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Movie Review - Beauty and the Beast

Movie Review 1 1/2 Stars

By Bob Garver

"Beauty and the Beast," the Disney animated classic from 1991, holds a special place in my heart. It was the first movie I saw in its original run in theaters. The film kicked off a lifelong love of movies, and in that time I've seen a scant few that were on its level. But I've also seen many worse movies, including the new live-action "Beauty and the Beast."

Movie Review - Kong: Skull Island

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By Bob Garver

I bet when most people hear the term "Viet Cong" for the first time, they snicker at a mental image of King Kong fighting in Vietnam. Almost everyone outgrows this joke in about a minute, but not the makers of "Kong: Skull Island." They've spent $190 million and years of effort making the King Kong/Vietnam crossover that nobody was demanding, but nobody's in a hurry to reject either.

Movie Review - Logan

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By Bob Garver

After 17 years, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are saying goodbye to the "X-Men" roles of Wolverine and Professor Charles Xavier, respectively. And I truly believe that this is it for them. At first I was skeptical. "Even if both characters die, they can do some hocus-pocus resurrection." "The franchise is non-linear, so they can come back for some in-between films." Those are both valid theories, but they don't take into account that "Logan" is such a perfect end note that I don't see the actors treating it as anything other than a grand finale.

Movie Review - Fifty Shades Darker

Movie Review 1 1/2 Stars

By Bob Garver

The "Fifty Shades" franchise is commercially successful but critically despised. I've heard all manner of nasty things said about the books, and 2015's "Fifty Shades of Grey" tied for Worst Picture at the Razzies. "Fifty Shades Darker" is no redeemer, I assure you. If I didn't know any better, I'd say the series likes the abuse it takes from people with good taste.