Video Views Extra: New Review of an Older Movie

Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Home Release Date: 2018-03-21
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Cast: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, Richard Dysart, Jim Cummings

"Castle in the Sky" may be the most straightforward action/adventure movie made by Japanese master animator Hayao Miyazaki, and it provides an excellent introduction to his catalog.

Whatever goodwill the movie builds up during its first 85 minutes is thrown away in the idiotic, anticlimactic final ten.

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Run Time: 2:12
U.S. Home Release Date: 2018-03-13
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Romance
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel

A study in mood and emotion, about using the canvas of film to convey to the audience the inner feelings of the characters.

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Home Release Date: 2018-03-13
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Director: James Franco
Cast: James Franco, David Franco, Alison Brie, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson, Jason Mantzoukas

Almost seems too bizarre to be true, even though it is - an inadvertent success story that illustrates there’s more than one way to stardom.

The central character is as small figuratively as he is literally, and that limits the movie’s capacity to enthrall and engage.

Although the surface tone is breezy and cheeky, there’s a lot going on beneath the facade.

An improvement over the 1995 original, this quasi-sequel mixes adventure with humor, fun performances, and a canny understanding of late 1990s-style video games.

Succeeds in assembling the title team and getting the internal dynamic right but fails in crafting a memorable or imposing villain.

An adult fairy tale that encourages the same emotional responses often engendered by such simple, heartfelt stories.

Standout, signature scenes make for moments of great viewing power but can’t hide the flaws of an untidy, overlong story.