‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ isn’t that scary and isn’t that good, either

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Rated PG-13: Terror/violence, disturbing images, thematic elements, language including racial epithet and brief sexual references. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas, Cinemark’s Tinseltown 17 and Cinemark’s Movies 16. Credits: Directed by Andre Ovredal. Screenplay by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman and Guillermo del Toro; from a story by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick … Continued

‘Hobbs and Shaw’ isn’t a great movie … but it can be a lot of fun

‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw’ Rated PG-13: Prolonged sequences of action and violence, suggestive material and some strong language. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas, Cinemark’s Tinseltown 17, Cinemark’s Movies 16 and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits: Directed by David Leitch. Screenplay by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce, from a story by Chris Morgan, based on … Continued

DiCaprio, Pitt shine in ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ … but overall film left us disappointed

‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Rated R: Language throughout, some strong graphic violence, drug use, and sexual references. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas, Tinseltown 17, and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits – Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino. Cinematography by Robert Richardon. Edited by Robert Richardson. Production design by Barbara Ling. Costume … Continued

After seeing ‘Lion King’ remake, Bill and The Boy feel Disney is lion to itself if studio believes new flicks are better than originals

‘The Lion King,’ 2019 remake Rated G Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas, Tinseltown 17, Movies 16 and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits: Directed by Jon Favreau. Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson; from a story by Brenda Chapman and characters by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton. Original music by Hans Zimmer. Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel. Edited … Continued

‘Toy Story 4’ is a good film, but not as good as its predecessors

“Toy Story 4” Rated G. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas (includes IMAX and D-Box), Tinseltown 17, Movies 16 and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits: Directed by Josh Cooley. Screenplay by Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom; from an original story by Stanton, Folsom, John Lasseter, Cooley, Valerie LaPointe, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack and Martin Hynes. Music composed … Continued

Bad Superman tale ‘Brightburn’ is not bright and left us feeling burned

Rated R: Horror violence/bloody images and language. Playing at: Premiere Cinemas. Credits: Directed by David Yarovesky. Screenplay by Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn. Original music by Tim Williams. Cast: Jackson A. Dunn, Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jennifer Holland, Becky Wahlstrom, Meredith Hagner, Matt Jones, Gregory Alan Williams and Annie Humphrey. Bill’s rating: One-and-a-half of five stars The story pitch … Continued

‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ is a disappointing, confusing mess

Rated PG-13: For intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action including some gunplay, disturbing images and brief strong language. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas (includes IMAX and D-Box auditoriums), Tinseltown 17, Movies 16 and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits: Directed by Simon Kinberg. Screenplay by Simon Kinberg from a story by John Byrne, Chris Claremont and David … Continued

Third ‘John Wick’ chapter is full of action and worth your time

‘John Wick’ Rated R: For pervasive strong violence and some language. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas (includes IMAX and D-Max auditoriums), Tinseltown 17 (includes XD auditorium), Movies 16 (includes XD auditorium) and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits: Directed by Chad Stahelski. Screenplay by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins and Mark Abrams; from a story by Kolstad; … Continued

‘El Chicano’ disappoints in many ways, along with being boring

“El Chicano” Rated R: Strong violence and language throughout. Playing at: Premiere Cinemas. Credits: Directed by Ben Hernandez Bray. Screenplay by Bray and Joe Carnahan. Original music by Mitch Lee. Cinematography by Juan Miguel Azpiroz. Edited by Jason Hellmann. Production design by Amy A. Brewster. Art direction by James Phillips. Set decoration by Amber Humphries. Costume design by … Continued

‘Long Shot’ has its crude moments, but Charlize Theron is brilliant in this funny, entertaining political romcom

“Long Shot” Rated R: Strong sexual content, language throughout and some drug use. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas, Tinseltown 17, Movies 16 and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits: Directed by Jonathan Levine. Screenplay by Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah from a story by Sterling. Music by Marco Beltrami and Miles Hankins. Cinematography by Yves Belanger. Edited by … Continued

Not sure what was worse: Awful ‘La Llorona,’ or parents who brought a young child with them

Rated R: For violence and terror. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas, Tinseltown 17, Movies 16 and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits: Directed by Michael Chaves. Screenplay by Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis. Music by Joseph Bishara. Cinematography by Michael Burgess. Edited by Peter Gvozdas. Production design by Melanie Jones. Set decoration by Sandra Skora. Costumes designed by … Continued

‘Avengers: Endgame’ is very entertaining, but a challenge for filmmakers to make great

PG-13:  Sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas (includes IMAX and D-Box auditoriums), Tinseltown 17 (includes XD auditorium), Movies 16 (includes XD auditorium) and Stars & Stripes Dive-In. Credits: Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely; based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee … Continued

‘Hellboy’ remake is really bloody and, well, not a whole lot more

“Hellboy” R: Strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas (includes D-Box auditoriums), Tinseltown 17,  Movies 16 and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits: Directed by Neil Marshall. Screenplay by Andrew Cosby; based on the Dark Horse Comic Book “Hellboy” created by Mike Mignola. Music by Benjamin Wallfisch. Cinematography by Lorenzo Senatore. Edited … Continued

The real horror is deciding to watch ‘Pet Sematary’

“Pet Sematary” R: Horror violence, bloody images and some language. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas (includes D-Box auditoriums), Tinseltown 17,  Movies 16 and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits: Directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. Screenplay by Jeff Buhler; from a screen story by Matt Greenberg; based on the novel by Stephen King. Music by Christopher Young. … Continued

‘Shazam’: Bill and The Boy kinda liked it and kinda didn’t

“Shazam!” (3-D/2-D) PG-13: Intense sequences of action, language and suggestive material. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Premiere Cinemas (includes Imax and D-Box auditoriums), Tinseltown 17 (includes XD auditorium), Movies 16 (includes XD auditorium) and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits: Directed by David F. Sandberg. Screenplay by Henry Gayden; from a story by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke; based on … Continued

Thinking of seeing ‘Dumbo’ because you loved the original? Think again

“Dumbo” PG: Peril/action, some thematic elements and brief mild language. Playing at: Alamo Drafthouse, Tinseltown 17, Movies 16 and Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Credits: Executive produced and directed by Tim Burton. Screenplay by Ehren Kruger; inspired by the 1941 animated film, based on the novel of the same name by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl. Original music by … Continued