Rogue One: The Force Is Strong with the Star Wars Spin-off

Rogue One: The Force Is Strong with the Star Wars Spin-off

When Disney bought Lucasfilm back in 2012, the studio made it clear that it wanted to get the most out of the $4.05 billion it was paying. Not only would there be a new trilogy of Star Wars flicks, but the studio also wanted loads of spinoffs: movies that took place inside George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away, but didn’t necessarily follow the ongoing domestic squabbles of the Skywalker family. Importantly, the intention was to Marvel-ize Star Wars, expanding…

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Lady Bird: The Film Is Just Four Rave Reviews Away From Achieving A Rotten Tomatoes Record

Lady Bird: The Film Is Just Four Rave Reviews Away From Achieving A Rotten Tomatoes Record

I don’t generally write reviews after a movie has been released. So, for films where I don’t get around to a press screening and merely catch on my own as a paying consumer, well, you usually have to check out the weekend box office posts to see what I think about them, unless I end up writing a stand-alone post later on. But, if time allows, I may just write a review for Greta Gerwig’s Lady…

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Coco Review: Is it good? Exceptionally good.

Coco Review: Is it good? Exceptionally good.

What’s Coco about? The tale concerns a young Mexican boy named Miguel Rivera who longs for becoming a musician but faces fierce opposition from his extended family, a generational collective of shoemakers who disdain and ban all music owing to having been founded by an iron-willed matriarch. The footwear entrepreneurship found salvation after her husband left home to pursuit the dream of becoming a musician himself and never returned. Through a series of plot issues,…

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Pixar’s latest animated movie Coco succeeds

Pixar’s latest animated movie Coco succeeds

One of the best moments in The Avengers — yes, this is a review of Coco , just go with it — is a single line of dialogue, followed by a pretty solid visual effect. Bruce Banner’s walking toward an oncoming threat, in this case an alien fish monster that’s maybe also a spaceship or something, and it looks like he’s going to get absolutely creamed. Captain America calls out to him, and as Banner turns around, he…

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A round-up of movie reviews: Wind River, It, The Work, Insyriated, Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beat

A round-up of movie reviews: Wind River, It, The Work, Insyriated, Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beat

An American frontier thriller, coulrophobia on full blast, therapy at Folsom Prison, an intimate Syrian war drama, and a pithy veteran Labour MP. Wind River is the third work in actor-turned-screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s modern frontier trilogy (after Sicario and Hell And High Water) and Sheridan’s very first movie credited as director. It’s an American thriller that will certainly appeal to fans of Scandinavian noir. Although set in Wyoming (supposedly in the spring), this is a story that unfolds in…

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Saoirse Ronan Scores Her Greatest Role In Greta Gerwig’s Glorious Directorial Debut Lady Bird

Saoirse Ronan Scores Her Greatest Role In Greta Gerwig’s Glorious Directorial Debut Lady Bird

In Lady Bird, an angst-riddled teen copes with her restrictive Catholic high school, bickers with her doting parents, endures her first heartbreak, and dreams of escaping to a far-off place. There’s nothing new about that premise, but writer-director Greta Gerwig’s semi-biographical riff on her Sacramento upbringing elevates it to a new wavelength beaming with cleverness and depth. Anchored by Saoirse Ronan in a spunky lead role that registers as her very best, Lady Bird movie confirms that…

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Star Wars The Last Jedi trailer review – 5 things we’ve learned so far

Star Wars The Last Jedi trailer review – 5 things we’ve learned so far

The first footage of Star Wars Episode VIII has just been revealed – and after poring over it, here’s what we discovered. Star Wars Celebration in Orlando has been under way for the best part of two days now, and during Friday’s special panel for new episode The Last Jedi the assembled throngs were shown the first trailer for Rian Johnson’s highly-anticipated new movie. Here are five takeaways from the two-minute teaser. Luke finally has some lines of…

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Rogue One A Star Wars Story in-depth review: A true film made for fans

