Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

If Yoda were to write this review, he might start with the following warning:

“At your own risk read this. Ahead slight spoilers are.”

You have been warned.

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Golden Globes: My Predictions

Tonight the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will present the 2017 Golden Globes. Who will win? Who will lose? Who will wear the most hideous outfit as if they were dressed by Stevie Wonder? My predictions are listed here and I’ll update with the winners as the awards are presented.

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Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The original “Star Wars” trilogy (meaning episodes IV-VI) owed its success to a simple, easy to follow yet intriguing story, memorable characters and fantastic visuals. The second set of movies (Episodes I-III) lacked many of these qualities (Jar-Jar Binks, anyone?) and were considered inferior by many fans. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” falls somewhere in the middle, both figuratively and literally.

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Review: Passengers

A valid criticism of modern Hollywood is that the trailers often reveal too much or feature the only good parts of a movie. The previews for “Passengers” are one of the biggest problems with the movie, not because of what they show but rather because they lead one to believe this is a different type of film than what it truly is.

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Review: Arrival

One of my favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes is called “Darmok” and it is, in my humble opinion, one of the best hours of science fiction ever created. Forced to work together to overcome a mutual threat, Captain Picard and an alien Captain must learn to communicate without technology or any help from the outside world. There are very few special effects and just two actors for the majority of the episode but the simple, clever story carries the weight.

The new film “Arrival” could be a distant cousin of, and in some ways perhaps inspired by the tale of Darmok and Jalad.

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Review: Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

When Newt Scarmander (Eddie Redmayne) was first mentioned in the debut Harry Potter novel “Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone” I doubt even the most ardent fans knew he would become the face of the next wizard world franchise. But he has done just that, to remarkable effect, in the first installment of what is expected to be a five-film saga.

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