Rogue One : A Star Wars Story
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
The first half or Rogue One is a pretty dull ride, but the second half alone is worth the price of admission. I love how beautiful the film looks and the ingenious idea for the film. I just felt the film was lacking character development and was missing that WOW factor previous Star Wars films had. A fun time at the movies but a mild disappointment on my end. ( 3 Stars out of 5 Stars)
When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.
Another Will Smith clunker. Here is a movie that doesn’t earn the tears it would like for you to manufacture. The whole story seems so damn unrealistic. It is a shame because I thought by the trailer for Collateral Beauty we would have a pretty stellar film on our hands. Not so much. (2 Stars out of 5 Stars)
La La Land
Written and directed by Academy Award (R) nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
The BEST film of the year!
Manchester By the Sea
After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.
Manchester by the Sea is such a beautiful and honest performance by Casey Affleck that should earn him an Oscar next year. Easily one of my top three films of the year. (5 stars out of 5 stars)
Obviously Rogue One is going to get the bulk of the attention this weekend, but RUN, don’t walk to see La La Land and Manchester By the Sea. Next week we have Passengers and Assassins Creed hitting theaters. Have a great weekend everyone!