“Star Trek Beyond” had something to prove this summer. In a year when the big box office stories focus on how sequels are both critical and financial flops, “Star Trek” had to show it wasn’t another pure cash grab and had a reason for existing.
I saw ‘Swiss Army Man’ alone at 9:45am on Independence Day in an empty mall theater, halfway undergoing construction, in Gurnee, Illinois. I had read about a thousand think pieces as to why it’s okay to go to the theater alone, but I still felt terribly anxious as I waddled across the parking lot. How do I explain to the cashier that this is the only time convenient for me to see the farting boner corpse movie?
An updated live action version of the Tarzan’s original story could have been an opportunity for a great action-romance film that explored issues like race, colonialism, history and love, or anything else for that matter. Instead, “The Legend of Tarzan” uses these issues more as plot devices rather than ideas to be examined.
To avoid beating around the bush, “Dory” does not go above and beyond the originality of “Finding Nemo.” But truth be told, it’s a very high bar to set, and a bar that “Dory” manages to at least meet, if not exceed.