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“House With A Clock In Its Wall” Movie (2018), In IMAX — Puerile, At Best!

by Anura Guruge


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It was a movie Teischan (12) wanted to see and she LOVED it. Already told me that she wants the DVD for Christmas. That she liked it was good.

I found it extremely boring and stupid with sans redeeming virtues! Now don’t get me wrong. 99.5% of the movies I see at a cinema is for the kids. So, I am a veteran of kids’ movies. In most cases I like kids’ movies. But, this was very puerile.

But, if you have a pre-teen you probably will have to sit through it. Just sit back and think of the Queen.

Went to Cinemagic, in Merrimack, NH, to see it in IMAX. That was a waste of money. IMAX helped it none. So, don’t bother with the IMAX.

Two things that were chilling. We went to a 3:30pm showing. Theater that could probably seat 275 — 300. Total of six — yes, 6 — including us. Talk about a private viewing. I was talking to one of the kids who work there after the movie. Said it had been a quiet week and that today had been the worst. They had sold 43 tickets in total, ALL DAY. Wow.


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‘Mysteries of China’ (2016) IMAX Movie (Boston, Museum Of Science) — Short, But Enlightening.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the IMDb.com listing for this IMAX movie.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. The Boston ‘Museum of Science’ description.



The Emperor responsible. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin_Shi_Huang


The army in terracotta. Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terracotta_Army


Yes, this happened in the U.S. Click to access this NBC News coverage. Google for more.


Though I have been to Hong Kong twice, and associate with a number of Chinese, I am ashamed to admit that my knowledge of Chinese history is cursory at best.

Yes, I knew they had Empires and Emperors, was familiar with the famous ‘Terracotta Army‘, even knew about the ignoble thumb stealing incident in Philadelphia. But, I could NOT have told you anything about the ‘First Emperor‘ until I saw this IMAX movie yesterday, at the BostonMuseum of Science“. Kind of apropos in that we had gone to Chinatown (in Boston) to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2018.

I had wanted to see this movie and it also happened to be the only one that worked in with our schedule, yesterday, given that we did not get to the museum till around 2:15pm.

It was SHORT. It is NOT 50-minutes. That 50-minutes includes the usual 10-minute PLUS preamble introducing the technology of the Mugar Omni Theater.

I learnt a lot. Did not know they had that much mercury in China that long ago.

Definitely worth watching IF you can.

This movie, alas, also highlights some of the negatives of IMAX projection on 180° curved screens. All the tall buildings in modern-day China appeared bent and in danger of keeling over!


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‘Amazon Adventure’ (2017) IMAX Movie: Even Better Than What The Title Connotes.

by Anura Guruge




We saw this yesterday, in IMAX, at the Boston “Museum of Science“.

I bought the tickets, just based on the title (and the time of the showing (1pm)) without reading the description. With two kids in tow I knew I couldn’t go too far astray with that title.

Well, it was NOT the typical Amazon river adventure drama that you would expect — though it had its fair share of drama and action.

It has to do with the finding of EVIDENCE to support Darwin’s (then revolutionary) ‘Theory of Evolution‘.

I was somewhat familiar with one the protagonists of the story — Alfred Russel Wallace, though I only knew of his work in Asia and not the Amazon.

Knew nothing of Henry Walter Bates. Now I know and I am glad I was exposed to him via this movie.

Good movie. I recommend it — highly.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Walter_Bates


The Longwing Butterflies of Amazon
that helped show that species do evolve.

Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia.


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