REVIEW: ‘Dora’ offers a fun adventure for the family

Adaptations of kids shows can go wrong sometimes but fortunately, “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” isn’t one of those films.

The movie, in a way, acts as a sort of sequel to the actual animated series, following Dora (Isabela Moner) as a 16-year-old. After growing up for most of her life in the jungle with her family, Dora’s parents send her to live with her aunt and uncle in California, as they have an expedition to go on.

There, Dora has to experience high school with her cousin Diego (Jeff Wahlberg). However, while she’s optimistic at first, her upbeat attitude takes a hit because of her experience in public school. When Dora and some of her classmates are abducted by treasure hunters, though, she has to both learn to connect better with other students while also relying on her knowledge of nature to survive.

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LAMB Special: Large Association of Movie Blogs Movie of the Month, Stagecoach

“The Grapes of Wrath” is probably the main reason John Ford is one of my favorite directors of all time. But it’s his extended filmography, including 1939’s “Stagecoach” that cements the legacy.

Recently, the 1939 black and white classic just so happened to win the Large Association of Movie Blogs’ Movie of the Month event for August. As a fan, I’m more than happy to talk about it.

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REVIEW: ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ is all foam, no beer

I don’t mind turning my brain off and enjoying a movie more cheesy than mac and cheese. But this “Fast and Furious” spin-off just pushes things too far.

If we want to get technical, this is kind of the second spin-off movie in the series, since “Tokyo Drift” was basically a side-story too, but I digress.

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Monday Movie Report: Lord and Miller partner with Universal for future productions

The film-making duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller are teaming up with Universal Pictures through a first-look deal.

According to Variety, Lord and Miller have penned their first feature deal with Universal, where they will develop pictures in the comedy and drama genres. Variety reports the duo will work on features based on original content and existing properties.

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Looking at Live Action: Ranking the Disney Remakes

The release of a new “Lion King” adaptation has marked about 10 years into Disney’s adventure in remaking many of its animated pictures into live action versions. OK, technically, the new “Lion King” is a fully animated picture, but it’s more or less a de facto live action movie.

With nearly a decade to look back on, plus some others from years past, here is my ranking of the Disney live action and/or life-like remakes of animated classics.

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Monday Movie Report: Scorsese film ‘The Irishman’ headlines NY Film Fest

“The Irishman,” the latest crime drama from Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese, will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in September.

According to Variety, the movie featuring stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, will headline the 57th annual festival. Variety reports the picture is based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book “I Heard You Paint Houses.”

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REVIEW: Tarantino’s fantasy version of ‘Hollywood’ is mostly worth checking out

The year 2016 brought audiences films like “La La Land,” “Hail, Caesar,” and “The Nice Guys,” featuring stories ranging from crime to comedy to drama in Los Angeles. Perhaps Director Quentin Tarantino was inspired by that year in film, because his latest feature “Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood” contains all three.

The movie primarily follows two fictional characters working in the Los Angeles area. Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an actor known for his work in western TV and a few action B-movies. Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), meanwhile, is his stunt double and best friend. Unfortunately for Rick, he’s not in high demand anymore and finds himself doing smaller roles, often portraying the villain of the week.

Rick still lives in a nice house, though, and his neighbor just so happens to be Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). As Rick’s career has been on a decline, Tate meanwhile has a career taking off in the year 1969. With all of this going on, there’s a third element lingering in the background, the Manson Family cult taking up residence in LA.

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Special Movie Report: Comic-Con 2019 Recap

Another Comic-Con has nearly passed in San Diego and like normal, there was plenty of buzz surrounding the world of movies. Like usual, a lot of this had to do with super heroes.

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REVIEW: Real life ‘Lion King’ is mostly lifeless

All of my worries were confirmed.

Those who have watched the 1994 animated classic will find themselves in familiar territory here. James Earl Jones plays the role of Mufasa again in “The Lion King,” and as the title implies, is a lion who’s king of a large amount of land. Mufasa’s Pride Lands are thriving thanks to his leadership and he now has a son, Simba to inherit the kingdom.

Unfortunately, the monarchy is thrown into chaos by Mufasa’s plotting brother Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who wants to take the throne. This leaves Simba (JD McCary and later Donald Glover) in a period of exile.

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Monday Movie Report: 2019 Comic-Con Preview

San Diego Comic-Con almost always has a big draw for film enthusiasts, but this year is a bit different.

There’s no major “Star Wars” panel and Warner Bros. is absent this year with no DC Comics presentation. Universal Pictures, the studio behind the “Fast and the Furious” franchise among others, is also skipping.

However, there are still plenty of movie related event scheduled for the week, including a huge one Saturday dedicated to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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