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    Check Your Brain at the Door Before Watching Happy Death Day

    “Happy Death Day” is dumb. It utilizes every cliché in the book; many of its characters are stock and have been used in a dozen scary movies, new and old. However, despite that… and I cannot believe I’m saying this… it was really fun! No joke, this movie had me sporting a gigantic grin on my face for all of its run. “Happy Death Day” comes to us from the folks at Blumhouse Productions who are most known for micro budget films such as the “Paranormal Activity” films, the “Purge Trilogy” and the “Insidious” films. The film is about a girl named Tree who, for reasons unknown to her, is…

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    Blade Runner 2049, A Solid Sequel That Makes You Feel & Think (Review)

    After seeing “Blade Runner 2049” directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling, I am still pondering many questions. That seems to be the mark of the “Blade Runner” films: never giving you all of the answers. Having just watched the original 1982 classic myself, I can tell you that this film can most definitely call itself a true sequel and, in my opinion, a successful one. “Blade Runner 2049” tells the story of K, played by Ryan Gosling, one of a new breed of obedient Replicants (artificially created humanoids), who is filling the role of a Blade Runner, a replicant hunter, in the year 2049. He stumbles across a…

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    IT Review

    After months of creepy teaser images, trailers, TV spots and viral marketing techniques exploiting America’s rampant coulrophobia (fear of clowns), the 2017 remake of Stephen King’s “IT” is finally here. Based on the classic 1986 book by King, “IT” tells the story of a small town in Maine menaced by an evil clown that only children can see. The story follows seven kids in particular, “The Loser’s Club,” who all band together to defeat the sadistic circus clown named Pennywise. This film had big shoes to fill as it not only had to adapt to a dense thousand plus page book but it also had to top the 1990 television…

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    Guardians of the Galaxy Film Review

    Marvel has done it again. They have made me shed tears over characters with the most ridiculous names. But that was the strength of the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, emotion and pathos in the most unlikely of places, in this case two green aliens, a tree, a raccoon and a guy named Star Lord. Is GOTG Vol. 2 as good as the first one? No, but it is a truly great sci-fi adventure film with some of the strongest humor, visuals and emotions in the 10 year history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film centers on the rag tag team of Peter Quill, also known as…

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    “Power Rangers” provides fun, if cheesy, movie reboot

    Well, it’s once again time for Hollywood to take something from a past decade and reboot it for a new generation to make boatloads of cash. Nostalgia has meant big bucks for tinseltown in the past decade. From Trans- formers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Mad Max, reboots and reimaginings have resulted in bucketloads of cash for studios, and the next franchise that has been retooled for a new audience is the American/Japanese action comedy drama hybrid that won the hearts of children in the 1990s and is still going strong today, Saban’s Power Rangers. Power Rangers is up there with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as one of pop…