DOLITTLE – Rated PG – 1 hr. 41 mins. 

Doolittle

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DOLITTLE – Rated PG – 1 hr. 41 mins. 

DIRECTED BY:  Stephen Gaghan 

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY Hugh Lofting – The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle

SCREENPLAY BY Stephan Gaghan, Dan Gregor, Doug Mann and Thomas Shepherd

STARRING:  Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Jessie Buckley, Rami Malek, Harry Collett, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Craig Robinson, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez

As we venture into the life of one Dr. John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.), his wife has been met with her untimely demise, and as he seeks seclusion in his grief, he finds that his English estate, filled with the animals he communicates with, is the perfect way to pass away his time…

But when Queen Victoria (Jessie Buckley) is stricken ill…it is up to Dr. Dolittle to figure out her ailment, and travel across the ocean with his trusty animals by his side, in search of the cure to save her majesty…

I give DOLITTLE a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD:  If you have been following me, or my site for the past few years, you know that it’s killing me not to give this film a total “Must see on the Big Screen” review, as Robert Downey Jr is one of my most favorite actors of all time.  But even though I adore both him, and the fabulous cast that was tapped to take on this film along with him, Dolittle just doesn’t quite reach the pinnacle of what I was hoping to see, with this beloved remake of a story.  Downey is good as Dolittle, he’s just not as fabulous as many of the other characters he has created over the years – including Charlie Chaplin, Sherlock Holmes, or even his most well-known Marvel character, Iron Man.  And although his casting team did manage to surround him with some incredible actors to voice his beloved animals too ~ including Rami Malek, Emma Thompson, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland – the list goes on and on – even their funny performances throughout, couldn’t secure a flawless remake of the beloved Dr. Dolittle character this time around.  Sadly too, is the fact that this Dolittle film, made for a new generation of children to become as endeared to this character as I myself did as a small child, watching Rex Harrison in this timeless role, or for the decades of children that have enjoyed Eddie Murphy’s hilarious take on “the man who can talk to the animals”, might have ultimately missed its mark.  Although, now that I have shared with you my own “not quite as perfect as it could have been” thoughts on this film, I feel that it’s only fair for me to share with you too, my 19 year old daughter’s thoughts, as she came home last evening ~ Singing its accolades~ informing me that the rating on Rotten Tomatoes is bogus, and that it must be just from the critics that are panning this film, and they  “have it all wrong”…as she loved every minute of it this film, from the quirky way that Downey Jr portrays Dr. Dolittle, to the hilarious and endearing animals throughout, thus alerting me to the fact that maybe the children this movie was created for, might enjoy it a lot more, than all of the Adult critics, who are sharing their take with you on this film…including me!

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

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

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SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs 13 mins.

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SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs 13 mins.

Starring Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya & Donald Glover

Here Comes Spider-Man!

After our introduction to Spider-Man in “Captain America: Civil War”, fans were left eagerly-anticipating the new look and feel of the character. The film opens as cleanup from the Battle of New York against Loki and the Chitauri is underway. A small construction crew is hired to remove all of the alien items, until they are shut down by Stark Industries. Fast–forward eight years later. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” introduces us to Peter’s normal, everyday life. Struggling for something more after the events in Germany (see “Captain America: Civil War”), Peter spends his nights thwarting small crime in the city. Until one night, he encounters powerful and enhanced weaponry that nearly kills him. With Peter wanting to investigate and contribute, and Tony (aka Happy) keeping a watchful-eye, he must discover who is making all of the weapons. Peter faces the ultimate test in-balancing his public life and his secret one, but he must do so in-order to protect his city, and those he loves.

Tom Holland stars as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. As we witnessed in “Captain America: Civil War”, Holland’s charisma and youthful-nature fit the character perfectly, as it gives us one of, if not, the most true-to-from iterations of the character. Michael Keaton plays Adrien Toomes, the man tasked to clean-up New York and who eventually becomes Vulture. Robert Downey Jr. reprises his phenomenal role of Tony Stark/Iron Man, as he is serving as the “father” figure to Peter. Marisa Tomei returns as Peter’s attractive aunt, May Parker. Jon Favreau is back as Tony’s most-trusted assistant, Happy Hogan. Gwyneth Paltrow reprises her role of Pepper Potts. Laura Harrier plays a high school senior who shares her affections for Peter, Liz. Donald Glover has a small role as Aaron Davis. Jacob Batalon plays Peter’s best friend and “the man in the chair”, Ned. Zendaya, Tony Revolori, and Abraham Attah play fellow classmates of Peter: Michelle, Flash, and Abe. Bokeem Woodbine plays one of Toomes’ associates, Herman Schultz/Shocker. Hannibal Buress has a small role as a high school gym teacher, Coach Wilson. Tyne Daly plays the woman in-charge of Stark’s asset containment, Anne Marie Hoag.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” does a marvelous job of establishing Peter Parker in the MCU; it’s filled with humor, storytelling, and plenty of action, which makes it not only one of Marvel’s finest, but the best Spider-Man film yet! First of all, the film relies-heavily on Tom Holland, which is a great thing because he IS Peter Parker. He absolutely nails it, from his moral contemplations to his interactions at school; he is absolutely the most accurate Peter Parker yet! Also making the film such as success is how “young” his character still is. In “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, he’s only 15 years old. Not only do they make plenty of references to the fact, but he is still figuring-out how to use the suit, let alone for what. I love that he isn’t fully-defined or functioning, it makes him seem much more real and it’s a breath of fresh air in the “origin story” canon. It also brings a great father-son dynamic between him and Iron Man, which is clearly what Tony has wanted all along. The supporting cast is great as well: it’s always fun to see Happy, his friends (primarily Batalon) offer plenty of comedic moments, and Keaton is (to the surprise of no one) an excellent villain. Not a villain in the typical sense of the word though. Keaton’s Toomes is the film’s primary antagonist, but I loves how he wasn’t focused on destroying the World or killing innocent civilians; instead, he had his own agenda which I thought was a great change-of-pace for the MCU. While being released under the Sony umbrella, obviously Marvel had their hands-in this as well. This showed that, with compromise and understand, that a joint-studio superhero production is entirely possible; maybe there’s hope for “Fantastic Four” yet! Michael Giacchino’s courageous score is a great addition to the film as well, one that I can’t wait to listen to once it’s released! Sure, the film strongly-benefits from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (with countless references, characters inclusions, etc.), but it is also a great free-standing superhero film that everybody can relate to. Just make sure you go-in knowing as little as possible! “Spider-Man: Homecoming” has a run time of 133 minutes and it slings-by! “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is yet another monstrous hit for Marvel and a badly-needed one for Sony; 2+ hours of pure entertainment, the Spider-Man that we’ve always wanted, and one of the best MCU films yet!

