I'm not sure whether it's brave or irresponsible to put all of your padding in the first twenty minutes of your movie, but in "La La Land" I'm glad that's how it was.
The last time I reviewed a Star Wars movie ("The Force Awakens") I found the easiest way lay out my thoughts by pointing out all of the Disney-esque failures keeping it from being a genuinely classic action/adventure film. "Rogue One" Is a different kind of prequel/reboot (preboot?) and so I found another lens with which to critique it; on one hand, this is more of a classic Star Wars movie than "TFA," while on the other it gets more wrong…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Wow, it finally happened: A new Star Wars movie. I made sure to see it opening night so I'd have the least amount of external influences possible but even that was near impossible due to the extravagant amount of minor spoilers, leaks, and the grand reception it received at it's premier a couple nights ago. I'm not going to give it a final star rating until I see it a second time with my family, but here is my overall…
"Bridge of Spies" is the first movie I've seen in a long time that makes me proud to be an American.
The character of Tom Hanks is a familiar one both to himself and Hollywood: the morally stiff good man in a world where it is hard for anyone to care about doing the right thing all the way and all the time. This, however, works to the thematic advantage of the film as opposed to a cheap empathetic technique…