COMMON GROUND – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

In the once-barren grasslands of Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert, a rancher explains how changing his grazing practices brought the arid land back to life. Cattle’s hooves broke up the soil. Manure fertilized it, returning much-needed microorganisms. Eventually, the ground turned rich again, dark and moist like what one person likened to chocolate cake—and yielding a reward that’s also sweet. Tall grasses. Butterflies and other insects—even rain. “We are the rainmakers of the desert,” he says.

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FAST X – Review by Susan Granger

Fasten your seat belts! Fast X – the 10th installment in the Fast and Furious franchise – is just the first of a three-part finale revolving around continuing saga of street-racing vigilantes, headed by mumbling Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). No longer satisfied with L.A, drag racing, the action-packed locations include stunts and demolition in Rome, London, Rio de Janeiro, Antarctica and outer space (not really!) – on a $340 million budget.

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FAST X – Review by Susan Kamyab

Unfortunately, this was one of the worst Fast and Furious films. I think we all expect the movies to be silly and they have always been self-aware of how ridiculous they can be with their impossible stunts. But sadly, Fast X just proves that the franchise is running out of gas. Fast X pushes the boundaries of how far their over-the-top storylines and action can go. These movies should go back to the basics of films 1 through 5 and stay more focused. Also, enough with the dramatic “all about family” conversations. Even with outlandish plots and stunts, the dialogue can at least be realistic. Fast X” does end on a cliffhanger, setting up for what is supposed to be the franchise’s final film. If that’s the case, what they have put in place could make for a better second half of this story and hopefully, a respectable goodbye.

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FAST X – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

After 22 years, the Fast and Furious franchise finally gets a memorable villain in Fast X, thanks to Jason Momoa. This series needs an adversary as gonzo as its off-the-wall antics, and bless Momoa (Slumberland) for going the extra mile and then some. As the son of the drug lord whom the crew robbed and killed by hauling a vault through the streets of Rio in 2011’s Fast Five, his character has a vendetta against Fast’s extended faaaaamily.

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FAST X – Review by T. J. Callahan

Dominic Toretto and his team of heisting hoodlums with hearts are still pushing the pedal to the metal 21 years after they first got their license to drive to the top of the Box Office. There’s no truth to the rumor that the working title for this 10th installment was Fast X-LAX. After all, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and the rest of the family have been kicking butt and taking names since 2001. That’s a lot of stress on the body, but in Fast X there is no easing up on the gas and no brake (break) in sight….until at least Fast 12.

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SEE – Review by Susan Granger

This dystopian sci-fi fantasy/drama series begins its second season with a third already in production. The opening credits are a montage of nerve endings that, as the volume increases, form various shapes. As star Alfre Woodward notes: “The characters in season two do not see the past coming to haunt them, but the past coming to be resolved…See has so many parallels with what is going on with the world – or even what could happen. There’s the idea of the masses laying trust in prophetic figures.”

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