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[June 1, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Formula inter-galactic fare
by Ted Giese
Plagued by constant reports of trouble on set under the film’s original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, rumours of actor Alden Ehrenreich’s struggle to nail a convincing Han Solo, and a mounting backlash within the Star Wars fan base following Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi (2017), director Ron Howard had his work cut out for him as he completed Solo: A Star Wars Story. Howard is a technical director; he always gets the job done, yet his films often lack depth and take few risks. …


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[May 7, 2018 | No Comment | ]

WARNING! SPOILERS!
Fasten your seatbelts, there’s a lot going on!
by Ted Giese
As Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) assembled the Avengers to protect the world from dangers an average person couldn’t defeat; as orphaned Peter Quill / Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) inadvertently formed his unpredictably predictable ragtag Guardians of the Galaxy; as superheroes of every variety originating in the MARVEL cinematic universe fought a rogues gallery of villains, something lurked in the shadows and grew in strength and power—a super villain: The Mad Titan, Thanos (Josh Brolin).
First introduced as Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) puppet …


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[April 28, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Thoughtful and emotionally rich
by Ted Giese
Shhhh … be very quiet. John Krasinski’s horror thriller A Quiet Place (2018) revolves around a family surviving in a world stalked by danger. Any loud noise, day or night, draws a lethal attack from powerful alien monsters that quickly devour their prey. The family comprises father Lee Abbott (John Krasinski), mother Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt), their deaf oldest child and daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds who is deaf in real life), and sons Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward). Having moved out of the …


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[April 17, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Improved but could be better
by Ted Giese
In this installment of the God’s Not Dead franchise, first-time director Michael Mason takes over from Harold Cronk who directed the first two films and inevitably the new outing is different. God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness picks up where God’s Not Dead 2 left off with Rev. Dave Hill (David A.R. White) arrested and jailed for not providing copies of his sermons to local authorities. However, this is not what the film is about. The old story-line is quickly dispatched and replaced …


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[March 27, 2018 | 2 Comments | ]

Thoughtful exploration of mercy, forgiveness, and love
by Ted Giese
When watching Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) viewers will be well served to remember St. Paul’s words to the early Corinthian Christians: “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27). Most people don’t think much of Christian films and studios yet Sony Pictures’ division Affirm Films wouldn’t be dedicated to producing them had Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004) not …


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[March 22, 2018 | One Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
A Wrinkle in Time (2018), directed by Ava DuVernay and adapted for the screen by Jennifer Lee (writer of Disney’s giant 2013 hit Frozen) and Jeff Stockwell (writer of the screenplay for Bridge to Terabithia) is loosely based on the 1962 young adult/children’s novel by the liberal Episcopalian fiction writer Madeleine L’Engle.
The film centres on an awkward teen girl, Meg Murray (Storm Reid), and her younger extraordinarily intelligent brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe). Together with Calvin (Levi Miller), another teen from Meg’s school, they go on an intergalactic …


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