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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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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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Power Rangers Is The Very Model of Diversity!

(L_R) Jason (Dacre Montgomery), R.J. Cyler (Billy), Zack (Ludi Lin), Trini (Becky G), Kimberly (Naomi Scott) – Power Rangers – Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Power Rangers is a more serious take on the patched together kids’ show that gained a huge following in the ‘90s. More serious doesn’t mean Batman serious – more like Iron Man Lite.

It’s fun if you don’t go in with much in the way of expectations – and it checks off a laundry list of diversity requirements: there’s a black kid and an Hispanic kid and an Asian kid, and a kid ‘on the spectrum,’ and a mean girl, and a gay kid, and forty-percent of the team is female (one way the original series was ahead of its time – it’s good to see that stay intact).

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CHiPS – It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses Their Head!

(L-R) MICHAEL PEÑA as Ponch and DAX SHEPARD as Jon in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action comedy “CHiPS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Peter Iovino

There are two good movies lurking beneath the surface of CHiPS – an R-rated comedy and an R-rated cop drama. The problem is that they’re both chopped up and are jammed together in such a way that the result is an unhappy compromise that lets down the movie as a whole.

The drama would work if the puerile comedy wasn’t stitched in and the puerile comedy would work if that pesky drama wasn’t there.

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Beauty and the Beast Is an Almost Flawless Beauty!

Belle (Emma Watson) in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic directed by Bill Condon.

Disney’s latest attempt at translating one of its classic animated films to live-action is a beauty, if a bit flawed.

For the live-action take, the script was tweaked to allow Belle to be even more independent (and less of a Stockholm Syndrome sufferer) and a late tweak include a couple of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it gay moments. Neither of these tweaks is a flaw.

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