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  • Title: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom movie reviewThis franchise is officially out of ideas. Again. The latest entry in the Jurassic Park franchise is a mishmash of plot from the previous entries without much of anything original or surprising to offer. This is the film where you know what’s going to happen every step of the way including when a dinosaur is about to jump out of the water or break through a window. And the film, of course, finds a way to shoehorn the trademark T-Rex shot in an attempt to remind you of better times. If it held any of the wonder of the first Jurassic Park the script’s lack of brains might be tolerable. However, it just feels tired. And dumb. Damn, this movie is dumb.

As in both The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, the plot involves those who survived returning to the park, greed and avarice of supporting characters getting in the way, and lots of running and screaming. The film returns the central two characters from Jurassic World in former park head Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Velociraptor wrangler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt, whose humor is one of the film’s few saving graces) who set out to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when things, wait for it, go unexpectedly wrong.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

by Alan Rapp on June 21, 2018

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  • Title: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
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Won't You Be My Neighbor? movie reviewFor decades Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood filled the public airwaves with television aimed at young children and a focus on allowing children to be themselves and a core belief that each of us is unique and special. It was created and designed by a seminary student named Fred Rogers who was looking to for a way to use television to teach an audience with a slow-paced show concerned with connecting individually with his core audience in a way which was very much the antithesis of your average children’s program focused on slapstick, action, and (often blatant) consumerism. The documentary from Morgan Neville takes a look at the man’s life and legacy which had a profound impact on generations who grew up in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood.

Other than touching lightly on how Rogers got into television, and some of his own childhood issues which informed his view of the world, the documentary focuses mostly on the man’s life work and the television show without diving too deeply into his personal life. If there’s one lesson the film does impart, it’s that Fred Rogers was the same person in real life as he was in television.

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Supergirl – Battles Lost and Won

by Alan Rapp on June 20, 2018

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  • Title: Supergirl – Battles Lost and Won
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Supergirl - Battles Lost and Won television review

Suck it David Goyer and Zack Snyder. In the show’s Third Season finale Supergirl makes a Man of Steel level mistake, immediately owns up to it, and reestablishes the core themes of the show heading into next season. A true hero, especially one gifted with near omnipotent powers, always finds a better way. Kara‘s (Melissa Benoist) better way also offers a sly reference to a far better Superman film than Snyder’s clusterfuck when she flies backward in time to fix a mistake. Despite the hard truth others attempt to force Supergirl to accept, for someone like her, there is always another way. Not only is Supergirl able to save Sam (Odette Annable) and defeat Reign, her actions also allow the Maid of Might to continue to hold to her ideals and fight the good fight.

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Darth Vader #17

by Alan Rapp on June 20, 2018

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Darth Vader #17 comic reviewWhat does it mean to be a Jedi? Darth Vader #17 finally brings the Jedi Barr and Darth Vader face-to-face. While Vader is serving his own murderous impulses and the interests of the Emperor and Barr is pushing a Rebellion on Mon Cala that definitely isn’t in the population’s best short-term interests, the comic shows that neither is actually serving the Force.

Darth Vader #17 also features the hard line that Grand Moff Tarkin chooses to take on the rebelling planet, in an attempt to teach a lesson to any who would rebel in the future, even after their leader agrees to stand down and end the Rebellion. Barr and Tarkin bring equal amounts of destruction to Mon Cala as each plays a small role in a much larger game.

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Nancy Drew #1

by Alan Rapp on June 19, 2018

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Nancy Drew #1 comic reviewAfter solving yet another mystery in the sleepy town of River Heights, and retrieving the stolen high school mascot from someone with some serious goat envy, 17 year-old Nancy Drew is lured back to her childhood home of Bayport by a mysterious message. Reconnecting with old friends including the Hardy Boys, Nancy has an old mystery to solve.

The new series from writer Kelly Thompson and artist Jenn St-Onge gets off to a strong start here in an issue that feels a bit like a throwback while still allowing the character to be fresh for new readers. There’s plenty unsaid here about Nancy’s time in Bayport, and concerns about old friendships she let wither, while introducing a mystery that has personal ties to her past.

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