Bob Garver: “10 Cloverfield Lane” movie review

Bob Garver: “10 Cloverfield Lane” movie review

By Bob Garver “10 Cloverfield Lane” has been billed as a “spiritual successor” to 2008’s “Cloverfield.” This is an infuriating term that conjures up images of either a glorified remake or an unrelated film trying to cash in on the “Cloverfield” name. To be fair, it does somewhat fall into the latter category. From that […]

Bob Garver: “Zootopia” movie review

Bob Garver: “Zootopia” movie review

By Bob Garver “Zootopia” takes place in world very much like ours, except that it’s populated entirely by non-human mammals. They’ve been living in harmony for centuries, meaning that they’ve mostly moved past the whole “eating each other” thing. They talk like humans, they wear clothes like humans, and unfortunately they have prejudices like humans. […]

Bob Garver: “Gods of Egypt” movie review

Bob Garver: “Gods of Egypt” movie review

By Bob Garver “Gods of Egypt” cost $140 million. That money was well-spent so long as the studio’s only goal was to make an incredibly shiny movie. It is indeed very shiny. But if the goal was to make an interesting, coherent, or competent movie, then it is a failure. Actually, the goal was undoubtedly […]

Bob Garver: “Risen” movie review

Bob Garver: “Risen” movie review

By Bob Garver If nothing else, “Risen” is not like a lot of other Biblical movies. To be sure, it has the look of most Biblical movies; the scenery is covered in rocks and sand and the faces are all expectedly soot-y. But a lot of it plays like a detective movie, which is an […]

Bob Garver: “Deadpool” movie review

Bob Garver: “Deadpool” movie review

By Bob Garver Viewers were first introduced to Wade Wilson aka Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) back in 2009 with “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” The movie was a critical flop and fans didn’t like its take on the Deadpool character. A spinoff movie seemed unlikely, especially once Reynolds jumped franchises to “Green Lantern” in 2011. Then “Green Lantern” […]

Bob Garver: “Hail, Caesar” movie review

Bob Garver: “Hail, Caesar” movie review

By Bob Garver “Hail, Caesar” is something of a critic’s dream: a movie about movies from an era of great movies. It’s directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, makers of some of the greatest movies of this era. It’s one of their comedies, which unfortunately means that the plot is a convoluted mess, but individual […]

Bob Garver: “Kung Fu Panda 3” movie review

Bob Garver: “Kung Fu Panda 3” movie review

By Bob Garver I wasn’t crazy about “Kung Fu Panda” in 2008, but I loved “Kung Fu Panda 2” in 2011. So I had high hopes for “Kung Fu Panda 3,” using the logic that maybe this franchise gets better as it progresses. Alas, it seems to have reached its creative peak with the second […]

Bob Garver: “Ride Along 2” movie review

Bob Garver: “Ride Along 2” movie review

By Bob Garver Back in 2014, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart made the idiotic comedy “Ride Along.” The film followed a familiar “hardboiled cop and pesky sidekick” formula that’s been done to death, with the only variation being that it starred the constantly-yapping Hart. Hart’s appeal was, and still is, lost on me, but the […]

Sonny Bunch: ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’ movie review

Sonny Bunch: ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’ movie review

By Sonny Bunch Michael Bay’s treatment of the attacks on American diplomatic outposts in Benghazi in 2012 is alternately gripping and infuriating, a tense (and intense) account of six contractors’ desperate effort to survive in the face of overwhelming odds in the field and underwhelming support at home. We open a few months before the […]

Bob Garver: “The Revenant” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Revenant” movie review

By Bob Garver Last week I wrote that “The Hateful Eight” was “quite possibly the best film of 2015.” I made sure to say “quite possibly” because I considered it the best at the time, but there were still some major contenders left to see. This past week, I knocked out some of those major […]