CORE STORY: Alden Ehrenreich cast as young Han Solo

Photo: Universal Pictures

Photo: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

Disney may have definitively said nobody but Harrison Ford will ever play Indiana Jones, but Han Solo is no longer his alone.

Alden Ehrenreich will be donning the iconic vest and blaster in a standalone Star Wars film focussing on the famous nerf-herder before he became quite so scruffy-looking. Continue reading

REVIEW: Hail, Caesar!

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Photo: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

The Coen Brothers are an odd breed. They’re brilliant filmmakers, as their combined 28 Oscar nominations stand as testament to. But like Quentin Tarantino and the Wachowskis, they can be their own worst enemies sometimes.

So long as they treat the script and characters as the most important pieces of the picture, they invariably spin gold. (See: Blood Simple, Fargo, The Big Lebowski.) Whenever their visual eye and compulsion for cinematic homage take precedence, though, their movies end up misfires at best and forgettable at worst. (See: The Hudsucker Proxy, The Man Who Wasn’t There, The Ladykillers.)

Hail, Caesar!, the brothers’ first mainstream movie since 2010’s True Grit and their first “goofy” comedy since 2008’s Burn After Reading, has all the pieces to have been one of their greats. Unfortunately, they’re lost in a sea of half-sketched scenarios and overlong set pieces. Continue reading