Bob Garver: “Spider-Man: Homecoming” movie review

Bob Garver: “Spider-Man: Homecoming” movie review

By Bob Garver For most of “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” I didn’t see why the movie was getting so much praise from critics. I didn’t like Tom Holland’s take on Peter Parker aka Spider-Man, I was underwhelmed by the villain Vulture (Michael Keaton), I was annoyed by almost all of Peter’s friends and classmates, and the action, […]

Bob Garver: “Despicable Me 3” movie review

Bob Garver: “Despicable Me 3” movie review

By Bob Garver “Despicable Me 3” barely contains any of the franchise’s trademark Minions, and the little we do get isn’t really related to the rest of the movie. It’s as if the people at Illumination Animation almost let a “Despicable Me” movie into theaters without any Minions – the horror! I personally can’t stand […]

Hollywood’s selective onscreen destruction

Hollywood’s selective onscreen destruction

For those with a certain attraction to B-movie, tongue-in-cheek cinema, the “Sharknado” series has been a must-see summer tradition. On August 6, the fifth installment of the meteorological predator action, “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming,” will arrive on the SyFy Network. All manner of ridiculousness is assured, from questionable special effects to stunt cameo casting and […]

Bob Garver: “Transformers: The Last Knight” movie review

Bob Garver: “Transformers: The Last Knight” movie review

By Bob Garver You’re probably expecting me to trash this movie. And make no mistake, it deserves to get trashed. Its script is horrendous, its editing is a joke, its jokes are painful, and all the metallic whooshing and clanging get old real quick. It’s the same collection of complaints I always have about the […]

Hollywood’s most exclusive club is about to get bigger and more diverse again: Five things to watch for

Hollywood’s most exclusive club is about to get bigger and more diverse again: Five things to watch for

LOS ANGELES — This week, hundreds of film professionals around the world will receive their industry’s equivalent of Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket: an invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. On Wednesday morning, the motion picture academy is expected to announce its newest class of members, the second such round of […]

Bob Garver: “Cars 3” movie review

Bob Garver: “Cars 3” movie review

By Bob Garver “Cars” is probably the most unpopular arm of the Pixar universe. The first film was only moderately well-received, the sequel was the first eligible Pixar film not to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, and the two “Planes” spinoffs (which are from a non-Pixar branch of Disney) are direct-to-DVD-quality […]

Daniel Day Lewis retires from acting

Daniel Day Lewis retires from acting

Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis announced Tuesday that he is leaving the acting business for good. The actor will appear in his last film ever “Phantom Thread,” which is set to debut later this year. The news was confirmed by a representative of the actor to Variety. Day-Lewis will retire at the age of 60. […]

Bob Garver: “The Mummy” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Mummy” movie review

By Bob Garver “The Mummy” is the first official entry in the “Dark Universe,” a franchise where Universal aims to revive its classic movie monsters and have them mingle. Think of it as a variation on the Marvel and DC Extended Universes. I have to wonder if The Mummy as a character is the best […]