‘The Lion King’ is getting a ‘live-action’ remake, with Jon Favreau to direct

‘The Lion King’ is getting a ‘live-action’ remake, with Jon Favreau to direct

It’s the circle of life in Hollywood: “The Lion King” is being remade, and Jon Favreau’s in charge. The Oscar-winning 1994 animated film, which raked in $968.8 million worldwide, including $422.8 million domestically, is being fast-tracked for a “reimagining,” the Walt Disney Studios announced Wednesday, with an eye toward using the same high-end CG technology […]

Bob Garver: “The Magnificent Seven” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Magnificent Seven” movie review

By Bob Garver The new version of “The Magnificent Seven” (a remake of a 1960 Western that I have not seen, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai,” which I have) is one of those movies that starts off looking award-worthy, but gradually loses steam until it’s nearly unwatchable by the end. There’s […]

‘Queen of Katwe’ is an irresistible joy: move review

‘Queen of Katwe’ is an irresistible joy: move review

Just try to resist the charms of Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe,” a triumph-of-the-human-spirit movie that’s ultimately, well, triumphant. The story — a true one, as you’ll be reminded in the delightful end credits — is one of those irresistible underdog tales: Phiona (Madina Nalwanga), a young girl growing up in poverty in the slums […]

Bob Garver: “Blair Witch” movie review

Bob Garver: “Blair Witch” movie review

By Bob Garver For better or worse, 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project” pretty much invented the “found footage” style of filmmaking that we see so often these days, usually in horror movies. The film made $140 million on a budget of $60,000 thanks to its unprecedented style and a wily internet marketing campaign. This success […]

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr together for Beatles film opening

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr together for Beatles film opening

LONDON – The surviving Beatles will get together for the British premiere of director Ron Howard’s film that documents the band’s chaotic years on the road. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be in London Thursday for the opening of “Eight Days a Week – the Touring Years.” The film traces the group’s progression from […]

Bob Garver: “Sully” movie review

Bob Garver: “Sully” movie review

By Bob Garver “Sully” tells the story of eponymous pilot Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), who on January 15 2009, after a dual engine failure in midair, landed a large passenger aircraft in the middle of the Hudson River. The landing was rough, unconventional, and controversial, but it saved the lives of all 155 passengers and […]

Bob Garver: “Pete’s Dragon” and “Kubo and the Two Strings” double feature movie review

Bob Garver: “Pete’s Dragon” and “Kubo and the Two Strings” double feature movie review

By Bob Garver Nothing new was able to crack the Top 5 at the weekend box office, and I’ve already reviewed first-place finisher “Don’t Breathe” and second-place “Suicide Squad.” So I’m going to take a look at the holdovers that came in third and fourth, respectively. “Pete’s Dragon” Disney has had a lot of success lately with […]

Bob Garver: “Don’t Breathe” movie review

Bob Garver: “Don’t Breathe” movie review

By Bob Garver “Don’t Breathe” is what I like to call an “Is That So Hard?” movie. I ask that question not of the film, but of other films. In many ways, this film is simple. 90% of it takes place in one setting. The number of cast members with more than one scene can […]

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