Movie Comment: The Good Dinosaur

Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur marks the first time the studio’s released two features in one year (coming on the heels of Inside Out), and is the only Pixar story shared from the perspective of a juvenile character. The result is a breathtaking and heartfelt cinematic experience that embraces simplicity, while offering a fresh story to the…

Movie Comment: Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out + Insider Access

The Journey to Insider Access + Insider Access Yesterday was a gloomy, rainy day in St. Louis. Naturally, I found myself online looking up cinema show times. Then, I noticed something I never had before – a listing for “Insider Access to Inside Out,” a partnering between Disney and Fathom Events to debut Inside Out early…

Angelina Jolie is wickedly enchanting as “Maleficent”

Being a fan of Disney and Angelina Jolie, I was predisposed to like this big-budget summer venture titled Maleficent.  A reimagining of the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is told from the point of view of the title character by a mysterious narrator.  A pleasant, but predictable third-act twist continues Disney’s notable feminist fairytale trend (recall last year’s hit Frozen?), leaving audiences with fond…

“The Normal Heart” is shattered by Bomer and all-star cast

Home Box Office (HBO) premiered Plan B Entertainment’s film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s 1985 off-Broadway play titled The Normal Heart.  Set against the backdrop of the early to mid 1980s, The Normal Heart is a haunting and heartbreaking story about a generation of gay men (later women) and the emergence of HIV/AIDS in the United States.  Anchored…

World War Z (review)

Blitz Review:  Action-packed and suspenseful.  Brad Pitt does an amazing job as “Gerry Lane.”  Weaker third-act and questionable ending, but overall really good and perfect release for summer.  Hope it makes the money, so we can have a sequel.  Awesome instrumental by Muse (“Isolated System”) included! Grade:  A-  See my full WORLD WAR Z review on…