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I saw Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” on opening day at the Queen Ka’ahumanu movie theater, an experience that filled me with nostalgia. As I walked down the hallway to the screen showing Besson’s film, I recalled my time there as an ausher, twenty years earlier. If anyone reading this…

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War For the Planet of the Apes

Too many movies released this summer are best described as being almost-good, which is hardly enough to get excited about. On the other hand, while Matt Reeves’ “War For the Planet of the Apes” overreaches in the final stretch, it comes this-close to being a masterpiece. The third in a trilogy that started with Rupert…

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” begins awkwardly, as white collar bureaucrats undermine a group of blue collar workers who are cleaning post- super hero battle rubble. We meet Michael Keaton’s central villain, who takes advantage of the position by stealing alien technology. What follows is “a film by Peter Parker,” showing the young Parker/Spider-Man meeting Tony Stark (played…

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Baby Driver

Ansel Elgort stars as Baby, a getaway driver who works for a wealthy slimeball (Kevin Spacey). Baby is the best there is, as no cop can catch him and he’s never blown an assignment. His hearing impairment, a “hum in the drum,” makes him reliant on music to keep his rhythm sharp and daily life…

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Wonder Woman

Early into “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” a tell-all photograph surfaces, introducing us to Wonder Woman. More specifically, it’s a picture found by Bruce Wayne, proving the mystery woman he encountered, Diana Prince (played by Gal Gadot) is not only ageless but an Amazonian warrior who once had an adventure during World War I….

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All Eyez On Me

I’ve been waiting years for a definitive Tupac Shakur movie and it looks like I’ll just have to keep waiting. Shakur, my pick for the greatest rap artist who ever lived, died at the age of 25. His cadence was fierce and aggressive, while his lyrics were hard hitting but often playful and clever (“And…

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The Mummy

Tom Cruise is  the king of summer movies. Just look at “Risky Business,” “Top Gun,” “Days of Thunder,” “Far & Away,” “The Firm,” “Minority Report,” “Collateral, “War of the Worlds,” “Tropic Thunder” and “Mission Impossible 1-5” if you don’t believe me. His image as an action hero movie star has overshadowed what a great, risk-taking…

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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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