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Movie Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-theatrical-poster-1000_ebc74357MOVIE REVIEW!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega

Directed by: J.J. Abrams
SPOILERS

After all the hub-bub, The Rise of Skywalker has arrived, and the Skywalker Saga is at an end. Of course, the Disney machine won’t REALLY let this be the end, but for now, it is, and what an end it is. Chock full of more revelations, more characters, more lightsaber battles, and more droids and weird aliens, The Rise of Skywalker honestly feels less like a closing to the saga and more like another chapter, right until the halfway mark, where the film suddenly remembers to wrap everything up. In short, it’s a movie that feels like a pretty good ending to the sequel trilogy, an okay ending to the saga as a whole, and a movie that attempts to appease everyone and no one at the same time. And after the thrill ride fun of The Force Awakens and the daring and polarizing risks of The Last Jedi, it comes up a little short. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

462-film-page-largeX-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence, Kodi Smit-Mcphee, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner

Directed by: Bryan Singer

SPOILERS

My overall anticipation for X-Men: Apocalypse has been pretty muted. Despite being a big fan of X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past, I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing from the promotional materials that I have seen for Bryan Singer’s latest X-opus. Perhaps it’s because Batman V Superman and Captain America: Civil War were the bigger comic book movies of the year, or maybe it’s because of the Ivan Ooze-ness of the first picture of Apocalypse, but something just wasn’t clicking for me. To borrow a phrase from another Marvel franchise, my “spider-sense was tingling”. Regardless, I’m a huge fan of Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy’s takes on Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier, so I went into this movie knowing that at least part of my ticket purchase was going towards them. Read the rest of this entry

“It’s True……All of It”

force-awakens-poster-new-articleCan you feel that? It’s the sound of thousands of nerds shaking in anticipation after watching the latest Star Wars trailer. A day before we got our poster reveal, and now it’s just a matter of 2 months until we see more of Han, Chewie, Leia, and (hopefully) Luke. But let’s inspect that poster a little, shall we? Read the rest of this entry