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‘Born in China’ shows the emotional side of wildlife

Disneynature released a nature documentary, “Born in China,” a day before Earth Day, Friday, April 21. According to Disney, for every person that goes to see “Born in China” during the opening week (April 21-27), Disneynature will donate 20 cents for every ticket sold to the World Wildlife Fund. The film follows female snow-leopard Dawa and her cubs; a male golden snub-nosed monkey, Tao Tao, a female giant panda, YaYa and YaYa’s daughter Mei Mei. The documentary focuses mainly on the animals aspect of family. There are many heartwarming and tear-jerking moments that will tug on the viewer’s heart-strings....

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Mysterious trailer released for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

“Breathe. Just breathe.” These are the first words spoken in the new “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” official teaser trailer released Friday, April 14. The trailer shows all the actors from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” reprising their original roles. Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn and Poe all appear in the teaser. Only shadows of Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill) are shown. His face is never revealed. The film seems to be keeping the most anticipated character return a surprise. In the trailer, Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) talks about the light and dark side of “the force,” potentially...

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‘The Fate of the Furious’ delivers entertaining, mindless action

This past weekend, the eighth movie in the action-packed Fast and Furious series “The Fate of the Furious” opened in theaters to eager crowds. The movie provided what was to be expected from the franchise: fireballs, explosions, twisted heaps of metal careening through the air, bloody fight scenes and of course — racing. The movie opened up with a race scene in Cuba, a place where few Hollywood movies have been previously shot, and really took advantage of the surroundings. The main characters played by Vin Diesel, Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson, made an impressive action trio, where the...

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16th Annual LUNAFEST coming to Naples

A film festival promoting awareness of various women’s issues will hit the FGCU area May 11. This film festival, LUNAFEST, will screen short films that promote women’s wellbeing and highlight women filmmakers with proceeds going toward local women’s initiatives. The fest aims to bring women together in the community and will be hosted by Girls on the Run of Collier County at Paragon Pavilion. According to a LUNAFEST press release from April 10, the nine films, which range from animation to drama, cover many topics women face daily such as health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking...

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ tanks at the box office

Cultural appropriation is not paying off for directors choosing to white-wash their casts. It showed earlier this year in low ratings and reviews for the movie “The Great Wall,” starring Matt Damon, and now most recently on March 31, “Ghost in the Shell” starring Scarlett Johansson. The original “Ghost in the Shell” movie came out in 1995 and was based on a Japanese manga and anime franchise. It was directed by Mamoru Oshii and gained a cult following in both Japan and the U.S. and is accredited for changing the sci-fi genre and giving inspiration to many classics, most...

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ exceeds expectations

It’s been 26 years since Disney released its animated classic, “Beauty and the Beast,” and now, we are once again invited to relax and pull up a chair as the company proudly presents a stunning live-action remake of the movie. “Beauty and the Beast,” based on the original French fairy tale of the same name written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, is about a beautiful girl, named Belle, who agrees to trade places with her father after he is taken prisoner for trying to steal a rose from the Beast’s garden. The Beast, however, is actually a prince who...

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A cultural night with Fort Myers Film Festival

A night of film, culture and community was held this weekend in Fort Myers with their seventh annual film festival. The festival, which went from March 8 to 12 and was held at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre and Imaginarium, captivated audience members from the red carpet roll out to the final film screening. The doors opened at 5:30 p.m. to a room filled not only with Fort Myers natives, but with domestic and international filmmakers, and NBC2s anchor Chad Oliver, who hosted...

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MTV Movie Awards to include television honors

MTV is expanding its annual Movie Awards to include honors for TV series for the first time in 25 years. Now named MTV Movie & TV Awards, MTV will air the awards show live from L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7 at 8 p.m. Not only is MTV creating a new award show, the channel is also introducing its first-ever Movie and Television Festival outside of the venue day of the show. The festival will feature live musical acts, special guests and food. Festival attendees will also get a front row look at celebrities walking the red carpet...

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ beats out ‘Logan’ in box office

“Kong: Skull Island” is the latest release in the historic “King Kong” franchise premiering  March 10. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts delivers an action-packed, enjoyable monster flick with a movie that doesn’t try to be more than it is. The film is not overly dark, rather it’s fun and a good time all the way through. The ensemble cast of “Kong: Skull Island” is a major strength of the film. Casting did a nice job mixing older, established actors like Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly. While also including younger actors and actresses like Brie Larson, who’s gained...

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“Logan” is a cut above any other movies currently in theaters

Marvel’s newest movie, “Logan”, came out on March 3, and I’m wondering how Hugh Jackman still looks good in the year 2029. Joking aside, this movie is a must-see, especially if you’ve watched any of the “X-Men” movies and, like me, have developed a fondness for Wolverine. The movie starts out in El Paso, Texas, and we find a much older Logan going by the alias of James Howlett, driving for a company resembling Uber. If you’ve seen “The Wolverine” or any other previous X-Men movies, you’ll remember that Logan has spent much of his troubled life struggling with...

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