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Ant-Man and the Wasp – Relatable Stakes Make for a Delightful Adventure!

After all the end-of-half-the-living-beings-of-the-universe holy crap!@ness of Avengers: Infinity War, there are two aspects of Ant-Man and the Wasp that make it a refreshing change.

The stakes are Scott Lang’s freedom and the life of Janet Van Dyne (and, okay, tangentially, the life of the costumed ‘villain’ of the piece – but not the mundane villain of the piece).

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Sicario: Day of the Soldato Is One of the Best Films of the Year!

Sicario: Day of the Soldato is a unique film in that its set in the same world as the first one; features a couple of characters from the first one and starts a war between two cartels – one of which was the antagonist in the first film… and yet, the story is not really a part of that story.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Is Big Dumb (But Not Too Dumb) Summer Fun!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Franklin Webb (Justice Smith) are trapped by the Carnotaurus – Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a fast-paced thrill ride that serves as the middle chapter in a trilogy. It serves that purpose well – maybe even a bit better than average.

If there are flaws (and there are)… DINOSAURS!

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Incredibles 2- Almost as Much Fun as the Original!

Incredibles 2 – Helen Parr/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Jack-Jack, Violet Parr (Sarah Vowell), Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) and Dash Parr (Huck Milner) – Image courtesy of Disney•Pixar.

Fans of Pixar’s The Incredibles have been clamoring for a sequel for over a decade. Now, after 14 (!) years, it’s here and it’s almost as good as the original (the only way it could be better would if we’d never met these characters before…).

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Welcome to The Hotel Artemis – Members Only!

Hotel Artemis – Everest (Dave Bautista) and Nurse (Jodie Foster) – Photo by Matt Kennedy/Courtesy of Global Road Entertainment

Hotel Artemis is a dystopian tale about a members/criminals only medical facility set in 2028 Los Angeles – where a corporation is the beneficiary of privatized water.

Riots ensue, but Hotel Artemis remains open for business.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Is Swashbuckling Fun!

Solo: A Star Wars Story – Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Beckett (Woody Harrelson), Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) – Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd..

It took less than five minutes for me to just accept that Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo. That is what’s known as an achievement.

With all the behind-the-scenes drama in the making of Solo: A Star Wars Story, the finished product is simultaneously better than I expected and not quite as much as I was hoping for.

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A Quiet Place Is a Haunting Post-Apocalyptic Tale!

A Quiet Place – Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) – Photo courtesy of  Paramount Pictures.

First, let me make something perfectly clear – I can’t decide whether A Quiet Place is an alien invasion movie cleverly disguised as a horror movie, or a horror movie cleverly disguised as an alien invasion movie.

Whatever the case, it’s a clever, original, haunting frequently scary film that has, at its heart, the bonds of family.

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Ready Player One Is A Great Popcorn Movie!

Ready Player One – Wade Watts/Parzival (Tye Sheridan) – Photo by Jaap Buttendijk/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

In a dystopian future, most people try to escape their pitiful real lives by entering a cyberworld called The OASIS. When the OASIS’ creator dies, he sets in motion an Easter egg hunt with the winner gaining his fortune and complete control of the OASIS.

Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) and four fellow gunters (Easter egg hunters) team up to beat corporate monolith Innovative Online Industries (I.O.I.), fronted by the slick Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) – who has hundreds of experts behind the scenes, feeding him information and taking hits in the games – to the prize.

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Love, Simon – A Teen RomCom for Our Times!

Love, Simon – Simon ( Nick Robinson) – Photo by Ben Rothstein/Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

The usual teen romantic comedy has a very simple formula: boy meets girls; they fall in love; boy loses girl; boy gets girl.

With Love, Simon you do not just get the formula beginning with boy meets boy. It’s not quite that simple, and it’s certainly more rewarding.

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