REVIEW: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

Don’t call it a prequel.

The first stand-alone movie outside the Skywalker saga, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, takes place directly before 1977’s Star Wars (A New Hope).

As anyone who’s seen that sci-fi classic will remember, the Death Star was blown up because Luke Skywalker and his band of rebel pilots had secret plans of the base that revealed its fatal flaw. Rogue One is the story of how those secret plans were stolen, by a band of brave strangers willing to fight back against tyranny.

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REVIEW: Inferno

Image: Columbia Pictures

Image: Columbia Pictures

Chris Luckett

One thing the Dan Brown adaptations The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons cannot really be described as is fun.

The Ron Howard-directed adventures starring Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon have been artfully made, but were largely beaten to the cinematic punch by the underrated National Treasure (and its far-sillier-but-just-as-fun sequel Book of Secrets).

After adapting the second Langdon book first and the first book second, Howard and Hanks now skip to the fourth book for the third movie, but still can’t find the fun, nor really anything new to say.

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