Bob Garver: “La La Land” movie review

Bob Garver: “La La Land” movie review

By Bob Garver I’m writing this a little over a week before the Oscar nominations are announced, and there are three movies that I can safely say are a lock for Best Picture: “Moonlight,” “Manchester by the Sea,” and “La La Land.” And of these three, “La La Land” is by far the most likely […]

Movie review: ‘Paterson’ finds the extraordinary in an ordinary life

Movie review: ‘Paterson’ finds the extraordinary in an ordinary life

“Paterson” is the title of the new movie by writer-director Jim Jarmusch. The story is set in the town of Paterson, N.J. The central character is also named Paterson (Adam Driver). He is a bus driver. He gets up every morning around 6:15, has breakfast and goes to work. He also writes poetry. He scribbles […]

Bob Garver: “Hidden Figures” movie review

Bob Garver: “Hidden Figures” movie review

By Bob Garver A lot of people were unhappy with my review of “Sing” a few weeks ago. Many wondered how I could have so much disdain for a movie with positive messages about perseverance and following your dreams. There are two main reasons: 1) That movie is considerably less positive with its messages about […]

Bob Garver: Top 10 films of 2016

Bob Garver: Top 10 films of 2016

By Bob Garver Who says everything from 2016 has to be bad? There were plenty of bright spots this year, at least in terms of movies. It’s true that I missed out on some successes, both commercial (“Central Intelligence,” “Bad Moms”) and critical (“Miss Sloane,” “Paterson”), but I think I’ve seen a decent-enough cross-section to […]

These superhero movies are coming out in 2017

These superhero movies are coming out in 2017

It’s a good time to be a fan of superhero movies. 2017 is going to be a big year for both DC and Marvel comic book adaptations. See which of your favorite defenders of the universe will be on the big screen this year. “The Lego Batman Movie” — Feb. 10 Though superhero movies have […]

Bob Garver: “Sing” movie review

Bob Garver: “Sing” movie review

By Bob Garver “Sing” is an animated kids’ movie for kids who are tired of “Moana.” At least, I hope its audience is kids who are tired of “Moana.” Otherwise, it’s getting business that “Moana” should be getting. Parents, if your kids want to see “Sing” and they haven’t seen “Moana” at least twice already, […]

Bob Garver: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” movie review

Bob Garver: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” movie review

By Bob Garver “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” takes place between Episodes III and IV of the official “Star Wars” series. It answers the question of how Princess Leia came to be in possession of the plans for the Death Star at the beginning of Episode IV. It also answers the question of why […]

Bob Garver: “Office Christmas Party” movie review

Bob Garver: “Office Christmas Party” movie review

By Bob Garver For years, I thought that Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, and Courtney B. Vance all seemed like nice people. I know nobody’s perfect, but I didn’t have any problems with them. Now having seen them in “Office Christmas Party,” I have to assume that they are in fact horrible people. They’re not necessarily […]

Bob Garver: “Arrival” movie review

Bob Garver: “Arrival” movie review

By Bob Garver “Arrival” opened three weeks ago to some of the best reviews of the year and Best Actress Oscar talk for Amy Adams. The problem was that the film was weirdly limited in its release, playing on only 2,300 screens in the country when most new wide releases play on over 3,000. I […]

‘La La Land’ gets love from New York Film Critics Circle, Critics Choice voters

‘La La Land’ gets love from New York Film Critics Circle, Critics Choice voters

Two groups that fancy themselves as Oscar predictors weighed in Thursday with awards and nominations. And the results were … pretty predictable. The New York Film Critics Circle, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious critics organizations, spent the morning alternating honors between indie dramas “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” before giving its […]