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There’s something appealing about a fresh start.

That’s as true in Hollywood as anywhere else. Studios love their long-running franchises, embracing the sureties that come with an ongoing concern. But they also love reinvention, returning to a property after a time to start all over again.

But you don’t often see both.

That’s basically what you get with the latest installment in the “Terminator” franchise. This new entry – “Terminator: Dark Fate” – is the sixth film in the franchise. However, it is ALSO a reboot, as it is intended as a direct sequel to 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Essentially, this means that the three films that preceded this new one – “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” (2003), “Terminator Salvation” (2009) and “Terminator Genisys” (2015) – have been erased from franchise canon.

In many ways, “Dark Fate” offers a return to the spirit of those earlier films – films that were largely superior to the misguided franchise fodder that followed. It’s a simpler, pared-down story, one that avoids being bogged down by convoluted, tangled mythology resulting from multiple movies jammed with time travel.

By taking us back to that still-relatively-clean initial timeline, “Dark Fate” can bring us back into contact with the world that drew us in in the first place. This new film doesn’t quite scale the heights of those earliest entries – though creator James Cameron’s fingerprints are all over it (which is a good thing) – but the streamlining of the experience is welcome. Add to that some strong performances and a director who gets what makes the franchise tick and you’ve got a movie that certainly outstrips the mediocre trio of films that preceded it.

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A big win, but was it?

The case against Bill Cosby heated up last week when the now-disgraced actor and comedian appeared in court as part of a string of pretrial appearances related to his alleged sexual assault against a former Temple University employee.

Published in Celebrity Slam
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:58

Arnold returns with The Last Stand'

Schwarzenegger's film formula remains unchanged

He said he'd be back. Now, after eight years spent governing the state of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in the movie-making business. His latest film 'The Last Stand' is the first starring vehicle for him since 'Terminator 3;' other than appearances in the 'Expendables' series, we haven't seen him onscreen in too long.

It's nice to have him back.

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