Based on the 2008 novel by Garth Stein, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” gives a more mature insight to a dog’s perspective, not dissimilar to the “A Dog’s Purpose” franchise. Told from the pup’s perspective, this slice-of-life film shows the ups and downs of Enzo’s, and his owner, Denny’s, l…

“Ready or Not” exemplifies the type of genre-bending joyride that too many horror films forget that they can be. The concept — a murderous game of hide and seek — has both thrills and comedy baked into the premise, and the lively cast of character actors lean into the knowingly silly premise…

Based on Alvin Schwartz’ 1981 short story anthology book of the same name, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” gives cinematic life to the stories and illustrations that have kept generations of children up at night. Directed by Andre Ovredal and written and produced by Academy-Award winner …

Telling the same rags-to-riches story that has been told thousands of times over throughout history, “Teen Spirit,” written and directed by actor Max Minghella in his directorial debut, is an uncompromising, in-the-moment music drama that is both filled with moments of surprising maturity an…

A spin-off of the Fast & Furious movie franchise, “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw” stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham as the titular characters. Filled with more than enough one-liners, car chases, fight scenes, and explosives to fill up the rest of the summer…

Set against the summer backdrop of a seemingly countless number of sequels, superhero flicks, and Disney re-makes, “Stuber” is a knowingly silly breath of fresh air. Falling victim to the same faults many of its action-comedy predecessors such as a one-note villain, a rushed conclusion, and …

Bringing the Disney tale back to theaters again, the “Lion King” remake gives audiences the same, classic tale with modern, state of the art animation. It achieves just that, and the photorealism seen throughout could easily be confused for a National Geographic documentary. However, the sta…

Buddy comedies are trickier than they may seem on the surface. Comedic chemistry is fickle and finding a pair of actors who effectively complement each other doesn’t always happen automatically, even when both actors are funny enough individually. Of course, a strong script with clever writi…

One of many original films added to Netflix with little fanfare or advertising, “The Perfection” is full of surprises, most of which are good. Starring Allison Williams of “Girls” fame and Logan Browning as a pair of unbelievably talented cellists, the two’s strong chemistry greatly assists …

The Disney musical "Newsies" opened recently at the local Palace Playhouse. Music was written by Alan Menken, who did "Little Mermaid." Lyrics were done by Jack Feldman and book was done by Harvey Fierstein.

After a fantastically long string of clever, enjoyable Marvel movies, the Spider-Man sequel seems to be the exception to the rule. Though nonetheless still enjoyable, numerous plot holes and an uneven narrative create one of the weaker Spider-Man films of recent years. Especially when compar…

Emphasizing Woody’s existential angst in a way palpable to both adults and children, "Toy Story 4" is an incredibly funny, exciting and moving conclusion to the "Toy Story" film series. While the previous installment made the idea of one more "Toy Story" seem, initially, pointless, the movie…