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The tweaks used to update the plot of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” are evident and obviously required quite a bit of skill to accomplish. Whether filmmakers were successful enough to make this as memorable as the 1995 original probably depends on how willing people in the audience are able to suspend their disbelief. more
In its headlong rush to cater to its younger fans’ ravenous need to be constantly dazzled by spectacle, the second installment of the new “Star Wars” trilogy — subtitled “The Last Jedi” — is filled with epic space battles, plus healthy doses of family drama and intrigue. more
There has been some speculation online recently about what constitutes a “major motion picture” worthy of industry-award recognition. Targets usually pointed out include a number of made-for-online movies and miniseries ... more
A long time ago the Western movie star John Wayne explained to me that Western movies weren’t really expressions of what happened in America’s frontier. Instead, they were more akin to … more
Another super hero movie, hot on the heels of another, creates a bizarre kind of competition for the hearts and minds of fanboys. more
The framework is all too familiar. A terrorist bomb attack kills several innocent people in the midst of a large urban city, London in this case. more
A few highly detailed and compelling-to-read articles have been written about what happened to the Granite Mountain Hotshots on June 30, 2013. In fact, one of them, titled “No Exit” by … more
The totally obvious reference to Bill Murray’s “Groundhog Day” is not hard to miss, especially when it’s actually brought up in dialogue for the semi-comedic slasher flick, “Happy Death Day.” more
Thankfully, under the sure hand of director Denis Villeneuve (”Arrival”) and producer Ridley Scott, who helmed the legendary original back in 1982, this film is both a loving tribute and a brilliant sequel. more
The real Barry Seal was tall, overweight and, by some accounts, possessed a larger-than-life personality. Actor Tom Cruise works hard to at least capture one of those attributes in Doug Liman’s “based on a true story” film of Seal’s criminal exploits. more
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