Bob Garver: “Pitch Perfect 3” movie review

Bob Garver: “Pitch Perfect 3” movie review

By Bob Garver When we last saw the a cappella group The Bellas in “Pitch Perfect 2,” most of them were graduating college and the sky was the limit for their futures. But, as we see in clips of a documentary being made by the franchise’s oddly Bella-obsessed commentary team (John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth […]

Global warming films flop at box office in 2017

Global warming films flop at box office in 2017

Climate change got its close-up in 2017. A gaggle of films either name-checked Al Gore’s biggest fear or built their narratives around it. The timing, in theory, couldn’t be better for Hollywood bean counters: Three major hurricanes. Massive fires in the West. Record-setting chills. Media reports routinely connected the disasters with a warming planet. Yet […]

Bob Garver: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” movie review

Bob Garver: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” movie review

By Bob Garver 2015’s “The Force Awakens” breathed new life into the “Star Wars” saga. For years the franchise had slowly been undone by ill-received prequels, retouchings, and add-ons that made the once-great property look like a money-grubbing joke. “The Force Awakens” restored heart to the series, balance to the Force, if you will. Fans […]

Jon Alpert’s Fidel Castro documentary morally toxic

Jon Alpert’s Fidel Castro documentary morally toxic

Imagine watching a proud country decay over decades and still mourning the man who helped make it happen. “Cuba and the Cameraman,” a morally toxic new documentary on Netflix, captures just such an arc. Director Jon Alpert spent 40-plus years shooting footage of Cuban families, landscapes and, most important, Fidel Castro. The late Cuban dictator […]

Bob Garver: “The Disaster Artist” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Disaster Artist” movie review

By Bob Garver NOTE: This movie is playing on less than 1,000 screens in the country, so it might not yet be in your area. But its popularity is growing, so be on the lookout for it in the coming weeks. “The Disaster Artist” tells the story of actor and filmmaker Tommy Wiseau (James Franco), […]

Saudi Arabia to allow movie theaters for the first time in 35 years

Saudi Arabia to allow movie theaters for the first time in 35 years

BEIRUT — Saudi Arabia announced Monday that it will allow movie theaters to open for the first time in more than three decades, part of a broad modernization drive pushed by the conservative kingdom’s reform-minded crown prince. The announcement was hailed as historic by the American exhibition industry, but also raised questions about the kinds […]

Bob Garver: “Wonder” movie review

Bob Garver: “Wonder” movie review

By Bob Garver 2015’s “Room” never reached a wide enough audience to justify a review from me, but if it had, I would have absolutely gushed over the performance of then-7-year-old actor Jacob Tremblay. It was the kind of breakout performance that instantly guarantees an actor a lifetime of work in Hollywood. Brie Larson, who […]

Cinemark announces $8.99-a-month subscription service to take on MoviePass

Cinemark announces $8.99-a-month subscription service to take on MoviePass

Cinemark, the nation’s third-largest theater chain, began a subscription program that gives customers discounts on tickets and concessions, in the latest effort to boost attendance. The Plano, Texas-based company said Tuesday that customers who pay a monthly fee of $8.99 will receive a credit for one movie ticket a month. Subscribers can also buy additional […]

Bob Garver: “Coco” movie review

Bob Garver: “Coco” movie review

By Bob Garver I cannot overemphasize how badly 2017 needed “Coco.” After 2016 saw no fewer than four animated films end up on my year-end Top 10 list, this year has been one of the worst in recent memory for animation. I barely have anything nice to say about “The Boss Baby,” “Despicable Me 3,” […]

The National Board of Review names ‘The Post’ best picture of 2017

The National Board of Review names ‘The Post’ best picture of 2017

Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” received its first major honor of awards season on Tuesday, as the movie about the journalism industry was named the year’s best picture by the National Board of Review. The film, which will not be released in theaters until Dec. 22, documents how The Washington Post covered the Pentagon Papers. It […]