At The Movies

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

(Disney, Lucasfilms, 2016) Long, Long Ago, but not that long ago, but longer ago than the original Star Wars movie, George Lucas dreamed up the Death Star, the real star of Star Wars. And buried in the original screen crawl ...

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Brothers, 2016) Long before Harry Potter was born, there lived a wizard named Newt Scamander who was a sort of Charles Darwin naturalist type. He wrote a book called Fantastic Beasts and ...

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Inferno

(Sony, Columbia, 2016) Remember Tom Hanks in the DaVinci Code? How he unraveled all those clues? Well, here we go again. As Robert Langdon, the Bostonian art expert, Hanks is once more pressed to solve mysteries with his photographic memory ...

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The Magnificent Seven (MGM, 2016)

Westerns are a special category of movie. They have a heritage and plenty of standards they have to live up to. Many of these are now politically incorrect. So when a remake of a classic, larger-than-life shoot-’em-up comes along, I ...

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Star Trek Beyond (Paramount, 2016)

In Star Trek Beyond, we get the third (or is it fourth?) installment of the latest adventures of young Captain Kirk, Spock, and friends aboard the Starship Enterprise. Basically, you have Kirk, three years as a Captain, ready to transfer ...

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Finding Dory (Disney, 2016)

Dory is a Royal Blue Tang (that’s a fish, not a breakfast drink) suffering with short-term memory loss (like most fish. Proof: fish hooks). A year before, in Finding Nemo, Dory helped a clown fish named Marlin find his young ...

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X-Men: Apocalypse (Marvel, 2016)

This action movie needs some background: There are a LOT of people with super powers in this movie. OK. Let’s go. Like every movie about modern times, Apocalypse begins centuries ago. In ancient Egypt, our future villain is worshiped as ...

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The Jungle Book (Disney 2016)

The new Jungle Book opens with Disney’s iconic nighttime overview of Disneyland. Immediately, we notice that Cinderella’s castle seems different somehow, more earthy. Zoom out and we are looking at the Disney castle from the jungle. Indeed, we are in ...

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

(Universal, 2016) As a rule, I don’t like ethnic comedy (Is Greek an ethnicity? I’m such a hopeless WASP) and I don’t like ensemble family comedy (where every star can be a star, just for showing up), and I don’t ...

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