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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 14:24

Taking flight with 'Solo'

Full disclosure: I love “Star Wars.” The original trilogy is near and dear to my heart – one of my earliest memories is seeing “Empire” at the drive-in when I was three. And while the prequels left a lot to be desired, Disney’s reinvigoration of the franchise in recent years has been welcome.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is the fourth film in this new wave and somehow manages to be both the biggest departure and the most conventional of the bunch. Turmoil seemed abundant behind the scenes – original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were replaced by Ron Howard; rumblings about reshoots and acting coaches and whatnot were plentiful – so one wondered what the final product was going to be.

It’s … fine. Pretty good, actually. Not as good as the other newer offerings, but with plenty to recommend it. There are moments where it feels stitched together and a bit inconsistent, but otherwise, the directorial drama doesn’t show up much on screen. The performances range from meh to solid to excellent. The story is a bit slight and there are certain narrative mysteries that might have been better left unsolved (along with some tonal inconsistency and a few not-insignificant timeline questions), but all in all, it’s a fun space opera/heist movie with a charming cast and some strong set pieces.

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Now You See Me' a magical misfire

Film's promising start quickly devolves into implausibility

There are always a few films in every cinematic season that I find myself looking forward to. I allow myself to get excited about them, even though I long ago learned that Hollywood feeds on our hope like a shiny, overproduced vampire. And yet the anticipation still rises.

One of this summer's entries on that list was 'Now You See Me.' Despite the lessons I've been taught with regards to movie trailers, I saw this one and was immediately intrigued. A caper movie built around stage magicians? With a first-rate cast? How could I not be interested?

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