writer: Amanda Silver

Mulan (2020)

Hua Mulan, a young woman living in rural China with her family, has grown up skilled in the martial arts and gifted with Chi, a supernatural force that aids her acrobatics. When the Emperor demands that each family provide a soldier for the Imperial Army to combat invaders, Mulan's father is too [...]

War for the Planet of the Apes

July 14, 2017
"War for the Planet of the Apes" is, interestingly enough, a movie about being humane. And it is mostly the apes that are humane, with the exception of a mute girl who is very compassionate. When the apes kill her father for attempting to fire on them, an orangutan has mercy on the orphaned girl [...]

In the Heart of the Sea

December 11, 2015
"In the Heart of the Sea" is a compelling movie about a quest and survival. For Herman Melville, this journey is about traveling to the lone survivor's home of the ship Essex to find out the story of the fabled great white whale. Was it really that huge? What happened to the men? What details are [...]

Jurassic World

June 12, 2015
"Jurassic World" is an eye-popping movie—truly visually stunning. The action starts slowly, but when it kicks in it's in high gear right away. It all starts with one dinosaur escaping his enclosure, which means people running, screaming, and even being eaten. The corporate suits had decided that [...]

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