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Kung Fu Panda 3 [Good]  I like the eastern wisdom built into the film. It sets the tone and underpins the story with real-world beliefs and builds on them with a funny and fantastic story. Nice to see a cross-over to the spirit realm in this one, even if some elements felt familiar or revisited. Animation outstanding. Not quite as good overall as the first but nice to go back to Po's world for a spell.

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Star Trek: Beyond [Good]  An enjoyable romp that married Fast & Furious with Star Trek, retaining the core of what Star Trek is about (even direct lifts from the original films and TOS) and adding lots of salt and pepper. Bustling, busy and grand.

Stranded on a hostile planet, Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the Enterprise crew face an alien threat. It has to be Star Trek Beyond out July, can't wait .

Captain America: Civil War [Good]  This film has been hailed as an excellent film bringing together most of the earlier works in the canon. It was well constructed and the story played out well. It felt a more personal story for (most of) the characters. I'm sure some is true to the source material, but a 'gigantic' ant man in one piece and the feeling a couple of characters were shoe-horned into the story to make the numbers up and left unnecessary questions unanswered.

Political involvement in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man.

Molokhiya (aka Jews Mallow or Egyptian Spinach) from the plant corchorus olitorius. Popular in the Middle East and packed with benefits.

Molokhia with chicken, crispy bread and fresh-cut red onions on a bed of vermicelli rice.

Dragon Blade (2015) [Average]  I was anticipating this release after I saw the trailer. However, it was very mixed. The screenplay was all over the place, even taking into account the oriental approach to storytelling, yet the action was excellent and well choreographed - all credit to Jackie Chan for this. I saw the US-cut, 24 minutes shorter than the original edit, so this could account for the jumps and gaps in the story and account for the lower than expected rating.

Dragon Blade on DVD December 2015 starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, Sharni Vinson. When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius (Adrien Brody) arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An (Jackie Chan) and his group of

Continuum (TV Series 2012–2015) [Good]  Finally managed to see the final series of this show after over a year off-air. Aside from the timey-wimey stuff, the show has a lot to say about corporations and oversight thereof, with spins on current global-corporations and the power they hold over us. It runs the thin line and shifts the sands on the right or wrong of actions as the seasons unfold. A poignant message for our times.

Continuum (TV Series) - A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for ruthless criminals from the future.

Spectre (2015) [Average]  Given the prior Bond trilogy, I had expected greater things of this edition and probable conclusion to the threads. Unfortunately, it felt more formulaic and too moody in places as if juggling the former's gravitas as interludes between archetypal set pieces. As a result it felt less grounded than previous outings.

In SPECTRE, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.