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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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Sunday, 27 November 2016 15:48

'Rules Don't Apply' a bland bore from Beatty

Hollywood legend's passion project surprisingly forgettable

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:07

Beautiful Creatures' not a pretty sight

Newest young adult adaptation feels dull, derivative

There's no doubt that with the recent conclusion of the wildly successful 'Twilight' saga, the powers-that-be in Hollywood are all desperately searching for the next young adult literary property to be turned into box office gold.

The folks at Warner Brothers seem to think they may have found it. They have produced 'Beautiful Creatures,' based on the novel of the same name by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It is the first in a four-book (so far) series known collectively as the Caster Chronicles.

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