2018’s box office stunners

Had a list of this year’s highest grossing films been sent back in time for an avid follower of the box office to look over in January 2018, it surely would not have been believed. Black Panther outgrossing Avengers: Infinity War domestically? Venom becoming the fifth highest-grossing film worldwide? The new Star Wars not even…

What did Mary Poppins accomplish in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’?

There’s a scene in Mary Poppins Returns in which Lin Manuel-Miranda’s character, Jack, tells the eponymous magical nanny, “It’s a good thing you came along when you did.” But about an hour-and-a-half later, I left the theater wondering, “Was it, though?” Disney’s hilariously belated sequel is a delightful moviegoing experience full of dazzling visuals and musical numbers…

The Christmas Without a ‘Star Wars’

Star Wars has vanished. For the first time in four years, December is underway without a new adventure in the galaxy far, far away, as Disney and Lucasfilm this year opted to put out Solo: A Star Wars Story over the summer instead. But bucking the yearly tradition of releasing every Star Wars film shortly…