Review: Favreau's Photorealistic 'The Lion King' Movie Roars to Life



Co-directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, Disney’s 1994 animated movie The Lion King won Academy Awards for original score (Hans Zimmer) and the original song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (by Elton John & Tim Rice), as well as the Golden Glob...

KVIFF 2019: 'The True Adventures of Wolfboy' Starring Jaeden Martell



What if there really was a wolfboy? That's the concept for this film, The True Adventures of Wolfboy, a coming-of-age drama about a kid with a rare condition that makes him grow hair everywhere on his body. This film cannot really be compared with, s...

KVIFF 2019: Jonás Trueba & Itsaso Arana's Lyrical 'The August Virgin'



Most coming-of-age films are about teenagers, or younger kids, maybe even someone just starting their 20s. But it's rare we see a coming-of-age film about someone in their 30s, struggling with the realities of being an adult and growing up and how li...

KVIFF 2019: 'Lara' is Another Outstanding Film from Jan Ole Gerster



He's finally back with another film! German filmmaker Jan Ole Gerster earned himself a modest following with his first feature debut, a B&W film from 2012 titled A Coffee in Berlin (also known as Oh Boy). The film is a cult classic because it's known...

Review: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' is a Spider-Fan's Dream Come True



Serving as both an effervescent epilogue to the weighty and momentous Avengers: Endgame and a thrilling prelude to the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Spider-Man: Far From Home is an exceedingly fun, action-packed cinematic spectac...

Review: Danny Boyle & Richard Curtis' 'Yesterday' is Awkwardly Sweet



Seen at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Who doesn't love The Beatles? Wait – don't answer that question. But seriously - The Beatles are the best and their music will live on forever because it's so brilliant. Danny Boyle's latest film Yesterday, f...

Review: Céline Sciamma's Radiant Romance 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire'



I had the misfortune of missing out on this year's Cannes Film Festival, and while I usually prefer Berlinale's chilly pleasures and the Mostra's replenishing sunshine, this year's roster made me think twice about my life choices. Thankfully, during...

Review: Pixar's Latest Sequel 'Toy Story 4' Plays With Your Emotions



Pixar's original Toy Story (1995) movie was a major milestone in filmmaking. It was nominated for three Oscars (Best Original Screenplay; Best Original Song; Best Original Score), and two Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical; Best O...

Review: Simon Kinberg's 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' Goes Down in Flames



Written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by John Byrne, the "Dark Phoenix" saga is one of the most enduring storylines in the history of Marvel Comics. First published in Uncanny X-Men #129-138 (1980), the iconic story follows Jean Grey's transform...

Review: Dougherty's 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' Vies for Supremacy



In the aftermath of World War II, Japan's Toho Co., Ltd. assembled a team of filmmakers – co-writer and director Ishirō Honda, producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, co-writer Takeo Murata, and special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya – to create a new kind o...

Cannes 2019: Diao Yinan's Slick Gangster Noir 'The Wild Goose Lake'



The latest film made by acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Diao Yinan (who won the Golden Bear at Berlinale in 2014 with his film Black Coal, Thin Ice) is a noir feature titled The Wild Goose Lake, or Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui in Chinese. Both written and...

Cannes 2019: Corneliu Porumboiu's Hitchcockian Tale 'The Whistlers'



Romanian filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu has quickly established himself as one of the most unique and clever Eastern European directors making original films these days. Between Infinite Football last year, and his new feature at Cannes this year, Poru...

Review: Guy Ritchie's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Movie Wishes in One Hand



Based on the Arabic folktale Aladdin and the Magic Lamp from the book One Thousand and One Nights (aka "Arabian Nights"), plus the 1940 film The Thief of Bagdad, Disney's animated Aladdin from 1992 was the most successful movie of that year, grossing...

Review: Olivia Wilde's Debut Comedy 'Booksmart' Makes the Grade



Olivia Wilde. The American actress, who derived her stage name from Irish author Oscar Wilde, is best known for her roles on television series including "The O.C." and "House", and in films like Tron: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens, Year One, In Time,...

Cannes 2019: Tarantino's Latest Film 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'



For his next film, Quentin Tarantino is taking us back to the year 1969. Right at the end of the Golden Age of Hollywood. When hippies roamed the streets, men landed on the moon, and westerns were at the end of their time. Tarantino's ninth feature f...

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