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How can ‘Pacific Rim’ avoid becoming ‘Transformers’?

Pacific Rim: Uprising sheds some of the mystique that characterized the first movie, leaving us with a story about big robots, shattered skyscrapers, and two young heroes… wait, are we talking about Pacific Rim or Transformers?

How this year’s movies are ending the trend of cynicism in film

Movies like Wonder Woman, A Wrinkle in Time, Black Panther and Love, Simon have discarded the gritty cynicism — often masked as realism — in favor of unapologetic earnestness. We’re witnessing the death of an old trend and the birth of a new kind of storytelling.

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