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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

THE PARK IS GONE.  After being hired by a dying billionaire (James Cromwell) who wants to save the dinosaur species from getting killed by an exploding volcano on Isla Nublar, Owen and Claire (Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard) return to the island… but it’s a trap. The fifth film in the franchise has been lovingly … Continue reading Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The Big Short: Dark Days Lie Ahead

THIS IS A TRUE STORY. Brad Pitt must think Michael Lewis is a genius. Perhaps he is. Lewis is the financial journalist who wrote “Moneyball”, a book about a baseball manager who used statistics to win games, and “The Big Short”, about the housing bubble that sent the world into the Great Recession of 2008. … Continue reading The Big Short: Dark Days Lie Ahead

The Shadow Line

When a drug baron is found murdered, his top henchman (Christopher Eccleston) tries to find the killer while taking control of the business; a cop (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who was recently undercover is assigned the case. A thrilling miniseries that portrays two parts of society that are equally corrupt and dangerous – organized crime and law … Continue reading The Shadow Line

The World’s End

PREPARE TO GET ANNIHILATED.  Ne’er-do-well Gary King (Simon Pegg) gathers his old friends for a pub crawl in their hometown of Newton Haven, little dreaming that they’ll get wrapped up in a global battle… Edgar Wright ends what he and trusted partner Pegg have labeled the “Cornetto Trilogy” (after Shaun of the Dead and Hot … Continue reading The World’s End

I Give It a Year

Nat and Josh (Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall) get married, but it doesn’t take long for them to land in a rut… and then comes a dashing American (Simon Baker) into Nat’s professional life. Borat (2006) writer Dan Mazer’s directorial debut is a featherweight romantic comedy that succeeds in spite of its obvious formula. That’s always … Continue reading I Give It a Year

Anonymous

WAS SHAKESPEARE A FRAUD? At the end of the Elizabethan era, the Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans) hires a playwright called Ben Jonson (Sebastian Armesto) to act as his front, hoping to use his own plays as a political weapon. A labor of love for Roland Emmerich that nevertheless turns out much like his previous … Continue reading Anonymous

Prometheus

THE SEARCH FOR OUR BEGINNING COULD LEAD TO OUR END. In the 2090s, the Prometheus is carrying a scientific expedition into outer space, heading for an Earth-like moon that could harbor clues to the beginning of mankind. Director Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien franchise is in the form of a 3D prequel exploring philosophical … Continue reading Prometheus

Hot Fuzz

BIG COPS. SMALL TOWN. MODERATE VIOLENCE. Super cop Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is so good that he’s making the rest of the Met look bad; he’s transferred to a sleepy village where he stumbles upon a vast murder conspiracy. The Edgar Wright-Pegg duo followed up on their hit Shaun of the Dead (2004) with another largely hilarious comedy. … Continue reading Hot Fuzz

A Good Year

SOMETIMES IT TAKES A CHANGE OF SCENERY TO HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART. Max Skinner (Russell Crowe), a ruthless London bond trader, learns that his uncle (Albert Finney) has died and left him a vineyard in Provence; he goes there, convinced that he’ll end up selling it. The kind of film well-to-do directors make when they … Continue reading A Good Year