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All stories must conclude.  Some just take longer than others.  A lot longer. But more on that later. Sauroman is defeated, Aragorn and the people of Rohan have defended Helms Deep and Frodo, Sam and Gollum are at the door of Mordor. Te film actually opens by jumping back several hundred years before the story we have been watching where we see hobbits Sméagol and Déagol fishing in a small boat.  After being… Read More

Picking up in the aftermath that split the fellowship apart, the Two Towers has a lot on it’s shoulders. Frodo and Sam are now on their own, making their way for Mount Doom to destroy the ring.  Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are trying to rescue Merry and Pippin, who are believed to have been kidnapped by Orcs. We quickly learn that Merry and Pippin found escape from the orcs on their own. … Read More

Thor has been a fun character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is cheerful, boisterous and powerful.  He is also boastful and over confident. This drove his first film, while the second film seemed a bit aimless. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor had a vision of the end of Asgard.  He left to get answers and was missing for Civil War.  After Thor and Loki locate Odin, they are warned of… Read More

When a new Judge Dredd film was announced, there was no real fanfare.  What people did not realize is that the film was being written outside of the Hollywood scene.  Alex Garland (writer of 28 Days Later and writer/director of Ex Machina)…Garland is a fan of 2000AD and Judge Dredd. Keeping the story very simple, Judge Dredd is taking a trainee with him, a hopeful Judge named Anderson.  She has some limited… Read More

In the third film since J.J. Abrams rebooted the Star Trek Universe, we get an original story.  And really? It is quite a bit of fun.  It begins a bit shaky with attempts to give us brief character moments that are not entirely effective.  It is nice to see McCoy taking a bigger role then the last film, and more of a focus on the friendship of he and Jim.  And hey,… Read More