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[January 12, 2017 | No Comment | ]
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by Ted Giese
With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards goes back to that galaxy far, far away that kids and adults first fell in love with way back in 1977.
This new film is another prequel but, unlike the George Lucas’ prequels, Edwards’ film focuses on events leading up to opening scene of the original Star Wars film A New Hope (Episode IV) where Darth Vader boards Princess Leia’s Rebel blockade runner in search of the Empire’s stolen data plans.
A brief synopsis of Rogue One is found in …


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[November 28, 2016 | One Comment | ]
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by Ted Giese
Doctor Strange introduces the Marvel cinematic universe to magic through Dr. Stephen Strange, an arrogant brain surgeon who becomes” sorcerer supreme.” The general premise of Doctor Strange is summed up by one of the film’s characters, Wong, who observes, “While heroes like the Avengers protect the world from physical dangers, we sorcerers safeguard it against more mystical threats.”
The story revolves around Strange, the stereotypical brash medical doctor who thinks himself superior to everyone he meets. Near the beginning of the film we see him dressed to the nines, …


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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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