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We film types talk a lot about James Cameron's "Avatar" and its white savior story, often comparing it to a film like "Dances with Wolves." Less discussed but just as problematic are the movie's ableist overtones. Let it not be forgotten, Cameron's 2009 blockbuster sees its main character happily dump his disabled human body in favor of a genetically-engineered "avatar." In a similar sense, the film presents motion-capture as a way for directors to "transcend" the physical limits of their actors.

We film types talk a lot about James Cameron's "Avatar" and its white savior story, often comparing it to a film like "Dances with Wolves." Less discussed but just as problematic are the movie's ableist overtones. Let it not be forgotten, Cameron's 2009 blockbuster sees its main character happily dump his disabled human body in favor of a genetically-engineered "avatar." In a similar sense, the film presents motion-capture as a way for directors to "transcend" the physical limits of their actors.

James Cameron's "Avatar" is somewhat divisive. It's one of the biggest blockbusters of all time, but some viewers weren't impressed about a movie that felt like "Fern Gully" with blue cat people. Regardless of which camp you fall in, there are more "Avatar" movies headed our way, with the second film, "Avatar: The Way of Water," headed to theaters on December 16, 2022. Cameron has plans for five "Avatar" films, and the third film is already in production with a slated 2024 release date.

Warning: major spoilers ahead for "Jurassic World Dominion." Proceed with caution."Jurassic World" hit theaters in 2015 following a 14-year absence of the "Jurassic Park" franchise on our screens, and it was met with open arms by moviegoers across the world. While certain critics at the time were a bit harsh on the film, the general vibe was not all that negative critically and general audiences went nuts for the film's "the park is open" concept. But where does one go from there?

The latest "Jurassic World" film came saddled with a lot of expectations — more than it could ever bear, truth be told. Following the audacious ending of "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," there is a new world order in place, with the human population learning to live alongside the dinosaur survivors of Isla Nublar. While this has the potential for an entirely new kind of story set in this world, the film quickly reverts to the same template we've seen several times before.The main reason people see the "Jurassic Park" films is for the dinosaurs.

This weekend sees "Jurassic World Dominion" rolling into theaters, which means the franchise is reaching something that feels at least a little bit like a conclusion. While producer Frank Marshall has very much made it clear that Universal intends to make more movies after this, the sixth entry in the "Jurassic" franchise is being billed as the end of a journey that started way back in 1993 with Steven Spielberg's original blockbuster classic.

All good things must come to an end, and the "Jurassic World" trilogy is no exception. While the "Jurassic" movies may well continue for years to come, this summer's "Jurassic World Dominion" is the culmination of a journey that, in some ways started back in the summer of 2015, but in many others, dates way back to 1993 when Steven Spielberg first brought Michael Crichton's beloved novel "Jurassic Park" to life on the big screen.Throughout this new trilogy, we've largely focused on Chris Pratt's Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire Dearing, not to mention a whole bunch of dinosaurs.

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