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Independence Day: Resurgence

Grade: B- | Suitable For: Big kids | Suitable For Ages: Middle School

Twenty years ago, Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith flew into an alien mothership and uploaded a computer virus in a movie that is still one of the definitive summer blockbusters, Independence Day. Two decades later, moviemaking technology has made a […]

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Free State of Jones

Grade: B+ | Suitable For: Just the grown-ups | Suitable For Ages: High School

The timing is not great. “Free State of Jones” is a Civil War drama based on the true story of a community of Confederate deserters and runaway enslaved people who banded together to fight for their own vision of freedom. […]

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The Phenom

Grade: B+ | Suitable For: | Suitable For Ages: High School

For writer/director Noah Buschel, “The Phenom” is clearly a labor of love. For the audience, it is a small gem filled with unexpected insight and performances of exceptional precision and intelligence. We may think we know what to expect from […]

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Grade: B+ | Suitable For: Big kids | Suitable For Ages: High School

Writer-director Taika Waititi brings the same wild imagination and subversive wit to “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” that he did to the vampire comedy “What We Do in the Shadows.” Based on the book by New Zealand favorite Barry Crump, it […]

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