Here’s a piece of advice for anyone looking to edit trailers as a profession: Don’t begin a trailer (that everyone will have seen in theaters and online for several months) with the climactic moment in the movie. That egregious mistake was made with “Tag”. And it’s far from the only one.
'Incredibles 2' Review
At the Regal Cinemas “Incredibles 2” showing I attended (and it’s likely playing everywhere), right before the film began, writer/director Brad Bird, and stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson appeared on screen and thanked all the fans for waiting patiently for the past 14 years (it’s been 13 and a half, but let’s round up – why not?) for this sequel. Jackson proclaimed, “Finally! Here it is!”
Lately the title “Horror Movie” has been awarded to films that just don’t deserve it. “Get Out” has a few gory moments in its final half hour, but it’s a suspense thriller. “mother!” includes its share of blood, but not the slicing and dicing found in traditional horror films. And neither provide the scares required for the genre.
'Ocean's 8' Review
A few months before the release of the all-female version of “Ghostbusters” in 2016, Warner Bros. announced they were developing an “Ocean’s” reboot with a prominently female cast. The reason the film’s called “Ocean’s 8” and not another “Ocean’s 11” is because the studio hopes this can become another trilogy, with “Ocean’s 9” and “Ocean’s 10” down the line. However, after wading through “Ocean’s 8″ it’s tough to make a legit case for the need for sequels.
'Eighth Grade' Review
Comedian/singer-songwriter Bo Burnham has written and directed his first feature film. It’s not what you’d expect. “Eighth Grade” is a sophisticated, sentimental and surprisingly serious coming-of-age story that focusses on the final week of eighth grade for a quiet, socially awkward 13-year old.
'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Review
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is the highly-anticipated documentary on Fred Rogers, the television and cultural icon whose show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Oscar-winning “20 Feet from Stardom” director Morgan Neville presents a fascinating insight into Rogers’ life and his career. But mostly this film is about the ideas and ideals that Rogers stood for – with ‘kindness’ being the most important of them all.
'American Animals' Review
The heist movie is a quintessential part of American cinema. “American Animals” puts a new spin on the genre as part-documentary/part-dramatization of a 2004 robbery involving four Kentucky college students who attempted to steal a group of priceless books from the Transylvania University library.
'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Review
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is the second “Star Wars” film in six months and the fourth in less than 3½ years – since the Disney takeover of LucasFilm. “Solo” is the second prequel/spinoff, joining 2016’s “Rogue One”. That movie had almost entirely new characters, while this one is, of course, about the early adventures of someone fans are already quite familiar with.