Film

“Shaft” Is Slightly Entertaining

HOLLYWOOD—Here is the problem with remaking a movie that was a remake of the original movie: you have to bring something fresh to the table. When I heard they were remaking “Shaft” the character made iconic by Richard Roundtree yet again, my eyes rolled in the back of my head. They did a double roll when I heard Samuel...

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” Wins Box-Office

HOLLYWOOD—The Fourth of July holiday may have fallen near the end of the week, but that didn’t stop movie fans from hitting the multiplex. Why? The sequel, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” dominated the box-office with an impressive $185 million haul since its release on July 2. Not bad, not bad at all, and a bigger debut than its predecessor...

“Toy Story 4” Victorious At Box-Office

HOLLYWOOD—At long last, the box-office has officially gotten a taste of summer since the release of “Avengers: Endgame.” Yes, I will be the first to admit that summer 2019, has been dreadful when it comes to receipts for the box-office. Big summer tent poles and sequels have been busts for movie lovers, but that all changed this weekend with...

Cardi B Wins Big At BET Awards

LOS ANGELES—I honestly did not think there was an awards show that could be longer than the Academy Awards, but the 2019 BET Awards was certainly going for a record. The ceremony almost clocked in at 4 hours long, but actually wrapped up about 20 minutes shy of hitting that mark. The annual ceremony celebrating 18 years this year...

“Men In Black: International” Wins Box-Office

HOLLYWOOD—I think it is indeed safe to say the 2019 summer box-office is NOT off to a great start. We’ve seen disappointing returns for “Aladdin,” “Godzilla: King of Monsters,” “Dark Phoenix” and now you can add “Men in Black” to that list. The next installment in the “MIB” franchise (without Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones), “Men in Black:...

“Dark Phoenix,” Nothing To Scream About

HOLLYWOOD—The moment I knew the “X-Men” franchise was traveling down that rabbit hole to focus on another Jean Grey and Dark Phoenix storyline I immediately had concerns. “Dark Phoenix,” the final chapter of the “X-Men” universe at least for 20th Century Fox, as the franchise now shifts to Disney offers very little to satisfy those fans of the comic...

“Godzilla: King Of Monsters” A Worthy Sequel

HOLLYWOOD—I thought this was perhaps not only the worst movie I saw in the year 2014, but perhaps one of the worst flicks that I’ve seen in a real long time. That flick was the remake of “Godzilla.” Was it the fact that the movie lacked star power? Nope. Was it the fact that the special effects were lackluster?...

“Ma” Is Quite Unnerving, Frenetic Fun

HOLLYWOOD—It is Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer in a role unlike anything we’ve seen her in before. I had to take a moment to come to the realization that this woman has appeared in a lot of movies, but has never had a starring role until now. Spencer shines as a twisted woman, who might appear sane, but if you dig...

Taron Egerton Shines In “Rocketman!”

HOLLYWOOD—Let me be very clear please don’t attempt to compare “Bohemian Rhapsody” to “Rocketman.” Yes, while both movies are about musical icons, one about Freddie Mercury, the other about Elton John, they are not similar to say the least. How so? “Bohemian Rhapsody” was a biopic (actually a drama) that had music in it, while “Rocketman” is an actual...

“Godzilla” Wins Box-Office

HOLLYWOOD—There were a lot of new offerings at the box-office this past weekend. That is a rarity the week after the big Memorial Day holiday weekend. You had the sequel “Godzilla: King of Monsters,” “Ma” and “Rocketman” all vying for the top spot and moviegoers money. However, it was a monster that reigned supreme. “Godzilla: King of Monsters” dethroned...
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