STAY UNTIL AFTER THE CREDITS!!

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” follows Peter Parker after squaring-off against the Avengers, while he is in-search of his true purpose. The film features plenty of humor, a fantastic story, and a ton of awesome action sequences. If you are going to the movies this weekend, go see “Spider-Man: Homecoming”!!

Rating 4.5/5 

Tony Mosello     

Matinee Chat Podcast #40 – Review of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – Rated PG-13 – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – Rated PG-13 – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS 

Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olson, and Tom Holland 

As we venture into MARVEL’S next SUPERHERO EXTRAVAGANZA – the “Powers that be” of our federal government have decided it’s time to pull in the reins of our many SUPERHEROES, limiting their rights amongst us mere mortals…

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), and his followers, Including the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Vision (Paul Bettany) ~ and their newly recruited youngster, Spider Man (Tom Holland) ~ are all bound and determined to follow the NEW RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, limiting their presence and interference in the outside world…

Yet, there are those superheroes that feel this limiting of their power to help their fellow man is a grave injustice ~ forcing Capt. America (Chris Evans), Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Ant Man (Paul Rudd) to join forces as well, proving that they are all here on earth for a reason, and that is to use what ever powers they have for the epic battle of good vs. evil

As the War between our heroes rages on ~ and devastating circumstances from the past are finally revealed ~ Will #Team Cap and #Team Iron Man be able to work out their differences in the end, or is this epic battle just the tip of the iceberg for what lies ahead…?

I give CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR a rating between: MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN & WAIT AND CATCH IT ON DVD ~ Okay, so I know everyone is heading out to the theaters this weekend to catch this EPIC MARVEL MOVIE ~ one, because it is the only movie popping this weekend, and two, we have to keep up the pace of where all of our Superheroes are headed next, but, I just couldn’t call this one a definite MUST SEE ~ and WHY YOU ASK??? First off, it was WAY TOO LONG!! I realize for some of us who haven’t had the opportunity to catch all of Marvels previous films leading up to this, have to get a little back story. That’s great, but for me, this part of the film was way too long and drawn out. Second, it seemed to move at a snails pace getting to the point of our Superheroes finally coming to blows…and third, not that I don’t think CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR turned out to be an entertaining film, as it is, but I found myself comparing it to my FAVORITE SUPERHERO MOVIE OF ALL TIME ~ (I saw it 4 times in the theater and literally can not wait for the Director’s Cut to hit on DVD) – DEADPOOL – which translated to this PG-13 rated Marvel movie coming across really subpar. They definitely raised the bar earlier this year…which translated to a rather diminishing excitement factor in my eyes, as I left the theater wanting MORE!!! But, if you love MARVEL’s SUPERHERO FLICKS, then you most definitely have to get a move on to a theater near you to catch CAP and the rest of our SUPERHEROES IN ACTION…but if you are thinking this is going to be more exciting, more engaging, or more fun than the last Marvel movie you viewed, you are going to be disappointed ~ just know that going in…

Kathy Kaiser

Check out the NEW MOVIE POSTERS for CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – Movie hits theaters May 6, 2016

Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is in theaters May 6, 2016!

TEAM IRON MAN ~

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

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Genre: Action-Adventure

Rating: TBD

U.S. Release date: May 6, 2016

Running Time: TBD

Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Martin Freeman with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl

Directors: Anthony & Joe Russo

Producer: Kevin Feige

Executive Producers: Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore, Stan Lee

Screenplay by: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely

STORY SYNOPSIS:

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo and Martin Freeman, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.

Anthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.

Check out the NEW MOVIE POSTERS for CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – Hits theaters May 6, 2016

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TEAM CAPTAIN AMERICA ~

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

MARVEL STUDIOS

Website and Mobile site: http://marvel.com/captainamerica

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaptainAmerica

Follow us on Twitter:  @CaptainAmerica

Instagram: @Marvel

Genre: Action-Adventure

Rating: TBD

U.S. Release date: May 6, 2016

Running Time: TBD

Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Martin Freeman with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl

Directors: Anthony & Joe Russo

Producer: Kevin Feige

Executive Producers: Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore, Stan Lee

Screenplay by: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely

STORY SYNOPSIS:

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in twocamps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire  for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo and Martin Freeman, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.

Anthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.