Enjoyable Brad Pitt spy/romance flick. Well-constructed uncertainty about who was good and who wasn’t.
Beautifully produced, well-acted, but, for me, focused too completely on fighting between the rebels and Stormtroopers. I would have liked to see light sabers invented, or the Force in hiding, or any plot element not solely revolving around the Death Star. Best was the new robot addition.
Book – ***+ Brandon Mull’s 5th novel of the Knights of the Dawn takes them on D&D type adventures through deadly puzzles, complex plot twists, and battles to prevent the rival Society of the Evening Star from opening the demon prison Zzyxx.
Animated musical on the theme of the Voice or American Idol, where an unsuccessful theater owner tries to recover by staging a singing contest. Nicely done and entertaining for both children and parents.
Fascinating character study of a man damaged by a personal tragedy who’s faced with a new responsibility he feels incapable of. Excellent performance by Casey Affleck.
Excellent coming of age story where family, friends, and love seem bound to misunderstand each other. Hailee Steinfeld was great in the title role.
Good story and characters, fantastic CGI, but hurt by clumsy editing and slow delivery of the plot and how the various characters are connected to it. If you drift successfully through the first third, you should enjoy the rest of the movie.
Book – **** David Baldacci YA novel of magical Wugmorts was a very quick read full of fun ideas and fantastical danger.
One of the very best.