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New tech aids Predator revamp

Sci-fi fans and “The Predator” aficionados, the special effects are monumental and the creatures are imposing. A solid plot and increased focus on the Predator will gather cheers and applause. However, the film’s attention to mental and emotional conditions is hokey, disingenuous and exploitative.

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Don’t take your children to ‘The Happytime Murders’

This film is for a certain viewer: The dark-witted humourist who asks the morose sexual-tinged “what ifs” about beloved cartoon characters.

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"The Meg" takes the science out of sci-fi

“Sharknado” fanatics, your day has come! You are finally vindicated by your years of dedication to the corny beast flicks of yesteryear. “The Meg” outpaces, outactions, outCGIs and outacts those other summer blockbusters while proudly waving a banner that reads, “science be damned!”

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Another formulaic Mission Impossible

Cruise Fans will not be disappointed in their cherub-cheeked legend. Never stretched, never challenged in the actual performance, Cruise knows his lane and keeps his asphalt well-maintained. His longevity is due to his discerning palate for select roles that will dazzle his fans and maintain his youth-filled charm. Cruise goes the extra mile (pun intended) to prove to his fans that he’s more than actor. He’s a performer.

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‘Skyscraper:’ Action with a poor plot

Will Sawyer is a Marine veteran, ex-FBI agent and garage-based entrepreneur who has been awarded the contract to serve as security assessor for the world’s tallest building – the Pearl.

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ only good for mindless entertainment

Jurassic Park. The franchise that asks if playing God is a fruitful, side hobby or a deleterious practice with dreadful consequences. Once we consider our choice, is it for the good of the creatures we’ve created or only for the good of all humans?

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Attempting to revamp a franchise

Safe women seldom make history. Silver screen suffragettes, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Awkwafina and Sarah Paulson, are women who make history off-screen but play it too safely in this fourth revising of the Ocean’s franchise to be memorable among the ranks of intricate, gender-bending heist films. The plot of “Ocean’s 8” is simple. Safely simple.

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Kellyman’s Enfys Nest steals the ‘Solo’ show

In a galaxy far, far away before the Empire struck back or the Jedi returned, a guy loved a gal

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‘Life of the Party’ lives up to the return-to-college theme

In a joint venture with husband, writer and director, Ed Falcone, Oscar-nominee and Emmy-winner, Melissa McCarthy takes on a theme perfected by comedy pros such as Will Ferrell, Rodney Dangerfield, Bing Crosby and the Marx Brothers as a 40-something who is returning to college.

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‘I Can Only Imagine’ strays from source material, still OK

“God can forgive you. I can’t” is the theme of “I Can Only Imagine,” a film based on the life of lead singer, Bart Millard, of the contemporary Christian band, MercyMe.

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