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My theater highlights

June 12, 2013 - Pam Rodgers

I have been remiss in blogging about the latest movies I went to see on the big screen. I hit a lull in my movie going but I have been able to get to one here in there. “Iron Man 3” was definitely the highlight, but I’ve already expressed my opinion on that movie.

I missed a few flicks I wanted to see when they first came out. Thanks to the Gladbrook Theater, I was able to get to a few before they made their exit to DVD. I haven’t plugged that establishment enough. The Gladbrook Theater is a great place to go watch movies. Reasonable prices, very nice people and comfortable seats makes for a perfect night at the cinema.

OK, back to the films.

The movies I saw included “42,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “Fast and Furious 6” and “Jurassic Park 3-D.” I didn’t want to write an individual blog for each so I took a few minutes to give you my thoughts on each one.

“Jurassic Park 3-D”

I will start with this one because it is not a new film for me. It’s one of my all-time favorite movies. I don’t fully buy in to all of these re-released movies in 3-D. However, seeing “Jurassic Park” in 3-D seemed like a great idea. The 3-D didn’t detract from the story and added to the majestic and intense scenes with the dinosaurs. The biggest plus was that I was able to enjoy “Jurassic Park” on the big screen once more.


A movie about baseball. How can I turn that down? I can’t even begin to imagine what the real Jackie Robinson experienced when he crossed the baseball color barrier. The scene with the Phillies’s manager was tough enough to watch and they were just actors. The movie did a good job really making you feel the hatred that people harbored for Robinson, and that’s the PG-13 version.

Overall, I thought the movie captured the true message of what Robinson did for baseball and all sports for that matter. It could not have been an easy task, but his accomplishments were great. The movie was well acted and a fitting tribute to one of the most important players in baseball history.

”Star Trek: Into Darkness”

When the first remake was released, no one could accuse the filmmakers of trying to rehash was the original television series and movie franchise of the 60s, 70s and 80s. They flipped the whole story on its head and created an alternate universe for the same characters to live in. It was brilliant.

For the second film, it was still different than the original movies but there were a lot of nods to the “Wrath of Khan” throughout the entire film. Critics have taken shots at the film because of this. For me, I really enjoyed the movie (even when the power went out in the theater with an hour left, and it took 30 minutes to get the system reset). It had everything I was expecting. It was a nice addition to the Star Trek family.

”Fast and Furious 6”

It’s the improbable franchise. When the first movie came out in 2001, I didn’t even see it theaters. I believe that was a Hollywood Video rental. (Ah, the good ‘ol days.) The second film was OK, and I didn’t even bother with the third or fourth movies. I would have probably given up on the franchise if my brother hadn’t insisted on watching the fifth movie with me. From that moment on, I was drawn back in to the high octane world.

I now own all of the movies on blu-ray (sad but true) and spent the weekend before the sixth movie released catching up on the films I missed and re-watching the fifth movie. “Fast and Furious 6” became the first movie of the series that I went to in theaters. It had more of everything from the previous films. I loved the car stunts, no matter if they could really happen or not. With the major success of the sixth movie, the seventh one due out next July is inevitable. I still can believe I’m excited for “Fast and Furious 7.” Something may be wrong with me.



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