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Hidden Figures contains a hidden gem

In history, let alone in living memory, the Space Race is something that holds strong significance. The threat of Russian dominance, nukes, The Cold War and the capability of launching technology into space served as a representation of superiority. Hidden Figures focuses on three African American women who work for NASA and the important work that surrounds them. Which happens to be crunching the numbers on the math behind putting America’s first man into space. Katharine Goble (played by Taraji P. Henson), is hired on by the Space Task Group as their “computer,” to double-check all of the teams calculations. Her arrival is unexpected and unwelcome, with her co-workers staring at her for uncomfortable periods of time, and giving her a coffee pot labeled “coloreds.” Dorothy Vaughan (played by Oscar-winning Octavia Spencer), who helps NASA’s work with IBM machines, and Mary Jackson (played by singer/songwriter Janelle Monae), the first African…

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The Asian Connection: Bank robbery vs mob slobbery

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For anyone who reads my bad movie review series, it is probably easy to figure out that most of the movies I have collected for my bad movie stack are fairly older films; some older than myself. It’s not a matter of preference, as I’ll take any bad movie I can get my hands on. The most common are horror and sci-fi movies with a four digit budget, but I have irregularly found more recent movies in my dives of pawn shop movie racks.  A decent amount of them are the kind you hate yourself for watching, like Tooth Fairy 2. Last week, I found The Asian Connection, and thankfully I don’t feel terrible for watching it. The Asian Connection (2016) stars a name you can’t help but love for mediocrity. Steven Seagal stars as Gan Sirankiri, a drug lord who is learning that a lieutenants of his is untrustworthy.…

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‘Hacksaw Ridge’: By the grace of God goes he

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I love going into films blind. I had nothing but the positive hearsay of a colleague to go off of for “Hacksaw Ridge,” and I knew nothing of what it contained except for the setting of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Going in, I remembered why I have gone to theaters less and less; having to sit through nearly 15-20 minutes worth of movie trailers, for movies I couldn’t give a toss about, gave me an irritated feeling early on. [The film will be discussed in detail from this point on. Read at your own peril.] Alleviating my irritation immediately, the film begins with two young brothers exploring a forest. They climb on top of a mass of boulders to overlook a beautiful valley, playing as boys did, albeit in a terrifying location. We then meet their father in a military cemetery, as he speaks his piece to his…

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ brings magic to 1920s New York

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Those who grew up during the first times of Harry Potter were only aware of a wizarding school—and culture—thriving in the U.K. region. Over the years (and books), author J.K. Rowling began to release more countries, specifically around Europe, who had wizarding populations. However, it wasn’t until the release of Rowling’s screenplay for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” that she touched on details of the wizarding world in North America. Rowling went into remarkable detail on Pottermore.com under the four-part series titled “History of Magic in North America.” “Fantastic Beasts” pulls long-time Harry Potter fans back in time to the heart of New York in 1926, with odd occurrences happening all around the city. The newly arrived Magizoologist (magic + zoologist) from England, Newt Scamander, played by Academy Award Winning actor Eddie Redmayne, arrives just in time to witness these happenings. Before Scamander can begin to delve into the wizard-like occurrences…

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‘Officer Downe’: Flaw and order

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I think my recent deluge of B-movies has infected my theater selections because the past releases lately have included nothing that interested me or I haven’t seen already. Struggling to find something to fill the unexpected free time I had this weekend, I looked at the current releases on a whim. Much to my surprise, I found something that caught my eye, “Officer Downe.” The wordplay intrigued me, so I decided to give it a shot. “Officer Downe” takes place in the city of Los Angeles, which is dealing with an epidemic of crime. Street drugs are getting more terrifying and the criminals that are dwelling in the city are becoming so notorious and powerful that they are donning costumes. It seems bizarre, but in a region that is slowly going mad, costumed criminal lords would be relatively sane. The LAPD is overwhelmed with the saturation of criminal activity and needs…

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“The Accountant” offers plenty of action but has too many subplots

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The action-thriller “The Accountant” delivers a sense of humor, a couple major twists, and a lot of Ben Affleck kicking ass. Aside from Affleck, the cast of the film includes a handful of well-known stars, most notably Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, and Jon Bernthal. In the film, Affleck plays Christian Wolff, an accountant working in a strip mall in Illinois. Much like his plain and monotone behavior, his home life is the same. He owns maybe a dozen of the same t-shirts and suit jackets, one plate, one knife, one spoon, and one fork. He spaces his eggs and bacon perfectly apart on his plate. To his clients, he seems odd and very awkward to socialize with. After a client offers Wolff to come use his ranch to shoot his gun, you quickly realize that Affleck is no ordinary accountant, as he hits three cantaloupes with a rifle from a…

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“Bird People”: Pascale Ferran’s masterpiece of simplicity

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Are you satisfied with your life right now? Are you happy? Aren’t you sick of the daily grind at work or in school? “Bird People” tells the story about real people that have had enough of their jobs and the dream to fly and to be free like a bird. A poetical and wonderful story about what life should be about, it gives us a reality check that we should be living more instead of just existing. This French drama by Pascale Ferran was released June 4, 2014, and is also available in French, English, and Japanese. Josh Charles is starring as the Silicon Valley engineer Gary Newman and Anaïs Demoustier is Audrey Camuzet, a French chambermaid who is working in a hotel nearby the airport Charles de Gaulle, Paris. The film opens with people walking in different directions at the airport in Charles de Gaulle; then Audrey spots a sparrow…

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Dracula 3000: Space vampires born from chronic desires

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Every weekend, I host a bad movie night online with friends across the planet. The conception of this weekly delving into film torture came from a desire to balance the professional and acclaimed movies we had been watching up to that point. Additionally, I grew up watching MST3K, so this was a hobby for me already.  We have seen many, many terrible movies over the 20 or so weekends I have been doing this—3 films a night. This past weekend brought us a boring WWE revenge movie, a Syfy Channel monster movie about giant snakes, and the jewel of the night: Dracula 3000. Dracula 3000 is the story about the crew of the salvage vessel Mother III checking out a tip on a derelict vessel. The captain of the ship is Abraham Van Helsing, who commands a crew of five other personnel. If you’re a fan of backstories less than…

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