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“Mary Poppins Returns” – Teaser Trailer and Poster

Mary Poppins Returns

“Mary Poppins Returns” stars: Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure; Lin-Manuel Miranda as her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; and Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. The film also introduces three new Banks’ children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

The film is directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by David Magee and screen story by Magee & Marshall & John DeLuca based upon The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are Marshall, DeLuca and Marc Platt with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer and the music is by Marc Shaiman with songs by Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

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A WRINKLE IN TIME ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK TO FEATURE RARE NEW RECORDINGS

A WRINKLE IN TIME ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK TO FEATURE RARE NEW RECORDING FROM SADE AND

END CREDIT TRACK BY DJ KHALED FEATURING DEMI LOVATO,

PLUS NEW SONGS BY SIA, KEHLANI AND CHLOE X HALLE

 

SOUNDTRACK PRODUCED BY AVA DuVERNAY

SCORE BY COMPOSER RAMIN DJAWADI

Burbank, Calif. — Feb. 20, 2018 – Walt Disney Records is set to release the digital version of the original motion picture soundtrack to Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” from visionary director Ava DuVernay on March 9th as the film opens in theaters nationwide.

The soundtrack was produced by DuVernay and features the end-credit song “I Believe” performed by Grammy® nominated and multi-platinum selling artists DJ Khaled featuring Demi Lovato.   The song was written by Khaled, Lovato, Denisia “Blu June” Andrews and Brittany “Chi” Coney and was produced by Khaled.  Both artists are embarking on a 20-date North American tour beginning February 26 in San Diego, CA.

The soundtrack also includes two versions of “Flower of the Universe” performed by Sade, one of which is a remix by No I.D.  The multi-Grammy winning and multi-platinum selling artist also co-wrote and co-produced the track with Ben Travers and Andrew Hale. This is Sade’s second original song contribution to a soundtrack following 1986’s “Absolute Beginners.”

Five-time Grammy nominee singer-songwriter Sia performs “Magic,” a song she also co-wrote with Grammy-nominated producer-songwriter Jesse Shatkin.  Shatkin also produced the track.

Grammy-nominated artist Kehlani performs “Let Me Live.”  Kehlani released her debut chart-topping album, SweetSexySavage last year and will also be touring North America with Lovato and Khaled.

Also included is “Warrior,” written and performed by sisters Chloe x Halle.  The duo made a cameo in Beyonce’s Lemonade visual album and were subsequently invited to join as the opening act on The Formation World Tour.  The sisters released their debut EP, Sugar Symphony, in 2016 and are currently series regulars on Freeform’s “Grown-ish.”

The “A Wrinkle in Time” score is composed, conducted and produced by Ramin Djawadi.  The German-born composer has scored over 100 projects including blockbuster films such as “Pacific Rim,” “Iron Man” and “Clash of the Titans” and celebrated television scores including “Game of Thrones,” “Westworld,” “Prison Break” and “The Strain.”

The Grammy and Emmy®-nominated composer recorded the score in Los Angeles with a 71-piece orchestra and a 29-person choir, as well as a 24-member children’s choir.

Speaking of the artists and composer, DuVernay said: “Each song on the ‘Wrinkle in Time’ soundtrack was crafted with great care in close collaboration with the artists. My creative partnership with Sade on ‘Flower of the Universe’ was so connected that I reverse engineered the usual process and used her lyrics as actual dialogue within the film. I truly loved working with DJ Khaled who jumped into this project with open arms and an open heart, along with the great Demi Lovato. Sia, Kehlani and Chloe x Halle beautifully embraced the visuals of the film to create distinct songs that expand and elevate Meg’s heroic journey. And working with Ramin Djawadi was a dream come true as I have been a long-time admirer of his stellar work. His musical compositions for the film are perfectly otherworldly.”

