Movie Reviews http://bayweekly.com/articles/feed/arts-and-culture/movie-reviews en Kubo and the Two Strings http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/kubo-and-two-strings <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>A boy learns the power of a good story in this exceptional animated film</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>If you must blink, do it now. &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; So begins the story of young Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson: <em>Game of Thrones</em>), a troubadour in ancient Japan. Each day in the square he tells fantastical tales of the Moon King and the brave warrior Hanzo who fights him. As he weaves his tale, Kubo plays his shamisen as origami to come to life to act out his story. Villagers gather to watch and shower Kubo with coins.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The most fantastical thing about Kubo&rsquo;s stories is that they are true.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/kubo-and-two-strings" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Kubo%20and%20the%20Two%20Strings.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="42" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Young Kubo’s (Art Parkinson) peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) to find his father’s legendary armor. &lt;&lt;© LAIKA&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/kubo-and-two-strings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/kubo-and-two-strings#comments Movie Reviews Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:35:14 +0000 bayweekly_master 34502 at http://bayweekly.com Pete’s Dragon http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/pete%E2%80%99s-dragon <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>This stunning Disney remake features a &shy;charming dragon and a good moral</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>Forest Ranger Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard: <em>Jurassic World</em>) has found many strange things in the wood. The oddest of all might be Pete (Oakes Fegley: <em>Person of Interest</em>), a bedraggled 10-year-old who&rsquo;s lived for five years in the forest after his parents&rsquo; death.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pete had help surviving the wolves and cold. He credits his friend Elliot, who he describes as a giant green dragon.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/pete%E2%80%99s-dragon" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/PetesDragon-2-081816.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oakes Fegley and his woodland friend, Elliot in Pete’s Dragon. &lt;&lt;© Walt Disney Productions&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/pete%E2%80%99s-dragon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/pete%E2%80%99s-dragon#comments Movie Reviews Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:07:46 +0000 bayweekly_master 34424 at http://bayweekly.com Suicide Squad http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/suicide-squad <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>The bad guys get a bad script</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>What do you do when a superman breaks bad?<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;That&rsquo;s the worry of intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis: Custody). Her solution is a squad of the worst villains America has ever known.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Her villainous team includes:<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&bull; Enchantress (Cara Delevingne: Pan), a millennia-old deity possessing the body of an archeologist;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&bull; Deadshot (Will Smith: Concussion), a mercenary named for his aim;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/suicide-squad" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Suicide%20Squad-081116.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A secret government agency recruits a group of imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency, which inevitably leads to chaos. &lt;&lt;© Warner Bros. Pictures&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/suicide-squad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/suicide-squad#comments Movie Reviews Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:21:50 +0000 bayweekly_master 34329 at http://bayweekly.com Lights Out http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/lights-out <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Old-school effects and good storytelling make a cool chiller</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>Something is scratching at Martin&rsquo;s (Gabriel Bateman: American Gothic) bedroom door. While he shivers in terror, his mother chats with an invisible friend, Diana.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;There is something lurking in the dark, ready to attack when the bedside lamp goes out. Martin watches in vigil night after night as the thing in the dark tries to come closer.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;When it gets Martin&rsquo;s father, he turns to his estranged stepsister, Rebecca (Teresa Palmer: Triple 9), who has had her own troubles with a creature that lived in bedroom nooks.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/lights-out" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Lights%20Out-080416.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gabriel Bateman and Teresa Palmer in Lights Out, an old-fashioned horror movie that focuses on ­creating a sense of dread rather than quick jump scares. &lt;&lt;© Warner Bros. Pictures&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/lights-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/lights-out#comments Movie Reviews Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:36:25 +0000 bayweekly_master 34196 at http://bayweekly.com Star Trek Beyond http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/star-trek-beyond <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Boldly focusing on character development makes this the best of the new Trek films</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>For Captain Kirk (Chris Pine: <em>The Finest Hours</em>), boldly going where no man has gone before is surprisingly boring. As his five-year mission to explore the universe as a diplomat for Star Fleet continues, he&rsquo;s looking for a way to break the routine of space travel.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/star-trek-beyond" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/StarTrekBeyond-1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="42" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/star-trek-beyond" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/star-trek-beyond#comments Movie Reviews Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:45:18 +0000 bayweekly_master 34077 at http://bayweekly.com Ghostbusters http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/ghostbusters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>I ain&rsquo;t afraid of no all-female reboot!