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!

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…

THE LION KING – Rated PG – 1 hr. 58 mins.

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THE LION KING – Rated PG – 1 hr. 59 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Jon Favreau 

WRITERS:  Jeff Nathanson and Brenda Chapman 

STARRING:  James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Beyoncé’, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogan, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, John Kani, Alfre Woodard, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Keegan Michael Key, Eric Andre and Chance the Rapper

As we venture back into the Circle of Life, and the storyline that has moved us for generations, we once again meet Mufasa (James Earl Jones), as he teaches his son Simba (Donald Glover) the ways of their kingdom.   Enter Mufasa’s nasty brother Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who is bound and determined to make sure that Simba never becomes the ruler he is destined to be.  And as Scar seeks his revenge on his own family, it seems that it’s going to be up to Simba’s friends Nala (Beyoncé’), Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) and Timon (Billy Eichner) to help Simba find his way back to his homeland, and Kingdom that are rightfully his…

I give THE LION KING a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  From its masterful CGI, to its timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and finding your destiny, The Lion King is nothing but sheer enjoyment yet again!   I was super excited that 25 years later James Earl Jones was given the opportunity to return as the mighty Mufasa, as replacing his voice, would have been a travesty to say the least.  But, with that said, the other voices that were chosen to take on this classic tale were next to sheer perfection – including the nasty Scar himself, this time portrayed by the very talented Chiwetel Ejiorfor, and a new Simba too, played by the Childish Gambino himself, Donald Glover, and then when you add in Beyoncé’ showing off not only her voiceover chops, but sharing her shining singing voice too as Nala, you have one incredibly entertaining film, that stands atop the pinnacle of awesomeness.  Plus, I must share too, that Jon Favreau’s decision to cast Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen together as our favorite pals Timon and Pumbaa, was a total “slam dunk” as they not only brought the joy and excitement of these two characters to life, but added enough of their own “stuff” to the mix, that it will make you love these two pals now, even more!  The fact is Favreau, and his all-star cast have managed to make the stars align, as they stay true to the magic of the Original Disney Animated classic, while adding enough of each of their “own magic” to the storyline along the way too, that it makes this film one of the best Disney remakes to date.  Mark my words when I tell you, you will be fighting an array of emotions through every minute of this film, as it manages to draw you in more and more with each passing frame.   Bottom line, If you and your loved ones have enjoyed viewing the 1994 original animated film as much as my family has over the years, then you have to make plans to get your entire pride together, and go get your Hakuna Matata on at a theater near you too!!!

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 😉

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

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.

 

You don’t want to miss the“Toy Story 4” Summer Road Trip when it Rolls into St. Louis on Sat. June 22 @ Kiener Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Mark you calendars TOY STORY Fans, as the TOY STORY Summer Road Trip RV is rolling into St. Louis Saturday June 22nd!!!

“TOY STORY 4”-THEMED RV HITS THE ROAD FOR 20-CITY TOUR

“Toy Story 4” Summer Road Trip Rolls into St. Louis on Sat. June 22

WHAT: A “Toy Story 4”-themed RV rolls into St. Louis, featuring photo opportunities for fans, film-themed prizes, carnival games and lots of family-friendly fun.
WHO: Local “Toy Story” fans are invited to take part in the activities. Two film ambassadors will be on hand to share details about fan-favorite characters—Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep—as well as new characters coming to the big screen—Forky, Bunny, Ducky and Duke Caboom, among others—learn more about this all-new adventure.
WHERE/WHEN: Saturday, June 22, 10:00am to 3:00pm Kiener Plaza, 500 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO 63101
ABOUT THE TOUR: “Toy Story 4” Summer Road Trip is traveling coast to coast this summer to generate excitement surrounding the June 21 opening of the movie. The fully-wrapped RV will hit 20 cities, including Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Denver and more. #ToyStory4  #SummerRoadTrip  #GoRVing
ABOUT THE MOVIE: When Bonnie takes the toys on her family’s road trip, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep, whose adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. Woody and Bo are worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, and they soon realize that’s the least of their worries.  Directed by Josh Cooley and produced by Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera, Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” opens on June 21, 2019.
ABOUT GO RVING: GO RVING is providing the RV for the “Toy Story 4” Summer Road Trip.  They’re teaming up with Disney and Pixar in celebration of the movie with an integrated marketing campaign to inspire RV travel that takes family and friends on unforgettable adventures – just like Bonnie’s family and the “Toy Story 4” friends. RV road trip adventures are as much about forming unbreakable bonds as the travel itself. Now in its 22nd year, Go RVing challenges Americans to ‘find their away’ and pursue their passions more frequently when they travel by RV. Formed by the RV manufacturers, dealers and campgrounds to educate consumers about the benefits of RV travel and camping, Go RVing shares its messages of self-exploration through travel to today’s hurried families and adventure-seekers. Road warriors can get their own RV adventure started by visiting GoRVing.com.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Mark Schulte, mschulte@alliedglobalmarketing.com, 314.422.4380

 

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!

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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyTheLionKing/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyLionKing

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lionking

Website: https://disney.com/lionking

Hashtag: #TheLionKing

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 Review of CAPTAIN MARVEL – Rated PG-13

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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.

Check out the new teaser trailer from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2.”   Hits Theaters November 22, 2019

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From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, and the music of Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.

Check out the new teaser trailer from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2.”

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From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, and the music of Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.

Celebrate the start of Winter with Disneynature’s “Penguins” brand-new poster. The all-new, big-screen adventure opens April 17, 2019. 

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Celebrate Winter  with Disneynature’s “Penguins” brand-new poster. The all-new, big-screen adventure opens April 17, 2019.

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U.S. Release Date:                   April 17, 2019

Directors:                                  Alastair Fothergill, Jeff Wilson

Producers:                                Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield, Keith Scholey, Roy Conli

Composer:                                Harry Gregson-Williams

Disneynature’s all-new feature film “Penguins” is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind “Bears” and “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature’s “Penguins” opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.

NOTES:

  • “Penguins” is the eighth theatrical release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years.  The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.
  • Disneynature’s first seven theatrical releases, “Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats,” “Chimpanzee,” “Bears,” “Monkey Kingdom” and “Born in China,” are seven of the top eight highest grossing feature-length nature films to date, with “Chimpanzee” garnering a record-breaking opening weekend for the genre.
  • Disneynature’s commitment to conservation is a key pillar of the label and the films empower the audience to help make a difference, with each film driving significant conservation outcomes, supporting wildlife featured in the films.
  • Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, including “Seal Island” (1948), “Beaver Valley” (1950), “The Living Desert” (1953) and “Jungle Cat” (1958). The films earned eight Academy Awards®.

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

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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


 

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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

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

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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.