Bob Garver: “Deadpool” movie review

Bob Garver: “Deadpool” movie review

By Bob Garver Viewers were first introduced to Wade Wilson aka Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) back in 2009 with “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” The movie was a critical flop and fans didn’t like its take on the Deadpool character. A spinoff movie seemed unlikely, especially once Reynolds jumped franchises to “Green Lantern” in 2011. Then “Green Lantern” […]

Bob Garver: “Hail, Caesar” movie review

Bob Garver: “Hail, Caesar” movie review

By Bob Garver “Hail, Caesar” is something of a critic’s dream: a movie about movies from an era of great movies. It’s directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, makers of some of the greatest movies of this era. It’s one of their comedies, which unfortunately means that the plot is a convoluted mess, but individual […]

Bob Garver: “Kung Fu Panda 3” movie review

Bob Garver: “Kung Fu Panda 3” movie review

By Bob Garver I wasn’t crazy about “Kung Fu Panda” in 2008, but I loved “Kung Fu Panda 2” in 2011. So I had high hopes for “Kung Fu Panda 3,” using the logic that maybe this franchise gets better as it progresses. Alas, it seems to have reached its creative peak with the second […]

Bob Garver: “Ride Along 2” movie review

Bob Garver: “Ride Along 2” movie review

By Bob Garver Back in 2014, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart made the idiotic comedy “Ride Along.” The film followed a familiar “hardboiled cop and pesky sidekick” formula that’s been done to death, with the only variation being that it starred the constantly-yapping Hart. Hart’s appeal was, and still is, lost on me, but the […]

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” […]