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MFF: Calling All Earthlings

How’s this for a tale: in the late 1950’s, a man named George Van Tassel built a structure called The Integratron, which was believed to be a time machine. While the building incorporated Tesla concepts into its science and structure, Van Tassel claimed the inspiration came from instructions provided by extraterrestrials.  Van Tassel, who died…

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MFF: Keepers of the Magic

  Vic Sarin’s “Keepers of the Magic” is a documentary composed of interviews with some of the greatest cinematographers who ever lived, artists whose contributions to cinema can, indeed, be described as magical. While Sarin, a gifted filmmaker in his own right, bears personal insight and his warm onscreen presence at times, he mostly stays…

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

One of the key elements missing from “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is allowing the audience to vicariously explore a fantastic theme park. The unbeatable 1993 original and 2015’s “Jurassic World” offered a sense of awe, not only towards reanimated dinosaurs, but also in its depiction of a lavish, fascinating science lab/family-friendly ride that shows us…

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Hereditary

Toni Collette stars as Annie, an artist and mother who is introduced attending her mother’s funeral. Annie has an outgoing, teen stoner son (played by a very good Alex Wolff), a younger, introverted, socially awkward daughter (played by a mesmerizing Milly Shapiro) and a stoic, fed-up husband (played by a typically glum Gabriel Byrne). Annie’s…

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SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Ron Howard’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” had more obstacles to avoid than the Millennium Falcon flying through an asteroid field. Here is the inevitable Han Solo prequel adventure, sans Harrison Ford, with promising newcomer Alden Ehrenreich (the scene stealer of “Hail Caesar!”) taking over the role of the “scruffy lookin’ nerf herder,” scoundrel/pilot. In…

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Deadpool 2

The opening credits of “Deadpool 2,” which come late into the film, are accompanied by imagery out of a James Bond opening and set to a Celine Dion song. The new Dion tune, “Ashes,” is really good and sincere, which is what makes the sequence even funnier. Despite a new director (the talented David Leitch…

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Avengers: Infinity War

Disney/Marvel is releasing their “Avengers: Infinity War” on the 10-year anniversary of their lavish, mammoth successful experiment, the creation of the Marvel Comic Universe. It began a decade ago with the still-wonderful “Iron Man” and now concludes with this new phase. While the films themselves are hit and miss, the overall goal of the MCU…

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Rampage

Early into Peter Berg’s still-fantastic 2003 action/comedy “The Rundown,” Dwayne Johnson walks into a bar (stop me if you’ve heard this one)  and bumps into Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ah-Nuld taps Johnson on the shoulder, says “Have fun in there” and literally walks out of Johnson’s movie. The moment is a symbolic gesture on Schwarzenegger’s part, as…

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A Quiet Place

The introductory scenes of “A Quiet Place” allow the audience to enter a world so intriguing, many will find themselves obeying the film’s core rule to remain silent. The film opens on “Day 89” of a world where humankind appears to have either gone missing or become mostly extinct. As a man (played by John…

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Ready Player One

In 2045, Wade Watts (played by Tye Sheridan) escapes from his dreary reality by entering a virtual reality world called The Oasis. While everyone living in Watt’s home of The Stacks (with living quarters of trailers and junk piled high and tight) plays in this digital world, Watts is attempting to uncover a puzzle within…

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