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[September 21, 2016 | No Comment | ]
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by Ted Giese
As expected, Timur Bekmambetov’s 2016 adaptation of Ben-Hur differs from the 1959 William Wyler film starring Charlton Heston. And that begs the question: Is that good or bad?
Bekmambetov’s film is about an hour shorter and that alone makes for a different kind of film: characters and storylines have to be dropped. Anyone going to see Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur and expecting an update of the 1959 classic will be disappointed. If you are going to see a fresh yet faithful take on the 1880 book by Lew Wallace, you will …


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[September 12, 2016 | No Comment | ]
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by Ted Giese
If the heroes of the DC Extended Universe are flawed characters, then the anti-heroes of the Suicide Squad are damaged losers. They are criminals and killers, deemed unredeemable by society and by heroes like Batman who rounded up most of them for incarceration. They are the dregs of the meta-humans.
Following the apparent death of Superman at the end of Batman v. Superman, the government is wondering how best to address the issue of superhuman conflict. “What if Superman had decided to fly down, rip off the roof of …


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[July 19, 2016 | No Comment | ]
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by Ted Giese
When Independence Day was released twenty years ago it was clear that it was not a very serious movie. Neither is this year’s Independence Day: Resurgence. These are popcorn-summer-blockbuster films. As was the case for the first film, the producers have released this new installment to coincide with the celebration of Independence Day in the United States of America.
The story is rather simple: twenty years after the people of earth banded together to fend off an unexpected alien attack from outer space they find themselves fighting for the …


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[July 5, 2016 | No Comment | ]
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by Ted Giese

Horror films are not for everyone and neither are roller coasters. A “good” horror film is like a good roller coaster—it has twists and turns and loops in just the right spots. With The Conjuring 2, Director James Wan has constructed a roller coaster of a film with pacing that provides a scare in almost every scene. Just be careful not to get caught up in the film’s claim to be “based on a true story.”
In this installment, Ed and Lorraine Warren are called into action by a …


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[June 17, 2016 | No Comment | ]
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by Ted Giese
During the end credits of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer set the stage for X-Men: Apocalypse. Filmgoers who sat through the last frames of the film were introduced to the character of Apocalypse—a mutant standing on a sand dune in ancient Egypt telekinetically constructing a massive pyramid with a crowd of worshipers at his feet and his four horsemen watching at a distance.
In the opening scenes of X-Men: Apocalypse this now aged mutant is shown transferring his accumulated knowledge, abilities, and soul into a younger body. …


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[May 25, 2016 | No Comment | ]
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by Ted Giese
Captain America: Civil War, is MARVEL Studio’s third film featuring Captain America (not including his appearances in films like Avengers Assemble and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and a couple of small cameos in other films). As a result, Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with many of the other recurring characters, have received enough screen time to start developing into robust and complex characters. The current film provides fertile ground for this growing maturity in a genre not always equated with depth of character development.
At its heart this movie is …


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