The track list for A Wrinkle in Time follows:

1    Flower of the Universe (No I.D. Remix) Performed by Sade

2    I Believe Performed by DJ Khaled Featuring Demi Lovato

3    Magic Performed by Sia

4    Let Me Live Performed by Kehlani

5    Warrior Performed by Chloe x Halle

6    Park Bench People Performed by Freestyle Fellowship

7    Flower of the Universe Performed by Sade

Score by Ramin Djawadi

  1. A Wrinkle in Time
  2. Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which
  3. Darkness Across the Universe
  4. Touch the Stars
  5. Happy Medium
  6. Camazotz
  7. Home
  8. Uriel
  9. Is This a Dream?
  10. Forgive Me
  11. Be a Warrior
  12. Tap Into Your Mind
  13. Tesseract
  14. Sorry I’m Late
  15. The Universe Is Within All of Us

The A Wrinkle in Time original motion picture soundtrack will be available at digital retail HERE 

and streaming services HERE on March 9th.

The physical version will be available following the film’s release on March 30 and can be pre-ordered HERE.

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Come meet PETER RABBIT who will hop into the Valley this Friday 1/12/18!

PETER RABBIT MEET AND GREET THIS FRIDAY!

PHOENIX, AZ (January 10, 2018) – PETER RABBIT will hop into the Valley this Friday to visit with families for photo opportunities. The appearance is coming in advance of the release of the upcoming family film, PETER RABBIT, in theaters February 9th.  James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, while Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley perform the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

Who: Peter Rabbit

When: Friday, January 12 from 4 PM – 6 PM

Where: Pinspiration

  5410 E. High St., Suite 105

  Phoenix, AZ 85054

Synopsis: Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne).  James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

 Cast: Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Sam Neill

Voices: Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki, with Margot Robbie, and James Corden as Peter Rabbit

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Trailer

Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask #SpiderVerse In Theaters Christmas 2018.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

 

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Wonderstruck – Movie Review

Wonderstruck is a great title, would probably be a remarkable book to read but it’s not so much a wonderful feature film to sit through unless prepared.  Watching it feels as if you’re reading it.  Everything takes too long to happen.  Not surprisingly, it is based on a critically acclaimed novel; one written by Brian Selznick.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not saying this isn’t worth a watch because it is in that it’s beautifully orchestrated, well-crafted and is quite inspiring to watch but it could be a dash too slow for some.

It starts introducing us to the main character, Ben (Fegley).  In 1977, he lives through the death of his mother, Elaine (Williams), whom he admired so much.  Being very independent and capable, she has told Ben very little about his father except for his name.  She was the type of woman who knew enough to develop Ben’s curiosity but sees no reason to fill his head with the knowledge he doesn’t truly need.  Instead, she teaches him what matters to her most such as a favorite quote by Oscar Wilde that also becomes Ben’s favorite, ‘We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.’  She encourages his astute, youthful and insightful imagination when he asks about its meaning and instead of answering the questions she makes him tell her what it means.  When she dies a short time later, he holds on dearly to all she gave and taught him.

Living with his aunt now, his interest in his father, who’s from New York, grows.  To find out what we’re in for at this point, we can break the title of the film down.  Wonder can mean to marvel and speculate about the origin of something like the solar system, which Ben does often.  Struck is to encounter something suddenly or unexpectedly.  Not only is Ben an admirer of the skies, wondering if his father was, too, but lightning strikes him when he’s on the phone and poor Ben loses his hearing.  It’s here we cut to 1927 where a young deaf girl, Rose (Simmonds) fantasizes about a life beyond hers.  She admires an actress named Lillian Mayhew (Moore) and decides to go to New York to find her.

Now the very accomplished director Todd Haynes (Carol) takes the material he has been given of these two youngsters and cleverly marries them by building a cohesive plotline.  He manages to structure the suspense to keep you guessing as to what Ben and Rose are headed toward and why.  Choosing music by the incredibly brilliant composer Carter Burwell, who has scored or composed over 100 films, (Three films this year; Goodbye Christopher Robin and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, as well as this one) was genius on Haynes’ part.  Flipping back and forth between the 1920’s and the 1970’s made the music incredibly important to remove you from one time period and plop you, emotionally and all, into the other on a continual basis.  In fact, you feel as if you’re in two movies, but the music never loosens its grip on you and you’re firmly planted in the story.

