Articles written by Christopher Shields

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  • "The Little Mermaid" is more than a little disappointing

    Christopher Shields|Jun 15, 2023

    Like nearly all of Disney's live action remake movies, "The Little Mermaid" ditches the charm and nostalgia of its original counterpart and ruins the fond memories you had with the story. Trailers for the movie made the CGI look horrendous, and the movie doesn't get much better. Similar to recent Marvel movies like "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," just about every scene is green screened to the max and riddled with computer generated imagery. This choice...

  • 'Suzume' locks in anime stereotypes

    Christopher Shields|May 11, 2023

    Makoto Shinkai’s “Suzume” tries to use dazzling shots and brilliant colors to make up for a silly story but ends up conveluted and full of cliches. Diehard anime fans might enjoy this adventure story for its dedication to anime stereotypes but casual anime-watchers will likely be unimpressed. This animated Japanese fantasy film follows a 17-year-old girl who’s roped into battling a life-threatening magical phenomenon. Suzume, voiced by Nanoka Hara and Akari Miura, encounters a mysteri...

  • "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves" stealing honor and admiration for a fan-favorite fantasy franchise

    Christopher Shields|Apr 13, 2023

    "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves" provides hilarious high fantasy fun for all ages in a pretty looking adventure tale. Regardless if you're familiar with the source material, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this live action game adaptation. This anti-hero's journey, directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, follows Edgin (Chris Pine) and his ragtag band of mythical misfits: barbarian Holga (Michelle Rodriguez), sorcerer Simon (Justice Smith) and druid Doric (Sophi... Full story

  • "Shazam! Fury of the Gods" is buzzing with energy, but...

    Christopher Shields|Apr 6, 2023

    Fans of the 2019 "Shazam!" will find "Shazam! Fury of the Gods" to be a blast. It packs the same goofy magnetism and electric charisma as its predecessor while further exploring hinted elements from the past. David F. Sandberg returns as director to continue the story of young Billy Batson (Asher Angel) as he explores his newly gifted abilities that turn him into the god-powered Shazam. (Zachary Levi) Now that his adopted siblings also have super powers, they are all figuring things out...