Star Wars The Last Jedi – Listening to old voices with a new ear

Star Wars The Last Jedi - 2017 Written and Directed by Rian Johnson Starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro After so many movies and so much written and television on the characters and concepts of the force, it was a kind of foregone conclusion that we'd … Continue reading Star Wars The Last Jedi – Listening to old voices with a new ear

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Disney slightly improves The Jungle Book (***1/2)

To be sure, I am probably never going to own this film. I may watch it again, but I know there will be more sequels, more remakes and more attempts to improve on the profits of this property. I appreciate it for what it is, and I did like the way the characters look like their voice counterparts, much the same way they did in the original. The wheel comes back around and its spin adds not that much to the life of the story.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (***1/2) There’s always another weapon

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Director J.J. Abrams Starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Gwendoline Christie Screenplay by Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt Everyone wants Star Wars to succeed. Heck if I had never seen the first film (Episode IV) at age 7, this blog wouldn't … Continue reading Star Wars: The Force Awakens (***1/2) There’s always another weapon

Non-Stop has Characters, Heroes

Non-Stop - 2014 Director Jaume Collet-Serra Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Jason Butler Harner, Anson Mount, Lupita Nyong'o, Linus Roache, Corey Stroll Screenplay John W. Richardson, Chris Roach, Ryan Engle Non-Stop is the kind of movie that is full of surprises.  It has the burden of a premise that we've seen many times before, most notably in Passenger 57, Executive Decision, … Continue reading Non-Stop has Characters, Heroes

12 Years a Slave: Real Real Gone

12 Years A Slave - 2013 Director Steve McQueen Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard Writer John Ridley based on the book by Solomon Northup I have owned a copy of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ for 10 years, and have yet to watch the film.  In my heart, it is easy … Continue reading 12 Years a Slave: Real Real Gone