure that Aladdin’s world, and Jasmine’s too, will never be the same yet again…

I give Disney’s LIVE ACTION ALADDIN a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD!  Get ready for a joy ride, as a new generation of Disney are going to be thoroughly entertained with Disney’s latest Live Action creation! From the palatable chemistry between the very dreamy Aladdin (played by Mena Massoud), and the gorgeous Jasmine (played by Naomi Scott), to the totally hip, and infectiously entertaining Genie (Played by the one and only Will Smith), this new version of the 1992 Disney Animated Classic will have everyone viewing it totally on board with what is happening on screen, regardless if you are young, or just “young at heart”.  I was very impressed too, with the way that Smith made the role of the Genie “all his own ~ playing him with all the swagger that has made his fans love him, since his days as the Prince of Bel Air.  I was so, so happy to see too, that he decided not to try to touch the incomparable performance of this character by the late Robin Williams, thus making me love Smith, and his acting prowess even more!  I also loved the over the top costumes throughout, along with that tinge of Disney Magic too, that manages to seep into almost every frame of this film.  And I was happy too, to see that they managed to put the right cast,  and the right Director together for this film,  even though I was apprehensive to see what action-expert Guy Ritchie, was going to do with this classic Disney storyline, especially after they missed the mark earlier this year with allowing the dark and demented Tim Burton, to touch their classic masterpiece DUMBO.  But fortunately, all was well, when it was all said and done!   Even my 19 year old daughter enjoyed this film both times she viewed it with me this week, confirming that ALLADIN truly is a film for made for ALL AGES,  leaving me to suggest that if you love Will Smith, like I do, so much so that you too  have his classic “Gettin Jiggy with it” on your play list on your phone as well, then you have no choice but to venture to a theater near you to catch this very entertaining film this weekend.  But if you are in hopes that this Live Action version is going to totally blow the 92’ animated version “out of the water”, then you might be slightly disappointed when it’s all said and done, so you may want to wait and catch ALADDIN with your entire family, on your sofa at home, when its released  on Blu-Ray or DVD!

DUMBO – Rated PG – 1 hr. 52 mins 

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DUMBO – Rated PG – 1 hr. 52 mins 

DIRECTOR:  Tim Burton 

WRITERS: Novel written by Helen Aberson & Harold Pearl ~ Screenplay written by Ehren Kruger

STARRING:  Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, Alan Arkin, Eva Green, Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins

As we meet the elite circus star, Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), he has just returned to his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) from the war, and it seems that his world both personally, and professionally, has been turned upside down.   Enter Circus Owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) who has had his own woes too, trying to keep his once glorious circus afloat, during Farrier’s absence.  When Medici’s new purchase of an Asian elephant gives birth to a newborn, with oversized ears, named Dumbo, it seems that this “mishap” might just be the last nail in the coffin for his struggling circus troupe.  But when Milly and Joe discover that Dumbo can fly, this changes everything…especially when entrepreneur V A Vandevere (Michael Keaton) gets wind of this incredible creature, as he tries to convince Medici, and his entourage, that he, and his aerial acrobat Collette (Eva Green), can make Dumbo into the star, he is destined to be!

I give DUMBO a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD or NETFLIX:  It’s been a long time since the release of the original animated film by Walt Disney in 1941, but the premise and angst created back then is still apparent in this new Live, CGI’d version of the film by the same name.  And, along with the incredible angst within this slightly tweaked storyline, comes a new darker, and more sinister ambiance too, brought on by Burton’s signature “darkness” that he once again brings to his latest Disney creation.  The casting of this film is totally superb, featuring such veteran actors as Farrell, DeVito, Keaton, even Alan Arkin, and the children cast in this film – Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins – are enjoyable to view too.  But, the movie itself left me feeling even more sad than when I viewed the original animated film as a child, as Burton manages to make a “not so happy story to begin with” even sadder, making for a movie going experience that is definitely not a pick me up, most of the way through.  I was also surprised by how the children in the theater were responding to this new live version of DUMBO as well, as it seemed to scare a few of the younger ones in attendance, while it seemed to be rather slow for the older youngsters to really engage with what was happening on screen.  Suffice to say, I wouldn’t suggest taking really young children to this latest version of the film, and you might be surprised by how the older children aren’t truly feeling this latest Disney creation either.  I really wish that Disney would have put this remake into another Directors hands, as I feel a lighter feel, combined with a more vibrant remake of this old classic, might have taken the new DUMBO to a much brighter place, allowing for new generations of viewers to enjoy this new film, maybe even more than their parents, and grandparents did, with the original animated feature.  But I must share too, that the tweaks Burton made within the telling of this story, did add a sense of bringing this storyline into the 21st Century, and for that, I must give him, and Disney a few accolades, even though those tweaks still didn’t take this Live version of DUMBO, into making it into one of my favorite Disney films of this decade…enough said.

