“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” A Teen View

Clear your calendar for the newest episode of the movie franchise that teens and adults have been entranced with for the past 30 years! You can now add Star Wars: The Last Jedi to the historic sci-fi intergalactic saga. This chapter takes you beyond the beyond with amazing CGI visuals that will make you feel as though you are part of the exciting adventure. And, choose a theater you know has fine projection and excellent sound so you will get the complete experience. Read more

“The Osiris Child” A fascinating Sci-fi Adventure

Kind of a cool way to search the movie The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume one hits home on Blu-ray and DVD. With nice special effects, a good storyline involving a lot of action and sets that deliver outer space, the show plays well. If you like sci-fi films involving interesting characters played by an experienced cast, then this one should fit the bill. Read more

“The Colors of Emily”… intrigue, murder and the power of faith and family.

An uplifting film that unwinds gently and purposefully like a skein of yarn in a grandmother’s loving hands, “The Colors of Emily” tugs at your heart as its plot needlepoints to a surprisingly satisfying conclusion. Helmed by Chip Rossetti and written by M.T. Arnold and Timothy Paul Taylor, the faith-based family drama unites art, sisterhood, cathartic healing, and a nefarious lawyer seeking wealth and power. Read more

Stars align to solve a mystery in “Kepler’s Dream”

“Is there Wi-Fi here?” asked 11-year old Ella. “Over my dead body,” replied grandmother Violet in a straight-laced tone that pretty much sums up a budding summer relationship in “Kepler’s Dream.”

Like most films in this genre, “Kepler’s Dream” is lyrically cadenced to a slower, measured pace. Based on the acclaimed novel by Juliet Bell and helmed by Amy Glazer, the heartfelt drama unites paternal neglect, motherly love, and a bit of Nancy Drew sleuthing. The feel-good family film caters unapologetically to the young and young at heart. Read more

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ” a Brilliant Satire

A great assembling of actors, excellent control by director Martin McDonagh and a vicious script make Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri a winner. The crime drama, laced with cynical comedy puts the film up there with the movie Fargo and even TV’s “Fargo”. While I may like the film, it does have some racist tones that may offend. That said, McDonagh has a penchant for turning the tables on the offensive comments and actions, and here he does it big time. Read more

“Justice League” Plays to it’s Fan Base

Review by Gino Sassani

“We have to be ready. You, me, the others… there’s an attack coming from far away.” Justice League

The DC and Marvel rivalry can be quite fierce at times. I never completely understood the polarized fan base, however. Some of us are just fans of the genre and will welcome a good comic book movie from either and preferably both studios. When it comes to a cinematic universe, however DC has had some real issues with trying to bring together a combined hero world. Most of the films leading up to Justice League have been dark and filled with brooding heroes. With Batman that kind of thing is appropriate and works. With Superman it has been a severe letdown. When the two came together in Batman vs. Superman, the disappointment started to lead to a resigned conviction that DC was doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. Read more

“Wonder” Fall in Love with Auggie

Touching and inspirational, the movie Wonder opens the eyes of its audience to the medical anomaly of Treacher Collins syndrome. It’s a gene glitch that causes a facial difference that happens in one of 50,000 people*. Based on a book by R. J. Palacio, the film handles the material in the novel in such a way that one cannot help but fall in love with a boy with TCS named Auggie Pullman. The movie becomes an inspiration to all children and a force behind anti-bulling. Read more

“Destined” It’s About Choices

Using a novel approach to his film, Oasim Basir takes Destined to another level as he lays out his story by showing the life of one man and picturing him taking two different paths. I like what he has put together here as it’s not only entertaining, but thought provoking. One of the biggest things a moviegoer can take away from a movie is a challenge, and Destined certainly lays out many of them. Read more

“Murder on the Orient Express” a Nifty Thriller

Murder mysteries are far and few between this year so Murder on the Orient Express should get a lot of attention at theaters this weekend. However, as with all Agatha Christie books, once you find out the ending it’s hard to forget. So unless you have not seen the original movie that was made in 1974 or read the book, you have a lot of fun in store for you. Read more

“The Square” a Bizarre Farce with a Message

The dark comedy The Square delivers a message not unfamiliar considering today’s upheaval involving the brotherhood of man. In the Ruben Ostlund’s film, that takes place in Sweden, a statement is made to the meaning of  “The Square” an exhibit at a museum. It states simply “The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within its boundaries we all share equal rights and obligations.” So sets the tone for this bizarre look into society’s relationships with each other and the division of wealth that fuels the fire.

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