Reviews

Mar
27

Movie Review: “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”

   Although the DC Extended Universes’ successes have not reached the dizzying heights of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in terms of both critical reaction and box office reception, I don’t think anyone could deny…

Jan
01

Movie Review: “Wonder Woman 1984”

      The DC Extended Universe may not have been everything to the Detective Comics superheroes catalog as the more financially lucrative Marvel Cinematic Universe has been, but it has no doubt…

Dec
26

Movie Review: “The Croods: A New Age”

   I will admit – I did not care about The Croods when it arrived back in 2013. The film may have been satiable for the younger crowd, brimming with gags and frenetic…

Dec
26

Movie Review: “Soul”

      Back when, Pixar was renowned for its animated storytelling, beheld as the pinnacle of mainstream western animation. Features like Toy Story and Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo and Wall.E, moviegoers took…

Dec
02

Movie Review: “Over the Moon”

   Pearl Studio is a film production company I have had my eye on the last year or so. The CMC Capital Partners owned company was founded as a Chinese-American joint venture…

Nov
29

Movie Review: “Happiest Season”

   The holiday season is upon us, and, per tradition, that means, so too, are our favorite features of the season. So, dust off that one Rudolph film where everyone’s creepy looking…

Aug
04

Movie Review: “Fullmetal Alchemist”

Reviews    On this edition of Foreign Film Thursdays, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film, made available on the Netflix streaming service. I’ll start off by sharing how…

Jul
23

Movie Review: “Alita: Battle Angel”

Reviews It has become a tale as old as time in Hollywood, studio bigwigs stumble across an untapped prospect that was successful in a different country or, perhaps, in a different…

Jul
21

Movie Review: “The Lion King” (2019)

Reviews    Whether a remake or re-imagining is necessary often boils down to one or two key variables, whether such a film is in demand and whether that film can be improved on. I talked…

Jun
24

Movie Review: “Scoob”

   I like Scooby Doo. Let me start off by saying that. The series first blossomed in the latest sixties and early seventies with the animated series Scooby Doo, Where Are…

Apr
26

Movie Reviews: “Sonic the Hedgehog”

   In the early nineties, Sega yearned for a flagship series to do battle with Nintendo’s Mario franchise, experimenting with all sorts of different character designs, hoping to find the right…

Apr
26

Movie Review: “Onward”

   When Pixar first burst on the scene with Toy Story in 1995, it began building an acclaimed reputation for itself, one that has arguably went unrivaled in American animation. Over the next decade,…

Apr
26

Movie Review: “Ne Zha”

   Thus far with my reviews, I have not had the best track record with Chinese animation. The last film I talked about, The Monkey King Returns is currently at the bottom of the…

Apr
26

Movie Review: “Trolls World Tour”

   I will be the first to admit, as a twenty-four-year-old man who lives with his wife and pays bills and all that jazz, I am not necessarily the target-demographic…

Apr
24

Movie Review: “Jumanji: The Next Level”

   When Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle booted up on theater screens in 2017, I don’t think anyone knew exactly what to expect. Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart have charisma for days and had shown themselves…

Apr
21

Movie Review: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

 If you haven’t been a reader of my reviews very long (welcome), I haven’t always been the loudest and proudest devout supporter of the Star Wars franchise. I have a respect…

Dec
03

Movie Review: “The Crimes of Grindelwald”

   I was excited when Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them first arrived in 2016. Like many of you, I am an avid-fan of the Harry Potter franchise and have a nostalgic affliction…

Aug
06

Movie Review: “War for the Planet of the Apes”

   When I left the theater after watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I had a giddy excitement from the whole affair. Although I enjoyed Rise of the Planet of…

Jul
04

Movie Review: “Incredibles 2”

    Pixar has been a leader in animation ever since it first burst on the scene in 1995 with Toy Story and, in truth, I’ve been on-board all the way through. I’ve loved almost every film they’ve…

Jun
29

Movie Review: “Star Wars – Episode Four: A New Hope”

   Rabies and germs, I’ve procrastinated on it for the last couple of months, but it’s finally time to Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, progressing further in my…

Jun
29
Jun
29

McConnaughay’s Movie Review Archive

58 — Animation 1.) Soul (2020 review) 2.) Coco (2018 review) 3.) Ne Zha (2020 review) 4.) The Lion King – Remake (2019 review) 5.) The Box Trolls (2014 review)…

May
03

Movie Review: “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

    The film industry is in comic-book heaven. In less than seven-years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made more as a franchise than any other has, and it’s only just beginning. DC…

Oct
31

Movie Review: “Source Code”

    Source Code is a 2011 Franco-American science-fiction thriller film directed by Duncan Jones and written by Ben Ripley. Duncan Jones being the only-known son of the artist David Bowie, other-wise is…

Sep
28

Movie Review: “The Box Trolls”

   The Boxtrolls is a 2014 American 3D stop motion fantasy film based on the novel Here Be Monsters! written by Alan Snow. The film was produced by Laika, other-wise…

