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 […]

Bob Garver: “Minions” movie review

Bob Garver: “Minions” movie review

By Bob Garver  Let me open by admitting that I am not the target audience for “Minions.” The target audience for this movie is people who do not completely despise the Minions; the gibberish-spewing, jellybean-like henchmen from the “Despicable Me” movies. I believe the Minions are annoying little dummies who shouldn’t have been allowed to […]

Bob Garver: “Terminator Genisys” movie review

Bob Garver: “Terminator Genisys” movie review

By Bob Garver “Terminator Genisys” is one of the most confusing movies I’ve seen in a long time, or at least since “Interstellar.” If I assigned pushpins to the events of this movie, put those pins on a bulletin board, and tried connecting them with string in order to follow them, I would wind up […]

Bob Garver: “Pitch Perfect 2” movie review

Bob Garver: “Pitch Perfect 2” movie review

By Bob Garver  “Pitch Perfect” was a plucky little musical comedy from 2012 that followed the adventures of an all-female college a cappella group. It only made $65 million at the domestic box office, but it has since taken on more fans thanks to endearing characters, enduring humor, and a popular soundtrack. These new fans […]