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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MARY POPPINS RETURNS – Rated PG – 2 hrs. 10 mins – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Mary Poppins Returns

MARY POPPINS RETURNS channels the enchantment and excitement of the original classic film, for an entirely new generation to experience…”

Kathy Kaiser, Matinee Chat 

 

MARY POPPINS RETURNS – Rated PG – 2 hrs. 10 mins – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

DIRECTOR:  Rob Marshall 

WRITERS:  David Magee, Rob Marshall, John DeLuca – Based upon the Mary Poppins stories by P.L. Travers 

STARRING:  Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury and David Warner

As we meet Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) Banks, they are now all grown up and facing adult problems in their lives, that no one really wants to face.  When Michael’s three beautiful children decide to adventure out, as a way to get away from their own dismays…it seems that Michael and Jane’s favorite Nanny, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) has mysteriously arrived back into their lives, and with just the plan, to make everything that’s wrong, seem to turn out all right once again…

I give MARY POPPINS RETURNS a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  Hesitant to see this film, as the original still has a special place in my heart, not only from numerous viewings in my own childhood, but during both of my daughter’s childhoods too ~  I ended up being rather enchanted by the whole experience of venturing back to the mystical and magical ways of Mary Poppins.  Marshall did his upmost best to bring us a new film, with a deep rooted, reminiscent feel of the original classic.  And even though the songs this time around, aren’t quite as memorable as those from our childhood, I still totally enjoyed the delightful singing and dancing this time around, the whole way through too! And, even though I’m not sure that anyone could ever outdo Andrews in her signature role as Mary Poppins, Blunt’s portrayal does channel the essence of Mary Poppins from days gone by, while she also manages to bring her own fresh, vibrant, and quite captivating spin, to this iconic role.  Miranda’s portrayal this time around was quite enchanting as well, as he too had some really big shoes to fill, to even come close to Van Dykes portrayal in the original 1964 film.  I also thoroughly enjoyed the premise of this storyline ~ as even as adults ~ we sometimes need a little “helping hand” to assure us that everything is going to be all right…even when it seems that our lives, and the lives of our children, are in total shambles!  I was also blown away by the fascinating way that roles throughout this film were created for some of our old friends from the original film, but ingeniously as new and memorable characters, perfectly crafted for this new storyline.  I also enjoyed seeing Firth in this remake, playing a nasty and not too nice fella, plus having Meryl Streep finally sing her way into my heart was thus exciting to say the least, as her past singing roles thus far for me, just haven’t truly been my cup of tea

And then, when you add in the portrayals by Davies, Saleh and Dawson, as the three charming children into this remake, you have the perfect formula that brings the same captivating charm of the original film, to this beautifully crafted remake.  I was so enchanted every step of the way throughout MARY POPPINS RETURNS, that I am suggesting that you make a point to see this film, on a big screen near you, with your entire family in tow…so that its enchantment, and mystical, magical power, can refresh and touch your souls as well, just like it did for me…

Kathy Kaiser

Tony vs. T.K.s view of RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET  – Rated PG –  1 hr. 52 mins

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RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET  – Rated PG –  1 hr. 52 mins

Director by:  Rich Moore & Phil Johnston

Cast:  John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Taraji P. Henson, Ed O’Neill, Gal Gadot, Alfred Molina, Bill Hader

He’s Gonna Wreck-It, Again!

