Bob Garver: “Annabelle: Creation” movie review

Bob Garver: “Annabelle: Creation” movie review

By Bob Garver We were first introduced to possessed doll Annabelle in 2013’s “The Conjuring,” where she was freaky, but inconsequential. She was spun off into her own prequel movie in 2014, which I didn’t see, but I’m told couldn’t scare a cockroach away from a spotlight. Now she’s getting another movie, a prequel to […]

Summer failure: Hollywood box office down 12 percent

Summer failure: Hollywood box office down 12 percent

From Truth Revolt Hollywood, whose remakes, reboots, and raunch comedies have failed to capture the public’s imagination, has had an abysmal summer at the box office, which has seen a 12 percent drop from last year. Since May, the North American box office has taken in $3.43 billion, down from last year’s $3.9 billion. “What we all […]

Bob Garver: “The Dark Tower” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Dark Tower” movie review

By Bob Garver My understanding is that this film is not a straight adaptation of Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” book series, but rather a sort of sequel that cherry-picks elements of the anthology. I’m convinced the film was conceived as a writing exercise by at least one of its four credited screenwriters who wanted to […]

Bob Garver: “The Emoji Movie” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Emoji Movie” movie review

By Bob Garver Last week I reviewed “Dunkirk” and I talked about how early reviews had set the bar impossibly high, which prevented me from appreciating the film more. This week brings us “The Emoji Movie,” and the scales are shifted the other way. This film has been a critical whipping boy since the day […]

Bob Garver: “Dunkirk” movie review

Bob Garver: “Dunkirk” movie review

By Bob Garver Entertainment Weekly killed “Dunkirk” for me. Not because the review written by Chris Nashawaty was negative or turned me off in any way, but because it went too far toward the other extreme. On Tuesday afternoon, the headline on EW.com proclaimed the film to be “Easily the Best Movie of the Year […]

Bob Garver: “War for the Planet of the Apes” movie review

Bob Garver: “War for the Planet of the Apes” movie review

By Bob Garver In this era of remakes and reboots and other words to describe digging up long-dormant franchises, the revival of “Planet of the Apes” has turned out to be one of the best surprises. It would have been so easy for things to go wrong with these movies: they could have been too […]

Bob Garver: “Spider-Man: Homecoming” movie review

Bob Garver: “Spider-Man: Homecoming” movie review

By Bob Garver For most of “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” I didn’t see why the movie was getting so much praise from critics. I didn’t like Tom Holland’s take on Peter Parker aka Spider-Man, I was underwhelmed by the villain Vulture (Michael Keaton), I was annoyed by almost all of Peter’s friends and classmates, and the action, […]

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