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Denzel Washington stars as Robert McCall, who faces down an Italian mobster in The Equalizer 3.

‘The Equalizer 3’ delivers the goods

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | September 22, 2023
Usually in filmmaking franchises when Part 3 comes around, the inclination is to steer clear. But with “The Equalizer 3” the goods get delivered.
Rickys best movies of 2023 (so far)

Ricky’s best movies of 2023 (so far)

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | September 15, 2023
A rundown of our Entertainment Editor's picks for the best movies of the year so far in 2023.
Sound of Freedom takes on child trafficking

‘Sound of Freedom’ takes on child trafficking

Raymond Thomas Pronk, Staff Writer | September 8, 2023
On July 4, the movie “Sound of Freedom,” an action thriller dealing with the human trafficking and sexual exploitation of child sex slaves and their rescue by law enforcement was released by Angel Studios to more than 2,800 movie theaters in the U.S.
Meg2: The Trench does its job

‘Meg2: The Trench’ does its job

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | September 1, 2023
  “Meg 2: The Trench” does what it’s supposed to do in giving the viewers a fun, exciting fantasy thrill ride with no holds barred.   Jason Statham returns in the lead role of Jonas Taylor, a gung-ho adventurer whose unsubstantiated claims of a giant fish, actually a megalodon or prehistoric giant shark, turned out to be true. In a nifty throwback, the little Chihuahua named Pippin from the original “Meg” makes an appearance. The sequel put a smile on my face when the dog from the 2018 original was still alive and kicking.
Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie star in Barbie.

‘Barbie’ is forgettable fodder that’s fun to watch

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | July 31, 2023
I liked the comic-fantasy “Barbie” and I had fun. But to me it’s just forgettable fodder. Parents should be warned, it’s a stringent PG-13. There are double entendres. I’d recommend it for kids 13 and older, as the rating states. Margot Robbie had fun in the role of Stereotypical Barbie. It’s a change of pace for her and far removed from Robbie’s gutter-mouth performances as Harley Quinn in both versions of “The Suicide Squad” in 2016 and 2021.
Benny Safdie stars as nuclear physicist Edward Teller in Oppenheimer.

‘Oppenheimer’ – a can’t miss movie for true fans

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | July 25, 2023
“Oppenheimer” is my event movie of the summer. I couldn’t care less about superhero shenanigans in the fictional world. Part of the reason it’s my event movie is that it’s directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan, a five-time Oscar nominee known for “Tenet,” “Dunkirk” and three recent Batman adventures.
Tom Cruise stars in “Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One.”

‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One’

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | July 18, 2023
It’s amazing that Tom Cruise at 61 can still run around acting like he has no cares in the world like a 30-year-old man. On top of that he insists on doing the majority of his own stunt work. It’s ironic that in “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” we see Kittridge, played by Henry Czerny, return as one of Ethan Hunt’s (Cruise) adversaries.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | June 23, 2023
“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” is a very enjoyable and engaging movie sans filmmaker Michael Bay, who dropped out of the series after “Transformers: The Last Knight” in 2017 to direct people movies like “Ambulance” with Jake Gyllenhaal of 2022. Steven Caple Jr. (“Creed II,” “Transformers: Earthspark” on TV) slips into the director’s chair for the new “Transformers” chapter. This sci-fi action-adventure takes place in the 1990s. This one involves a likable kid named Noah played by Anthony Ramos (“In the Heights,” “Hamilton”), who’s trying to make it in New York City.
Shameik Moore stars in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | June 19, 2023
With certain movies, I’ve become a big dork. I relish the fact that the technology has come along in a certain way so that filmmakers elicit a response of pure joy for me. I love the color palette of the animated action-adventure “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” because what they did this time around actually duplicates the efforts of the Oscar-winning “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” of 2018.
Vin Diesel and Diana Melchior star in Fast X.

‘Fast X’ is a mixed bag of shenanigans

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | June 12, 2023
I think I’ve said this before, but when entering into “The Fast and the Furious” universe, don’t expect any “Shakespeare” or grandiose soliloquies. Besides Vin Diesel’s mumblings and grumblings, the real scene chewing comes from Jason Momoa’s character Dante. He’s just in this for a paycheck. He’s just showy the whole movie.
Rickys Top 10 summer movie picks

Ricky’s Top 10 summer movie picks

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | May 2, 2023
#8 ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ (June 30) This adventure must overcome the absence of franchise helmer Steven Spielberg, instead featuring James Mangold as director. With Harrison Ford, of course, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and John Rhys Davies.
Chris Pratt provides the voice of Mario, an Italian plumber who does a lot more than unclog pipes

‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’

Ricky Miller, Entertainment Editor | May 2, 2023
The whole “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” phenomenon edges on two of the three co-directors, Aaron Horvath and Michel Jelenic, who were behind “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies” in 2018.  I think that’s why Universal Pictures gave them the green light for this new project. The voices for “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” include well-known performers Chris Pratt, Charlie Day, Jack Black and Anya Taylor-Joy.  They compliment a fun and enjoyable screen adaptation that despite all the success kind of falls flat.
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