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Falling Skies: "Find Your Warrior" (Season 5, Episode 1)

There's being low on gas. There's running on fumes, and there's also being out of gas. Then there's trying to remember what gas is as you stare at a junked out hunk of metal that might once have been a car. Welcome to "Falling Skies: The Final Battle."

That grandiose title for the final season becomes laughable by the time this episode is over. The budget is down, and the scale of this show has never felt smaller. But look at it this way--there's nowhere to go but up.



Inside Out

This is Pixar, so it’s got that going for it. And it is a funny movie. It’s also touching enough at the end. Absolutely worth your time all in all, but I didn’t feel it was quite up there with the very best of Pixar. It was a question of tone for me.   


Jurassic World

First the disclaimer: this movie is going to make a ton of money regardless of what I think. Okay?

With that out of the way, what is the proper grading scale for a Jurassic Park movie these days? Sitting at 10 is the classic original that wowed everyone with its streamlined story and cutting edge effects. Clocking in at a big fat 0 is the awful Jurassic Park II (aka The Lost World), which put no heart into the endeavor and took its audience totally for granted. Coming in at 6 is Jurassic Park III, an anemic effort that's at least watchable.



I took my youngest to this movie, and he liked it. I wanted to as well because there are some lovely visuals and reams of streaming nostalgia that float around a story desperately wanting to say something important about hope. It just doesn't. The message is sabotaged by a rattling old box car of a plot running on fumes.


Mad Max: Fury Road

It's been thirty years since Mad Max last hit the road. Sequels that long after the fact tend to be half-baked nostalgia that never quite gels. Yet this two hour cacophony of crashing metal is sitting atop a 98% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes with accolades firing in from every direction. So what you're wondering is simple: could that possibly be real?



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