Tag Archives: Andy Serkis


THE GREATEST JOURNEY IS FINDING WHERE YOU BELONG. A human boy is raised by a pack of Indian wolves in the jungle; he wants to be a full member of the pack, but his future is uncertain… A significantly darker version of Rudyard Kipling’s tale, primarily remembered thanks to two Disney movies. This one has … Continue reading Mowgli

Black Panther: Royal Rumble

LONG LIVE THE KING.  At the premiere of this entry in the Marvel franchise, the praise was universal and looked a little bit like how Get Out (2017) was received. Not only were both movies hailed as excellent genre examples, but critics and reporters also frequently pointed out how important they were in the aftermath … Continue reading Black Panther: Royal Rumble

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The evil First Order is now in control of the galaxy, but Rey (Daisy Ridley) is trying to convince Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to come out of retirement and help the Resistance. The second chapter in the third Star Wars trilogy is ambitious, the mythology beautifully developed by Rian Johnson, and one of the most … Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi

War for the Planet of the Apes

FOR FREEDOM. FOR FAMILY. FOR THE PLANET.  A few years after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), the war between apes and humans is growing bloodier and Caesar finds a personal enemy in the ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). The third film in this series borrows from Westerns and POW movies … Continue reading War for the Planet of the Apes

The Force Awakens: Saving Another Franchise

EVERY GENERATION HAS A STORY. There are some people out there who call themselves fans of Star Wars but still prefer to pretend like the trilogy of prequels that George Lucas created in 1999-2005 never happened, even though they were as excited about them before the premiere as they are now when the saga continues … Continue reading The Force Awakens: Saving Another Franchise

Avengers: Age of Ultron

A NEW AGE BEGINS. When a program devised by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) called Ultron becomes unexpectedly sentient and immediately targets The Avengers as a threat that needs to be extinct, our superheroes are in for a huge challenge. The sequel to The Avengers (2012) is so firmly entrenched in the Marvel universe and … Continue reading Avengers: Age of Ultron

Arthur Christmas

ALL ELF BREAKS LOOSE.    Delivering Santa’s presents is a huge hi-tech operation involving hundreds of elves, but when Santa’s youngest son discovers that one of the presents was mistakenly not delivered he sets out on a mission. An animated 3D adventure that combines the financial and creative powers of one British studio and one … Continue reading Arthur Christmas

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

In 2026, when most of the human population has been wiped out by a virus, Caesar is leading a tribe of apes in the Muir Woods; one day, they run into a small group of armed humans… The sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) is more of a robust action-adventure set … Continue reading Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

FROM THE SMALLEST BEGINNINGS COME THE GREATEST LEGENDS. Gandalf the wizard (Ian McKellen) convinces a hobbit, Bilbo (Martin Freeman), to join his party of 13 dwarves on a quest to reclaim a treasure that was stolen by a mighty dragon. Set sixty years before the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson’s grand return to … Continue reading The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Burke and Hare

NO JOB TOO SMALL. NO BODY TOO BIG. NO QUESTIONS ASKED.  In 1827, two con artists (Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis) learn that there’s money in delivering corpses to an unscrupulous doctor (Tom Wilkinson); so what if they have to help a lot of people die a little faster? John Landis’s first film in 12 years … Continue reading Burke and Hare

Adventures of Tintin: Raiders of the Lost Unicorn

THIS YEAR, DISCOVER HOW FAR ADVENTURE WILL TAKE YOU.   When Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson hooked up to make the first truly ambitious screen adaptation of Hergé‘s classic comic-book hero, it was easy to expect the most humorless of fanboys to react negatively. One of the first people to comment on this movie was … Continue reading Adventures of Tintin: Raiders of the Lost Unicorn

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

EVOLUTION BECOMES REVOLUTION. In the near future, San Francisco scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) has invented a drug that is supposed to cure Alzheimer’s… but its most dramatic effect is on apes in experiments that leave them significantly smarter. This reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise shares ideas with Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), but … Continue reading Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Animals United

When drought threatens a large delta in Botswana, its animals join forces and confront the humans who caused the environmental disaster. Hayao Miyazaki faces competition from this computer-animated 3D production… but he shouldn’t lose any sleep. Its environmental message is heavy-handed, sometimes depressing, and leaves no room for imagination. As for the technical details, the … Continue reading Animals United