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 […]

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 […]

Bob Garver: “War for the Planet of the Apes” movie review

Bob Garver: “War for the Planet of the Apes” movie review

By Bob Garver In this era of remakes and reboots and other words to describe digging up long-dormant franchises, the revival of “Planet of the Apes” has turned out to be one of the best surprises. It would have been so easy for things to go wrong with these movies: they could have been too […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bob Garver: “Wonder Woman” movie review

Bob Garver: “Wonder Woman” movie review

By Bob Garver It was a poorly-kept secret that Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) was going to be a part of last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” That didn’t stop her from getting a huge reaction when she finally appeared. It wasn’t even that the movie used her well, people just loved “that moment […]

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