Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Judith Raymer

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Wonder Woman Theatrical Review
Wonder Woman   Wonder Woman Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  06/01/2017 10:02 AM EDT
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)  05/25/2017 10:15 AM EDT
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)  05/24/2017 3:46 PM EDT
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)  05/18/2017 5:16 PM EDT
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)  05/08/2017 5:07 PM EDT
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)  04/20/2017 11:20 AM EDT
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

The Boss Baby Theatrical Review
The Boss Baby   The Boss Baby Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  03/30/2017 10:59 AM EDT
"Kind of disjointed," whispered one correspondent. "Distracting…," murmured another.  Yet, they all boisterously agreed loudly that they found themselves laughing...increasingly.  "It was very funny," many, if not all, declared.  Wherever the disconnect might be, this film is truly funny, inventiv... Read More

Beauty and the Beast Theatrical Review
Beauty and the Beast   Beauty and the Beast Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  03/15/2017 10:01 AM EDT
Disney's latest masterpiece, Beauty and the Beast, is a live-action adaptation based on the 1991 animated classic.  Some fans of the original (including original cast members that might have been quoted in the press) have questioned the need for or purpose of "recreating" such a timeless favorite.  Had the studio decided to ... Read More

Fist Fight Theatrical Review
Fist Fight   Fist Fight Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  02/16/2017 2:00 PM EDT
Parking lot.  After school.  3pm.  Think you've seen it?  Think again.  Fist Fight stars Ice Cube (Boys n the Hood; Friday) and Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses; It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as high school teachers readying to draw fists at the end of the day.  Directed by Richie Keen (It's Alwa... Read More

Rings Theatrical Review
Rings   Rings Theatrical Review
(Judith Raymer)  02/03/2017 11:26 AM EDT
It had been a long while since I'd seen a horror flick.  I loved them as a kid, but somewhere along the way viewing them just trailed off.  So, when the opportunity presented itself to view the latest chapter in the RING franchise, I wasn't so sure how I felt about seeing it.  Then, I discovered that it had been directed by F. Javier... Read More



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