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Granger at the Movies: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,’ ‘Gotti,’ ‘Hereditary’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is serendipitously timed to coincide with real-life Kilauea eruptions on Hawaii, an active volcano on the (fictional) island of Isla Nublar, near Costa Rica, is exploding, spewing gaseous lava, threatening the dinosaurs that were cloned for that ill-fated, prehistoric theme park.

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Testifying before a Congressional committee, erudite mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) asserts that, ethically, there should be no rescue effort. He believes nature should take its course, noting: “These creatures were here before us — and if we’re not careful, they’re going to be here after.”

Ailing, elderly Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), the billionaire who financed scientist John Hammond’s resurrection research, disagrees — and he’s willing to bankroll transporting surviving key specimens to another isolated sanctuary.

So he enlists former park operations manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) who recruits ‘raptor wrangler’ Owen Grady (Chris Pratt). Along with two assistants — paleo-veterinarian Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda) and tech wizard Franklin Webb (Justice Smith) — they helicopter to Isla Nublar, where a full-scale evacuation is underway.

Arts Center’s Member Exhibit Opens

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Artist Bethany Brooke of Westport with children Genevieve and Thomas enjoy tonight’s Westport Arts Center reception marking the opening of the 12th annual summer member artist exhibition,” SELECTS 2018.” Brooke is one of 10 artists selected for the exhibition, which is on view through Aug. 24. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo