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Yesterday my husband and I saw Dr. Strange to brighten the gray rainy day and (of course) to distract us from the dreary, mind-boggling presidential election 2016. We saw it in 3-D IMAX so that the effect of escapist entertainment would work at its maximum level. And it did… for two or three hours or so.

Dr. Strange tells the “origin story” of one of Marvel Comic Heroes, Dr. Strange, (who is a bona fide physician doctor rather than “Mr. Doctor”): he transforms himself from a mere selfish, arrogant human to a superman with many supernatural abilities, such as pseudo yogic mystical control of body by mind (reminiscent of The Matrix), and manipulation of space-time continuum. Since many of the major characters are played by bona fide actors, such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Mads Mikkelsen, it was very easy to suspend disbelief of what is presented as “real” through impressive digital technology a la Christopher Nolan’s Inception — while the movie lasted. It was fun… but alas the strangest reality of all (the current presidential election) cancelled out the fun I had. I can’t wait for next Wednesday to come.