'Toy Story 4' Review
When Pixar officially announced, back in 2014, that they were developing “Toy Story 4”, just four years after “TS3”, the general reaction was not enthusiastic. “Toy Story 3” was the perfect ending to this beloved series (which was then followed by a few sweet holiday specials).
Richard Roundtree made his film acting debut in 1971’s “Shaft”, which became a blaxploitation classic. Samuel L. Jackson continued the legacy of the character 29 years later in the part remake, part sequel, “Shaft”. Now, Jessie T. Usher makes it three generations in the new follow-up — also simply called “Shaft”.
'Men in Black International' Review
2012’s “Men in Black 3” was a highly satisfying conclusion to the sci-fi action comedy series. But we’re in an era in which studios just can’t leave things be. Now, 7 years later, Sony has dug up the “MIB” brand and spun it on its axis to give us “Men in Black International”.
'Late Night' Review
I’m proud to have some first-hand, late night network talk show experience. I’ll never forget my two appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, including getting to learn a little bit of what goes on behind the scenes at these shows.
'The Secret Life of Pets 2' Review
“The Secret Life of Pets 2” is Illumination Entertainment’s sequel to their 2016 mega hit. Director Chris Renaud is back, along with most of the principal cast. But the vibe, as a whole, is much different from the original – and for the better.
Summer 2019 at the movies will be remembered for two things: Disney (big surprise!) and the celebration of music icons. Films centered around the songs of The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen are on the way. But first up is this extravagant musical biopic of Sir Elton John.
Disney’s second of four live-action re-imaginings this year is director Guy Ritchie’s version of “Aladdin”. Ritchie’s previous film, 2017’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”, cost $175 million and only made $39 million at the U.S. box office. This “Aladdin” cost even more (a reported $183 million) – so there’s even more on the line this time.
Olivia Wilde is the latest actor turned director hoping to make a splashy feature directorial debut. “Booksmart” attempts to be the Gen Z version of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”. Instead, thanks to a flawed concept, ridiculous characters, unethical situations, unrealistic dialogue and a flat-out absurd vision, it’s bad times for anyone unfortunate enough to see it.