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 […]

Bob Garver: “The Hateful Eight” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Hateful Eight” movie review

By Bob Garver The good news about “The Hateful Eight” is that I, a huge fan of director Quentin Tarantino, think he’s done it again. And everybody at my had-to-have-been-sold-out screening on Christmas Eve seemed to be in agreement. But many critics aren’t happy with the film and audiences overall aren’t responding as well as […]

Bob Garver: “Daddy’s Home” movie review

Bob Garver: “Daddy’s Home” movie review

By Bob Garver The latter half of 2015 brings us two new releases that easily have the potential to be the most annoying films of the year. They are “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” and “Daddy’s Home.” After enduring Will Ferrell’s performance in “Daddy’s Home,” I think I might have been better off […]

Bob Garver: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie review

Bob Garver: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie review

By Bob Garver George Lucas always intended “Star Wars” to be nine-part series. Episodes IV-VI came out in the 70’s and 80’s. The poorly-received Episodes I-III are a decade old. Now we’re kicking off the final trilogy with the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode VII, “The Force Awakens.” We spend the first hour or so getting to […]

Bob Garver: “In the Heart of the Sea” movie review

Bob Garver: “In the Heart of the Sea” movie review

By Bob Garver “In the Heart of the Sea” tells the story of the 19th-century whaling expedition that served as the inspiration for Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” It isn’t exactly a movie version of “Moby Dick,” hence the bland title. Straightforward adaptation or not, I say this film still should have used the “Moby Dick” […]

Bob Garver: “Creed” and “Krampus” movie review

Bob Garver: “Creed” and “Krampus” movie review

By Bob Garver This past weekend, less than a million dollars separated strong Thanksgiving holdover “Creed” from flimsy newcomer “Krampus.” I’ve decided to take a look at both films. “Creed” “Creed” tells the story of Adonis “Donny” Creed (Michael B. Jordan), son of legendary boxer Apollo Creed. And who was Apollo Creed’s most famous opponent? […]

Bob Garver: “The Good Dinosaur” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Good Dinosaur” movie review

By Bob Garver In reading reviews of Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” I’ve noticed a lot of critics making fun of the film’s title. Some are calling it “The Bad Dinosaur.” Most recognize that it deserves better and call it “The Mediocre Dinosaur” or something middling like that. I think that “The Good Dinosaur” is accurate […]

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 […]