Solo: A Star Wars Story is One of The Strongest in a Franchise That Keeps Getting Better (Review)

Solo: A Star Wars Story is One of The Strongest in a Franchise That Keeps Getting Better (Review)

2018 keeps delivering.  This week it was Solo: A Star Wars Story.  I had my doubts about whether Disney could deliver its promised one Star Wars movie per year.  I thought maybe the quality might start to slip or something but it feels like the opposite is true.  The Star Wars movies keep getting better; the actions scenes keep getting more dramatic, the cantinas keep getting more alien-y and the droids keep getting sassier.   It amazes me how well they can establish the mythology of the franchise while still making it a fresh new story. Needless to say, I loved Solo: ASWS. Read more

Ron Howard Defies the Odds with Solo: A Star Wars Story (Review)

Ron Howard Defies the Odds with Solo: A Star Wars Story (Review)

The famed smuggler, scoundrel and hero Han Solo once said long ago in a galaxy far away to, “Never tell me the odds.” I can only imagine that was the same thing director Ron Howard kept telling himself when he was brought on board for Solo: A Star Wars Story after Lucasfilm fired directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who had almost finished shooting the entire movie when Howard replaced them. With less than a year until the movie’s release and nearly three quarters of the movie scraped and needing reshoots, the task to deliver another entertaining (and successful) Star Wars movie seemed daunting. However, with veteran and acclaimed director Ron Howard steering the ship (or Millennium Falcon, in this case), the latest standalone Star Wars project is another mostly entertaining entry in the intergalactic saga. While Solo is far from perfect, this origin story about the original space cowboy is full of fun moments for both new and older audiences looking to whet their appetite during summer blockbuster season.

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New Solo Trailer is The Best Star Wars Preview in Franchise History

New Solo Trailer is The Best Star Wars Preview in Franchise History

From Disney and director Ron Howard, comes Solo: A Star Wars Story, which chronicles the adventures of a young Han Solo, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian. Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Joonas Suotamo, Thandie Newton and Paul Bettany, the film hits theaters May 25, 2018. Read more

In The Heart of The Sea Blu-ray Details & Release Date Revealed

In The Heart of The Sea Blu-ray Details & Release Date Revealed

[Press Release] Burbank, CA, January 28, 2016 – Experience one of the greatest true stories ever told when “In the Heart of the Sea” arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. Oscar® winner Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”) directs the action adventure “In the Heart of the Sea,” based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex, a New England whaling ship.

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In the Heart of the Sea: An Engaging & Expertly Made Retelling of Moby Dick [Review]

In the Heart of the Sea: An Engaging & Expertly Made Retelling of Moby Dick [Review]

Christmas is coming and so is Star Wars, so the timing for In the Heart of the Sea could have been better – it was the only thing that came out this week (at least in Lethbridge).    This isn’t normally the type of movie I’d spend time and money on, but I’m glad I went anyway.  Fair warning, this review might be a bit more spoilery than usual, but if you don’t at least have a passing knowledge of what Moby Dick is about, you kind-of deserve what you get, spoiler-wise.

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