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Alien Covenant

It’s been about ten years since filmmaker Ridley Scott made the unguarded comment about making an “Alien” prequel. He was reflecting on “Alien,” only his second movie in a career littered with milestones, and thinking aloud what a prequel would be like. He imagined a focus on the Alien planet, going back to that mysterious…

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I knew Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was going to work from the first scene, which somehow gives audiences exactly what they want but offers a sly twist. The film opens with an intergalactic crew of space adventurers, led by Starlord (Chris Pratt, former Bubba Gump Shrimp Company server in Lahaina). Along with the…

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The Circle

The issue of personal privacy in the world of the internet and social media is a subject that gets some attention. Questions of whether the government should or should not regulate the internet in the interest of the public trust is hotly debated on both sides of the argument. This issue is no stranger to cinema….

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The Fate of the Furious

No one could have ever predicted the enormous success of the “Fast & Furious” franchise. A niche movie that focused on the car culture prevalent in the 90’s skyrocketed to mega box office numbers and has become part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Now in its 8th iteration, can F&F keep up its relentless pace…

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The Boss Baby

My brother Marty is three years younger than me and I remember his arrival being a wonderful time of change in my life. Believing that “the stork” had made a delivery, I was delighted by the new presence in our home. From the very beginning, I was so fond of him, I used to climb…

Scarlett Johansson plays The Major in Ghost in the Shell from Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures in theaters March 31, 2017.
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Ghost in the Shell

In 1989 a Manga (a Japanese comic book) changed the pop culture landscape. “Ghost in the Shell”, better known as “Mobile Armored Riot Police” in Japan, tells the story of a near cyberpunk future full of political intrigue, advanced cyborgs, brain control, and much more. These stories were so engrossing that in 1995 it was…

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Power Rangers

The “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” is a pop culture phenomenon I just missed in the early ‘90’s. TV and toy stores were bombarded with these masked superheroes and their infectious theme song. What the show failed to tell its audience was that this was a show that literally borrowed footage from the original “Super Sentai”…

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Life

Daniel Espinosa’s “Life” begins as a serious minded, optimistic and thoughtful sci-fi tale on the weight of creating and nurturing life. We meet six astronauts (played by Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and Olga Dihovichnaya), living on the International Space Station, who have obtained a living organism from Mars. They…

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Beauty and the Beast

In Bill Condon’s live-action remake of the 1991 Disney animated musical Beauty and the Beast, the story is mostly the same and all the expected ingredients are in place. Yet, everyone seems to be trying too hard to make up for the big gap at the film’s center. This may be the first version of…

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The Belko Experiment

The subject of social science experiments are not new territory for the movies. Cinema takes these ideas to the extreme for entertainment. Most are familiar with films such as “Running Man” and “Hunger Games”. What I enjoy the most about these types of films as a viewer is placing yourself amongst those partaking in these…

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