It’s easy, perhaps flippant, to dismiss a product that gives people joy. No matter this critic’s feelings about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or comic book-based fantasy films in general, Ryan Coogler’s task of mounting the sequel, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,”
In Robert Zemeckis’ version of the classic Disney tale “Pinocchio”, Joseph Gordon-Levitt does a fantastic job voicing Jiminy Cricket. His vocal styling is near to that of Cliff Edwards (the singer who was the voice of the beloved character in
Eternals, as a Marvel origin character story, falls flat. Director Chloé Zhao works to make it her own film, but there’s not enough fuel to support a story for 10 super heroes.
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” under performed while managing to take the top spot in its opening frame. Sony’s “Zombieland: Double Tap” opened just behind “Joker” with a slightly higher average take. “Joker” fell into second place as it runs on
Before I delve into Bill Condon’s effervescent and joyous Beauty and the Beast, there’s a minor confession that needs to be laid bare: I hadn’t watched the 1991 animated classic prior to seeing the live-action version. As it turns out,