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Trapped between a rock and a hard place of the Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War events, the Cate Shorland directed Black Widow is a boulder film that doesn't emphasize Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) being a relatable hero that lacks superpowers, in sleek leather, defeating men with repetitive similar fights. Instead, the film opens with a typical 1995 American family living in small town Ohio when out of the red, white and blue, wee Natasha and her 6-year-old sister Yelena, witness their parents' American dream crumble into an Osterman Weekend (1983) landslide of chaos.
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The Chinese state-run media outlet "The Global Times" is reporting that martial arts film star Jackie Chan announced he would like to join China's ruling communist party at a forum in Beijing last week. Speaking at a conference of Chinese film industry insiders, Chan, who since 2013 has served as a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, an advisory body to the government, said he could see "the greatness" of the Communist Party of China.

One of the best known actors in the world, Chan has drawn criticism in recent years for his unflagging support of the Chinese government, most recently when he came out against pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.


MMA fighter Cole Young must train to unlock his true power and stand with Earth's greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe.

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Dr. Craig's Martial Arts Movie Lounge

The fight between good and evil is an ongoing deception by one that clouds the reality of the other; choose your side carefully. When I saw the 1992 video game Mortal Kombat (MK) it reminded me of the old kung fu films based on Chinese wuxia novels that I learned to read in simplified Chinese in 1980 Taiwan, where two opposing powerful Clans vied to control Jiang Hu (translated as the Kung Fu Underworld in English dubbed Chinese kung fu movies). When the first 1994 MK comic book introduced Shang Tsung's power of stealing a fighter's soul to remain young, it was obvious to me, which wuxia novel had the most influence on the MK franchise. Watching Robin Shou's Mortal Kombat (1995; MK95) confirmed my conjectures.

Fast Forward 26 years, the beauty of the new Mortal Kombat (MK21) film is that even if you know nothing about the franchise, the opening superimposition succinctly tells the main plot, "Earthrealm on the verge of catastrophe, should it lose one more tournament, the savage realm of Outworld will invade, but an ancient prophecy foretells that a new group of champions will be united by the rise of Hanzo Hasashi's blood." It turns out that to have a fighting chance, the five Earthrealm heroes, Cole, Sonya, Kung Lao, Jax and Liu Kang must use or find their arcana secret powers from within.

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