Bob Garver: “The Post” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Post” movie review

By Bob Garver It’s hard to talk about “The Post” without talking about how the film is clearly trying to dominate awards season. A good place to start is with the Oscar pedigree among its cast and crew. Tom Hanks is a five-time Best Actor nominee, famously winning two years in a row in the […]

Bob Garver: “Insidious: The Lost Key” movie review

Bob Garver: “Insidious: The Lost Key” movie review

By Bob Garver “Insidious” is one of those horror franchises that likes to jump around a lot in its timeline. “The Last Key” takes place second out of the four films. The story follows paranormal problem-solver Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) and her techies Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) as they investigate yet another […]

Tinseltown trouble: Hollywood despairs over 2017 box office decline

Tinseltown trouble: Hollywood despairs over 2017 box office decline

CHARLOTTE, N.C., January 8, 2018: Certain times of the year are especially good for going to the movies: Just before a major holiday (particularly Thanksgiving and Christmas); during Academy Award season (when the allegedly best films of the year hope to make it really big); and during the summer when outer space, superhero and adventure […]

Bob Garver: “Pitch Perfect 3” movie review

Bob Garver: “Pitch Perfect 3” movie review

By Bob Garver When we last saw the a cappella group The Bellas in “Pitch Perfect 2,” most of them were graduating college and the sky was the limit for their futures. But, as we see in clips of a documentary being made by the franchise’s oddly Bella-obsessed commentary team (John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth […]

Global warming films flop at box office in 2017

Global warming films flop at box office in 2017

Climate change got its close-up in 2017. A gaggle of films either name-checked Al Gore’s biggest fear or built their narratives around it. The timing, in theory, couldn’t be better for Hollywood bean counters: Three major hurricanes. Massive fires in the West. Record-setting chills. Media reports routinely connected the disasters with a warming planet. Yet […]

Bob Garver: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” movie review

Bob Garver: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” movie review

By Bob Garver 2015’s “The Force Awakens” breathed new life into the “Star Wars” saga. For years the franchise had slowly been undone by ill-received prequels, retouchings, and add-ons that made the once-great property look like a money-grubbing joke. “The Force Awakens” restored heart to the series, balance to the Force, if you will. Fans […]

Jon Alpert’s Fidel Castro documentary morally toxic

Jon Alpert’s Fidel Castro documentary morally toxic

Imagine watching a proud country decay over decades and still mourning the man who helped make it happen. “Cuba and the Cameraman,” a morally toxic new documentary on Netflix, captures just such an arc. Director Jon Alpert spent 40-plus years shooting footage of Cuban families, landscapes and, most important, Fidel Castro. The late Cuban dictator […]

Bob Garver: “The Disaster Artist” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Disaster Artist” movie review

By Bob Garver NOTE: This movie is playing on less than 1,000 screens in the country, so it might not yet be in your area. But its popularity is growing, so be on the lookout for it in the coming weeks. “The Disaster Artist” tells the story of actor and filmmaker Tommy Wiseau (James Franco), […]

Saudi Arabia to allow movie theaters for the first time in 35 years

Saudi Arabia to allow movie theaters for the first time in 35 years

BEIRUT — Saudi Arabia announced Monday that it will allow movie theaters to open for the first time in more than three decades, part of a broad modernization drive pushed by the conservative kingdom’s reform-minded crown prince. The announcement was hailed as historic by the American exhibition industry, but also raised questions about the kinds […]

Bob Garver: “Wonder” movie review

Bob Garver: “Wonder” movie review

By Bob Garver 2015’s “Room” never reached a wide enough audience to justify a review from me, but if it had, I would have absolutely gushed over the performance of then-7-year-old actor Jacob Tremblay. It was the kind of breakout performance that instantly guarantees an actor a lifetime of work in Hollywood. Brie Larson, who […]

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