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The Fate of the Furious: Drag, Race

by Sandra Olmsted

fateofthefurious   The eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise varies vastly from an exciting and stimulating race and sometimes the movie drags, yet it does offer escapism. In terms of comparison to other movies in the series, it is by far not the worse, having benefited from improvements in special effects over the years and from F. Gary Gray’s direction.

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‘Gifted’: Cliched But Moving and Funny

by Sandra Olmsted

Chris Evans and McKenna Grace are uncle and niece in the heart-warming film 'Gifted' opening this Friday.

Chris Evans and McKenna Grace are uncle and niece
in the heart-warming film ‘Gifted’ opening this Friday.

Director Marc Webb’s Gifted tugs on the heartstrings at many turns, yet it also has humor and purveys a sense of redemption. Unabashedly manipulative, the tear jerk moments, especially a cat rescue, will make cat lovers swoon for the male lead, Chris Evans, even more. On the other hand, Gifted shares the indie film qualities of small-scale filmmaking and being driven by solid performances and strong, sparking dialogue, similar to Little Miss Sunshine and Juno. Gifted also has an old Hollywood feel because of the range of emotions plucked at, like Old Yeller or Pollyanna, with a sprinkling of The Trouble with Angels.

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“Going in Style”: Age Old Fun

Friends Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine), and Al (Alan Arkin) decide to get even for their former employer in Going in Style opening today (April 6).

Friends Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine), and Al (Alan Arkin) decide to get even for their former employer in Going in Style opening today (April 6).

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Power Rangers: Rebooted for Teenagers

By Sandra Olmsted

Power Rangers Now vs Then

Power Rangers Now vs Then

In the twenty years since the last Power Rangers movie hit the big screens, the little fans have grown up and probably want to share their love of these iconic characters with their children. Unfortunately, director Dean Israelite’s version may not be the Power Rangers film to introduce to a new generation of five-year-olds to these heroes because teen angst takes a front seat to the Rangers’ heroism. In this iteration, the story of these new Rangers and the old ones is re-conceived with an intergalactic connection.

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Kong: Skull Island: One for the Textbooks

By Sandra Olmsted

Kong.page 15   Rife with political, theological, and philosophical symbolism, this latest remake of the 1933 Kong classic takes this version on a fresh journey into the mythology of monsters, such as the giant apes, carnivorous lizards, and greedy, driven men.

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‘A United Kingdom’: A True Story Of Love and Courage

Sandra Olmsted

By Sandra Olmsted

Director Amma Asante reveals the true story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams of England (Rosamund Pike) with conventional filmmaking which fits the story and its time period perfectly. Asante not only brings this little known story to life but evokes the era and its films with her directing style. Asante adapted her film from Susan Williams’ book with the help of Guy Hibbert screenplay.

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