'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.
'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' Review
I doubt Keanu Reeves could’ve guessed that he would be part of another blockbuster film trilogy following “The Matrix”. But 2014’s “John Wick” quickly became a cult hit, spawning the 2017 sequel, “Chapter 2”. And now we get “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”. And like a good dog, it’s loyal to the series and its fans.
'Pokemon: Detective Pikachu' Review
I’ve never ventured into the world of Pokemon. I allowed the “Pokemon Go!” craze to pass by, as people all over the world, with their eyes glued to their phones, wandered into traffic trying to “catch” animated creatures.
'The Hustle' Review
Last year, Anne Hathaway stole the show in the ensemble crime comedy, “Ocean’s 8”. Now she and Rebel Wilson play a duo of dueling con artists in “The Hustle”, which plays as a cheap knock-off.