It’s taken 6 years for them to return, but Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) are back in Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet”!  Still at Litwak’s Arcade, their days are filled with repetition: players during operating hours, evenings spent in the power strip terminal followed by root beers at Tapper’s.  Wishing, craving for more, Vanellope gets her wish when a good gesture leads-to the unimaginable; the Sugar Rush console’s steering wheel breaking.  The arcade’s newly acquired “WIFI” router may be the only way to save the game, so Ralph and Vanellope venture-into the great unknown; where they are shown a whole new World.  Millions of tiny people venturing along, exploring the vast offerings of the internet.  Once arriving at their destination, eBay, they must find the only Sugar Rush steering wheel, buy it, and have it shipped before Mr. Litwak sells the game for parts at the end of the week.  The harsh reality that nothing comes for free hits the two of them like a ton of bricks, leading them on a quest that requires them to not only deal with the dangers of the world wide web, but to question their true desires and even their entire friendship.

It’s hard to believe that it took this long to finally get a sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph”, one of the most fun and original animated films of the last decade!  The original worked for audiences of all ages, as there was plenty to unpack for each grouping.  I’m happy to report that “Ralph Breaks the Internet” follows in the footsteps of its predecessor; there are so many memorable and well-placed references and character inclusions throughout the film.  Firstly, pop culture, once again, runs rampant as we see not only our friends from Litwak’s Arcade (Felix (Jack McBrayer), Calhoun (Jane Lynch), and Mr. Litwak (Ed O’Neill)), but so many other characters and creations that are beloved; ranging from Star Wars to Sonic the Hedgehog to even the man himself, Stan Lee!  However, it’s the inclusion of the Disney’s princesses that truly make the biggest impact and provide some of the biggest laughs of the film.  Precisely-placed, they not only break-down their shared “princess” stereotypes, they offer Princess Vanellope an introspective look into her true wants and desires.  Pocahontas, Anna, Ariel, Moana, Cinderella, Aurora, Jasmine, Merida, Elsa, Rapunzel, Belle, Snow White, Tiana, and Mulan absolutely steal the show and I couldn’t stop laughing (Be sure to pay attention to their clothing)!  Gal Gadot and Taraji P. Henson are the newcomers as a street racing specialist named Shank and an algorithm specialist named Yesss, as well as a strangely-uncredited Bill Hader.

Another marvel of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is their clever and well-thought plot elements of the internet.  Sure, they had the common sense inclusion, such as: blue birds for a tweet on Twitter and mail trucks full of emails going in-and-out of Google.  However, they also had some excellent ones as well, such as: an auctioneer at eBay during a bidding, pop-ups as annoying advertisers on the street, and a search bar run by KnowsMore (Alan Tudyk), with its hilarious autocomplete suggestions, fast search results, and frustration with no one ever saying thank you.  There were just too many to count; I’m sure I missed a ton!  While “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is both clever and funny, its true importance lies-within the message and moral of the story.  The film teaches viewers, young and old, the trials of being selfish and trying to control the ones we love and dangers of insecurity.  All viewers will be able to find a time in their lives of when they were in a similar situation and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” handles it beautifully; Disney once-again proves they are experts at delicately imprinting strong messages and values in their viewers.  While not to give anything away, the film even has its own “Disney song” and it absolutely works!  During its 112 minute run time, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” keeps you thoroughly entertained and provides many laughs, but, most importantly, it will leave you feeling great!  Absolute fun for the whole family!  And remember, be sure to stick around during and after the credits!

4/5

Tony Mosello


 

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

 

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET  – Rated PG –  1 hr. 52 mins

Director by:  Rich Moore & Phil Johnston

Cast:  John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Taraji P. Henson, Ed O’Neill, Gal Gadot, Alfred Molina, Bill Hader

Wreck-It Ralph and his best friend, Vanellope, must travel to the internet to save an arcade game from becoming obsolete.  