Rogue One A Star Wars Story in-depth review: A true film made for fans

There has never been a film franchise like Star Wars so it stands to reason there’s never been a film like Rogue One A Star Wars Story. It is not, if we’re being honest, a real movie. It is a fan exercise. Its whole purpose is to tread water in a larger, more familiar pool. Most of the moments that crackle are direct touchpoints with something we recognize. The sequences that are Rogue One qua Rogue…

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Coco Review: A Colorful In-depth View Of Death, Family, And Legacy

Coco Review: A Colorful In-depth View Of Death, Family, And Legacy

Pixar is back – the bold, creative Coco washes away the bland taste of The Good Dinosaur and Cars 3. While not quite as clever as Inside Out or Wall-E, Coco manages to tell a family-friendly story centered entirely around death, one that reflects on the legacy we leave behind. But before I sing the film’s praises, I need to rant about the short at the beginning. I’m pretty sure you’ve noticed that Pixar always plays a cute little short before the movies…

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Rogue One A Star Wars Story: an ancient war story told around a spectacular campfire

Rogue One A Star Wars Story: an ancient war story told around a spectacular campfire

Until now, the good-evil split in Star Wars has been as cleanly cut as well-carved turkey meat: light and dark tidily arranged on opposite sides of the plate. Rogue One gets stuck into the giblets. This is the first in a potentially endless series of Star Wars Stories spun off from the franchise’s humming fulcrum, and it sides with the Rebellion, which is exactly as you’d expect. But this time the good guys aren’t just tousled rascals but rather a…

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Coco: Disney Pixar’s colorful, melancholic journey is a refreshing return to form

Coco: Disney Pixar’s colorful, melancholic journey is a refreshing return to form

The superficial checklist for a Disney animation usually contains an important moral lesson, a wacky animal sidekick, an asexual romance and at least one frantic chase scene. But hid underneath the bright color palette usually lies a bittersweet tone and a surprisingly deft examination of sorrow. In films from Bambi to The Lion King to Frozen to, most notably, Up, slapstick antics have sat alongside impactful stories of loss, adding rich emotional texture to a…

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Wind River Review: A snowy slow burn

Wind River Review: A snowy slow burn

Around this time last year, a movie silently dropped into theaters that blew me away. Not a lot of folks knew it was there, but those who went to watch it were treated to a modern day western full of fantastic performances and superb direction, all derived from a brilliant script written by Taylor Sheridan. That film was Hell or High Water, and even though it didn’t make a huge splash at the late summer box…

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Lady Bird Review: Greta Gerwig’s Directorial Debut Is a Wonderful Coming-of-Age Tale

Lady Bird Review: Greta Gerwig’s Directorial Debut Is a Wonderful Coming-of-Age Tale

Over the past decade, Greta Gerwig has established herself as a unique presence in movies. Although she’s played a wide variety of characters, her most memorable performances come when she plays a quirky, cocky, free-spirited person who has to learn some harsh lessons. She brings this attitude to her directorial debut Lady Bird, but instead of coming off like a self-parody, the tale feels refreshingly genuine, funny, and sharp. The entire cast is excellent with leads Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf showing…

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Disney is Changing the entire Hollywood Rules with Star Wars The Last Jedi

Disney is Changing the entire Hollywood Rules with Star Wars The Last Jedi

Pay attention to Disney’s moves, because as Hollywood’s most powerful studio, it’s leading the way to the future. Disney is flexing its muscles in the marketplace. The studio is not only launching a new streaming site to compete against Netflix, but demanding from domestic exhibitors a firm 65% aggregate movie rental — the percentage of ticket sales that theaters return to studios — for Star Wars The Last Jedi. This is yet another sign of…

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Coco : Yet another classic film about family and tradition

Coco : Yet another classic film about family and tradition

Coco  is the sprightly story of a young boy who wants to be a musician and somehow finds himself communing with talking skeletons in the land of the dead. Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and Pixar’s superb animator Adrian Molina, and drawing loosely on Mexican folklore and traditional designs, it has catchy music, a complex yet comprehensible plot, and bits of domestic comedy and media satire. Most of the time the film is a knockabout slapstick…

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