Sep
19

Movie Review: “The Maze Runner”

   The Maze Runner is a 2014 American science fiction action thriller film. And it was directed by Wes Ball in his directorial debut on the big-screen. The film’s marketing…

Aug
28

Movie Review: “That Awkward Moment”

   That Awkward Moment, other-wise known as Are We Officially Dating? in Australia and New Zealand, is a 2014 American romantic comedy film.The film was written and directed by Tom Gormican, making…

Aug
27

Movie Review: “The Secret Garden”

   The Secret Garden is a 1993 British drama/fantasy film and it was based on the novel of the same name written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Agnieszka Holland serves as the…

Aug
25

Movie Review: “Ender’s Game”

    Ender’s Game is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on the novel of the same by Orson Scott Scard. It was written and directed by Gavin Hood, other-wise known…

Aug
23

Movie Review: “Jack the Giant Slayer”

   Jack the Giant Slayer is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film based on the English fairy tales “Jack the Giant Killer” and “Jack and the Beanstalk”. The film is…

Aug
22

Movie Review: “Vampire Academy”

     Vampire Academy is a 2014 American satirical fantasy adventure film based on the 2007 best-selling novel of the same name by Richelle Mead, directed by Mark Waters, with a…

Aug
21

Movie Review: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze”

   Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze is a 1991 American live-action film.  The film acts as a sequel to the 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie…

Aug
20

Movie Review: “Because of Winn-Dixie”

   Because of Winn-Dixie is a 2005 family film adapted from the book of the same name by Kate Dicamillo. It was directed by Wayne Wang, other-wise known for various…

Aug
19

Movie Review: “About Time”

   About Time is a 2013 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Richard Curtis. Other-wise he is also known for his directorial work for Love Actually and Four Weddings…

Aug
17

Movie Review: “The Other Woman”

   The Other Woman is a 2014 American romantic comedy film directed by Nick Cassavetes and written by Melissa Stack. Cassavetes is other-wise known for directing The Notebook and My Sister’s…

Aug
16

Movie Review: “The Giver”

   The Giver is a 2014 American science-fiction film directed by Phillip Noyce. Most recently known for directing the film, Salt. It is based on the 1993 novel of the…

Aug
15

Movie Review: “Son of Batman”

   Son of Batman is a direct-to-video animated superhero film and a follow-up to Justice League: War as part of the new continuity established by Flashpoint Paradox. The film has Jason…

Aug
15

Movie Review: “Batman: Assault on Arkham”

   DC’s live-action cinematic universe hasn’t really found its footing, however, there’s no doubt that DC’s animated universe completely outdoes competition. Batman: Under the Red Hood is a tremendous film, and…

Aug
14

Movie Review: “Transcendence”

   Transcendence is a 2014 science-fiction film directed by Wally Pfister in his directorial debut, and written by Jack Paglen. Pfister definitely isn’t known for directing efforts, but that doesn’t…

Aug
12

Movie Review: “Grown Ups 2”

   Grown Ups 2 is a 2013 American buddy comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan. Other-wise known for Happy Gilmore, I Now Pronounce You Chucky and Larry, Jack and Jill,…

Aug
12

Movie Review: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

   Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2014 American action comedy filmed based on the franchise of the same name. The film is a reboot of the Ninja Turtles film…

Aug
11

Movie Review: “Need for Speed”

   Need for Speed is a 2014 American action film directed by Scott Waugh, written by George Gatins and John Gatins and produced by DreamWorks Pictures. Waugh is also known for…

Aug
10

Movie Review: “There’s Something About Mary”

   If I live to be a hundred, I’ll never understand how some films are critically acclaimed and how others fall into the depths of eternal ‘pan-ville’. A film like…

Aug
06

Movie Review: “The Illusionist”

   The Illusionist is a 2006 American period drama film written and directed by Neil Burger. Neil Burger is most recently known for directing The Divergent film.    The film stars…

Aug
05

Movie Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy

   Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American science-fiction comedy film. The film is based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name, and is the tenth installment…

Jul
21

Movie Review: “Man of Steel”

   Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film acting as a reboot of DC Comics’ Superman franchise and the first installment in the DC Cinematic Universe. The film was directed…

Jul
20

Movie Review: – “About Schmidt”

   I have been meaning to write a review about this film for a while. I bought it on DVD a times ago but I never took the time to…

Jul
12

Movie Review: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

   2014 has actually been a strong year when it comes to movies dealing with high-concept. Captain America: Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past went above and beyond expectations. Winter Soldier being a large improvement…

Jul
09

Movie Review: “Planet of the Apes”

    I decided that since Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is only a few short days away that I would go back to some of the previous films. Albeit, I…

Jul
07

Movie Review: “Identity Thief”

   Melissa McCarthy recently had a movie released called Tammy. The film received negative reviews from critics and marketing wasn’t exactly a spectacle. Even still, the film managed to make…