STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH – A GREAT ENTERTAINMENT

STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH – A GREAT ENTERTAINMENT

George Lucas comes full circle in more ways than one in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith which is the sixth – and allegedly but not necessarily the last – of the Star Wars movies. After Episode II got so caught in politics that it seemed like the Republic covered by C-Span, Episode III marks a comeback to the classic space opera style that started the series. Because the story leads up to…

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Completely different from the first four entries

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Completely different from the first four entries

Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix is a dark, twisty, serious movie, with just little touches of the joy or whimsy that animated the first four Harry Potter films. You have to feel at least some sympathy for any filmmaker who would tackle Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Not only is it the longest of the Harry Potter books, and thus one of the most difficult to compress to a single movie,…

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HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX IS A SOLID PIECE OF MOVIE

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX IS A SOLID PIECE OF MOVIE

For the first time ever, we have a Harry Potter movie that isn’t an ensemble piece. Unlike any of the films before it, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is focused squarely on Harry. In building up the movie, David Yates claimed his goal was to focus primarily on Harry’s state of mind. He does that, but takes it so far that he does so to the movie’s detriment. HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX…

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Harry’s world has gone darker and more twisted

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Harry’s world has gone darker  and more twisted

The bleak film of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix smothers the final embers of the series’s childish wonder, ushering in a climate of repressed sexuality, paranoia, Fascism, madness, death, and acne. (That last is not by design but comes with the territory.) This is not a family movie. It’s not even a borderline gothic horror movie, in the manner of the third and fourth (scary) Potter installments. Directed by David Yates, Order of the Phoenix is…

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Thor Ragnarok rules. And it’s hilarious — even if you’re not that into superheroes

Thor Ragnarok rules. And it’s hilarious — even if you’re not that into superheroes

If you like your superheroes buff and snarky (and who doesn’t?), you’ll love Thor Ragnarok. Heck, even if you don’t like superheroes at all, you’ll love this movie. Chris Hemsworth is Thor in the third film based on the comic book character. He is definitely buff and he’s definitely snarky, hilariously so. Yes, Thor Ragnarok is funny, right out of the gate. When we first met the man, he’s a prisoner of Surtur (voiced by…

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THOR RAGNAROK Brings Color and Joy to the World’s Apocalypse

THOR RAGNAROK Brings Color and Joy to the World’s Apocalypse

The many movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (henceforth called the MCU) have all opted for either of two formulas. The first is to follow a thriller path, and try to edge a title towards the realms of realism and respectability. Think Iron Man and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And path number two is to go for broke with an outrageous premise and, presuming the audience is on board with that anyway, just try and have as…

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Thor Ragnarok: A giddily wonderful ride

Thor Ragnarok: A giddily wonderful ride

When Cate Blanchett, playing Hela, the Goddess of Death, struts through the treasure storehouse of her father, Odin, in Thor Ragnarok she casts her eye about. One by one, the film’s black-antlered villainess assesses the artifacts – which include the highly sought-after blue “infinity stone” – with a series of blunt dismissals: “Fake!” “Weak!” “Smaller than I thought it would be!” Such Twitter-worthy put-downs are not the only wisecracks that might make audiences remember of…

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