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Movie Reviews (75)

Read the best movie reviews for the latest films showing in N Hollywood movie theatres including: Regency Theatre North Hollywood, Century 8, and Laemmle NoHo 7.

Friday, 19 July 2019 02:57

Review of Ron Howard's "Pavarotti"

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"Pavarotti" is an affectionate, entertaining look at an influential, beloved musical figure, the man who brought opera to the masses.

Friday, 12 July 2019 02:51

Movie Review of Spider-Man: Far from Home

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Spider-Man: Far from Home, the first entry in the post-Avengers Marvel Universe, has many of the qualities that made the Avengers films work, as well as some of their faults.

Friday, 28 June 2019 08:29

Movie Review "Late Night"

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Late Night stars the illustrious and invaluable Emma Thompson as a veteran late-night talk show host faced with declining ratings, the deteriorating health of her husband (a fine John Lithgow), increasing irrelevance and advancing age.

Friday, 21 June 2019 08:21

Movie Review "The Dead Don’t Die"

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There have been so many zombie movies and television series that a new zombie film would have to be really special to stand out.

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Has it really been five years since Godzilla visited to assert his supremacy over man and beast?

Friday, 10 May 2019 07:45

Movie Reviews Avengers: Endgame; Long Shot

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Avengers: Endgame; Long Shot

Friday, 19 April 2019 04:18

Reviews - Shazam!; Hellboy

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by Mike Peros

If you’re looking for an endearing super-hero with a likable sidekick (this time from DC Comics, and not the Marvel Universe), you need look no further than Shazam! Asher Angel (Disney Channel’s Andi Mack) and Zachary Levi (Chuck, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) share the title role, in that it involves young orphan Billy Batson  (Angel) and the adult superhero he turns into (Levi)—and out from—when he says the word “Shazam!” There’s plenty of backstory to go around, involving Billy’s search for his birth mother and becoming part of a foster family. Billy’s disabled foster brother Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer) is a superhero geek and the target of bullies. After Billy demonstrates some goodness and bravery while defending the hapless Freddy, he is summoned to a mystical lair complete with a wizard (Djimon Hounsou) who bestows all his powers on an initially unwilling Billy. However Billy is not alone with these powers, since the Wizard has earlier had a confrontation with the unlucky, mistreated young lad Sivana—who alas, did not exhibit the requisite goodness to gain the wizard’s powers at the time. As an embittered adult, Sivana (Mark Strong) possessed enough cleverness (and wealth) to later find his way back to the lair where he stole whatever powers he could, including the all-powerful Eye of Sin. And by the way, Sivana’s hatred extends not only to his own father (John Glover), but to the newly created Shazam!

Shazam! as directed by David F. Sandberg from a screenplay by Henry Gayden, has many of the characteristics (not sure I would say virtues) endemic to films of this ilk, including many scenes of the vengeful super-villain showing just how lethal he can be. Mark Strong does a decent job without being especially memorable, and the final battle goes on far too long for the movie’s good. What elevates Shazam! above others of its kind are its liberal doses of humor, accompanied by a whole lot of heart—and two exceptional performances. While Asher Angel is fine as the young Billy, Zachary Levi is sensational as the “adult” Billy/Shazam. Levi hits all the right notes, playing Shazam as an overgrown kid with a new super-suit of clothes, gleefully surprised by the powers that accompany it (though he does neglect the fact that with great powers comes great responsibility—but that’s Marvel). Jack Dylan Grazer is also terrific as Freddy, the only one (at first) who know of Billy’s new superpowers, and the scenes where they’re testing Billy’s powers and trying out new names (his superhero name isn’t decided on till the end—you can probably guess what it is). It also helps that the film encourages you to care about Billy’s new foster family, including his siblings, and they are also a recognizably human bunch—they too add a good deal of the film’s heart. The bottom line if you’re still looking for a “superhero fix,” Shazam! is hard to beat—at least until Endgame.

 

hellboy 2019

I wasn’t aware that the world was clamoring for yet another Hellboy, especially following Ron Perlman’s take on the role of the brooding hunter of lost souls (to put it kindly) from the Guillermo Del Toro films. Yet here we are with the all-new Hellboy with David Harbour taking on the role; to his credit, Harbour projects enough angst and anger along with the quips to acquit himself in a respectable manner. The plotting is unwieldy to say the least, and there are several respected actors who come in for a quick appearance before becoming human mulch. Hellboy’s major nemesis is a long-buried Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich) who either wants to destroy Hellboy or marry him (though in Hellboy’s world, that might prove one and the same). Ian McShane is also here, picking up the rent money as Hellboy’s loving foster father (there is a backstory here too). I can’t say that Hellboy is a good film, but it does have some offbeat humor and is fairly entertaining at times, —as long as you don’t take it too seriously and have invested in some ear plugs to be utilized at strategic points.

Friday, 29 March 2019 05:39

Film Reviews - Us; Gloria Bell 

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Us; Gloria Bell Film Reviews

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Film Reviews: Captain Marvel; Greta; A Madea Family Funeral

Friday, 15 February 2019 07:28

Cold Pursuit; Roma; BlackkKlansman

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Film Review Cold Pursuit; Roma; BlackkKlansman

Saturday, 26 January 2019 04:00

Movie Review - GLASS

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Glass - Film Review

Monday, 07 January 2019 05:08

Film Review “Instant Family”

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The film "Instant Family" is based on the real and heart-rending experiences of the director, Sean Anders. 

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Latest Movie Reviews 2019 - Mary Poppins Returns; Vice; On the Basis of Sex; The Wife

Friday, 14 December 2018 08:24

The Favourite; Green Book; Stan and Ollie

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Latest Film Reviews - The Favourite; Green Book; Stan and Ollie

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