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Director: Gareth Edwards
Writer: Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy (screenplay by); John Knoll, Gary Whitta (story by)
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Forrest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen
Release Date: December 16, 2016
Runtime: 2h, 13min
MPAA Rating: PG-13

 

 

 

No Bothans died to bring us this review (or this movie). Just to remind everyone – the famous Mon Mothma line (“Many Bothans died to bring us this information”) comes from Return of the Jedi, and was concerning the second Death Star.

This is going to be a really difficult review to write. Not because I’m on the fence about this movie – I’m not, I loved it – but because it’s hard to say anything about it without giving some serious spoilers away. I will do my best, relaying primarily feelings and impressions, with any direct comments related to those things revealed in the trailers – but if you’ve been avoiding those, don’t read through past the break. I’ll let you know right up front that I’m awarding Rogue One an A-, and would place it in my top three Star Wars films of all time. Click through for my (hopefully) spoiler-free review. At the end, I will have a section of blanked out text (which you can mouse-over to reveal) that will list some of the cool things I noted on my first viewing.
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Director: Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings
Writer: Garth Jennings (written by)
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane, Scarlett Johannsen, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton
Release Date: December 21, 2016
Runtime: 1h, 48min
MPAA Rating: PG

 

 

 

I’m a big fan of Illumination Entertainment (the Despicable Me franchise, as well as The Secret Life of Petssee my review here), and in this, their seventh outing, they maintain the anthropomorphic stylings from the latter film, while giving us a completely new story set in a world where animals run the show a la Zootopia. And really, running the show is what this movie is all about. Click through for my spoiler-free review.
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Secret Life of Pets


Director: Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud
Writers: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch (written by) & Simon Rich (additional characters created by)
Starring: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Runtime: 1h, 27min
MPAA Rating: PG

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a dad, I do get to see my fair share of animated and child-related films. While I do get occasionally surprised by well-camouflaged adult fare (The Lego Movie, among others), it’s a rarer thing that I genuinely enjoy a movie aimed at children alone. This movie is 90% for kids, but that 10% hit some really good spots for me, making it a more than worthy addition to your summer movie schedule. Plus, it’s by the producers of the Despicable Me movies. Click through for my full review. (more…)

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Director: George Lucas
Writer: George Lucas
Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Cushing, Sir Alec Guinness
Release Date: May 25, 1977
Runtime: 2 hrs. 1 min.
MPAA Rating: PG

 

 

 

So, there’s a certain little movie releasing later this week, and in preparation for it, I thought that showing my five-year-old son Hayden some of the classics would be a good idea. Initially intended as a machete order viewing, a lack of time between coming home from school and bed time means that I’m reducing this to a straight viewing of the three best Star Wars movies: IV, V, and VI. This will get Hayden up to speed on the most important info heading into Friday, when we go to see Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Where this went from a straight viewing of the films into a series of guest reviews, was when Hayden decided to draw pictures of the scenes that made the biggest impression on him, both positive and negative. Without further ado, please click through to read my first ever Guest Review here on Reviews by Steve!
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Director: George Miller
Writers: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nick Lathouris (written by)
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Release Date: May 15, 2015
Runtime: 2 hrs.
MPAA Rating: R

 

 

I grew up on action films in the 1980s, and Mad Max was a big part of that (I’m talking The Road Warrior here, not the largely regrettable Beyond Thunderdome). You couldn’t get much actiony-er than Max Rockatansky. Now, some thirty or so years later, George Miller is rebooting his franchise. To get my take on the movie, click through after the break. (more…)

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Director: Michael Anderson
Writers: David Zelag Goodman (screenplay); William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson (novel “Logan’s Run”)
Starring: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Brown, Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov
Release Date: June 23, 1976
Runtime: 1 hr. 59 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG

 

 

There’s a soft spot somewhere in my heart for the subtly bad and unapologetic science fiction films of the 1970s, and Logan’s Run has it’s own place of honor therein. Viewing it again for the first time in several years had me revisiting my youth – the question is: how well does it age? Click through for my full review. (more…)

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Director: Paul King
Writers: Paul King (written by), Paul King, Hamish McColl (screen story), Michael Bond (character “Paddington Bear”)
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Nicole Kidman, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Ben Whishaw (Paddington’s voice)
Release Date: November 23, 2014 (UK), January 16, 2015 (US)
Runtime: 1 hr. 35 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG

 

 

It’s always a risk when taking a beloved childhood story or character and trying to translate it to the big screen. It takes a deft hand, a sensitivity to the source material, and an understanding of the ongoing relationships that are developed between children and their favorites. In this case, it looks as though writer/director Paul King, along with co-writer Hamish McColl, have managed to maintain their childhood connection to Michael Bond’s little bear from darkest Peru, Paddington, giving children who are current fans, and parents with fond memories, something to enjoy together. Click through for my full review.
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This week, Dan and I return from our winter hiatus to discuss the upcoming films of 2015 that we’re interested in seeing. These run the gamut from children’s films (Paddington and Minions), to spy films (Kingsmen: The Secret Service and SPECTRE), to big action blockbusters and sequels (Jurassic World and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens). I’ll put the links to the podcast below, and if you want to take a look at the trailers for these films, as well as a complete list of all those we talk about, click through after the break where I’ve listed them based on release date.

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Director: Rob Marshall
Writers: James Lapine (Screenplay), James Lapine (Musical), Stephen Sondheim (Lyricist)
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone
Release Date: December 25, 2014
Runtime: 2 hrs. 4 min.
MPAA Rating: PG

 

 

Hollywood has made it a habit in recent years to take successful Broadway shows and adapt them for the screen. This has led to a resurgence of that lost gem of Hollywood films: the musical. Beginning approximately with 2002’s Chicago, the twenty-oughts saw a steady stream of musicals, including film adaptations of The Phantom of the Opera and Mamma Mia! Going back and looking at box-office records, you’d be hard-pressed to find a date that didn’t have at least one in wide release, something that couldn’t be said for the previous two or three decades (despite the occasional A Star is Born or Victor/Victoria). Turn to the current decade, and the musical seems well-ensconced as a theater regular. In fact, last year’s third highest grossing film domestically, number one overall worldwide, was Disney’s musical Frozen (read my review here). It’s the first musical to crack the top ten all-time list, sitting at number five with over a billion dollars in revenue. Now, Into the Woods is not about to break any records, but it is a part of this everything old is new again trend. And it’s a pretty good movie to boot. Click through for my full review.
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Post-Apocalypse

Steve and Dan discuss ten each of their favourite post-apocalyptic movies, and even manage to agree on a Top 3.
Complete list of movies in alphabetical order:
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Children of Men (2006)
Damnation Alley (1977)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Logan’s Run (1976)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
The Matrix (1999)
Omega Man (1971)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Snowpiercer (2013)
Soylent Green (1973)
The Road (2009)
Testament (1983)
Threads (1984)
War of the Worlds (1953)
Watership Down (1978)
When Worlds Collide (1951)
Zardoz (1974)

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