STAR WARS: Will the Frustration Always Be with Us?

Forty years ago today, Star Wars made its cinematic debut. For over twenty weeks in 1977, Star Wars was the number one movie in the United States. That first domestic release grossed $307 million, the highest ever at the time. Star Wars also earned Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Alec…

From Ugnaughts to Ewoks: Ranking the Star Wars Movies

Two new Star Wars movies have been released so far since Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012 for over 4 billion dollars. Before the sale, most fans thought the saga was complete. Now, there is no end in sight. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting as a pulse check to rank…

Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)

She was a legend that helped a generation redefine what it means to be a princess in the movies. Carrie Fisher died today in Los Angeles. She was 60. Though best known for portraying Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return Of The Jedi (1983), Fisher went on…

ROGUE ONE Lacks the Star Wars Magic

Film: Rogue One USA Release Date: December 16, 2016 Written By: Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy (Screenplay) and John Knoll & Gary Whitta (Story) Music Composed By: Michael Giacchino Produced By: Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel Directed By: Gareth Edwards Running Time: 133 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 3 (out of 10) Performances: 7 Visual…

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN Proves to Be an Intriguing Thriller

Film: The Girl On The Train USA Release Date: October 7, 2016 Written By: Erin Cressida Wilson (Screenplay) and Paula Hawkins (Novel) Music Composed By: Danny Elfman Produced By: Marc Platt Directed By: Tate Taylor Running Time: 112 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 7 (out of 10) Performances: 8 Visual Style: 9 Music: 8 Overall: 8…

STAR TREK BEYOND Is Best Trek in 25 Years

Film: Star Trek Beyond USA Release Date: July 22, 2016 Written By: Simon Pegg & Doug Jung Music Composed By: Michael Giacchino Produced By: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, and Roberto Orci Directed By: Justin Lin Running Time: 120 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 8 (out of 10) Performances: 10 Visual Style: 10 Effects: 10 Music: 10…