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Lassiter

Directed by Roger Young. With Tom Selleck, Jane Seymour, Lauren Hutton, Bob Hoskins. A handsome jewel thief is arrested and in order to avoid prison, must break into the heavily guarded German Embassy to steal millions in gems. Tom Selleck plays a playboy like no one else can, this is a refreshing take on the classic story of a thief being forced into stealing, but (possibly?) turning the tables and ending up where he wanted to be all along. Buy On Amazon!

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Star Wars: The Last Skywalker

Fan Edit of three films. This is a fan edit that I found on reddit that combines all three of the sequel movies. Instead of a 9 hour slog, this is a 5 hour trim and fit story that cuts out all the chaff that the series has and has the benefit of being edited together after all three of the movies were released, so a lot of the nonsense from the third movie that seemed to come out of no where could be edited into the beginning of the story so that there’s a much better pay off. This...

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Addams Family Values

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. With Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Joan Cusack. The Addams Family try to rescue their beloved Uncle Fester from his gold-digging new love, a black widow named Debbie. Second in the series of two movies, another that I’m not sure if I’ve seen before or not. If I did, it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me, which now that I’ve ‘officially’ seen it and am logging that i’ve seen it, is surprising, as this is a great movie. Sure it resuses the “everyone’s after my money” trope from the first film, but this is...

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Voyagers

Directed by Neil Burger. With Colin Farrell, Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead. A crew of astronauts on a multi-generational mission descend into paranoia and madness, not knowing what is real or not. Bunch of kids in space getting horny and angry without parental supervision, what could possibly go wrong? “Voyagers” is a fun enough trip to watch, but I really do wonder why they decided to give all the kids drugs instead of just teaching them how to deal with their emotions and urges. Who were they planning to have teach them this stuff when they got to their...

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Spies in Disguise

Directed by Nick Bruno, Troy Quane. With Rachel Brosnahan, Jarrett Bruno, Claire Crosby, Toru Uchikado. When the world’s best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world. I was definitely holding out on watching this one, just because of the premise. It turns a spy into a pigeon, which is a dumb, stupid, and silly concept that I didn’t think would result in anything other than a forgettable mess of a movie that wouldn’t entertain. It’s not completely forgettable, and it’s not much of a mess at all, but I...

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Rebuilding Paradise

Directed by Ron Howard. With Erin Brockovich-Ellis, Woody Culleton, Michelle John, Matt Gates. The community of Paradise, California, a town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, attempts to rebuild after devastating wildfires in 2018. Ron Howard really brought his ability for fantastically framed emotional story telling to this documentary. You’re not human if you don’t cry at least once or twice during it. Buy On Amazon!

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Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Directed by Tim Story. With Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis. The Fantastic Four learn that they aren’t the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus. It’s on Disney+ now, so I gave it another go. It’s still a decent flick that miscast Jessica Alba as Sue Storm (and put her in a horrible wig / contact situation) but the rest of the film is spot on. I don’t want to denigrate Alba too much, she did a fantastic job in the role, it just wasn’t...

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Salvation

Peter F. Hamilton has produced something extraordinary with this amazing opening volume of a mind-blowing trilogy. In the future, human lifespans have been exte This first book is not very good, but it lays the groundwork for a pretty good story, so I’m going to stick with it. There’s at minimum two different time periods in this story, at times with flashbacks within the flashbacks, so there’s entire chapters that are essentially dreams within dreams and don’t matter at all to the confusing main story that’s happening in the far future where humanity has given up on genitals and home...

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Exterminate All the Brutes

With Raoul Peck, Josh Hartnett, Denis Lyons, Caisa Ankarsparre. The path to the new world, an unsettling and intricate story of genocides. Conquest, slavery and the fabrication of “Whiteness”. A four hour movie in four 1 hour parts, “Exterminate All The Brutes” is a tightly woven story of the act of genocide, how it happened in the past, how it’s happening now, and leaves us with the thought that it’s not a lack of knowledge of the situation, or a lack of awareness, but a lack motivation to do anything about it. There’s some fictional stuff thrown in with Josh...

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Jupiter’s Legacy Season 1

With Meg Steedle, Anna Akana, Tyrone Benskin, Jess Salgueiro. The first generation of superheroes have kept the world safe for nearly a century. Now their children must live up to their legacy in a… The trailers all make the costumes look absolutely plastic and amaturish, but the final product is impressive and entertaining. I’m not happy with the way the first season ended, but look forward to the inevitable second season. Buy On Amazon!

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