Sci-Fi/Fantasty

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Most people attending Solo: A Star Wars Story will do so this weekend more out of curiosity than anything else.  Han Solo is arguably the most popular character in this series’ overstuffed cannon, but his origins are his least interesting aspect.  Does his background really matter?  Do you care where he came from?  Do you […]

| May 26, 2018
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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

A little less than an hour before sitting down to write this review, a lady asked me “Would the new Avengers movie make any sense to someone who hasn’t seen the other movies in this series?”  My quick answer is simple: “Yes, but it won’t mean as much to you because you don’t know the […]

| April 29, 2018
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Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)

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Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)

As I enter into my positive comments on Pacific Rim Uprising, I do so with the realization that I’m kind of a lone wolf here.  Nearly all of my fellow critics seem to deride this sequel with a hate and vitriol that, given the fact that Guillermo del Toro isn’t at the helm, might have […]

| March 23, 2018
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Annihilation (2018)

Annihilation (2018)

So, it’s very late.  I go to see Alex Garland’s Annihilation at the 10pm show.  I know nothing about it.  The theater, which has a seating capacity of about 100, is empty – the movie is attended 99 empty seats and me.  As the trailers wrap up, I wait for late stragglers to come through […]

| February 23, 2018
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Bright (2017)

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Bright (2017)

No, no, no, no, no, no, no.  This will not do. I’m sorry but no matter how you bend it, twist it, turn it, pull it or stretch it, the word ‘Orc’ just doesn’t work in a cop buddy movie.  The fact that Bright – Netflix’s first attempt at a massive big-budget theatrical-style fantasy – […]

| December 31, 2017
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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

At this point, the last two things that you might expect a Star Wars movie to be are unexpected and unpredictable.  After ten theatrical features, you might imagine that you could call every twist and turn; every fiber of this saga seems to have been mined until the surprises are long gone.  It is refreshing […]

| December 15, 2017
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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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