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Skyline - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Apr 18, 2018 - 8:16:45 PM

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If You Think You Can Hide...If You Think You Can Resist...If You Think You Can Survive...You Haven't Seen The Light.

Following a late night birthday party, a group of friends are awoken in the wee hours before dawn by strange blue lights beaming through their penthouse window. These eerie lights have descended all over the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame and then scooping them in to the air...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Who Moved My Corned Beef? Thoughts on the new National Breadbasket - Apr 13, 2018 - 6:52:29 AM

The only constant thing in life is change, and the time for changes to our approach for improving our nation’s nutrition status is now! Last week, in the good company of numerous community members, civil society partners and other public health stake holders, I attended The Ministry of Health’s Town Hall Meeting at the Theodore Grant (TG) Glover School. The setting for the meeting ushered in a sense of pride, not only because the evening’s backdrop paid homage to a formidable educator, but also because it was carried out in a space where our most impressionable citizens are being academically nourished for their roles in the future Bahamian landscape...
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Ready Player One - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Apr 3, 2018 - 9:07:30 PM

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In the future, the creator of an immersive virtual world leaves his immense fortune and control of that world to anyone who can win a contest he designed. An unlikely hero is able to figure out the first challenge and with the help of his friends in the virtual world he attempts to win the contest to keep it away from the evil corporation that wants to corrupt it.

Wade Watts is the young man known as Parzival in the virtual world of the OASIS who wishes to win the Quest so he can leave where he lives in the stacks in Ohio with a neglectful relative...
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A Wrinkle In Time - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Mar 21, 2018 - 11:25:00 AM

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A young girl, her younger brother and a school mate must go on a journey across the universe with the help of three celestial beings to find her missing father. As they travel to worlds beyond their comprehension, the young girl must learn to embrace her flaws & harness the strength inside herself to defeat the evil that awaits.

Meg Murry is a young girl dealing with the disappearance of her father and self esteem issues, who is given the opportunity to save her father by tessering to the planets he accidentally transported himself to...
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Fear What's Inside - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Mar 20, 2018 - 3:37:20 PM

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A group of military scientists is joined by an ex-military biologist on an expedition into a mysterious quarantined zone. Once there, they must find out the reason why only one person from previous expeditions has ever returned and how to stop the slow expansion of the quarantined zone.

Lena is a biologist & working university professor who was a former soldier and is drafted on a top secret military expedition into the area of the Shimmer after her husband is the only person ever to return from the area...
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Civil Society Conclave on State of Human Rights in The Bahamas - Mar 11, 2018 - 11:36:08 PM

The Israelites, the Bible states, wondered forty yea rs in the desert. It’s not that they were physically lost, for they knew where they were headed, and knew how to get there. The stars by night and the sun by day were the only GPS they needed. And they were fortified by manna in the desert.

But woefully, t hat nation of people was mentally and psychologically lost. Leaving the land of enslavement, after coming to the realization that as a people of value and dignity...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Sharon Turner on the Oban deal - Mar 11, 2018 - 7:34:06 PM

Editor,

That the government lacks effective public relations is without question. But over the last nine months and most recently with the now infamous Oban deal, the vice grip choking the collective hope and blocking the tide of promised good governance and critically needed national reform is not the absence of public relations, but the absence of public respect.

When a Heads of Agreement is signed, it is not a deal between the FNM and a developer or the PLP and a developer. That Heads of Agreement is a legally binding agreement between the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and a developer. This means all of us, you and I, are bound to that developer...
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Commentary: EU moves the goal posts yet again - Mar 10, 2018 - 11:00:20 PM

Mr. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister announced in Parliament recently that "The Bahamas is set to be blacklisted as a tax haven by the European Union (EU) next week."

But everyone knew this would come. The EU and OECD and the other alphabet soup entities have been doing this to The Bahamas and other tax havens now for decades...
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TheBahamasWeekly.com New Website about to launch - Mar 10, 2018 - 4:51:55 PM

Twelve years, 54,300 articles, more than 100,000,000 page views later, TheBahamasWeekly.com continues delivering fact-based news that you can count on. It's our pleasure at this juncture to announce the development of our new and improved website which will provide greater ease of navigation, and loads of new bells and whistles along with some amazing new custom designed features unique to TheBahamasWeekly.com.

The new TheBahamasWeekly.com will represent the sum total of more than four years of development between our hand coding developer and myself to attain the look and functionality reminiscent, in some regards to a form of artificial intelligence. While a number of our associates went the way of WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, we opted for a customized approach with hand-coded scripts to achieve our personalized...
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Black Panther - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Feb 22, 2018 - 2:57:13 PM

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After the death of his father a prince must take on the mantle of king of his isolationist and technologically advanced nation. When an enemy from his nation’s past reappears, the new king must prove himself to his people as he is drawn into a conflict with the potential to put the nations of the world at risk.

