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Owen Grady wants nothing to do with dinosaurs. Nothing. That’s partially why he’s building a cabin in a remote mountainous area, far removed from the ocean and from Isla Nublar – the island which he escaped from three years earlier after dinosaurs took over the Jurassic World theme park. He hasn’t been back since, and he has no desire to return. Photo Courtesy: Facebook
Fascinating - and quite beautiful - from opening to closing, Is Genesis History? is a necessary multi-tool in the kit of anyone who hopes to believe more deeply in - and communicate more knowledgeably about - the possibility of a young Earth and the reliability of the Bible's creation account. 4.5 out of 5.
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Though most young adult movie series tend to flame out before their final chapter, Maze Runner: The Death Cure has just enough momentum to keep audiences entertained while it ties up loose ends. It may not satisfy every fan, but this final film still gives the franchise a welcome sendoff. 3 out of 5.
A touching blend of A Walk to Remember and Country Strong, Forever My Girl is the heartwarming film that we all need to kick off 2018. 3.5 out of 5.
A sturdy, taut modern war movie about the first U.S. soldiers that went into combat after 9/11. 12 Strong is fairly straightforward, but also rousing. 3 out of 5.
This grim western does go beyond "Cowboys vs. Indians" - but only just barely. Hostiles is sorrowful, and perhaps unsure of what it’s trying to say, but is pulled up by an incredibly strong cast led by Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike. 2.5 out of 5.
A sequel that's even better than the original. As sweet as marmalade, Paddington 2 is a welcome antidote to the daily news (real or fake). In Paddington's world, a kindhearted bear can always find the good in people. We can't live there but it sure is a nice place to visit. 4 out of 5.
Another Liam Neeson thriller involving threatened family members, The Commuter could have been tired and shopworn. Instead, it feels, if not fresh, sometimes surprising, and it's vigorous enough to satisfy most action and mystery fans. 3.5 out of 5.
A crisp opening leads to a drawn-out drama about poker that grows sluggish as it tries to sustain its two-hours-and-twenty-minutes runtime. Writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Moneyball) knows how to make complex material exciting and ethically challenged protagonists sympathetic, but as a director, he's a bit more challenged. 2.5 out of 5.
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