Bob Garver: “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” movie review

By Bob Garver When I see an unnecessary sequel, I’ll often wonder what the studio was thinking. I’m not talking about the huge franchises where any kind of new installment is basically a license to print money. I’m talking about unwanted sequels to movies that don’t have a fan base clamoring for more. Obviously I […]

Bob Garver: “The Jungle Book” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Jungle Book” movie review

By Bob Garver While Disney continues to put out new hits like “Zootopia,” it’s also working hard to update its old hits. The live-action version of “Cinderella” was one of the ten biggest movies of 2015. Even more impressive is that the new live-action version of “The Jungle Book” opened to over $100 million this […]

Bob Garver: “The Boss” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Boss” movie review

By Bob Garver “The Boss” is a movie that features a montage of a girl being dumped on an orphanage, Melissa McCarthy break-dancing, an extended mouth-spreader gag, awkward flirting and dating, that gag you’ve seen in the trailers where McCarthy gets launched into a wall by a sofa bed, a crude term for a female […]

Bob Garver: “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” movie review

Bob Garver: “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” movie review

By Bob Garver It’s hard to talk about  without talking about how little demand there is for it in 2016. True, the 2002 original made an astounding $241 million, setting a record for independent films and for movies that never had a weekend at #1 at the box office. But that was 14 years ago, […]

Bob Garver: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie review

Bob Garver:  ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie review

By Bob Garver “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is the most anticipated superhero crossover movie since “The Avengers.” Actually, it might be even more anticipated than “The Avengers.” Superman and Batman have starred in big-budget blockbusters since the 70’s and 80’s, respectively (and smaller-scale movie serials and TV shows long before that), but who […]

Bob Garver: “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” movie review

By Bob Garver Last year, the “Hunger Games” series went out with a relative whimper when “Mockingjay – Part 2” made $50 million less than any other film in the franchise with “only” $281 million. It appeared that the “Movies Based on a Series of Young Adult Novels About Teenagers in a Dystopian Future” fad […]

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 […]