TV Review: 'Betty White: First Lady of Television'
“Betty White: First Lady of Television” is a new PBS documentary special on the life and career of, arguably, the most prolific person in the history of TV.
“BlacKkKlansman” is the latest Spike Lee “joint”. It’s the director’s most high-profile release since 2006’s “Inside Man” and will likely be seen by many critics and movie fans as a career “comeback”. As a stand alone film, this is a unique and thought/emotion-provoking effort, though, at times a bit heavy-handed.
'The Meg' Review
The shark attack thriller genre has returned to surface recently, thanks to the popularity of Discovery Channel’s annual “Shark Week” (highlighted by their ridiculous “Sharknado” movies). 2016’s “The Shallows” and last year’s “47 Meters Down” both took a pretty good bite out of their opening weekend box office battles. Now, one of the most badass action stars on the planet squares-off against a gigantic titan of the sea in “The Meg”.
'Crazy Rich Asians' Review
“Crazy Rich Asians” is based on the popular 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan. It stars “Fresh Off the Boat”’s Constance Wu as Rachel. She’s an NYU professor who’s about to meet her boyfriend’s family for the first time. There’s just one problem: Nick (Henry Golding) is crazy rich, and Rachel doesn’t know it. The couple travels to Singapore where Nick will be best man at his best friend’s wedding. But the big question on the minds of everyone is: Is Rachel, who comes from a poor background, the best woman for him?
TV Review: 'Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'
“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is the latest heroes in a half-shell franchise reboot from Nickelodeon, which has already produced a CGI TV series and two successful movies (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, released in 2014 and 2016’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”), with another film in the works.
'Game Changers' Review
This new documentary on the history and impact of game shows is hosted by Alex Trebek and features interviews with Pat & Vanna, Regis and the late Monty Hall.
'Christopher Robin' Review
For nearly a century, the works of author A.A. Milne and artist E.H. Shepard have taken us deep into the Hundred Acre Wood. Now, Disney and “Finding Neverland” director Marc Forster take us deep into the mind of Christopher Robin, the young boy now all grown up in the new, original (that word has more than one meaning here) and appropriately titled, “Christopher Robin”.
Is Animated Feature Category Already Settled?
Six major animated movies have been released so far in 2018: “Early Man” (from Aardman and Lionsgate), “Gnomeo & Juliet” follow-up “Sherlock Gnomes” (Paramount), Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” (Fox Searchlight), Disney/Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” (now the highest-grossing animated movie of all-time), Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” and WB/DC mash-up “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies”.
'The Spy Who Dumped Me' Review
On the heels of last summer's disappointing spy action comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”, starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, Lionsgate now offers-up their female counterpart in the genre - “The Spy Who Dumped Me”. That title probably sold well in the pitch meeting. However, the final product is a mess and easily one of the worst movies of 2018.