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“Lightyear” (animation/action/adventure: 1 hour 45 minutes)

Cast: Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, Taika Waititi and James Brolin

Directed by Angus MacLane

Rating: PG (Violence and action and danger scenes.)

Film review: Buzz Lightyear was one of the main characters of the “Toy Story” films with his famous slogan “To infinity and beyond”. “Lightyear” continues the story of the character.

It’s an adventure with great visual effects. It also has appealing characters and all the boxes are checked for inclusivity. The story, however, is a conventional one, akin to that of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-81). Buzz travels at the speed of light, although this narrative travels at a standard pace.

Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear (Evans) spends decades trying to find a way home for a stranded group of space explorers and himself. For nearly 88 years, Buzz has been trying to find a way home.

Just when the space explorers decide to make the place their home, Buzz finds the right fuel formula to allow stranded settlers to jump into hyperspace.

Enter the giant robot Zurg (Brolin) and his dangerous robots are looking for the fuel source.

Lightyear is another Disney film with bold imagery. It also has a diverse cast of characters like Izzy, Mo, Darby, and Buzz’s scene-stealing robotic cat companion Sox. The cast is a mix of ages, races and sexualities. Disney made sure that everyone could see themselves in this film.

The photo game, like any movie, has some adult themes, but many are upset by some content. It’s rare to find a film that doesn’t cater to multiple audiences. Movies try to be inclusive. However, cinemagoers should be more concerned about whether the film is of high quality or not.

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This Pixar film is an adventure, but just not creatively adventurous. Many scenes are tropes seen in science fiction films, such as B. Time travel to facilitate a story. “Lightyear” doesn’t do “Toy Story” justice, but it’s good enough to entertain a multi-age audience.

Grade: B- (Buzz offers infinity, but not too far beyond.)

Playing at the Valdosta Stadium Cinemas

“Future Crimes” (Sci-Fi/Drama: 1 hour 47 minutes)

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux, Kristen Stewart and Scott Speedman

Directed by David Cronenberg

Rated: R (violence, gore, nudity and language)

Movie Review: Having reviewed thousands of movies, this is one of the strangest.

Crimes of the Future is a quirky screenplay with an interesting narrative that drifts amid gory visual effects and character digressions. Writing and directing by David Cronenberg, the focus is on the visuals, which he forgets about the great environmental ideas he pushes to the background. Still, he manages to impress with his classic style.

In the not too distant future, pollution and climate change are driving major advances in biotechnology, including the invention of technologies that can augment and interact with bodily functions.

Saul Tenser (Mortensen) and Caprice (Seydoux) are part of humanity adapting to a synthetic environment. They are a famous couple known for avant-garde performance art. Tenser sprouts new vestigial organs in his body and Caprice removes the organs from his body during a live theatre. Her performances attract the attention of government officials and a fringe group of creatures with evolved bodies, led by Lang Dotrice (Speedman).

An art house film is a fitting label for “future crimes.” It’s an artistic film about performance art. It features a talented cast and lots of nice creative concepts.


Apart from the fact that the graphics, the characters’ subplots and a few moments lost in incomprehensible dialogue spoil the beautiful environment concept about transformed people. Much of the entire property is dedicated to environmental protection. This interesting part of the movie becomes background fodder until the end.

Cronenberg is known for some solid movies. Notable among them are The Fly (1986), A History of Violence (2005) and his excellent crime drama Eastern Promises (2007). In the latter two, the successful actor played Viggo Mortensen. Here Mortensen, Lea Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Scott Speedman.

Cronenberg is a master filmmaker. Like many artists, he occasionally delves into visual perfection. This is fine when practicing fine painting and sculpture. However, a film has a narrative component. When the narrative is lackluster, the visuals can save the story.

In this case, Crimes of the Future has a very intriguing plot, but you have to wander through eccentric characters and their sexual exploration, creepy props, and grotesque, if admirable, imagery that incorporates body dysmorphic disorders and body modifications.

When you can get through all of that, there’s a mentally appealing moment. The finale is an emotionally captivating scene.

Grade: C+ (Despite the happy ending, the crime is the beautiful story devoured by slick images and oddities.)

Adann-Kennn Alexxandar has reviewed films for the Valdosta Daily Times for more than 20 years.

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