On his quest, Ben meets Jamie (Michael), a child as alone as Ben who is looking for a friend.  The pair goes to the Museum of Natural History and Ben is taken with what he has been missing from this world.  They run all over the building, passing this display and that display while Rose, fifty years earlier is doing the exact same thing in the exact same building walking passed the very same pieces and display cases.  As this happens and as the boys investigate an unbelievable coincidence, you’ll feel the interest in you intensify because this must be leading to a beautiful… something.  But honestly, this is where the film lets you down.  An incident here, an act of fate or chance there leads not to wonder or spectacle but to regularity and commonality that one was hoping in this world they’d be escaping.  The film is beautifully done with gorgeous music and superb acting by all but the souvenir at the end of this trip was that there really wasn’t anything worth taking.

Goodbye Christopher Robin – Movie Review

The best-loved children’s book of all time is Winnie-the-Pooh.  It was published in 1926 by a man ruined by war, for his son who was ruined by the book.  This film brought a story that I wasn’t expecting to see.  A.A. Milne, the writer of the infamous tales of Winnie-the-Pooh, came up with the story in a lovely way but the history of it and infamy from it all but ruined what was left of his family. 

A very accomplished playwright and author, Milne found it hard to write at all after returning from a war he was so deeply against.  Milne served in both World Wars.  He joined the British Army in the WWI, served as an officer and was a captain of the British Home Guard in WW II.  He was against the wars and it affected him greatly to have been a part of them.  The film shows that the strain of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder destroyed an otherwise outgoing and accomplished man, making him somewhat misanthropic and reclusive.  When he heard or saw any loud sound or flash of light, his mind and body would prepare for battle.  Milne was against and afraid of war.  He was a pacifist but joined to fight evil Hitler.  He once explained that “In fighting Hitler, we are truly fighting the Devil, the Anti-Christ.  Hitler was a crusader against God.”   

The movie shows a man truly unhappy.  What he thought would happen to him because of his writing, did not.  What he desired to be known for wasn’t a little children’s book, no matter how popular.  He wanted to be appreciated for his novels.  The writers of the film, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughan, drafted for us a man torn completely in half, fighting what he wanted to and what he had become.  He wanted to make a prolific statement against war.  Milne shouts that he is, ‘tired of making people laugh… he wants to make them see.’  Once Pooh entered his life, however, that was all over.

What seemed so tragic is that Alan Milne, Domhnall Gleeson, (About Time, Calvary, The Revenant, American Made) and his wife Daphne, played ever so chillingly by Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad) had grown to enjoy a particular lifestyle that they didn’t want to leave behind.  Having a child, Christopher Robin (Tilston) did get in the way of partying with friends, especially for Daphne.  They hire a nanny right away named Olive, played rather warmly by Kelly MacDonald.  I use the word warmly because for years she watches the boy grow without much love toward him coming from where it should.  If it weren’t for her, he would have known almost none. 

They all move to the country, hoping to spark something inside of Alan to get him writing again and when this doesn’t work, Daphne returns to London to give him time to think.  She leaves her son, as well, which seems to bother neither of them.  When at this time Olive must leave, Alan is left to look after his boy.  He’s a father who loves his son but is broken and clueless about how to care for him on a day to day basis.  When this is worked out, he finds himself enjoying time with the child.  They walk through the giant wooded area that is their property and make up stories about animals in the wild.  This is the inspiration of the world of Pooh.  Alan sees the book come to life and gets his illustrator to come out and begin sketching.  The creativity on director Simon Curtis’ (My Week with Marilyn) part to include the real boy turning into sketches is magnificent.

Daphne returns, the book is published and Christopher Robin becomes a sideshow.  His parents allow him to be pranced around like a horse in a circus for any and everybody who wants to photograph, meet or speak to the child.  Olive is worried about his popularity, so is Alan but not for the reason one would think.  He didn’t want to write some story that made his child successful; the star of the show.  He wanted the attention.  The boy always seemed to get in the way of his desires and ambitions.  And though he loved writing, he didn’t much like having written books that stole his own dreams. 

Tilston is a cherub-faced, darling little boy with huge dimples in his cheeks and a cute haircut that frames his face.  His voice and accent are incredibly pleasant and sweet, so much so that you’ll find nothing else interesting to watch if he’s on screen.  He was absolutely adorable which makes you angry for how this boy is treated. 

My final thoughts are, Gleeson walks around half dead which brings the pacing down a bit but the boy and that face more than makes up for it.  The illustrations are striking, the acting is well done and the story itself, one I was so shocked to learn, make this a compelling film for you to add to your weekend theatre visit. 

