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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How Disney’s ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is Stopping An ‘Age Of Ultron’-Style Box Office Backlash

How Disney’s ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is Stopping An ‘Age Of Ultron’-Style Box Office Backlash

The first bit of official tracking for Star Wars The Last Jedi is on the board, and the news is good. At first glance, we’re (as expected) looking at a $200 million+ premier weekend, with three weeks left to go and tons of (hopefully) positive buzz left to build up.   Star Wars The Last Jedi movie is having its big debut in Los Angeles on December 9, the regular LA press screenings are Monday the 11th…

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Rogue One: The Force Is Definitely With This Incredible ‘Star Wars’ Spin-off

Rogue One: The Force Is Definitely With This Incredible ‘Star Wars’ Spin-off

Rogue One – a story of a young woman and her rebel band stealing plans for the Death Star perfectly captures that original-trilogy magic Talk about a blast from the past – Rogue One A Star Wars Story is literally just that. Taking place just before the events of the first released Star Wars movie in 1977, this spin-off/prequel has the same primitive, lived-in, emotional, loopy, let’s-put-on-a-show spirit that made us fall in love with the original trilogy….

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Rogue One A Star Wars Story – return to the retro future

Rogue One A Star Wars Story – return to the retro future

The first of the new series of Star Wars spin-offs (or anthology films), this standalone installment sits between the last of George Lucas’s disappointing digital prequels Revenge of the Sith and his winningly physical original Star Wars. Neatly, British director Gareth Edwards’s grim and moody space opera bridges the gap between the old-school 70s charm and ultra-modern 21st-century wizardry of this still growing franchise. Despite using cutting-edge CGI to breathe uncanny artificial life into characters we never thought we’d see…

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Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird Is Big-Screen Definition of Perfection

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird Is Big-Screen Definition of Perfection

Christine McPherson, who prefers to be called Lady Bird — it’s her given name, she insists, in the sense that “it’s given to me, by me” — is a senior at a Catholic girls’ high school. Sister Sarah Joan (Lois Smith), the principal, has read Lady Bird’s college application essay. “It’s clear how much you love Sacramento,” Sister Sarah remarks. This comes as a surprise, both to Lady Bird and the viewer, who is by…

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Coco Brings the Pixar Touch to the Death realm

Coco Brings the Pixar Touch to the Death realm

One of the pleasures of a new Pixar feature is the chance to be amazed by what animation can do. Sometimes you witness a big, bold breakthrough, like the computer-assisted rendering of fur in Monsters, Inc., of water in Finding Nemo, or of metal in Cars. The innovations in Coco are no less satisfying for being of a more subtle kind. The grain of leather and the rusted folds of grooved metal have a rough, almost tangible quality. Human bones, hairless…

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