</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>Dr. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig: Zoolander 2) hopes to earn tenure at Columbia. The professor is smart, serious and laser focused; but her career is put in jeopardy when a book resurfaces on Amazon. Co-authored with her former best friend Dr. Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy: <em>Central Intelligence</em>), the book considers the science of ghosts.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Erin co-authored the book on ghosts with her former best friend Dr. Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy: <em>Central Intelligence</em>). When no one believed them, Erin walked away from ghosts &mdash; and Abby.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/ghostbusters" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/ghostbusters-072116.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ghostbusters Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon. &lt;&lt;© Columbia Pictures&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/ghostbusters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/ghostbusters#comments Movie Reviews Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:07:02 +0000 bayweekly_master 33969 at http://bayweekly.com The Secret Life of Pets http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/secret-life-pets <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Two dogs learn how to navigate the big city in this cute comedy</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>Max (voiced by Louis C.K.: <em>Horace and Pete</em>) is a terrier living an idyllic life in New York with his owner/soulmate Katie (Ellie Kemper: <em>The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</em>). They go for bike rides, share dinner and snuggle up to sleep. Max couldn&rsquo;t be happier.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Except that every day Katie does the almost unforgivable: She leaves. Most pets in Max&rsquo;s apartment building spend their time alone socializing and binge eating, Max waits doggedly for Katie&rsquo;s return. He stares at the door. He whines. He consults the neighbor cat.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/secret-life-pets" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Secret-Life-of-Pets.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="54" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Louis C.K. voices Max, a terrier living in New York City. He loves life with his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper), and is dismayed when she brings home a “brother” for Max, a big sloppy mutt named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). &lt;&lt;© Universal Pictures&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/secret-life-pets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/secret-life-pets#comments Movie Reviews Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:01:07 +0000 bayweekly_master 33856 at http://bayweekly.com The Purge: Election Year http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/purge-election-year <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Neither scary nor entertaining, it may be time to kill off this franchise</strong></em><br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>In a semi-near future, America has a novel way of coping with crime: The Purge. One evening a year, all crime &mdash; including murder &mdash; is legal. The New Founding Fathers tout the Purge as a ritual release that&rsquo;s good for society. In practice, it&rsquo;s opportunity for social engineering as rich whites kill poor minorities.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/purge-election-year" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/The%20Purge-Election%20Year.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) and Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) must survive the Purge: a yearly night when all crime is legal. &lt;&lt;© Universal Pictures&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/purge-election-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/purge-election-year#comments Movie Reviews Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:13:16 +0000 bayweekly_master 33629 at http://bayweekly.com The BFG http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/bfg <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>A little girl learns the importance of friendship and family in this charming tale</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>Orphan Sophie (Ruby Barnhill: <em>The 4 O&rsquo;clock Club</em>) leads a lonely life in London. Already very grown up and smarter than her peers, she follows the matron to ensure that bills are filed and snipes at the drunks who wake the other orphans. Her only friend is an orange tabby cat. Sophie&rsquo;s busy life also means she doesn&rsquo;t have time for frivolities, like sleeping. She&rsquo;d much rather stay up and read.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/bfg" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/The%20BFG.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="60" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An orphan named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children. &lt;&lt;© DreamWorks SKG&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/bfg" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/bfg#comments Movie Reviews Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:47:28 +0000 bayweekly_master 33594 at http://bayweekly.com Central Intelligence http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/central-intelligence <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>A great comic team in search of a worthy project</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart: <em>Ride Along 2</em>) peaked in high school. A star athlete, top student and class president, Calvin had it all. He was the prom king and married the prom queen. Everyone knew he&rsquo;d be the big success in his class.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Too bad.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Calvin grows up to be a boring accountant resentful of the rut his life has become. He balks at his wife&rsquo;s suggestion they go to their high school reunion, fearing that his old friends will mock him.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/central-intelligence" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/central-intelligence-062316.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson in Central Intelligence. &lt;&lt;© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/central-intelligence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/central-intelligence#comments Movie Reviews Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:52:47 +0000 bayweekly_master 33548 at http://bayweekly.com