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New or Upcoming Summer Movies

Films for 4th of July Weekend

by Sandra Olmsted

In addition to The BFG opening in time for the summer holiday, several other films opened recently or will open this weekend. Along with adventure and excitement, a few also offer more esoteric topics and revisit or rewrite history.

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The BFG Falls Short

The BFG is Not Such A

Friendly Adaptation

   by Sandra Olmsted

 

In Disney's fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl's beloved classic, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar (R) winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.  The film opens in theaters nationwide on July 1.

In Disney’s fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar (R) winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country. The film opens in theaters nationwide on July 1.

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The Good and the Bad of Summer Movies

Summer Romances and the Movies

by Sandra Olmsted

In the summer, amidst the hopefully blockbuster and the tried-and-true kid flicks, a few romantic films always make an appearance; however, relationships of some kind provide the basis for most films. This summer, some romantic relationship films will be love at first sight; some will slowly heat up; some will cause heartache and tears, and some will fizzle. Sometimes these will refer to the characters and their stories, and sometimes just the films.

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The Nice Guys: Epic Fun – Fingers Crossed for a Sequel!

By Sandra Olmsted

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe partner up in The Nice Guys

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe partner up in The Nice Guys

While writer/director Shane Black’s parody of 1970s film noir and buddy cop films has its problems, all of them can be overlooked because The Nice Guys is just fun. Also, the stars, Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, have just as much fun playing their roles as the right audience can watching the film.

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Captain America: Civil War Becomes a Belabored Dispute

By Sandra Olmsted

The latest installment in the Marvel Studio’s Avenger franchise toys with the theme of acting within the law vs. behaving in an ethically manner, and directors Anthony and Joe Russo beat the audience over the head with the theme as often the characters engage in fisticuffs. Predictability also plagues the film; however, a few surprises pop up as the two sides recruit new team members.

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Mother’s Day: A Little Fun, Not Much More

By Sandra Olmstead

 

Director Gerry Marshall continues his exploration of holidays with Mother’s Day, which celebrates moms and at the same time reduces them and those they mother, marry, divorce, or abandon   to stereotypes played by a large ensemble cast of good actors. Unfortunately, despite some laughs, the trite dialogue and predictable, soap-operaish plots make Mother’s Day a pleasant but less than memorable diversion.

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