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The Tomorrow War

Malevolent aliens. Earth invasion. Time jumping. All the elements of most science fiction movies you've seen are present in "The Tomorrow War." And it's a nice Saturday popcorn film if you don't look too deeply. A pretty diverse cast lead by Chris Pratt is charged with saving the world multiple times. Pratt is Dan Forester, a military vet who simply wants his chance to be a professional biologist instead of a mere biology teacher. He gets his chance when soldiers from the future make a worldwide appearance at a football (soccer) game warning of the invasion to come. Of course, it's surprising to see THAT many Americans watching a soccer match.

Mass conscription ensues, one of the most involving and interesting parts of the film, but that storyline overshadowed by the amount of ammunition carnage used to take down aliens who just refuse to die— like they usually do (just ask Ripley from "Alien"). Toss in some comically delightful nerds called up to be heroes too, pair them with the always watchable J.K. Simmons, and you've got a pleasant shoot 'em up that is typical summer fare.

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