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"Ad Astra" - A Space Odyssey Towards Humanization

A review of Ad Astra, Brad Pitts space odyssey. Maybe instead of searching and looking to expand outward, we should look inside.

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Top 10 Jedi Council Members (Prequel Trilogy) in "Star Wars"

Explore the ten strongest masters on the Jedi Council during the Republic era!

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Should I Watch..? 'War of the Worlds' (2005)

The perennial sci-fi classic by HG Wells has been scaring us witless since it was first published in 1898. But does the most recent film version do it justice or does it ride roughshod over the original? Benjamin Cox hunkers down in his basement.

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Fantasia Fest 2020: 'Fried Barry' Review

Fried Barry is a nasty and absurd type of film that fuses the sci-fi, horror, and comedy genres into this remorseless turducken of a brilliantly peculiar film. It's so good because it relishes the fact that is so gross and weird.

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Remembering "Men in Black" (1997)

Looking back at 1997's "Men in Black."

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Ranking All 9 Main "Star Wars" Movies From the Skywalker Saga

Ranking all of the main Star Wars films. This list will not include any TV shows or spinoff films such as Rogue One and Solo.

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"Artemis Fowl" Review

Based on a book series, Disney's next franchise attempts to fly high with a conceptually interesting premise, gorgeous visuals and atmospheric music. Unfortunately, the film immediately falls flat on its face with a dull execution, weak comedy and a cast ranging from generic to unlikable characters.

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"The Vast of Night" Movie Review

In the history of baseball, only 29 hitters have ever cracked a home run off the very first pitch they saw in the Major Leagues. With his debut feature The Vast of Night (now streaming free on Amazon Prime), director Andrew Patterson has accomplished an equivalent feat in the film world...

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'Ex Machina' (2014) - Film Review

In-depth movie review of 'Ex Machina', starring Domnhall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander

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Why Imperial Stormtroopers in "Star Wars" Actually Have Good Aim

Explore how Stormtroopers have surprisingly competent marksmanship throughout the Star Wars films!

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Should I Watch..? 'Dark Star'

John Carpenter's directorial debut may be a glorified student project but it bears many of his hallmarks that would become his signatures during a long and productive career. Benjamin Cox treats himself to a genuine cult curiousity...

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How Is Rey so Strong in the Force?

Explore why Rey is so Force-attuned in the Star Wars sequel trilogy!

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Vault Movie Review: “Code 8”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Code 8” starring Robbie Amell, Stephen Amell, Sung Kang, and more!

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"I Am Mother" (2019) Movie Review

The dystopian sci-fi thriller poses heavy questions on the affects of the human race on the environment, and touches on the growing sense of technophobia felt by modern society. The film boasts a sleek look and feel, but fails to keep you on your toes in the way you would expect from the genre.

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"Star Wars" Movies Ranking

Here is a ranking of the Star Wars movies.

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'Predator 2' (1990) A Concrete Jungle Movie Review

The first movie... A classic! The second movie... should have also been a classic! Why isn't it? Well there's only one way to find out. Talking about the movie. Duh! So do you wanna do it? Let's do it. C'mon! Don't be chicken. I promise it'll be fine. Might have some fun. Just do it... Please?

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Should I Watch..? 'Star Trek: Nemesis'

The last Trek movie I've gotten around to watching is, ironically, the film that very nearly killed the franchise for a second time. But is it as bad as they say? Benjamin Cox runs a diagnostic to discover the truth.

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Movie Review: "Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" (2005)

Nearing the end of the Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi rescue Chancellor Papatine from General Grievous and Count Dooku. Anakin has prophetic dreams about Padme Amidala's death in childbirth. Is the third episode of the Star Wars franchise worth your time and money? Let's find out!

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Picard and Skywalker: The Trials of the Legendary Hero's Journey in Modern Sci-Fi

Fantasy and science fiction both utilize the hero in their stories as someone to progress the series along. Someone whom you both saw the world through and aspired to be. Lately that trope is being flipped and two characters that embody this trend are Jean-Luc Picard and Luke Skywalker.

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Let's Talk About... Star Wars!

Star Wars has been a huge part of pop culture for the last forty years and now stands as one of the most controversial topics on the internet with opinions split right down the middle. Shall we discuss this? With a little help from lifelong Star Wars fan interviewees, let's talk about Star Wars!