NO SPOILERS BELOW

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET is the long-awaited sequel to the first film WRECK-IT RALPH which was released six years ago.  As the years have gone by, computer animated movies have evolved in two very distinctive ways. The first way is visually.  These films have gotten highly detailed and more realistic, and if you need proof of this, then go back and watch the first ever computer animated movie TOY STORY (1995).  It really is incredible if you compare TOY STORY to this new Disney film RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET because even though they are made from the same film company, aka Disney, they are still worlds apart.  The animation in RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET is eye poppingly amazing and the animators attention to detail is astounding if you stop and think about just how much they put into this movie…they get two thumbs up!!!   The second way animated films have changed is their content. As the films have progressed throughout the years, their content has become more adult oriented. The jokes and stories have been focusing more on entertaining the adults watching as opposed to the kids who just get cute button nosed characters burping and farting to make them laugh.  Now…one could make the argument that the “kids of today” are getting more sophisticated than the kids of the 1980s or 1990s. They can tolerate more violence, gore and sexual descriptive jokes and images than previous generations, which may explain why I thought RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET felt like it was geared more towards teenagers rather than preadolescence children.  Now…I’m not saying RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET has any rated-R images, but there were some sequences in it that I thought might scare little kids in the theater – or maybe it was just that they scared me…idk, LOL. But it is kind of poetic that I’m using RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET to make these points because this new movie’s story is about characters moving on from an arcade game (aka “the past”) to the internet (aka “present day”).  I really did like RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET because it was fun and very creative as far as explaining what the internet would look like if you were to go inside and see it as a functioning city, but at the same time it really wasn’t Disney’s best animated film. I would only suggest going to the theater to see it if you really enjoyed the first movie WRECK-IT RALPH, but do be warned…the first one is much better. It’s story is more engaging, the characters seem more loveable, the jokes are a lot funnier, and I just thought it was an all around better film.  Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There are two post credit scenes that are worth waiting around for.  You’re welcome.

 

Check out the NEW TRAILER for RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET – Hits Theaters November 21, 2018!

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Check out a brand-new trailer for “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” introducing new characters, including the fierce and fun crew of racers from online racing game Slaughter Race. Ali Wong lends her voice to Felony, Timothy Simons voices Butcher Boy, Glozell Green brings Little Debbie to life and Hamish Blake provides the voice of Pyro. Also new to the roster of characters is Double Dan, the proprietor of the dark web’s apothecary. Voiced by Alfred Molina, Double Dan is massive, slimy and decidedly creepy with a second head called Little Dan tucked into his neck folds. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.

“RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET”

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U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast:  John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill, Ali Wong, Timothy Simons, Glozell Green, Hamish Blake and Taraji P. Henson.

Directors:  Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

In “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet—the Netizens—to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces—so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had. Directed by Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) and Phil Johnston (co-writer “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” writer, “Cedar Rapids”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt,” “Lilo & Stitch”), “Ralph Breaks the Internet” hits theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.

In case you DIDN’t KNOW…

  • When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release.
  • “Wreck-It Ralph” won the PGA Award for outstanding producer of an animated theatrical motion picture as well as five Annie Awards, including best animated feature, director, screenplay and actor. The film was named best animated feature by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, earned outstanding achievement in casting for an animated feature by the Casting Society of America, and won the Kids’ Choice Award for favorite animated movie. The film was also nominated for an Oscar® and Golden Globe® for best animated feature.
  • The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon.
  • Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster animated feature “Zootopia.”

 

Kathy vs T.K.s view on INCREDIBLES 2

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****THIS REVIEW IS SPOILER FREE 😉 ****

“You have to see INCREDIBLES 2 on the BIG SCREEN, as it is so TOTALLY WORTH THE WAIT!!!” – Kathy Kaiser, Matinee Chat

INCREDIBLES 2:  Rated PG – 1 hr. 58 mins. 

