Jurassic World Dominion Is An Epic Thrill Ride

Jurassic World Dominion is an epic thrill ride and satisfying conclusion to the arc that started almost 30 years ago with Jurassic Park. While there are no mid-credits or post-credits scene, it’s worth it to stay through the credits because of everyone who worked on this film. Not only that but Michael Giacchino calls back a number of cues over the years and not just the classic John Williams themes. Over the years, I’ve come…

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Jurassic World Dominion Trailer Makes Debut

Universal Pictures has released the Jurassic World Dominion trailer four months to the date before the Colin Trevorrow film is released. After stepping away from the director’s chair for Fallen Kingdom, Trevorrow is back to helm the epic conclusion to the Jurassic era. A number of dinosaurs make their return but, as the late John Hammond says in the opening narration, life has found a way. Featured dinosaurs in the trailer include Parasaurolophus and Therizinosaurus.…

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Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, and The Chaos

There’s something about the need to repeatedly return to Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, and and the chaos of Isla Nublar during the pandemic. I don’t know what it is about the films and the animated series that keeps drawing me back this year.  Maybe it’s my love of dinosaurs?  Or maybe it’s the fact that I’m so desperate for a vacation.  Outside of the shlep to Evanston for kosher food, I only go a quarter…

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Blackbird Mixes Drama With Humor

A family spends one final weekend together at their Connecticut beach house in Blackbird before saying goodbye to a loved one. It’s never easy to say goodbye to family members when you know they are dying.  You don’t know if the next time you’ll see them is going to be the last.  This isn’t the case in Blackbird because everyone knows this will be the last time they see Lily (Susan Sarandon).  Paul (Sam Neill)…

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Jurassic Park III: The Worst of the Franchise

Jurassic Park III manages to get even darker than the prior films but the sequel doesn’t quite capture the magic of the franchise. Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) heads to Isla Sorna under false pretenses.  Assistant Billy Brennan (Alessandro Nivola) joins the Jurassic Park veteran on the trip.  Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni) offer Grant funding if he gives them an aerial tour of the island.  Sounds like a good idea,…

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Ride Like a Girl: Now Available on DVD

The AACTA-nominated biopic, Ride Like a Girl, directed by Rachel Griffiths is now available for viewers to bring home on DVD, VOD, and Digital. The film marks the feature directorial debut of Brothers & Sisters actress Rachel Griffiths.  Griffiths directs from a script written by Andrew Knight and Elise McCredie.  Teresa Palmer and Sam Neill lead the cast. Ride Like a Girl tells the true story of Michelle Payne (Teresa Palmer), the first woman to…

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Jurassic Park Remains A Classic After 25 Years

Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park remains an innovative, groundbreaking and inspiring classic as it did when it was originally released 25 years ago in June. Shortly after the incident on Isla Nublar and the quick introduction of lawyer Donald Gennaro, the film really gets going with paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and paleobotonist Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) digging up a velociraptor in Montana.  Their dig is shortly interrupted by a helicopter, which leads to Grant and Sattler…

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Peter Rabbit: Domhnall Gleeson is a riot but film falls short

After so many author biopics in 2017, Peter Rabbit may seem like a breath of fresh air with bringing the children’s story to the big screen.  It’s been over a decade since 2006 saw the release of the Renee Zellweger-starring Miss Potter.  At the same time, there are so many comic gags in the film that it is over-bloated on that front.  Filmmakers are clearly targeting the kids more so than their parents when it…

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