The Mummy

The Mummy is the first entry in what Universal is calling The Dark Universe, its unique attempt to join in on the cinematic universe trend by resurrecting its classic movie monsters from the 1930s-1950s and tying them together with an overarching narrative. Alas, it’s also a pretty bad film, a hodgepodge of half-baked narrative ideas, […]

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Growing up, I was an enormous fan of the Captain Underpants books by author Dav Pilkey. Their unique brand of wit, humor, and creativity (e.g., allowing the reader to employ primitive animation in the books through a technique hilariously referred to as Flip-O-Rama) really struck a chord with me. And while I have long since aged out […]

Wonder Woman

There was a great deal riding on this summer’s Wonder Woman. This is the female superhero, above all others; in and of itself that puts a lot of pressure on the filmmakers to make a good film about her, one that is not only entertaining but also respectful to the essence of her character. It doesn’t help that […]

Rest in Peace, Roger Moore

Famed British actor Roger Moore passed away today at the age of 89. He was, of course, best known for being the third actor to play James Bond in the long running film series, with his time as the character — spanning twelve years and seven films — being the longest*. Apart from that, he was known […]

Alien: Covenant

Regardless of whether it is a good or bad film, Alien: Covenant is certainly a strange one. Following from 2012’s Prometheus (itself a space oddity), it continues in telling a very long, convoluted, bizarre, and, in the end, fairly unnecessary backstory for the Alien universe, explaining where the notorious xenomorph creatures came from and, I guess ultimately, why a […]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise hit the summer it came out. Though most audiences were unfamiliar with its Marvel Comics source material, the film’s fresh combination of Star Wars-style visuals, endearing characters, raunchy humor, and a retro 60s/70s soundtrack won them over in droves. More broadly, in addition to being another feather in […]

The Fate of the Furious

I have a confession: prior to The Fate of the Furious, I had never seen a Fast and Furious movie. Don’t get me wrong, I’m familiar enough with the general idea of this series. I’m aware that it started out being about illegal street racing but then morphed into being about car-themed spy/heist adventures; I know that the films […]