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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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Politics will play Role in Oscars

Sandra Olmsted

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By Sandra Olmsted

This year, the Oscar race has at least three additional political factors to consider when choosing predictions and, of course, one other factor that couldn’t be forgotten, is the spending by the studio to promote their film to the voting membership.

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A Dog’s Purpose: From a The Cat Lover’s Perspective

By Sandra Olmsted

DENNIS QUAID is Ethan in A Dog’s Purpose who seems to have a connection with Buddy to a previous dog Ethan` had.

DENNIS QUAID is Ethan in A Dog’s Purpose who seems to have a connection with Buddy to a previous dog Ethan` had.

Clearly, director Lasse Hallström loves dogs as evidenced by his making both A Dog’s Purpose and Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009). Despite the animal rights controversy about Hallström most recent dog film, both films honor the way dogs uphold their relationship with mankind. Both films also show how mankind often asks too much of dogs or doesn’t honor the relationship. The same is true of the relationship between mankind and any domesticated animal, and that’s why this cat lover needed a box of tissues to get through A Dog’s Purpose.

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Live By Night: The Affleck Attack Continues

By Sandra Olmsted

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Hot on the heels of Casey Afflect’s award-winning role in Manchester by the Sea, Ben Affleck writes, produces, directs, and stars in Live by Night, a La La Land-style homage to Golden Age Hollywood’s film noirs.

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