Review: “Pacific Rim Uprising”

1.5 out of 5 stars. Hey, do like watching giant monsters fight giant robots?  Did you love the movie “Pacific Rim”?  Then boy, is this not the movie for you. It’s like Godzilla, but it isn’t quite Godzilla.  It’s also like Transformers, but it’s not quite Transformers.  Its style is derived somewhat from Japanese anime, […]

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Review: “A Wrinkle in Time”

2.5 out of 5 stars. Minor spoilers ahead for those unfamiliar with the story. I first read Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel “A Wrinkle in Time” when I was in elementary school.  I remember not being especially thrilled by it, but decided last year, in anticipation of Disney and Ava DuVernay’s film adaptation, it was time […]

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Review: “Annihilation”

4 out of 5 stars. Often, the best science fiction films are the ones that don’t give you all the answers, but rather give you more to puzzle out on your own long after leaving the theater.  Such is the case with Alex Garland’s second directorial effort, “Annihilation,” based on the first book in a […]

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Review: “Blade Runner 2049”

3.5 out of 5 stars. “Blade Runner 2049” opens with a shot that calls back to Ridley Scott’s original 1982 film: a close up of an eye, staring straight into the camera.  It’s an unsettling image that sets the tone of the film, as well as one of its main themes: the perception of what […]

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The 5 Best Movies of the Summer

I’ve been taking a break from watching and reviewing current films for a bit, as we ease out of summer and into fall.  This time of year is one of the slowest for big movie releases, but even this summer at its peak was one of the slowest ones box office-wise in recent memory.  Despite […]

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Review: “Alien: Covenant”

2 out of 5 stars. Director Ridley Scott is clearing trying to Say Something with “Alien: Covenant,” which, although its title doesn’t make it sound that way, is actually a sequel to 2012’s “Prometheus,” which was itself a prequel to the “Alien” franchise that originated with Scott at the helm.  The adrenaline-pumping action bits that […]

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