Columns and Reviews by Gini Koch

Reviewing “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” The action plus the humor brings fans full circle back to the first film

Mission: Impossible 5

I went into Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation with the expectation that I’d enjoy it, but no expectation of loving it. But love it I did. This is the fifth Mission: Impossible film, and while you’ll love the nods to the previous movies if you’ve seen them, if you haven’t, you can still walk into this movie cold and be caught up and entertained.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Inside Out” An entertaining movie that could have been outstanding, if different emotions had been in the story

Disney-Pixar Inside Out

The movie is very entertaining, but it’s far more entertaining for adults than children. Riley is eleven, and I wouldn’t recommend this movie for kids under eight, due to a variety of fairly heavy and depressing things that happen. Yes, there’s a happy ending, but things get slow and sad more than once.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Avengers: Age of Ultron” A Marvel fan's expectations were not fully met, not even close

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

True Confession: This is not a review for those who are going to see this movie regardless of what I, or any other reviewer, say. Meaning it’s probably not for most of the world. However, it’s definitely for those on the fence about this movie and for those who feel they might just be burning out a teensy bit on superhero anything.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Furious 7″ Breaking the laws of physics makes it scifi, and makes it fun

Furious 7

I’m not going to these movies to see real life. I’m going to be entertained, and these movies are definitely entertaining.

It helps if you’ve seen the other six movies in this franchise, but it’s not a requirement – the opening minutes of Furious Seven will catch you up on what’s pertinent. However, if you haven’t seen the other movies, this review has spoilers for them in it.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Knights of Badassdom” Maybe development hell is also a sign of the apocalypse

Knights of Badassdom

The hubs and I saw the Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con for the movie Knights of Badassdom years ago now. Basically, it’s supposed to be Galaxy Quest for the Live Action Role Play set. We literally could not wait to see this movie. We got home from Comic-Con and eagerly awaited the release.

But the movie was held up in some sort of development hell, and wasn’t released for years. It’s on Netflix now. So, the question is: Was it worth the wait?

Sadly, no.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Cinderella” The new live action version bodes well for future Disney adaptations

Cinderella (2015)

Disney is also focused on turning many of their beloved animated classics into live action movies (Dumbo was just announced with Tim Burton helming, for example). There are a lot of them coming, so expectations have to be high for Cinderella, both from the studio and audiences. So the question is – are those expectations met?   [Read more…]

5 Episodes In: “Elementary” Season 3 The fun and the mystery continue amidst major show changes


I am and remain a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. Right now is a great time to be a Holmes fan, since we’re getting so many visual variations of the great detective at the movies and on TV, as well as representation in books (shameless plug: I’m in a cool Holmes anthology, Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets, out now).   [Read more…]