Bob Garver: “The Fate of the Furious” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Fate of the Furious” movie review

By Bob Garver For over a decade, you knew exactly what you were getting with a “Fast & Furious” movie. You went to see one of these movies, you got fast cars, gratuitous shots of women, dumb one-liners, ruminations on family during the slow parts, and completely implausible action sequences. The movies were fun if […]

Bob Garver: “Smurfs: The Lost Village” movie review

Bob Garver: “Smurfs: The Lost Village” movie review

By Bob Garver I make it a point not to put out year-end Worst lists because there are so many bad movies that I can’t be bothered to see. I have better things to do with my time and money than waste them on bombs that couldn’t find an audience. But rest assured that if […]

Bob Garver: “The Boss Baby” movie review

Bob Garver: “The Boss Baby” movie review

By Bob Garver Good news, everyone: “The Boss Baby” isn’t as bad as the advertising makes it seem. Frankly it would be hard to be that bad. I was expecting 97 minutes of painful, lowbrow baby jokes mixed with tired corporate stereotypes left over from the 80’s. Some people thought the movie might be redeemed […]

Bob Garver: “Power Rangers” movie review

Bob Garver: “Power Rangers” movie review

By Bob Garver Last week I reviewed “Beauty and the Beast,” which was based on a beloved classic from my childhood. This week’s film is “Power Rangers,” which is also based on a property I was obsessed with as a kid. The difference is that while I’ve held a consistently high opinion of “Beauty and […]

Bob Garver: “Beauty and the Beast” movie review

Bob Garver: “Beauty and the Beast” movie review

By Bob Garver “Beauty and the Beast,” the Disney animated classic from 1991, holds a special place in my heart. It was the first movie I saw in its original run in theaters. The film kicked off a lifelong love of movies, and in that time I’ve seen a scant few that were on its […]

Bob Garver: “Kong: Skull Island” movie review

Bob Garver: “Kong: Skull Island” movie review

By Bob Garver I bet when most people hear the term “Viet Cong” for the first time, they snicker at a mental image of King Kong fighting in Vietnam. Almost everyone outgrows this joke in about a minute, but not the makers of “Kong: Skull Island.” They’ve spent $190 million and years of effort making […]

Bob Garver: “Logan” movie review

Bob Garver: “Logan” movie review

By Bob Garver After 17 years, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are saying goodbye to the “X-Men” roles of Wolverine and Professor Charles Xavier, respectively. And I truly believe that this is it for them. At first I was skeptical. “Even if both characters die, they can do some hocus-pocus resurrection.” “The franchise is non-linear, […]

Bob Garver: “Get Out” movie review

Bob Garver: “Get Out” movie review

By Bob Garver “Get Out” is a horror movie opening on a non-holiday weekend in February. It’s rated R, so it can kiss a big chunk of the teen audience goodbye. It’s not part of an established franchise, so it can’t get by on a familiar character or concept. Its cast includes some reliable hands, […]

Bob Garver: “Fifty Shades Darker” movie review

Bob Garver: “Fifty Shades Darker” movie review

By Bob Garver The “Fifty Shades” franchise is commercially successful but critically despised. I’ve heard all manner of nasty things said about the books, and 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” tied for Worst Picture at the Razzies. “Fifty Shades Darker” is no redeemer, I assure you. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the […]

Bob Garver: “The LEGO Batman Movie” movie review

Bob Garver: “The LEGO Batman Movie” movie review

By Bob Garver Last year, when I saw “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the biggest audience reaction came before the movie when we got the teaser trailer for “The LEGO Batman Movie.” It was already pretty well-known that the movie at hand was lousy, and the buzz for “Suicide Squad” was starting to turn […]

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