Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets FILM REVIEW

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Director: Luc Besson Screenplay: Luc Besson Based on the comic book by Pierre Christin & Jean-Claude Mézières Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne. Clive Owen, Rianna, Herbie Hancock, Ethan Hawke, Sam Spruell, Rutger Hauer Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language Running Time: 2 hour 13 minutes ** out of ***** Photo: STX Entertainment In Luc Besson's new film, Sergeant Laureline and Major Valerine's latest mission brings them to the City of a Thousand Planets. Science fiction films can often be depended up to transport a viewer to other world and dimensions, expand knowledge and fuel imagination or quit

Wish Upon FILM REVIEW

WISH UPON Director: John R. Leonetti Written by Barbara Marshall Starring: Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee, Shannon Purser, Sydney Park, Sherilyn Fenn, Mitchell Slaggert Rated PG-13 for violent and disturbing images, thematic elements and language Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes ** out of ***** Photo: Orion Pictures/Broad Green Pictures Clare Shannon (Joey King) soon discovers seemingly simple wishes can be deadly in WISH UPON. The saying goes "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." However, when it comes to movies, imitation can lead to big bucks and, in some cases, accusations of creative bankruptcy. Other than music and television, movies are the most readily accessible

Spider-Man: Homecoming FILM REVIEW

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Director: Jon Watts Screenplay: Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers Screen Story: Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Laura Harrier, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments Running Time: 2 hour 13 minutes **** out of ***** Photo: Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, slings into action in Jon Watts' SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. Spider-Man is one of the most popular comic book heroes and over the course of fifteen years the chara

A Ghost Story FILM REVIEW

A GHOST STORY Director: David Lowery Screenplay: David Lowery Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham, Liz Cardenas Franke, Barlow Jacobs Rated R for brief language and a disturbing image. Running Time: 1 hour 32 minutes **** out of ***** Photo: A24 A bereft widow doesn't realize that her late husband has come home in David Lowery's A GHOST STORY. The afterlife. What do we really know about it? What exactly happens to us when our time comes? On one end of the spectrum you have the belief that we enter into the warm embrace of a heavenly light and all is right in the universe while on the other end you have the cold and blunt belief that there's absolutely nothing. Now what if

Lone Wolf McQuade FILM REVIEW

LONE WOLF McQUADE Director: Steve Carver Screenplay: B.J. Nelson Story: H. Kaye Dyal and B.J. Nelson Starring: Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Barbara Carrera, Robert Beltran, L.Q. Jones, Leon Isaac Kennedy, Dana Kimmell Rated PG Running Time: 1 hour 47 minutes Released: April 15, 1983 ***1/2 out of ***** Photo: Orion Pictures Texas Ranger J.J. McQuade confronts arms and drug dealer Rawley Wilkes in the modern-day western LONE WOLF McQUADE. Texas ranger J.J. McQuade (Chuck Norris) prefers to work alone. That is until he's partnered with a Latino state trooper, Kayo Ramos (Robert Beltran), who needs his help to find out who hijacked a U.S. Army convoy and hurt Ramos' daughter. With the help of

The Beguiled (2017) FILM REVIEW

THE BEGUILED (2017) Director: Sofia Coppola Screenplay: Sofia Coppola Starring: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, Emma Howard Rated R for some sexuality Running Time: 1 hour 33 minutes ***1/2 out of ***** Photo: Focus Features The women at a girls' school fall under a Union soldier's spell in Sofia Coppola's THE BEGUILED. In less than twenty years writer-director Sofia Coppola has established herself as one of Hollywood's most influential and compelling auteurs. Breaking onto the scene with her debut film THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, she followed her auspicious arrival with films like SOMEWHERE, MARIE ANTOINETTE and, my person

2010 FILM REVIEW

2010 Director: Peter Hyams Screenplay: Peter Hyams Based on the novel 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke Starring: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Bob Balaban, Helen Mirren, Douglas Rain, Keir Dullea, Elya Baskin, Dana Elcar Rated PG Running Time: 1 hour 56 minutes Released: December 7, 1984 **** out of ***** Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer A joint US/Soviet crew journey to Jupiter to solve the mysteries behind the failed Discovery mission in 2010, the sequel to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. In the midst of a possible international incident which could escalate to full out war between nations, a joint Russian and American crew travel to Jupiter to investigate the failed Jupiter mission of 2001. Drs. He

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