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  • Star Trek The Next Generation: The Best Of Both Worlds

    Star Trek The Next Generation: The Best Of Both Worlds

    ★★★★

    In general terms, this represents Star Trek at its best. It is an exciting piece of genre TV that stands on its own merits. But in terms of the franchise as a whole it presents a compelling adventure that expands on and deepens the mythology.

    While it may lack the gut punch emotional resonance of “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” it makes up for that by allowing itself a grander canvas, resulting in something that achieves an appropriately cinematic scope. With dramatic tension,…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★★

    In the annals of popular film, there has never been anything quite like this series. And it’s not something we are likely to see ever again.

    So let’s discuss The Marvel Cinematic Universe As A Whole for a moment. By this point, 22-films deep. And, is there any other film franchise you can think of that is as consistent? In its level of basic entertainment value and general quality... In its eagerness to please its fans and also reward their…

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  • Shelter

    Shelter

    ★★

    Can good performances elevate a shit film?

    And so, I present for your consideration this barely released and mostly unheard of little chiller from a couple of years ago that can answer that question with a resounding "maybe."

    Because, all things considered, the first hour of this is kind of intriguing. It is during the film's second hour - as things eventually sink into a river of spiritual gobbledygook - that the eyes ever so assuredly begin to roll.

    But,…

  • Out for Justice

    Out for Justice

    ★★★½

    My personal favorite Steven Seagal film. You get the sense that the script (originally titled "The Price of Our Blood") was intended for a serious crime drama of the type churned out by Sidney Lumet in the 70s and 80s. I wouldn't be surprised if this thing was collecting dust on the Warner shelves until Seagal retooled it to fit his sensibilities. He treats it like a serious... movie and tries to give an honest to God real performance. With…