PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES Film Review

PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES Director: John Hughes Screenplay: John Hughes Starring: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean, Kevin Bacon, Dylan Baker, Edie McClurg Rated R Running Time: 1 hour 33 minutes Release Date: December 16, 1987 **** out of ***** Photo: Paramount Pictures After a series of mishaps, Neal Page (STEVE MARTIN) and Del Griffith (JOHN CANDY) are forced to become travel companions as they try to make it home to their families in John Hughes' PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES. Easily excitable Neal Page (Steve Martin) is somewhat of a control freak. Trying to get home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife (Laila Robins) and kids, his flight is rerouted

STAR WARS Film Review

STAR WARS Director: George Lucas Screenplay: George Lucas Starring: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Sir Alec Guinness, David Prowse, Peter Cushing, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker Rated PG Running Time: 2 hours 1 minute Released: May 25, 1977 ***** out of ***** Photo: Lucasfilm Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo mount a daring escape in George Lucas' iconic science-fiction adventure STAR WARS. When a young farm boy, Luke Skywalker (MARK HAMILL), who dreams of nothing more than to join the rebellion to fight the Empire, lead by Darth Vader (DAVID PROWSE) and Grand Moff Tarkin (PETER CUSHING), finds a distress call from Princess Leia (CARRIE FISHER), he embarks un

STAR WARS-EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH Film Review

STAR WARS-EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES Director: George Lucas Screenplay: George Lucas Starring: Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Temuera Morrison, Frank Oz, Anthony Daniels, Christopher Lee, Ahmed Best, Jimmy Smits, Kenny Baker Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and some intense images Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes Released: May 19, 2005 **** out of ***** Photo: Lucasfilm Once friends, now enemies. Darth Vader, formerly Anakin Skywalker, announces his intentions to fight his former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi in STAR WARS-EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH. Suspicions are raised within the Jedi Council concerning Chancellor Palpatine (Ian

ROCKY IV Film Review

ROCKY IV Director: Sylvester Stallone Screenplay: Sylvester Stallone Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Brigitte Nielsen, Dolph Lundgren, MIchael Pataki, Tony Burton Rated PG Running Time: 1 hour 31 minutes Release Date: November 27, 1985 **** out of ***** Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer The Italian Stallion, Rocky Balboa, takes on the Iron Horse, Ivan Drago in ROCKY IV. After an exhibition fight between former champ, Apollo Creed (CARL WEATHERS) and a Russian boxer, Ivan Drago (DOLPH LUNDGREN), ends in tragedy, Rocky Balboa (SYLVESTER STALLONE) challenges the boxer to a fight that even his greatest supporter, Adrian (TALIA SHIRE), doesn't believe he could survi

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Film Review

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Director: John Moore Screenplay: Skip Woods Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Cole Hauser, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sebastian Koch, Yulia Snigir, Rasha Bukvic Rated R for violence and language Running Time: 1 hour 38 minutes Released: February 14, 2013 *1/2 out of ***** Photo: 20th Century Fox While in Moscow, the McClanes, John and his son Jack, must protect a Russian government whistleblower in A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD. New York City cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) arrives in Moscow to track down his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney). McClane thinks his son is a criminal, so it comes as a shock when he learns that Jack is actually working undercover to protect Kom

STAR WARS-EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES Film Review

STAR WARS-EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES Director: George Lucas Screenplay: George Lucas and Jonathan Hales Story: George Lucas Starring: Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Temuera Morrison, Frank Oz, Anthony Daniels, Christopher Lee, Ahmed Best, Jimmy Smits Rated PG for sustained sequences of sci-fi action/violence. Running Time: 2 hours 22 minutes Released: May 16, 2002 ***1/2 out of ***** Photo: Lucasfilm Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala are able to find a moment of peace away from the corruption taking root in the galaxy in STAR WARS-EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES. THIS RETRO FILM REVIEW IS PART 2 OF THE 9-PART RETROSPECTIVE SERIE

STAR WARS-EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE Film Review

STAR WARS-EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE Director: George Lucas Screenplay: George Lucas Starring: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ray Park, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Frank Oz, Anthony Daniels, Ahmed Best Rated PG for sci-fi action/violence Running Time: 2 hours 16 minutes Released: May 19, 1999 **1/2 out of ***** Photo: Lucasfilm Qui-Gon Jinn introduces Anakin Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi while R2-D2 looks on in STAR WARS-EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE. THIS RETRO FILM REVIEW IS PART 1 OF THE 9-PART RETROSPECTIVE SERIES "THE COUNTDOWN TO THE FORCE AWAKENS." Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average ***

On Her Majesty's Secret Service FILM REVIEW

ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE Director: Peter Hunt Screenplay: Richard Maibaum based on the novel by Ian Fleming; Additional Dialogue Simon Raven Starring: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti, Ilse Steppat, Lois Maxwell, Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn Rated PG Running Time: 2 hours 22 minutes Released: December 19, 1969 ****1/2 out of ***** Photo: Eon Productions George Lazenby takes on the role of James Bond 007 in the franchise's most underrated and arguably best entry, Peter Hunt's ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. Agent 007 (George Lazenby) continues his mission to stop Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas) and SPECTRE and gets entangled with a suicidal Contessa n

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