Written by Kevin Thomas
The Crimes of Grindelwald: Potter Prequel Only Steals Time, Disrespects Legacy
2 out of 5 stars (Has Some Good Moments, But Is Overall Bad)
The Harry Potter series is one of the most successful and respected fantasy epics of our time. J.K. Rowling captivated both readers and audiences with her story of a young boy who discovers the existence of magic and ultimately must fight to save it. Despite an understandably mixed reaction from book purists, I believe the films are entertaining on their own merits. They aren’t all perfect, but the good far outweighs the bad. Continue reading Movie Review: The Crimes of Grindelwald 2/5 Stars
This Eli Roth Fantasy Lacks Magic!
By Kevin Thomas
Watching The House With a Clock in its Walls
is like being on a massive sugar high: It’s way too fast, very confusing, and eventually causes you as a viewer to crash and fight falling asleep. Why horror director Eli Roth
creator Eric Kripke were chosen to helm this project is a mystery given that neither are known for family entertainment, and it really shows here. Add a completely miscast Jack Black, underused Cate Blanchett, and a child actor with little screen presence, and you have one of the dullest fantasies of the year, for adults anyway. The kids in my audience laughed a lot, so I’m sure this film will be a hit at 12-year-old slumber parties on dark stormy nights, if that’s any consolation.
Continue reading Movie Review: House With a Clock In Its Walls 1.5/5 Stars
By Kevin Thomas
Mismarketed Puppet Film a Decent Crime Drama, With Raunch
3 out of 5 stars (Average)
The Hapytime Murders is by far the most heavily mismarketed film of 2018. Advertised as a wild and raunchy comedy, the film is actually a decent crime drama with raunchy humor that showcases that puppets can do far more in movies than sing to your kids. However, people who want a unique (if flawed) crime drama with some ribald humor will likely be impressed at the immaculate puppetry on display here, along with a solid human cast that plays surprisingly well off of their stuffed cast members. The Happytime Murders is a good step in legitimizing puppetry as adult entertainment, despite a few bad jokes and some questionable script decisions. It’s not as good as it could be, but my God, if it couldn’t be a lot worse. Continue reading Movie Review: Happytime Murders 3/5 Stars