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Rogue One - A battle worth fighting

Rogue One - A battle worth fighting

“Rogue One” indeed stands alone as a great Star Wars story outside the Episodes. The opening crawl of Episode IV: A New Hope says that during a battle “rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.” “Rogue One” tells us who, what, when, where, why, and how that was done in a film to rival the best of the Episodes.
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Doctor Strange - It's not about you

Doctor Strange - It's not about you

One reason comic book movies provide great conversation starters with faith groups is that they often show the hero’s journey—how he or she got superpowers, how he or she struggled with them and then came out on the other end with the firm resolve to use their gifts to help people. "Doctor Strange," the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, does not live up to this ideal.
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Star Trek Beyond - Conviction in Hope

Star Trek Beyond - Conviction in Hope

Fans of the original Star Trek TV series get ready to be blown away. The newest film in the J.J. Abrams rebooted series, “Star Trek Beyond,” feels like vintage Star Trek with plenty of big-screen action. At the same time, the film reaffirms the franchise’s core values of embracing the best parts of flawed humanity and finding hope in people’s goodness rather than despair in our human weaknesses.
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X-Men: Apocalypse - Appealing to our Better Nature

X-Men: Apocalypse - Appealing to our Better Nature

The latest film in the popular X-Men franchise falls short of its immediate predecessor, "Days of Future Past," but fans still get the satisfaction of seeing the younger versions of their favorite characters. This time around, the graduates and students of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters band together to stave off world domination in "X-Men: Apocalypse."
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Captain America: Civil War - Consequences

Captain America: Civil War - Consequences

The great anticipation that’s been building up since the last Avengers film is finally over. "Captain America: Civil War" bounded into the theaters this past weekend with all the superheroes one could possibly want (with the exception of Thor and Hulk). Oh, well. I suppose we can’t have everything. Although billed as a Captain America film, it might as well have been “Avengers 3.”
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Darkness and Light

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Darkness and Light

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fits perfectly into the Easter Season, although I’m pretty sure the seasons of the Church year had absolutely nothing to do with the consideration of release dates by Zack Snyder and crew. The film is also the first in two comic book movies this year that are pitting the good guys against each other. Maybe the film industry is tapping into our culture’s difficulty with intelligent and mature conflict resolution.The darkness in Bruce Wayne’s (B...
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Midnight Special - Seeking

Midnight Special - Seeking

"Midnight Special," the new film from "Mud" director, Jeff Nichols, follows Alton Meyer (Jaeden Lieberher) on his journey of discovering who he is and where he belongs. Sounds pretty normal, right? Not in Alton’s case. This 8-year-old boy has special powers of some kind. He can’t go out in daylight and this bright light shoots from his eyes whenever he removes the blue goggles he wears.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Searching for a Savior

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Searching for a Savior

The great delight of "The Force Awakens" is the melding of old and new seamlessly. We meet Rey (Daisy Ridley), a poor scavenger girl on a planet that seems to be full of nothing but sand and junk. She’s definitely more than meets the eye. We meet Finn (John Boyega), the stormtrooper with a conscience. Throughout the story, it’s obvious that these are the characters that will carry Star Wars into the next generation.
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