Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Judith Raymer

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Coco Theatrical Review
Coco   Coco Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  21/11/2017 09:53 EST
Directed by Lee Unkrich (Finding Nemo; Monster's Inc.) and Adrian Molina (The Good Dinosaur; Ratatouille), Coco is the latest magic from Disney/Pixar to hit the screen.  Coco doesn't just meet then exceed expectations.  It excels in every aspect.  The story of  Coco began five years before it would grace the big screen.  In... Read More

Thor: Ragnarok Theatrical Review
Thor: Ragnarok   Thor: Ragnarok Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  02/11/2017 08:29 EST
Where to begin?!? Where to begin!  I suppose with ALERT: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!  Now then… While a fan of Marvel, its Cinematic Universe, and Thor in all film appearances (& beyond, er, before…), the Thor films have not been among my favorites.  That is until now.  Directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the ... Read More

The Big Sick Blu-ray Review
The Big Sick   The Big Sick Blu-ray Review
(Judith Raymer)  19/09/2017 13:57 EST
Take a seat and a pause as this mislabeled "romantic comedy" unhooks its sweater from the gate.  Truly a dramedy with strong romantic and comedic overtones, The Big Sick is written by Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and Emily V. Gordon; and, is based on their real-life events.  While certain elements of their story ha... Read More

Megan Leavey Blu-ray Review
Megan Leavey   Megan Leavey Blu-ray Review
(Judith Raymer)  05/09/2017 14:19 EST
MEGAN LEAVEY is an innovative interpretation of what makes a hero; specifically, during wartime.  A Bleeker Street Media film directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish, City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story), it stars Kate Mara (House of Cards, Fantastic Four) as the young Marine Corporal.  Inspired by the touching true life story of... Read More

Wonder Woman Theatrical Review
Wonder Woman   Wonder Woman Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  01/06/2017 10:02 EST
As many a young girl before and after, I dreamed of being Wonder Woman. Years [decades] would pass with multitudes of proposed actors and storylines inspiring an "eh, I can see that," at best. Then came the age of MCU & DCEU (Marvel Cinematic & DC Extended Universes, respectively); and, of course, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious; Ke... Read More

Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Theatrical Review
Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales   Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  25/05/2017 10:15 EST
Apparently, there was a fourth installment to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise back in 2011.  On Stranger Tides.  While the box office success tells otherwise, the film is likely the most panned.  If Pirates fans can overlook their disappointment with the last installment, they will be more than content to have returned for thi... Read More

Baywatch Theatrical Review
Baywatch   Baywatch Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  24/05/2017 15:46 EST
Full (or, at least, sincere) Disclosure: Upon hearing early whispers of the long rumored big screen resuscitation of Baywatch, I felt like the inspiration for that "slap in the face" emoji.  That's as much as the Hoff and I agree.  The original Mitch Buchannon, David Hasselhoff (Knight Rider; Guardians of The Galaxy 2), disclose... Read More

Everything, Everything Theatrical Review
Everything, Everything   Everything, Everything Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  18/05/2017 17:16 EST
On the surface, it is a sweet, charming story about young love with a dramatic twist.  As it unfolds, the layers reveal so much more. The story is told in a visually appealing manner that will draw the attention of its intended market base of teens/young adults while introducing complex, mature themes that will engage their parents and open co... Read More

Fifty Shades Darker Blu-ray Review
Fifty Shades Darker   Fifty Shades Darker Blu-ray Review
(Judith Raymer)  08/05/2017 17:07 EST
For those who might have missed the theatrical release (and, those who didn't), the highly anticipated Fifty Shades Darker is being released on Blu-ray & DVD (with a Digital HD copy included).  The explosively popular second installment of the erotic (ahem) literary Fifty Shades series, and sequel to the "not e... Read More

The Lost City of Z Theatrical Review
The Lost City of Z   The Lost City of Z Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  20/04/2017 11:20 EST
Being wonderfully unspectacular (in the Hollywood sense) is precisely what makes this film unassumingly spectacular.  Missing are the elaborate sets and city populations worth of extras.  In their stead, indigenous tribespeople from the Colombian jungles where the film was shot was included for authenticity.  Lacking are the costumes... Read More

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