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Entanglements of a Quantum Nature in ‘Ant-Man & the Wasp’

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(2018—Director: Peyton Reed) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “Do you guys just put the word ‘quantum’ in front of everything?” — Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) to Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) Potential spoilers below  I had mentioned in the #9 entry (Baby Driver) of …

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Violence & Deception Across Borders in ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’

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(2018—Director: Stefano Sollima)  — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “If you want to start a war, kidnap a prince. The king will start it for you.” — CIA Agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) to U.S. Secretary of Defense James Riley (Matthew Modine) and CIA Director Cynthia Foards (Catherine Keener)  Potential spoilers below I find it …

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On ‘Jaws’ and Resisting Cowardice

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Of all the things that unite us as human beings, one of the most prominent is fear. Fears vary from person to person, but they apply similar amounts of pressure; that is, they can make or break a person’s character. Steven Spielberg’s suspense classic Jaws (1975) …

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Tired Characters Drift Through the Occasional Thrills of ‘Fallen Kingdom’

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(2018—Director: J.A. Bayona) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “If I don’t make it back, remember…you’re the one who made me come.” — Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) Potential spoilers below It took some by surprise when 2015’s Jurassic World became the first movie to gross over $500 million worldwide …

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‘Incredibles 2’: The Long-Awaited Return of Pixar’s Superhero Family

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(2018—Director: Brad Bird) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Done properly, parenting is a heroic act. Done properly.” — Edna Mode (Brad Bird) to Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson)  Potential spoilers below I was not always a big supporter of feature animation on the big screen. By the summer of 2008, I was …

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On ‘E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,’ Friendship, and Motherhood

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “I’ll be right here.” Such are the simple but transcendentally comforting words that any of us would love to hear from someone we cherish. A promise of spiritual companionship even when worlds apart, they are the last lines the alien creature E.T. speaks to the human …

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Suppressed Grief & Twisted Possession in ‘Hereditary’

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(2018—Director: Ari Aster) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Our sacrifice will pale next to the rewards.” — Note from late mother Ellen Leigh to daughter Annie Graham (Toni Collette) “You know you were her favorite, right?” — Mother Annie Graham (Toni Collette) to daughter Charlie Graham (Milly Shapiro) Potential spoilers below In 2011, …

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An Origin Tale Fit for a Pilot & a Scoundrel in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

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(2018—Director: Ron Howard) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.” “Sounds like a lonely way to live.” “It’s the only way.” — Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) Potential spoilers below A ubiquitous media franchise, like any creative endeavor, does not …

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The Intertwinement of Pride & Despair in ‘First Reformed’

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(2018—Director: Paul Schrader) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “How easily they talk about prayer, those who have never really prayed.” — Rev. Toller (Ethan Hawke) “Even a pastor needs a pastor.” — Head Pastor Joel Jeffers (Cedric Antonio Kyles) to Rev. Toller (Ethan Hawke) Potential spoilers below Writer-director Paul Schrader has carved out …