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[September 10, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Ted Geise
Asian film has a Christian twist
Years ago, there was a critically-acclaimed all-Asian-cast film in which Michelle Yeoh played a leading role: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). This time around she plays a supporting role as Eleanor Young the protective mother of male lead Nick Young (Henry Golding) in this year’s celebrated romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians. Nick is in love with NYCU Economics professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) but has kept an important detail about his life from her: he is a crazy rich Asian from a …


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[August 23, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Ted Geise
Big Shark Shallow Story
When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws hit theatres in 1975 the film’s tagline was: “You’ll never go in the water again.” Some people didn’t, and many more had second thoughts every time they dipped their toes in water —even at their local swimming pool! Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg (2018) won’t likely scare up the same response. The corny $130 million B-film about a believed long-extinct 70-foot megalodon shark hunting marine biologists and oceanographers in the waters around a western Pacific billionaire-funded state-of-the-art research laboratory may take …


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[August 10, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Ted Giese
Plot takes back seat to action
With blood, sweat, and a broken ankle Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt bursts onto the screen for yet another Mission Impossible film in Mission: Impossible – Fallout. It’s called Mission Impossible not mission possible for a reason: the film is designed to overwhelm and amaze viewers at every twist and turn.
While under suspicion of being involved in an international nuclear terrorism plot, Hunt, leader of the IMF (Impossible Missions Force) and his team must unmask and thwart the real villains and save …


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[July 12, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Ted Giese
Family-positive film
The 2015 film Ant-Man set up the story of the new Ant-Man and the Wasp by introducing the subatomic quantum realm into which Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), the original Wasp—and wife of the original Ant-Man, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)—vanished while saving thousands of people from a deadly missile attack. A trip into this miniscule world and successful return by modern Ant-Man, ex-con Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) opened the door for a possible rescue mission to retrieve Pym’s missing wife. Father and modern-Wasp daughter Hope …


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[June 28, 2018 | No Comment | ]

B-grade laughs and scares in dino morality tale
by Ted Giese
As mounting volcanic activity threatens to wipe out the remaining dinosaurs on the tiny island of Isla Nublar off the coast of Costa Rica, efforts are underway to rescue as many possible from a second extinction. The question is why? Is it for conservation, profit, scientific, or personal reasons? The private rescue operation brings back to the island the former Jurassic World theme park’s managing-operator-turned-dinosaur-activist Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), and her romantic interest Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), the park’s former …


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[June 22, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Solid sequel raises up-to-date questions
by Ted Giese
Picking up where The Incredibles (2004) left off, the Parrs—a family of super heroes—save the city from the villainous Underminer (John Ratzenberger) a mole man with a giant drill damaging buildings and robbing banks. While Underminer gets away (only to appear in a post-credit scene as a hook for Incredibles 3), the family is apprehended for breaking the “no superhero laws” only to discover that the government’s superhero witness-protection-style-relocation program no longer exists. In an effort to sway public opinion about “Supers” Helen Parr/Elastigirl …


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