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FILM REVIEW: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

The Nutcracker ballet has long been a staple of children’s Christmas entertainment, offering a world of dolls, mice, and best of all, dancing sweets. With E.T.A. Hoffman’s 1816 story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, acting as the original source material, the ballet is based on Alexander Dumas’ adaptation, The Story of the Nutcracker. With numerous ballet productions performed over the years, it’s a story that often differs in its retelling, with the Disney live action film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms the latest take on the classic. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

FILM REVIEW: Charming (2018)

Apparently the females have had their time to shine and it’s time to give some attention to the forgotten hero: Prince Charming. Charming, directed and written by Ross Venokur, begins with three vacuous princesses, Cinderella (Ashley Tisdale), Snow White (Avril Lavigne) and Sleeping Beauty (G.E.M.) who are all betrothed to the same man, Prince Philippe Charming (Wilder Valderamma). As a baby he was cursed with so much charm that every woman in the kingdom falls head over heels in love with him on sight, much to the chagrin of the men in their lives. Being a good guy, Philippe gives attention to all, saving the three princesses and somehow becoming engaged to each one of them despite his lack of genuine interest. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Charming (2018)

FILM REVIEW: Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)

While adults are treated (or perhaps tricked) to a remake of Halloween this time of year, younger audiences also get another recycling of a tried and true formula in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. With a new batch of humans, the same group of monsters return with a few new additions, making for an entertaining enough comedy-horror for kids and teens. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)

FILM REVIEW: Skyscraper (2018)

The Rock continues to cash in with his latest blockbuster, Die Hard Skyscraper. Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (DodgeballWe’re the MillersCentral Intelligence), Skyscraper sees The Rock defy the odds to save his family who are trapped above the fire line in the biggest skyscraper in the world. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Skyscraper (2018)

FILM REVIEW: Rampage (2018)

Without even seeing this film there is a lot to be surmised on the facts alone. Rampage stars The Rock and a giant gorilla, is directed and written by those responsible for San Andreas, and is based on a video game. Brace yourself for the horrors ahead. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Rampage (2018)

FILM REVIEW: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)

It’s a common complaint that cinema has nothing new to offer these days. And that’s wrong, because if you care to expand your viewing horizons there are plenty of fantastic films out there. Still, there is a lazy kind of cinema that offers reboot after reboot in the quest of the big bucks, and it can be quite tiresome. Many argue that some original films should never be touched again for fear their nostalgia will be thwarted by a less than stellar reimagining with a subpar cast. Sometimes these complaints are just fanboys crying salty man tears – particularly with any reboot that recasts male roles with women. But sometimes the concern is real. Case in point: remaking a Robin Williams film without Robin Williams. And recasting it with The Rock and Kevin Hart. Many groaned at the prospect, this reviewer included. Nevertheless, films are (sometimes) remade for a reason other than money, and sometimes it’s fun to see what 20+ years does to a concept. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)