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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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Kong: Skull Island

Every version of the King Kong story is essentially the same but each has a different idea driving its story. The original, 1933, black and white King Kong is one of the greatest movies ever made, the prototype for every subsequent special effects-driven blockbuster and visible proof that a man-made movie monster can be endearing…

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Logan

Hugh Jackman’s career has been defined by his role as “Wolverine”. He’s played the character for over 17 years and with the release of “Logan” is performing his swan song for the role. Fox’s “X-Men” franchise has always been a source of controversy and ridicule from fans of the source material, but “Logan” is set…

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Get Out

During the concluding season of the great “Key and Peele” comedy sketch series, the skits had become increasingly darker. It seemed that the creators, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, didn’t wish to merely parody horror films but create mini-horror films on their show, with certain sketches unspooling in skin crawling fashion. I was worried that…

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John Wick: Chapter Two

In the fall of 2014, Keanu Reeves starred in an action film and played a character that would further define his acting career. “John Wick” was and still is a unique and utterly entertaining action extravaganza that built an underworld of hitmen that was enthralling and mesmerizing to watch. The character of John Wick is…

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