Director:  Brad Bird

Writer: Brad Bird

Starring the voices of : Craig T. Nelson (Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible), Holly Hunter (Helen Parr/Elastigirl), Samuel L. Jackson (Lucius Best/Frozone), Sarah Vowell (Violet Parr), Huck  Milner (Dashiell Parr), Brad Bird (Edna Mode), Eli Fucile (Jack-Jack) and Sophia Bush (Voyd)

Even though it’s been 14 years since we last saw the Parr Family…lucky for us…we pick up right where we left off, as we find Bob…ak.a. Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) attempting to come to terms with the fact that he is about to be a stay-at-home Dad, while wife Helen…a.k.a. Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) takes on being the #1 superhero of the family for a while, thus leaving Mr. Incredible to deal with the day-to-day trials and tribulations of raising three kids…as he is forced to come to terms with his own identity… 

I give INCREDIBLES @ a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  Yes, it has been totally worth the wait to see our favorite animated superheroes back on the big screen ~ even though I still felt the original, and its storyline, was slightly better.  Bu, I still think that the “Mr. Mom” storyline this time around is totally apropos for our time, still making this film a must see on the big screen for me!  Exciting as well, is that Director/Writer Brad Bird literally acted as if no time has passed at all…taking us right back to where we left off 14 years ago!  I was also super-pumped that they did manage to make this sequel before any of the original characters were no longer with us!  I must also share that waiting for this particular sequel was rather daunting, as my family LOVED the original so much, it must have played on our DVD player 100’s of times of the years.  And we, like many of you, thought for sure a sequel would be right around the corner, not 14 years off…But, with that said, my now adult children are still SO EXCITED to catch ALL THE INCREDIBLES BACK IN ACTION on the big screen this weekend, and they, like you, are not going to be disappointed!  Each of these characters are still as endearing as ever every step of the way, and the few new characters that get to embark on this new adventure along side our favorite crime-fighting family, are totally incredible too!!!

Kathy Kaiser

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

INCREDIBLES 2  – Rated PG  – 1 hr. 58 mins

Director by:  Brad Bird

Cast:  Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Vowell, John Ratzenberger, Isabella Rossellini, Sophia Bush, Brad Bird

The Incredibles are back and this time the roles are reversed!  Elastigirl must face off against a new villain, which leaves Mr. Incredible to stay at home and look after their three kids.

THIS SEGMENT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

INCREDIBLES 2 was 14 years in the making (at least that’s what they’re saying…lol), but it feels just like it was yesterday.  The sequel picks up immediately where the first film ended and you really don’t notice how long it’s been in between the two films.  That’s one of the reasons why I love computer animated films so much. It doesn’t matter when they’re made or how long it takes them to be made.  The film will always speak for itself and the audience doesn’t get caught up in how old an actor has gotten or how “fat” they look now or even how completely different they look now (lol) for example…Silence of the Lambs vs. Hannibal (Clarice), Batman Begins vs. Dark Knight (Rachel), Harry Potter 1 & 2 vs. Harry Potter 3-8 (Dumbledore), Back to the Future vs. Back to the Future 2 & 3 (Jennifer and George McFly) and don’t get me started on the Marvel Cinematic Universe…LOL.  Now, INCREDIBLES 2 was definitely a sequel I have been anticipating for quite a lonnnnnnnnnnng while.  I absolutely loved the first film and was wondering why Disney never decided to make a sequel to it. I’m sure it has to do with getting Brad Bird back in the director’s chair again. He’s been busy directing a few films you may have heard about RATATOUILLE, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL and TOMORROWLAND (i think i’ll give him a pass…lol).  But he came back and directed this amazing sequel that will go down in the film history books as one of the best Pixar animation films ever produced.  INCREDIBLES 2 has just as much action, comedy and heart as the first film, not to mention Bird does some amazing things with his camera shots too. Once again, the audience is going to feel like they are “in” the movie while watching the action.  That’s something you have to acknowledge about these two films. It’s hard enough for an audience to be entertained by a live action film, but to keep their attention for close to 2 hours with animation and to keep them on the edge of their seats while holding that attention is a task unto itself.  I commend everyone involved with this film and salute the entire computer animation team. GREAT JOB EVERYONE INVOLVED!!! This is definitely a movie that needs and deserves to be seen on the big screen and I recommend everyone go see it in the theaters. It’s a wild ride and just a ball of fun to take in & see.  Fun for the entire family!…LOL. Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There’s a small post credit scene – WATCH CAREFULLY or you might miss it 😉