Bob Garver: “The Peanuts Movie” review

Bob Garver: “The Peanuts Movie” review

By Bob Garver “Peanuts,” the comic-and-cartoon franchise created by Charles M. Schultz about perpetual loser Charlie Brown and his beagle Snoopy, is getting its first big-screen treatment of the modern era. I have three compliments right off the bat. First, even though it’s a 3-D animated version of 2-D animated characters, there is nothing distractingly […]

Bob Garver: “Spectre” movie review

Bob Garver: “Spectre” movie review

By Bob Garver “Spectre” is the fourth and supposedly final turn for Daniel Craig as James Bond. Previous Craig installments have included 2005’s “Casino Royale” and 2012’s “Skyfall,” two of the best-reviewed films in the entire 007 franchise. The new film isn’t as good as either of those as it lacks a certain punch in […]

Bob Garver: “Bridge of Spies” movie review

Bob Garver: “Bridge of Spies” movie review

By Bob Garver Steven Spielberg makes two types of movies: movies that are designed to make a lot of money and movies that are designed to win a lot of awards. “Bridge of Spies” falls into the latter category. The film is loaded with scenes of meticulously-dressed characters moving about meticulously-dressed sets, doing and saying […]

Bob Garver: “The Last Witch Hunter” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Last Witch Hunter” movie review

By Bob Garver Sometimes it pays to be pessimistic. Based on the murky-looking trailers, “The Last Witch Hunter” looked absolutely unwatchable. It looked like the kind of movie that even the studio realizes is a bomb, so they push it back for several months and then dump it in January (“The Seventh Son” is the […]

‘Bridge of Spies’ movie review

‘Bridge of Spies’ movie review

By Sonny Bunch / Washington Free Beacon Bridge of Spies opens with a casually masterful display of filmmaking, introducing us to Soviet Spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) as he is tailed by the FBI and en route to picking up some bit of intel. The dialogue is minimal. The camerawork is precise, gliding so we […]

Bob Garver: “Goosebumps” movie review

Bob Garver: “Goosebumps” movie review

By Bob Garver “Goosebumps” is based in a series of kids’ books from the mid-90s. The books were advertised as scary, but more than anything they were just weird. Most of them saw a monster du jour making life difficult for a bland teenage main character until they got really dangerous and had to be […]

Bob Garver: “Pan” movie review

Bob Garver: “Pan” movie review

By Bob Garver “Pan,” the well-meaning prequel to “Peter Pan,” already has a reputation as one of the biggest critical and commercial flops of the year. Honestly, it’s not that bad. The kids at my screening actually seemed to be eating it up. I almost want to give it a good review to somewhat balance […]

Bob Garver: “The Martian” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Martian” movie review

By Bob Garver It’s becoming an annual tradition to get a big space epic in early fall. Two years ago it was “Gravity,” last year it was “Interstellar.” This year it’s “The Martian,” which if nothing else finally breaks the losing streak of movies set on Mars (“John Carter” anyone? And if no one answers, […]

Bob Garver: “Hotel Transylvania 2” movie review

Bob Garver: “Hotel Transylvania 2” movie review

By Bob Garver “Hotel Transylvania 2” is a lame animated movie that takes some of the most well-known characters in horror and makes them kid-friendly (which I can accept) and unfunny (which I can’t). The main characters are vampires and there’s a lot of talk of fangs in this movie. I was ready to make […]

Hollywood and the war on drugs

Hollywood and the war on drugs

By Sonny Bunch / Washington Free Beacon A taut procedural thriller tinged with the trappings of the horror and war genres that shines a light on the relentlessly self-perpetuating logic of the war on drugs, Sicario is one of the best films of the year. The film begins with the FBI raid of a home […]