Movie review: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ offers plenty of colorful, entertaining mayhem

We’ve seen many incarnations of Batman since he first made the jump from the comic book page to the screen. He’s been both campy and gritty, animated and live action, and occasionally cringe-inducing (yes, I’m referring to you, “Batman and Robin”). He also ended up stealing the show in tiny brick form in 2014’s unexpected hit “The Lego Movie.” Will Arnett’s Lego caped crusader quickly emerged as a fan favorite from that movie, and he’s now been given his own standalone feature, out in theaters this past weekend. Although it can’t quite top the original “Lego Movie,” it’s a fun, colorful adventure with plenty to keep both adults and children entertained. Continue reading “Movie review: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ offers plenty of colorful, entertaining mayhem” »

Trailer touchdown: Best movie teasers from the Super Bowl

Super Bowl commercials have become a competitive sport in their own right, and for movie buffs, it’s always fun to watch the big game to see what film teasers Hollywood releases. While we didn’t get a trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” we did see teasers for a number of highly-anticipated films. Find all the trailers here, or read about some of the highlights below.  Continue reading “Trailer touchdown: Best movie teasers from the Super Bowl” »

Lights, camera, action! Thoughts on the 2017 Oscar nominations

It’s that time of year again! Hollywood’s awards season is in full force, with the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and more already passing out their trophies. However, the Holy Grail of Hollywood awards remains the Oscars. Although we’ll have to wait until Feb. 26 to find out who takes home the coveted Academy Awards for best picture, best director and more, speculation on the front-runners has already begun, following the recent nominations.

Last year the Oscars generated controversy for the lack of diversity in the list of nominees. Thankfully, the Academy listened to that criticism and added more diversity to their membership. This year’s list of nominees includes a much more diverse grouping. Continue reading “Lights, camera, action! Thoughts on the 2017 Oscar nominations” »

TV review: Looking back on ‘Downton Abbey’

I’ve been a bit at a loss of what to do on Sunday nights this January, because for the first time in a long time, there isn’t a new episode of “Downton Abbey” airing on PBS Masterpiece. The sixth and final season of the popular period drama aired a year ago, bringing an end to the always buzzworthy exploits of a wealthy British family and their servants. Continue reading “TV review: Looking back on ‘Downton Abbey’” »

TV review: So long, ‘Sherlock’? Thoughts on the fourth (and maybe final) season of the BBC show

I’ve been a huge fan of “Sherlock” — and its star, Benedict Cumberbatch — since the beginning. I joke that it’s the only time in my life that I discovered something before it was cool. 😉 During my post-college graduation trip to the United Kingdom in 2010, my friends and I were staying at a hotel in London and were channel surfing when we stumbled across the very first episode of “Sherlock.” Something about it caught our attention, and we were hooked (and, of course, we had to come home and tell all our other American friends about it). It took a risky premise — updating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories to modern-day London — and turning them into a thrilling, clever, and buzz-worthy show.

We’ve only gotten four seasons of the show in the past seven years, due to the hectic schedules and ever-increasing star power of its lead actors. Although the season four finale that aired Sunday isn’t the official final episode, a fifth season hasn’t been formally announced yet and the last episode has enough closure to serve as a series ender if more episodes can’t be filmed. So, is season four a fitting send-off for this iconic show? Continue reading “TV review: So long, ‘Sherlock’? Thoughts on the fourth (and maybe final) season of the BBC show” »

TV review: ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ a fun, animated adventure for fans of the franchise

Although we’ll have to wait until December for Episode VIII, the next Star Wars adventure up on the big screen, if you’re in the mood for more Star Wars content now I would highly recommend checking out the animated series “Rebels.”

After (finally!) finishing all the seasons of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” late last year, I decided to dive into Disney’s new animated series, “Rebels.” I’m a huge fan of “The Clone Wars”; anytime someone tells me they don’t really like the Star Wars prequels, I tell them to check out this computer animated series instead because it actually does a better job fleshing out the characters. Although I wish the show had gotten one more season, I was excited to check out “Rebels,” which is set between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope.”  Continue reading “TV review: ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ a fun, animated adventure for fans of the franchise” »

2017 movie preview

With the return of the Guardians, the rise of the Justice League, and (hopefully!) some answers about why Luke Skywalker has been hiding all alone on a deserted island, 2017 looks to be an epic year at the movies. We’ll see the next chapters in many well-loved film franchises and also some potential comebacks and breakout hits. Here are the top movies I’m keeping an eye on for this coming year. Continue reading “2017 movie preview” »

Movie review: ‘Arrival’ offers thought-provoking, insightful sci-fi

By Ashley Pauls/Box Office Buzz

One day without warning, 12 strangely-shaped alien ships appear on the Earth’s surface, landing at various sites around the globe. Humanity’s natural reaction to these vessels is to panic, especially since the aliens’ purpose remains unclear. Are they here to investigate or invade? Do they actually want to communicate with the humans or do they merely want to gather information to use later on in an attack?

The U.S. government recruits linguist Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) to help them attempt to communicate with the aliens. Although Louise has done difficult translation work before, this will be the greatest challenge of her career. The aliens speak in a series of unintelligible sounds no one can seem to understand. However, Louise has a breakthrough when she convinces the aliens to start writing down their language — although their version of “writing down” is actually squirting circular inky shapes into the air. As Louise begins to decipher their language and communicate in return, the aliens send her what could be a threatening message…or perhaps she’s just misinterpreting it. She’ll need to decipher it quickly before other countries around the world respond with violence to the mysterious aliens and perhaps trigger a doomsday event. Continue reading “Movie review: ‘Arrival’ offers thought-provoking, insightful sci-fi” »

Movie review: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ (spoiler free!)

By Ashley Pauls/Box Office Buzz

The destruction of the first Death Star was the beginning of the end for the Empire. Not only was it a huge tactical setback, it was also a major morale booster for the Rebellion. Without that key moment, the Death Star would have kept terrorizing and destroying worlds, and the Rebellion likely would have been crushed.

The destruction of the Death Star wouldn’t have been possible without a brave band of rebels stealing the plans, and until now that particular event has been a mere footnote in the Star Wars franchise. “Rogue One” finally tells that story, giving us a glimpse into the birth of the Rebellion and the brave sacrifices that were made to end the tyranny of the Empire. Continue reading “Movie review: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ (spoiler free!)” »