T’Challa is the new King of Wakanda and also the new Black Panther with a sworn oath to protect the interests of his isolated nation from those who would use its advanced technology for evil. Shuri is the princess of Wakanda and the current head designer of its technological tradition of incorporating the alien metal Vibranium into every aspect of their cutting-edge way of life...
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The Cloverfield Paradox - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Feb 8, 2018 - 9:59:50 AM

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A group of scientists on a space station orbiting a planet on the brink of war must test a device that could solve their world’s energy crisis. On testing the device they transport themselves to an alternate dimension and must find the means on the reality warped station to return to their original location.

Ava Hamilton is a member of the crew on the Cloverfield Space Station who are tasked with testing the Shephard particle accelerator that could end the world’s energy crisis...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Pam Burnside: S.O.S. - Save Our (City's) Soul - Jan 30, 2018 - 11:04:38 AM

Dear Editor,

S.O.S. - SAVE OUR (CITY’S) SOUL

In the late 1900s my late husband, architect and Bahamian advocate Jackson Burnside III, wrote a newspaper article under this same title, bemoaning the burgeoning loss of pride and appreciation for our country’s soul – i.e. our unique, rich Bahamian Art, Culture and Heritage.  Although he is no longer physically with us, I will intersperse this letter with several of his quotations, which are still so very relevant today...
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Maze Runner: The Death Cure - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jan 29, 2018 - 10:47:13 AM


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A satisfying conclusion to the trilogy that gives closure to the microcosm we have been following with an open end of the macro chaos defined by the world at large.

Every Maze Has An End

One of the taglines for this movie: Every Maze Has An End. A young man leads a group of fellow fugitives from a clandestine corporation’s experiment on a dangerous mission to save their captured friend...
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All the Money in the World - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jan 21, 2018 - 11:39:18 AM

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When a teenage boy is kidnapped and held for ransom, it is up to his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather to pay it. When the billionaire refuses to pay, the mother must team with he adviser in a race against time to get her son from his captors who are becoming increasingly brutal in their demands for the money.

Abigail Harris is the mother of a kidnapped son who must find a way to pay the ransom demanded by the kidnappers by going to her son’s grandfather for the money...
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The Greatest Showman - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jan 11, 2018 - 12:41:31 PM


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A young clerk for a shipping company dreams of a better life for his wife and two daughters. When he is let go after the company goes bankrupt he risks what little money he has to start a venture that would become a world renowned attraction of entertainment for years to come.

P. T. Barnum is an ambitious showman and entrepreneur who was driven to be successful with what he had at his disposal while flying to the face of social norms of that time. Charity Barnum is P.T.’s wife who dealt with her husband’s need to prove himself in the eyes of her father and the high society crowd that she came from while tending to the needs of their two daughters.
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Jumanji : Welcome To The Jungle - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jan 10, 2018 - 6:26:15 PM

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Four high school students discover an old video game console, while in detention, and find themselves trapped in the game as the avatars they chose when they decided to play it. Now they must survive the challenges of the game and beat it in order to return to the real world or be trapped in it forever.

Spencer Gilpin is a nerdy gamer that finds himself in detention for doing the homework of his one time friend and then finds himself in the avatar of archaeologist Dr. Smolder Bravestone in the Jumanji video game...
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Jumanji- Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jan 10, 2018 - 4:13:37 PM

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A young bullied boy finds a mysterious board game but does not realize its magical powers until he is sucked into it before his best friend’s stunned eyes. Decades later the boy is freed from the game as a man by two unsuspecting children and must rejoin with his friend and the new players to outwit the game’s daunting obstacles.

Alan Parrish is a person who has been trapped in the jungle of a magical board game for 26 years and must now team up with the players of the game past and present to undo what the game has done.
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Cedric Moss: More Carnival Duplicity - Jan 8, 2018 - 4:02:13 PM

Dear Editor,

Recently, Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture Michael Pintard made a further statement on the government’s involvement with carnival. I found it contradictory, duplicitous, and confusing. Still, in the January 2, 2018 issue of the Tribune, Minister Pintard said, “There is no contradiction in our position and certainly no duplicity. We, as a government, are out. This is now a private venture that will be guided by the government through an amended commission. But for all intents and purposes, all avenues are open.” Huh? If carnival is truly now a private event...
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Bright - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Dec 28, 2017 - 4:37:57 PM

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In an alternate present-day where humans have coexisted with mythical sentient beings since the beginning of time, a human and orc police officers are thrown into a magical line of fire when they find themselves on an escort mission with an elf in possession of a thought-to-be-forgotten relic. As they battle their personal differences and societal expectations they must keep this dangerous weapon out of the the wrong hands or risk the destruction of everything they hold dear by an millennia old malevolent entity...
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Ferdinand - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Dec 26, 2017 - 8:25:54 AM

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After being mistaken for a ferocious animal, a kindhearted bull is torn from his home and placed in a bullfight training facility. In a race against time he must rally a team of misfit animals to escape the facility and return to his family before a legendary bullfighter chooses him for his final performance.

Ferdinand is a bull who wishes to stay with his adopted family, but after being brought to Casa del Toro and forced to compete for a bullfight he forms a plan to escape with new friends...
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