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  • Long Shot

    Long Shot

    ★★★

    Don't let the three stars fool you: I laughed a LOT during this movie. While I don't totally buy the chemistry between Rogen and Theron, Theron's magnetism is so convincing that one can't help (grudgingly) accept that she would fall in love with a guy like Fred Flarsky.

    But that's what rom-coms are, right? The romance bears a striking similarity in tone to Hugh Grant's story in "Love, Actually" and the "love conquers all" theme is in full force here.…

  • What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    ★★★

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) was (and still is) my favorite of the Star Trek series. No show did more for world-building -- galaxy-building, really, than DS9. The second episode of its fourth season, "The Visitor," is one of the best hours of television, not just of Star Trek, and it inspired me to write one of my own to submit to the show.

    This documentary is a validation of the love that I had for the show, and…

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★★

    (26APR2019) Nothing like this has happened in the history of art.

    (02MAY2019) "I am inevitable."

    In 2007, the very idea of Marvel Comics making their own movies was laughable. They chose "Iron Man" as their first attempt; they couldn't use Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, or the X-Men. The casting of Robert Downey, Jr was inspiring, but only to those who knew the character. To the rest of the world, he was an addict and therefore a potential problematic actor to…

  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    ★★½

    The dream-come-true of seeing "live-action" Pokémon manifests in this film, a movie that looks like it's about to borrow some plot points from 1998's "Pokémon: The First Movie" with an early appearance of Mewtwo, but instead remains a rather straightforward adventure that has little to do with the game that we're all familiar with. "Detective Pikachu" is not interested in catching, training, and battling (having an underground Pokémon battling pit does subconsciously bring up the parallels to cockfighting), but is…