Neeli Sethi as Mowgli and Bill Murray as Baloo in 2016 The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book Is a Gorgeous Must-See

The Jungle Book (1967) is easily one of my favorite animated Disney films. A young boy grows up and has adventures with animal friends to a soundtrack that includes jazzy songs like “I Wanna Be Like You” and “The Bare Necessities”? Yeah, I’m so there. Not to mention, it dodged British imperialism and the homicidal elephant ending from Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 story, so that was nice (though it did still have issues with racial stereotypes). Fortunately, the live-action version keeps the spirit of the 1967 animated classic alive. Continue reading “The Jungle Book Is a Gorgeous Must-See”

emma stone, bradley cooper, and rachel mcadams in aloha

Aloha: A Better Disaster Movie Than San Andreas

Defense contractor Bryan Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) heads to Hawaii to work on a satellite launch for his boss, Carson Welch (Bill Murray). While in Hawaii, Bryan catches up with his ex-girlfriend, Tracy (Rachel McAdams), and forms a new relationship with his Air Force liaison and F-22 fighter pilot Allison Ng (Emma Stone). Continue reading “Aloha: A Better Disaster Movie Than San Andreas”

St. Vincent 2014

St. Vincent: Same Grumpy Old Story, Different Cast

Vincent (Bill Murray) is down on his luck. With a pregnant Russian stripper girlfriend, a wife who no longer recognizes him, a house that’s falling apart, and a loan shark trying to get him to pay back the money he owes, he’s turned into a grumpy old man with nothing left but cigarettes, booze, and horse races. That is, until single mom Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and precocious son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) move in next door and help him find his soft side. Continue reading “St. Vincent: Same Grumpy Old Story, Different Cast”

George Clooney and Hugh Bonneville in The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men Isn’t Exactly “Monumental”

Well, this is a sad day for me. I had high hopes for this movie. I even put it on my most anticipated list for this year. And I walked out of the theater…disappointed. I should’ve guessed as much when The Monuments Men was moved to February, away from its original December release, which would’ve made it Oscar-bait. Why else would Clooney have pushed his pet project back, unless he knew it wasn’t as good as the other awards nominees? But we’ll get to that in a moment. Continue reading “The Monuments Men Isn’t Exactly “Monumental””

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom is Beautifully Childish

So Wes Anderson is back with Moonrise Kingdom. I was sad to see that it got snubbed in the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, but it at least got some recognition with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. Continue reading “Moonrise Kingdom is Beautifully Childish”