Anyway, I haven’t told you the ending of what ultimately happens to the family.  I will warn that the film does take some liberties with the truth.  However, stay for the end to see real pictures and some postscript that gives you a little bit of extra detail.

For You Frozen Fans, “OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE” Soundtrack Set for Release on Nov. 3

FOUR ORIGINAL SONGS FEATURED IN NEW ANIMATED FEATURETTE “OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE”

Soundtrack Set for Release on Nov. 3 Ahead of the All-New “Frozen” Featurette’s Nov. 22 Theatrical Debut in front of Disney•Pixar’s “Coco”

 BURBANK, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2017) – The soundtrack from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 21-minute featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” will be released by Walt Disney Records on Nov. 3, 2017, ahead of the featurette, which opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature “Coco” in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” introduces four all-new original songs written by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (“Between the Lines”), and a score by Christophe Beck, who was behind the score for 2013’s Oscar®-winning feature “Frozen.”

The featurette welcomes back to the big screen the celebrated cast and characters from “Frozen,” including Josh Gad as unforgettable snowman Olaf, Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kristen Bell as Anna, and Jonathan Groff as Kristoff. Emmy®-winning filmmakers Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters said that the music helped shape the story in unexpected ways. “Music has always been a hallmark of Disney Animation, especially the world of ‘Frozen,’” said Deters. “So we’re thrilled to include four new songs to help tell our story.”

“Kate and Elyssa have such a sense of fun and enthusiasm,” added Wermers-Skelton. “The songs really capture the spirit of Olaf and his holiday endeavor.”

The featurette/soundtrack’s original songs include “Ring in the Season,” “The Battle of Flemmingrad,” “That Time of Year” and “When We’re Together. The soundtrack also includes “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” Score Suite by Beck, the traditional version of “The Ballad of Flemmingrad,” plus bonus tracks with instrumental/karaoke versions of each new song.

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” Soundtrack Track List:

  1. “Ring in the Season” – Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel and Josh Gad
  2. “The Ballad of Flemmingrad” – Performed by Jonathan Groff
  3. “Ring in the Season” (Reprise) – Performed by Idina Menzel
  4. “That Time of Year” – Performed by Josh Gad and Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell and

Cast

  1. “That Time of Year” (Reprise) – Performed by Josh Gad
  2. “When We’re Together” – Performed by Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell and Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff
  3. “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” Score Suite – Composed by Christophe Beck and Jeff Morrow
  4. “The Ballad of Flemmingrad” (Traditional Version) – Performed by Jonathan Groff
  5. “Ring in the Season” – [Instrumental Karaoke Mix]
  6. “That Time of Year” – [InstrumentalKaraoke Mix]
  7. “When We’re Together” – [Instrumental Karaoke Mix]

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” soundtrack will be released in physical and digital formats by Walt Disney Records on Nov. 3, 2017.  The CD can be pre-ordered HERE.  Audio snippets of 3 tracks can be heard here: “That Time of Year,”  “When We’re Together” and “Ring In The Season.” For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, visit http://disney.com/music,Facebook.com/disneymusic, Twitter.com/disneymusicInstagram.com/disneymusic and Snapchat.

ABOUT WDAS’ “OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE”

Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 21-minute featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends. Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), and featuring a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature “Coco” in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.

Cars 3 Movie review

After a pretty successful spin in “Cars”, Pixar went and made “Cars 2”, but it went right off the track. So, Pixel has made a third outing with the NASCAR-influenced “Cars 3”. This is the first third attempt at a series from Pixar since “Toy Story 3”. That one was critically acclaimed and much beloved by the general audiences around the world. Will “Cars 3” get the green flag and maintain a high-octane level of excitement? Or will it sputter off to the junkyard? Let’s kick the tires and find out.

Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is a famous racing car in the alternate world of vehicles only (and no people). He has run and usually won every major race, including the grand prize – The Piston Cup. He has fond memories of his mentor, and old-school racer named ‘The Fantastic Hudson Hornet’ (voiced by the late Paul Newman). McQueen spends his time in Radiator Springs, with his pals from the first movie – including Mater (Larry the Cable Guy). But McQueen has his heart in racing and winning.

