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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The path to new Star Wars stories has been carved and cut and whether you like this first one or not—the first live action Star Wars product to arrive outside of the Skywalker saga (and by product let’s call it Star Wars product B, C, or D to the original main series A)—it’s a success…MORE

Jon’s Movie Review: Suicide Squad

Jon’s Movie Review: Suicide Squad

Writer-director David Ayer whose claim to fame is authoring the stellar screenplay to 2001’s Training Day, delivers a better-than-what-they’re-saying-about-it, modern day exploitative TV-level spectacle—starring Will Smith—for the DC Comics and Batman division of Warner Brothers.   The Story: There is some Homeland Security concerns for the U.S. still lingering from Superman’s first visit in Man…MORE

Jon’s Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond

Jon’s Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond

STAR TREK BEYOND We revisit the ‘60’s TV look-alike crew of the Star Trek USS Enterprise as they continue their bold new mission to seek out new worlds, this time under the fast action direction of Justin Lin, known for rebooting the highly successful Fast and Furious franchise. The Story: Written in part by comedic…MORE

Jon’s Movie Review: Captain American: Civil War

Jon’s Movie Review: Captain American: Civil War

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo have come a long way and excised themselves quite nicely here from their 2006 comedy You, Me and Dupree. I couldn’t rightfully say that with their previous Captain America outing, Captain America: Winter Soldier. But with CACW they and a few choice superhero stalwarts put Marvel back on the entertainment…MORE

Jon’s Movie Review: Batman v Superman

Jon’s Movie Review: Batman v Superman

In this sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel, two-time Oscar winner Ben Affleck gets a turn at playing Batman in what is additionally a ramp-up of DC Comics’ Justice League. This will be Warner Brothers’ attempt to cash in on a live action Avengers-type franchise that will create additional stand-alone superhero movies. The real hero…MORE

Jon’s Movie Review: Deadpool

Jon’s Movie Review: Deadpool

This mid-February Valentine’s Day weekend Disney Marvel release, which broke the record for 3-day R rated film earnings, is still making money. A month later it’s at $709 million globally, made for a measly $58 million. By far Ryan Reynolds’ best box office outing in a role he was made for. Other than a yet…MORE

Jon’s Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Jon’s Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (Spoiler Free Review) Star Wars, the science-fiction space opus created by George Lucas in 1977, returns nearly forty years later with a new episode, the seventh in the series, directed by Mission Impossible III (2006) and Star Trek (2009) director J.J. Abrams. Original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and…MORE

Jon’s Movie Review: 7 Films to See before The Force Awakens

Jon’s Movie Review: 7 Films to See before The Force Awakens

7 FILMS TO SEE BEFORE THE FORCE AWAKENS Mission Impossible III (2006) and Star Trek (2009) director J.J. Abrams directs, and Lawrence Kasdan who wrote Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and 1983’s Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), is back…MORE

Jon’s Movie Review: Spectre

Jon’s Movie Review: Spectre

The 24th Bond film, and the fourth for Daniel Craig, introduces the British spy to the franchise’s oldest and most familiar villain. MORE

Jon’s Movie Review: Beasts of No Nation

Jon’s Movie Review: Beasts of No Nation

Something sort of special about Beasts of No Nation is that it’s a Netflix original currently showing in theaters and streaming on Netflix simultaneously giving the streaming house Oscar nomination potential while satisfying subscribers. That it stars Idris Elba and is written and directed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga, and reflects the tragedy of civil war—like that in Syria—makes it extra distinctive.MORE

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