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Rock ’em, sock ’em cyborgs

Movie | Futuristic Alita: Battle Angel majors on mayhem, minors on meatier themes
by Bob Brown
Posted 2/22/19, 03:06 pm

A powerful teenage heroine, a male teen enamored with computerized female companionship, and a twisted view of deity: If you told me this tale was set in the mid-26th century, I’d say it sounds conspicuously present-day. But I’m game for futuristic sci-fi, as long as it’s more than cyborg combat and revved-up roller derby. Regrettably, the new film Alita: Battle Angel isn’t much more than that.

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Lego mania 2

Movie | Everyone’s favorite toy building blocks chase another zany adventure in The Lego Movie 2
by Bob Brown
Posted 2/14/19, 01:08 pm

It’s safe to take the kids to see The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part: The PG-rated film has little bad language (“heck” twice), one instance of borderline innuendo, and a message (“You have to find your own way”) easily corrected. But ask your kids afterward what the movie was about, and they’ll probably only say, “It was cool!” A plot and a plot twist gradually emerge from the mania, but it takes a saint’s patience to piece it all together. Like those complicated Lego kits, I suppose.

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A silhouette of a man

DVD | The sanitizing and straight-washing of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 2/12/19, 09:36 am

The canonization of Freddie Mercury is now complete.

Making the case for his beatification is the box-office hit Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic released in U.S. theaters on Nov. 2 last year and on DVD today. The movie traces the early life of the lead singer of Queen, the band’s decline, and its triumphant re-emergence in a 1985 Live Aid performance. Some critics and music historians have called that 20-minute set the greatest single rock performance of all time.

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