SHOGUN – Review by Diane Carson

Shōgun explores 1600 Japan’s internal and external crises. Based on James Clavell’s 1975 novel, the new, ten episode Shōgun miniseries honors the country and time period of Japan, 1600. Into that world of internal and external strife, the British ship captain John Blackthorne thrusts himself, antagonistic to the Portuguese traders and Jesuit missionaries already established there. He is also appallingly uneducated in the culture he encounters.

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BULLET TRAIN – Review by Susan Granger

Bullet Train may not be the worst picture of 2022 – but it’s gonna come close! the film, incoherently adapted by Zak Olkewicz from Kotaro Isaka’s 2010 novel Maria Beetle, it’s feverishly directed by David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2) with bumpy nods to the tenants of Thomas the Train Engine. Since there’s zero character development, the imbecilic, almost non-stop violence is dutifully chronicled by cinematographer Jonathan Sela.

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ARMY OF THE DEAD – Review by Susan Granger

The opening sequence of Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead reveals how ‘patient zero,’ the result of military experimentation, escaped outside of Las Vegas, now beset by carnage. Although he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for saving the U.S. Defense secretary during a zombie outbreak, Scott Ward is stuck flipping burgers in a diner.

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