But then some new next-generation race cars come onto the scene. They are sleek and custom-designed to be better than the older cars. Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) is one of the new super-fast cars, and he wins while McQueen crashes and sits out the remaining season. But his sponsors have special news for McQueen. They have sold Rust-eze to a new owner named Sterling (Nathan Fillion). He has created a state-of-the-art facility to train new racers. McQueen goes there and meets Sterling and a peppy trainer named Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo). McQueen is excited to start off with the training, but Cruz wants him to go slow.

Cruz and McQueen have different ideas about how to train. McQueen wants to get his tires dirty on the old-fashioned dirt tracks, just like Doc. Hudson taught him. Cruz wants to go high-tech, with lots of equipment. Sterling gives McQueen one chance to get another win, and then he will need to retire. McQueen wants his chance to beat Jackson Storm just one more time. So, he goes out to train in secret. He ends up in a demolition derby by mistake with Cruz. But they both learn some things about how to handle bad conditions. McQueen goes on a country-wide search to find Doc. Hudson’s old crew chief.

They find Smokey (Chris Cooper) and a bunch of Docs old pals in a worn-down speedway. But they still have some tracks and ideas for McQueen so he can compete in the next big race and beat Storm. Cruz and McQueen find out old secrets about the early days of racing and the origins of fast cars. They become good friends with Smokey and Docs old racing pals. But they all know that the upcoming race in Florida will take all that McQueen has got. And Cruz says that she would have been a racer, but when she had her one chance, she backed out and never even tried.

The Florida 500 will be the big race for Lightning McQueen. But will his practice and his skills be enough for a super-slick racer like Jackson Storm? Can the help of experienced crew, led by Smokey, help McQueen during each lap? There will be a lot of fans rooting for Lightning McQueen, rooting for his comeback and his success. Will McQueen find his greatest joy in winning another time? Or will he see a way that will make his future match the path of his own mentor – Doc. Hudson?

Pixar has gotten a lot of mileage (so to speak) from Cars. But in this movie, you can see that the quality that makes Pixar special. All the animation is gorgeous and sharp in every detail. All the characters are spot-on with the voice acting. There are family-friendly storylines and lessons throughout. There is a 3D version that makes the screen look like a place that you would want to visit.

From the original Cars characters, such as Lightning McQueen and Mater, and now including new characters – Cruz Ramirez and Smokey and others, this Pixar franchise still has some gas left in the tank. So give “Cars 3” a green light and ‘Cruz’ into a local theater to watch it.

The Boss Baby Movie Review

Boss Baby is a new spin on the old tale of sibling rivalry.  DreamWorks starts this little story off by telling us of the life of one Tim Templeton.  The grown up Tim and narrator for the film, Toby Maguire, recants for us his childhood.  Tim spends his days in an incredibly vivid dream world where he may see a tent as a spaceship or a wagon as a police car, you know, that sort of thing.  Being an only child, he has his parent’s (voiced by Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow), undivided attention, particularly at bedtime when they tuck him in, read him some bedtime stories and sing him to sleep.  His life is perfect.  Perfect until the moment his baby brother (Baldwin) arrives, who proceeds to then ruin everything.  The baby has started taking over Tim’s once happy life.  His idyllic world begins to crumble as time with his parents slips away and even his precious bedtime stories and songs get cut down to a simple goodnight.  Boss Baby, as babies need love and attention, is seen, by Tim, as ruling over his parents and about to take them from him completely.

Keeping in mind that he has the most colorful imagination ever, his parents’ new offspring is a baby who speaks with a boorish attitude, dresses from head to toe in black and carries a briefcase.  He isn’t just a baby… he is up to something.  Tim, who is immediately suspicious of the baby, sees right away that the child is up to no good when he overhears him speaking on his toy phone to Baby Corp.  Tim may know this now, but how to prove it? 
Play dates become meetings that Boss Baby hosts.  He and his cohorts are from Baby Corp which is where babies come from.  Babies run down a conveyor belt and are routed to families who eagerly await their newborn.  Every now and again, a baby will be tagged to work in the head office, and Boss Baby is one of those special few.  He has now infiltrated Tim’s family because of where his parents work, Puppy Co. 
Baby Corp is losing the market on love to puppies and Puppy Co’s Francis Francis (Buscemi), who holds a long-time grudge against Baby Corp, is about to do something that will change the ‘puppy love versus love for a baby’ game forever.  Boss Baby lets Tim know the whole truth and now they must work together to stop Francis Francis.  Boss Baby promises that once the task is accomplished, he’ll move up to Baby Corp, get his own corner office and be out of Tim’s hair forever. 

