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Solo: A Star Wars Story

A young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) joins a band of misfits led by Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), as he tries to find a way to return to the planet where he lost a girl (Emilia Clarke) he loved. The X-Men Origins: Wolverine of the Star Wars franchise, this 3D spin-off and prequel to Star Wars … Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story

The Chronicles of Riddick

ALL THE POWER IN THE UNIVERSE CAN’T CHANGE DESTINY.  This sequel to Pitch Black (2000) brings the story five years into the future where Richard Riddick (Vin Diesel) is hunted by mercenaries and becomes involved with a strange, religious force that conquers planets. The original was more of a straightforward thriller, but this action-adventure builds … Continue reading The Chronicles of Riddick

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

HE’S ACROSS THE POND, AND OUT OF HIS DEPTH. British reporter Sidney Young (Simon Pegg) is hired by a NYC celebrity magazine, but he realizes that nothing will come to him cheaply and that he must learn how to play the game. Loosely based on Toby Young’s hit memoir of his experiences in the publishing … Continue reading How to Lose Friends & Alienate People


WE WERE WARNED. Solar radiation causes the Earth’s core to heat up, resulting in unprecedented geophysical activity; our planet is doomed, but there’s a secret emergency plan. Director Roland Emmerich intended to make his final (not so much) and ultimate disaster movie, based on the belief that the Maya calendar predicts the end of the world. … Continue reading 2012

Run Fatboy Run

LOVE. COMMITMENT. RESPONSIBILITY. THERE’S NOTHING HE WON’T RUN AWAY FROM.  Five years ago Dennis Doyle (Simon Pegg) abandoned his pregnant girlfriend (Thandie Newton) at the altar, but now he’ll finally try to man up and woo her back by competing in a marathon against her boyfriend (Hank Azaria). David Schwimmer’s directing debut is a simple … Continue reading Run Fatboy Run

The Pursuit of Happyness

Chris Gardner (Will Smith) struggles to keep his family together as they face economic difficulties; perhaps an internship at a brokerage firm is a way out of the troubles. The true story of Gardner who hit rock-bottom and became homeless before his life finally changed for the better is an engaging and emotional story anchored by … Continue reading The Pursuit of Happyness


A LIFE MISUNDERESTIMATED. There are moments here where George W. Bush comes across as a bumbling fool… but this is also in many ways a gentle portrait of a simple man who unbelievably became leader of the free world. The movie jumps back and forth between the President’s preparations for going to war with Iraq … Continue reading W.

Crash: Learning Who You Are

YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. YOU HAVE NO IDEA. It begins with Don Cheadle’s character stating the theme of the movie. He talks about how people in a normal city walk and run into each other. Not in L.A. though, because everyone’s hiding behind a shield of metal and glass and there is … Continue reading Crash: Learning Who You Are

Mission: Impossible II

EXPECT THE IMPOSSIBLE AGAIN. A thief (Thandie Newton) infiltrates renegade agent Sean Ambrose’s (Dougray Scott) home; Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) mission is to prevent Ambrose’s lethal virus from spreading all over the world. Robert Towne may have had a homage in mind (a nicer way of saying that he steals), because the screenplay of this sequel … Continue reading Mission: Impossible II