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“Mortal Engines:” Beautiful Steampunk with a Dense Story

“Mortal Engines” based on the book of the same name by Philip Reeve is directed by Christian Rivers with a screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson.  I love Steampunk. I love a story that can incorporate Steampunk elements with a great plot. When I watched the previews for “Mortal Engines”, I thought […]

This Week In Home Entertainment: Christopher Robin and Incredible 2 | Ro Reviews (Blu-Ray/DVD)

It’s “new movie” Wednesday in the land of home entertainment and TG Geeks took a look-see at two new releases from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment: Christopher Robin and Incredibles 2. If you didn’t catch these films in the theater, now’s the time to bring them home for private viewing because each feature is worthy of being in your physical […]

Bohemian Rhapsody Leaves Too Much “Bio” out of the Pic | Ro Reviews

Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic based on the legendary band, Queen. This story picks up shortly before Freddy Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara of Parsi descent, joins guitarist/astrophysics scholar Brian May (Gwilym Lee) and drummer/dental student Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) with a parking lot audition engagingly depicted with just the right amount of humor and irony; and […]

Can You Ever Forgive Me? Is a “Must See” this Award Season | Ro Reviews

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a biopic about biographer, Lee Israel, and her astonishing fall from literary grace and slide into infamy. I say without hyperbole, Melissa McCarthy as the hard-drinking, foul-mouthed and abrasive Lee Israel is her best performances ever. • Lee Israel (McCarthy) is a writer of biographies. She’s a woman with little interest […]

Review: “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” An Enchanting Reinterpretation

  When I was young, I read “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” My mother had many obscure and unusual stories and fairytales. I remember loving the story, especially with its lessons on looking past a person’s looks and loving the person within. When I was older, I loved music, especially classical music and one […]

Home Entertainment: “Solo: A Star Wars Story” | Ro Reviews

Writers Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and son, Jonathan Kasdan (In the Land of Women), drew on the elder Kasdan’s cinematic knowledge of Han to mesh it with facts and story elements from the Han Solo Trilogy books in order create a script that a cross between a Firefly episode and The Man with No Name.  […]

In Life Itself, Perseverance is the Point | Ro Reviews

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Don’t see Life Itself if you aren’t ready to fully engage and be in your feelings. Seriously. Life Itself is a full-on drama. It’s built on the highs, lows, drama, and unexpected melodrama of introspection played out in three acts; or rather five chapters. It has no “just-for-a-laugh” moments, no throw-away tension breakers, or mere transitions between […]

The Happytime Murders | Ro Reviews

The Happytime Murders is set in an alternative Los Angeles where humans reluctantly live alongside puppets. When someone starts murdering cast members of 90s children program, The Happytime Gang, disgraced former LAPD detective Phil Phillips (voice: Bill Barretta) – puppet and low-rent private investigator living the pseudo-noir life must join forces with his former partner Det. Connie […]

Juliet, Naked: A Romance That Successfully Crosses The Digital Divide | Ro Reviews

There haven’t really been that many romantic comedies this year. At least, not the type that hasn’t felt like they’re faithfully following a formula. Then I saw Juliet, Naked starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris Dowd. Annie Platt (Rose Bryne), a museum curator in a seaside English town, is in a relationship with Duncan Thomas  (Chris O’Dowd) a […]

‘Sorry To Bother You’ Is The Satire We Need | Spoiler-Free Review

Lakeith Stanfield stars as Cassius Green in Boots Riley's SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, an Annapurna Pictures release.

Pair lush surrealistic imagery (that’s a punch in the face all its own) with a script satirically tackling  tokenism, code-switching, gentrification, slave-mentality (and literal slavery), inequality, nihilism, corporate greed, selling out, and the onslaught of sociopolitical and economic anxiety that ultimately leads to a dystopian hellscape for those who can’t afford utopia with insightful skill, […]

Deeper Story Elements Revealed on the ‘Black Panther’ Blu-Ray | Blu-Ray/DVD Review

Black Panther Blu-Ray

By now, you’ve probably seen more than a few snippets teasing behind-the-scenes details from the making of Black Panther online. If you’re anything like me, they’ve pushed seeing all the special features and bonus material further up your list of things to do in May. Starting May 8, you can add Black Panther to your digital […]

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