Sci-Fi/Fantasty

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Let’s talk about Baby Groot.  He’s precious.  You could watch his antics all day.  He’s like a cute puppy, he could be the star of a series of YouTube videos where you watch him do anything.  Clearly the people behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 know what they have in Baby Groot.  They understood it the […]

| May 5, 2017
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Rogue One (2016)

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Rogue One (2016)

It is understandable to approach Rogue One – the Star Wars saga’s first stand-alone adventure – with a touch of trepidation.  Massive experiments in narrative time-bending have never been this series’ strong point.  I must admit that, up until I saw the movie, I had been predicting that it would be a stem-to-stern appetizer, a movie […]

| December 16, 2016
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

There is an uneasy dual identity to the whole Harry Potter world that no self-respecting super-fan might ever want to admit.  The cute spectacle of mail owls and Bowtruckles have always had to fight for space amid Death Eaters, torture spells and portents of doom fit for a horror show.  In the books, it is […]

| November 26, 2016
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Arrival (2016)

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Arrival (2016)

We have probably all thought about it at one time or another.   What would it be like if – or rather when – we are finally visited by an intelligent species from another world?  What would be gained once we stopped rattling the sabers and let the brain trust have a crack at trying to […]

| November 11, 2016
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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

As a critic, this is where I am suppose to tell you that Independence Day: Resurgence is just another needless sequel propped up for the summer box office.  Most critics have already jumped on that overcrowded train, but I’ll just stay here at the station and report that it would be impossible for this to […]

| June 25, 2016
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Warcraft (2016)

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Warcraft (2016)

Some years ago, maybe around 2010, I recall standing in my den looking over my wife’s shoulder while she was playing a game on the computer.  I asked what she was playing; “World of Warcraft,” she said. On the screen was a character dressed in white seated on the back of an ostrich with a […]

| June 10, 2016
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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

I don’t know what I really expected from a guy named Apocalypse, but I can tell you that my imagination built up a much more imposing character than what his movie was able to deliver.  I mean, he’s alright as villains go. In his early scenes, he’s got the presence and the demeanor and the […]

| May 28, 2016
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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

10 Cloverfield Lane is alternately fascinating and frustrating at the same time.  It is fascinating in the moment but frustrating in that it takes so long to get where it’s going that it arrives at an ending that should have been the beginning of the second act.  That’s doesn’t make the movie bad exactly, it […]

| April 8, 2016
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