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Should I Watch..? 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

So it comes to this - can JJ Abrams conclude not just the new trilogy but the entire saga to satisfy the rabid hunger of generations of fans? Or is the task beyond even him? Benjamin Cox jumps to lightspeed for the final time (apparently) to discover the truth.

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"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" (2019) Review

A review of the latest Star Wars film.

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Review: "Ad Astra"

Ad Astra at first glance can seem like more of the same in terms of previous space exploration films, but its approach is completely different. It focuses solely on the main character and is a harrowing and intimate story about the relationship between father and son.

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'Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker' (2019) A Spacey Movie Review

'Star Wars' is concluding the latest trilogy in 'Rise of Skywalker'. Does it wrap everything up in a tight little bow? Why don't we have a chat about that!

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Movie Review: "Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker" starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, and more!

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Why Neo Is "the One" in the Matrix Trilogy

The majority of individuals who have seen The Matrix movies come away, believing that Neo is "The One." However, some theorists have stated otherwise. Here is undeniable proof that Neo is, without a doubt, "The One."

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"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" Review

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a passive-aggressive conclusion by J.J. Abrams. Frantic and light on coherent storytelling. It did close the trilogy and tied up loose ends.

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"The Last Jedi" Review: An Epic, Calculated Failure

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is probably the most controversial outing in the 'Star Wars' saga. It was risky and some things really sparked some dislike in me, but I also appreciated seeing something a little different.

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"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" Review

The Star Wars story that was most free of beloved characters. This freedom gave it room to go its own way. It was a flawed yet nice effort.

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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Review

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a nice entry point to a somewhat familiar story. It has old and new faces, cameos, fan service, and a somewhat safe setup.

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"Solo: A Star Wars Story" - Lucasfilm’s First Bomb

We'll look into Solo, the not so successful box office Star Wars movie that has enough to love for Star Wars fans old and new.

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Movie Review: “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens” starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, and more!

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10 Reasons Why Yoda Is Stronger Than Darth Sidious

Explore ten reasons why even Darth Sidious fears Master Yoda in Star Wars lore!

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Movie Review: “Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi” starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and more!

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"Arrival" Review - The Liberating Power of Remembering the Future

How to open up to life through the power of language and letting go. "Arrival" is a science fiction movie about taking the journey of life and accepting it completely. Wake up and cut through your fears.

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Movie Review: "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and more!

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Top 5 Yodas in Star Wars

Count down the five most iconic members of Yoda's species in Star Wars!

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Movie Review: "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and more!

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Movie Review: "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, and more!

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Movie Review: "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, and more!

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Movie Review: "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, and more!

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Movie Review: "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and more!

War for the Planet of the Apes

This is my film review of War for the Planet of the Apes, the final film in the trilogy. This review looks at this film as it is on its own, as well as part of the trilogy and also how it links in with the original series of films. This review looks at cinematography as well as acting and music.

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In Defense of Ewoks and 'Return of the Jedi'

Are you an Ewok hater? Is Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi the worst entry in the original trilogy? This article discusses the significance of the Ewoks and that film.

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Instinct or Thought: Is Training Necessary to Use the Force?

Disney's run with the Star Wars franchise has seen many debates, but chief among them is using the Force. Some fans have called Rey a Mary Sue for being able to use the Force so quickly, while others supported it. But do you really need it?

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Movie Review: “Ad Astra”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Ad Astra” starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, and more!

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"Ad Astra" Movie Review

Feeling like an exquisitely blended concoction of Apocalypse Now and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (with, perhaps, a dash of 2001), writer-director James Gray’s spooky and stunning Ad Astra is a heady, mind-trip of a film—a slow-burn anchored by what may be Brad Pitt’s most compelling work to ...

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Should I Watch..? 'Ready Player One'

For once, Benjamin Cox watches a film that has been recommended to him. Possibly because he's a sucker for in-film references and nerd culture. Question is, were they right to do so?

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Should I Watch..? 'Star Trek: Insurrection'

Desperately hoping to break the 'curse' of odd-numbered Star Trek movies, "Insurrection" works hard but ultimately fails. Benjamin Cox explains why.

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Should I Watch..? 'The Day After Tomorrow'

With climate change ever present on the political agenda, what are the consequences for ignoring the warnings? Perhaps this film has the answer although Benjamin Cox suggests you might want to hold up before watching this.