Daily Archives: May 2, 2019

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Avengers: Endgame

On my way out of “Avengers: Endgame,” I ran into Alika Seki, the owner of the Maui Comics and Collectibles shop in the Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center.  I told him I had just seen the film and he immediately began teasing me (considering our friendship, this is nothing new). He asked me, “Did you find…

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Shazam!

Billy Batson (played by Asher Angel) is a 14-year old who is presented with a last chance offer: after fleeing previous Foster homes and caught breaking the law, he has one final opportunity to live with a new family and re-direct his life. In addition to adapting to a brand new family unit, Billy must…

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Hellboy

Milla Jovovich stars as The Blood Queen, a sorceress so powerful and despicable, she’s dispatched by being cut up into pieces and buried. However, this doesn’t stop her from returning and continuing her plans to destroy all of mankind. The only one who can stand up to her is Hellboy (played by David Harbour), a…

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Pet Sematary

Assessing the overall value of a horror movie is easy. Basically, how scary is it? There are other factors to consider (intent, theme, production values, performances, sustained tension, etc) but really, when you get down to it, did the movie achieve its most transparent goal of unnerving its audience? I will admit that, in addition…

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Happy Death Day 2 U

  Two years ago, the busy, lucrative Blumhouse Productions horror company unleashed “Happy Death Day” on teen audiences and scored a solid hit. Depicting a self-absorbed college student named Tree (played by Jessica Rothe), who is murdered by a mad slasher and re-lives the fateful day again and again, it had the nerve to rip-off…

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Serenity

When we meet Baker Dill (played by Matthew McConaughey), he’s drenched in sweat, living alone in a dumpy apartment and lives to fish. Baker is particularly obsessed with catching a massive tuna he’s nicknamed “Justice,” a crazed fixation that has resulted in daily failed attempts to capture the fish with his patient first mate (played…

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Replicas

In the near future, scientist Will Foster (played by Keanu Reeves) moves the fading consciousness of a recently deceased man into a robot. When the robot “reawakens” as a skeletal machine with a metallic body, it immediately freaks out and rips its head apart. Clearly, Foster has never seen “RoboCop” and lacks the bedside manner…

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Glass

M. Night Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable” (2000) was a comic book movie ahead of its time. Arriving a year after the monster success of his spooky and deeply moving “The Sixth Sense,” Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable” was shrouded in secrecy. No one knew what the film was even about until the day it opened. The initial response was muted,…

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Stoke

At the start of “Stoke,” the debut film of writer/director team Zoe Eisenberg and Phillips Payson, we meet Jane (played by Caitlin Holcombe), who has sunk into a state of depression. She’s advised to get out of bed and take a trip- a televised news story of lava flows inspires her to visit the Big…

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