There’s a lot of cute here.  It’s amusing the way we see things getting fast and furious for Tim with Boss Baby and his gang and then we cut to the point of view of the parents and everything is at a normal pace and fine.  I always appreciate the type of humor in animated films that execute a good balancing act of G and PG to be smart in thinking of its entire audience. 

Everyone in the family will like Boss Baby for what is aimed at them.  Everything appears to be meant for kids but the true humor soars over their heads and strikes the intended target directly; the parents.  That is always clever.  There are a lot of resourceful, imaginative and fun ideas put to use here.  It’s a good cast and the animation is delightful.  Some moments are a bit over the top or weren’t ever necessary but in the end, it pretty well evens out.  See it at the theatre if you can. 

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Power Rangers Movie Review

During the mid 1990’s the children-based TV program was created based on Power Rangers. They were teenagers who were selected to receive special powers and colorful armor suits. They could fight off the evil forces in the universe, led by Zordon and his assistant, a robot named Alpha 5. The TV series spawned a few movies, and then it lay dormant, until now.

Zordon (Bryan Cranston) was almost defeated by Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks), oh sometime back in the age of the dinosaurs. But when some special Power Rangers coins are found by high school students in Angel Grove, things start moving and getting serious.

 

Zordon and his robot helper Alpha 5 (Bill Hader) see that five students have discovered the Ranger coins, and they will be the ones to defeat Rita. Jason Scott / Red Ranger (Dacre Montgomery) is a football player who got into a little bit of trouble. Kimberly Hart / Pink Ranger (Naomi Scott) is a cheerleader was also is in trouble. Billy Cranston / Blue Ranger (RJ Cyler) is an autistic black guy with a good grasp of science. Trini Kwan / Yellow Ranger (Becky G) is a new kid at school, and outcast, who happens to be gay. Zack Taylor / Black Ranger (Ludi Lin) is an Asian dude who rarely goes to class because of a sick mother.

These five squabble and fight because they have no idea of what type of power the enemy has. The enemy is Rita Repulsa who quickly shows up in town and is ready to destroy it. Zordon and Aplpha 5 continue to train the new Power Rangers. They also have hidden away some mechanized fighting units called Zords. When the Ranges need these units, they will use them to fight and to defeat Rita and her henchmen of living rock monsters.

The town is getting destroyed until the Power Rangers find the strength to fight as a single team. Zordon makes a major sacrifice to ensure the team is together. They are finally motivated to fight together to defeat Rita and to save the Earth. The team find out that the key to the team is trusting each other and working together.

This version of the Power Rangers is a new reboot, and like so many others, might lead to several more movies. The audience is built-in, as the kids grown up from the 90’s are ready to watch the Power Rangers in action yet again. But it seems they did it right this time, with several very capable actors in the roles for the Ranges, and some top-notch talent to support them.

The main support is having Bryan Cranston on board, even though he does not do very much. His voice lends authority to the Zordon character. Bill Hader uses his finely-tuned comedy skills to do the Alpha 5 robot voice. But most of all Elizabeth Banks creates a major evil character playing Rita Repulsa. She plays it very over-the-top and looks like she is having a great time. She is ready to be a rotten, no-good, all-powerful presence.

 

All of the people playing the Rangers are good. With having a widely diverse cast, it shows that the movie is trying to be open for anyone and everyone. Having a character who is autistic and another who is gay is pretty daring move. It may not add a whole lot to the movie overall. But it does notice that people are like that in the world…

So, for a reboot of an existing franchise, this movie does everything that it needs to do. It makes a credible first opening act with the hint of more to be done later. The actors are decent for the roles, even when none of them look close to being the age for high school. The story line sticks to the basics, and it give the different Rangers a chance to tell a bit of a background story.

If you are up for a fun little time to see some action and some humor based on the 1990’s TV show, then Power up for the Power Rangers. It’s Morphin’ Time!