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Review: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

Duck, cover and hold your head would do little good against a 3,000-mile mothership of space invaders back for a knock out punch on Earth.The first "Independence Day" war of the planets took place in 1996. Celebrating a patriotic 20th anniversary coincides with an unknown distress signal ...

Reality and Fantasy Collide in Central Intelligence

When reports made the broadcast rounds about the Orlando shooter and his earlier years, The Washington Post found information that stated that in high school he was bullied as overweight then slimmed down and became a beefcake security guard.Does that sound familiar?But unlike the tragic ...

Super heroes: The international language?

As the song's lyrics go, "You don't tug on Superman's cape..." inferring that once should not trounce American heroic icons."Batman v. Superman" and "Captain America Civil War" goes where no cinematic hero storyline has gone before, especially during times of aggression against the United ...

‘Jungle Book’ puts viewer in the action

You'll have to admit that Disney's visit back to the rumbling jungle has shaken up all the wild animals. Whether bright, detailed sunsets or dim, treacherous ravines and sparkling, rapid waters, the epic puts you in the jungle with man cub Mowgli, the boy raised by a pack of wolves.Director Jon ...

Hard to warm up to characters in ‘Winter’s War’

You've heard the phrase, "mirror, mirror on the wall... who's the fairest of them all?" It has lead to a classic fairy tale that inserts "vanity, vanity, all is vanity" warnings throughout."The Huntsman: Winter's War" assembles a live action fantasy fable (think medieval middle earth) in which ...

Review: ‘Divergent’ series latest ‘Allegiant’

Pessimists reign in the latest installment of the Divergent series "Allegiant" in which a Trump Tower-less Chicago has become the perceived center of a post-Apocalyptic world where young people are classified and separated based on strong personality traits. Naturally, this so-called perfect ...

Political agendas abound in Oscar noms

2016's impending elections have dominated news channels and political blogs, but many of the Academy Award nominations have social agendas that reflect headlines. Aside from Sandra Bullock's "Our Brand is Crisis," few directly concerned campaigns. And, "Concussion" which has a captivating ...

Star Wars reawakens audiences

Gentlemen and ladies, boys and girls grab your light sabers ... but does it live up to the hype?Abundant laughs and applause (no standing ovation, sorry) strongly hint the answer to the hype question: yes.Don't accept my word, those of moviegoers attest to having a good time, whether a brief ...

Wrapping up the year at the box office

Cinematically, 2015 brought a refreshing, less franchise-dominated slate of wide marketing triumphs, allowing filmmakers to shoot for blockbuster and tent pole contenders with an accent on characters whose names we never heard previously.Superheroes saw only three endeavors, "Avengers Age of ...

Hanks and Murray two to watch on big screen

BRIDGE OF SPIESAcademy Award-winner Tom Hanks goes from a virtually unknown figure as successful Brooklyn insurance defense attorney James Donovan to a man branded with hate for zealously serving his country. Drafted to defend a Russian spy for him going through the constitutional motions ...