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    2018 Youth Media Award Winners

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  • Bones Season 12, The final chapter
    ★★☆☆☆

    An abbreviated, half-length season for a show that burned out creatively years ago. All the expected impending finale gags are here - returning recurring guest stars, recycled plot devices, cameos from departed cast members, weddings, funerals, set destruction, and hastily and improbably completed story arcs.  Squeezing so many cliched tropes into only half season is actually the most impressive part of it.  Watch if you're a completist, but you lose nothing by skipping it - most fans gave up several seasons ago.

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 19, 2018

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  • The Dark tower
    ★☆☆☆☆

    A series of eight doorstoper novels are reduced to a 95 minute movie, and the end results please neither casual nor rabid fans.  By faithfully adapting none of the entries in the series the producers exhibited a shortsighted cash-grab philosophy that practicaly eliminates the possibility of any sequels as well. If you enjoy the novels, you won't like this, and if you are unfamiliar with the books there are better films to spend your time with.

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 19, 2018

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  • Wonder boys
    ★★★★★

    Wonder boys is my favorite movie. Ever wondered what your academic professors' real life is like outside the classroom? Fear not. Tobey McGuire (without any spandex) and Michael Douglas (followed by his cannabis cloud) are here to rescue you from the banal existance of suburbia and show you what real writers' lives look like. Did you ever punk something just so you could write about it? This movie will give you the courage to get away with whatever you want to get away with in life. mischevious Hollywood ending.

    Reviewed by Ellen A on Jan 18, 2018

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  • Michael Chabon's The escapists by Vaughan, Brian K.,
    ★★★★★

    An amazing tale on its own merits, and accessible without familiarity with the source material.

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 16, 2018

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  • Valerian and the city of a thousand planets
    ★☆☆☆☆

    The visuals are stunning, but everything else is a mess. The two leads have no chemistry and can barely act, the script is wooden and stilted, the plot is nonsensical, and the supporting cast (aside from the surprising turns from Ethan Hawke and Rhianna) is unremarkable. The opening world building is wonderful but after that prologue, everthing goes  downhill. It's quite disappointing considering how enjoyable Luc Besson's films have been in the past, but the msot fun you will have with this one is pointing out all of the recycled sci-fi tropes and imagining how much better the film would have been with Bruce Willis and Milla Jojovich starring in it as a sequel to The Fifth Element.

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 16, 2018

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  • W.M.D. : Weapons of Mutant Destruction by Pak, Greg,
    ★★★★☆

    Other than Marvel's tendency to excessively waste time and ink introducing and articulating characters over and over and over again, the story is a good one. It's not the most original comic tale(Weapon's X stories are by definition a rehash of older plots) and in fact it's not even the most original tale, period (A prominent sci-fi film is ripped off mercilessly), but the parts are used well so the theft can be overlooked if not forgiven. 

    Reviewed by Robert N on Jan 14, 2018

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