The Founder

Just to line up who Ray Kroc is for my younger readers, he’s the Mark Zuckerberg of fast food. Basically, Kroc is to McDonald’s what Zuckerberg is to Facebook – a thief who stole someone else’s idea and turned it into an empire… The Founder centers on Ray Kroc as well as the McDonald brothers, Dick and Mac, who between the 3 of them changed the landscape of food with the introduction of a fast food system that effected the whole world. Kroc is the main subject of the story with some insight into his life showcased just prior to

Spider-Man: Homecoming

A reboot of sorts, but in a different way is one of the things that makes Spider-Man: Homecoming fun, fresh and entertaining. By now, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the basic story of how Spider-Man became Spider-Man. This film does a deft job of acknowledging that history but only for a moment before it continues on and defines its own origin. The clock is reset and Peter Parker is back in 10th grade. He’s already been bitten by the spider, he’s in touch with Tony Stark and he’s hoping to become a full-time Avenger. Enter real

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Winner of the 2015 Oscar for best picture, Birdman’s performances, delivery, and script were exemplary of an Academy Award Winner. Written and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, he delivers a familiar story in a very original package. The story centers around Riggan, an actor who is in his later years and trying to prove to himself, the rest of the world as well as his daughter that he’s not a has-been. Part of this struggle lies in his past as he’s experienced greatness as comic book action hero Birdman in a series of successful blockbuster movies. Now, with his glory

Robocop (2014)

When I saw the trailer, I have to admit I got kind of excited. I’m a big fan of the original and thought it was ahead of it’s time in some ways. It was also a film that pulled off a lot without having an immensely gigantic budget like this new version did ($100M, yes, 100 million dollars). Unfortunately the reboot turned out to be a huge flop when it hit theaters and even with the budget, the effects, and yet another role for Samuel L. Jackson, it doesn’t hold up against the original. The story is the same pretty

Toy Story 3

Pixar is back with the third installment of the beloved story that started it all. And you would think that it would be tough to keep things fresh but as usual, the excellent talent behind Pixar manages to do just that… At this point, Andy is getting ready to move off to college and the fate of the toys is in question. Off to college with Andy? Off to the trash heap? Banished to the attic? All weigh heavily on our weary heroes as they end up split up and sent off to different points including a day care center.