Denis Villeneuve explains how ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is no replicant of the original neo-noir sci-fi fan favorite

Denis Villeneuve explains how ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is no replicant of the original neo-noir sci-fi fan favorite

When he signed on to direct “Blade Runner 2049,” which hits theaters Oct. 6, Denis Villeneuve was determined to carry on the groundbreaking aesthetic of director Ridley Scott’s original 1982 neo-noir sci-fi thriller. At the same time, he didn’t want to create a mere replica — or replicant, as the case may be. “The movie […]

Bob Garver: “Leap!” movie review

Bob Garver: “Leap!” movie review

By Bob Garver “Leap!” is an animated kids’ movie that teaches the lesson that if you work hard and practice every day for years… you’re a sucker. Just be a natural and cut to the front of the line. Elle Fanning voices Félicie, an aspiring ballerina in 19th-century France. She and her inventor best friend […]

What movies are out this week? Not much worth your cash

What movies are out this week? Not much worth your cash

The Hitman’s Bodyguard, a poorly reviewed buddy comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, led the U.S. box office over the weekend with a measly $10.1 million in earnings. Overall, Americans spent only $65 million in theaters in what was the slowest box office weekend since 2001. To put this paltry three-day stretch in […]

Bob Garver: “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” movie review

By Bob Garver This movie didn’t need to work very hard to gain my favor. It’s an R-rated movie starring three actors who are really good at swearing. Ryan Reynolds brought crude humor to new heights last year in “Deadpool.” Salma Hayek always sounds exquisite and exotic when she goes on profanity-laced tirades in English […]

Mark Wahlberg named world’s top paid actor

Mark Wahlberg named world’s top paid actor

Rapper-turned-actor Mark Wahlberg was named the world’s highest paid actor on Tuesday, earning an estimated $68 million before taxes over the past 12 months. The 46-year-old star won his place at the top of the list compiled by Forbes magazine, thanks to earnings from “Transformers: The Last Knight” and comedy sequel “Daddy’s Home 2,” due […]

Bob Garver: “Annabelle: Creation” movie review

Bob Garver: “Annabelle: Creation” movie review

By Bob Garver We were first introduced to possessed doll Annabelle in 2013’s “The Conjuring,” where she was freaky, but inconsequential. She was spun off into her own prequel movie in 2014, which I didn’t see, but I’m told couldn’t scare a cockroach away from a spotlight. Now she’s getting another movie, a prequel to […]

Summer failure: Hollywood box office down 12 percent

Summer failure: Hollywood box office down 12 percent

From Truth Revolt Hollywood, whose remakes, reboots, and raunch comedies have failed to capture the public’s imagination, has had an abysmal summer at the box office, which has seen a 12 percent drop from last year. Since May, the North American box office has taken in $3.43 billion, down from last year’s $3.9 billion. “What we all […]

Bob Garver: “The Dark Tower” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Dark Tower” movie review

By Bob Garver My understanding is that this film is not a straight adaptation of Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” book series, but rather a sort of sequel that cherry-picks elements of the anthology. I’m convinced the film was conceived as a writing exercise by at least one of its four credited screenwriters who wanted to […]

Bob Garver: “The Emoji Movie” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Emoji Movie” movie review

By Bob Garver Last week I reviewed “Dunkirk” and I talked about how early reviews had set the bar impossibly high, which prevented me from appreciating the film more. This week brings us “The Emoji Movie,” and the scales are shifted the other way. This film has been a critical whipping boy since the day […]

Bob Garver: “Dunkirk” movie review

Bob Garver: “Dunkirk” movie review

By Bob Garver Entertainment Weekly killed “Dunkirk” for me. Not because the review written by Chris Nashawaty was negative or turned me off in any way, but because it went too far toward the other extreme. On Tuesday afternoon, the headline on EW.com proclaimed the film to be “Easily the Best Movie of the Year […]