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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: The Same Only Different!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is not as fresh and unexpected as Vol. 1 – how could it be?

Instead, Vol. 2 follows the Star Wars plan of taking the characters who came together in Vol. 1 and separating them into unexpected combinations to dig into who they are – while engaging in explosive hijinx and, yes, saving the galaxy (and probably the universe), again.

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The Circle: The Creepiness of 100% Transparency!

Emma Watson stars in STX Entertainment’s THE CIRCLE. Photo Credit: Courtesy of STX Entertainment

The Circle is a film that takes the idea of connectedness (email, social media, phone, etc.) to its logical and genuinely creepy extension.

Mae is temping as a customer service representative for an unnamed – company and hating it – when a friend gets her an interview at the ultimate social media company, The Circle.

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The Fate Of The Furious Lacks A Not So Little Something!

The Fate of the Furious – Dom’s Cuban street race – Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

There’s a Paul Walker-sized hole in the middle of The Fate of the Furious that the creative team and cast try to gloss over with bigger and more ridiculous stunts than ever before.

The addition of Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw as a member of the team, and Scott Eastwood as Mr. Nobody’s new aide help, but the loss of Walker – whose Brian O’Conner was the series’ real heart – cannot be completely overcome.

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Gifted Isn’t As Brilliant As Mary But It’s Still Pretty Bright!

Mckenna Grace as “Mary Adler” and Chris Evans as “Frank Adler” in the film GIFTED. Photo by Wilson Webb. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved.

We’ve seen more than a few movies about single parents trying to give a gifted child a normal life. Some have been brilliant; others have been awful.

Gifted isn’t brilliant, but it’s got heart, and a few tweaks to what might otherwise have been a completely formulaic exercise.

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Going In Style – Grey Power!

Going In Style – Alan Arkin as Albert Garner, Morgan Freeman as Willie Davis and Michael Caine as Joe Harding – Photo by Atsushi Nishijima/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Going in Style is the rare remake that is better than the original.

That’s because it creates a plausible (if not entirely believable) set of circumstances in which three octogenarians are forced to consider the unlikely remedy of robbing a bank – and are smart enough to do it.

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Miss Sloane Weaves a Thrilling Web Across the Messy Political Landscape of Lobbying

Jessica Chastain sternly faces a Congressional inquiry in MISS SLOANE

Miss Sloane is the story of a political lobbyist whose unconventional and morally ambiguous methods make her polarizing and magnetic simultaneously. When Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is seduced by a case that would pit her against the gun lobby, a notoriously equally ruthless organization, her desire to always win no matter the cost is put to the test as she blurs lines and hurdles over them if and when necessary (as of course determined solely by her). The result of her actions here are uncertain—even with a stellar winning record to date, her aim of making it harder for individuals to procure firearms through background checks may jeopardize her career, her relationships, and possibly even the lives of others. Continue reading Miss Sloane Weaves a Thrilling Web Across the Messy Political Landscape of Lobbying

Ghost in the Shell: Visually Stunning Action with a Brain!

Scarlett Johansson plays The Major in Ghost in the Shell from Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures.

Ghost in the Shell is based on a Japanese manga by Masamune Shirow and a classic anime by Mamoru Oshii – both of which deal with the questions of what constitutes identity and whether humanity remains when the line between human and machine disappears.

Rupert Sanders’ live-action Ghost in the Shell touches on these ideas more I expected it would and is a cracking good science fiction-action movie as well.

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The Boss Baby Milks Babies and Puppies for Laughs!

THE BOSS BABY: (left-right) Tim (voiced by Miles Bakshi) discovers Boss Baby’s (voiced by Alec Baldwin) surprising secret.  Photo Credit: DreamWorks Animation.

The Boss Baby is the story of how a baby who was never born and his seven-year old brother saved the world from the ultimate threat: the ultimate puppy!

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