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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

    Full review at: fanboynation.com/rogue-one-a-star-wars-story-2016/

    The fact is from this point forward, Star Wars needs to get away from two things – Death Stars and nostalgia. The Force Awakens leaned on our previous connections to these characters and while Rogue One doesn’t quite have that luxury with its roster of new characters it opts for shots and CGI-based callbacks hoping to achieve that same end of recreating the magic of the past through the technological wizardry of today. What I’d really love to see is a standalone Star Wars movie that truly does stand alone.

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★½

    Full review at: fanboynation.com/interstellar-2014/

    Nolan is a smart, ambitious, and deadly serious filmmaker. Aside from the emotional aspects of the film, Nolan weighs down the film with so much deadening exposition. It’s like he never met a line of exposition he didn’t like. There’s no ambiguity here, no wonder, no mystery. Every minute detail is explained, sometimes more than once. Leaving Interstellar, I never had the feeling that there was more to mull over. Nolan does slip in a few…

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★½

    Full review at: fanboynation.com/inside-llewyn-davis-2013/

    Much like the Coens’ loosely based Barton Fink on the screenwriter Clifford Odets, they do the same with Llewyn Davis, loosely basing him on Dave Van Ronk. A folk singer with a raspy voice, Van Ronk was a prominent figure in the folk revival, one album of his was entitled Inside Dave Van Ronk and even featured a little cat at his feet. Though Van Ronk is the character’s inspiration, Llewyn Davis seems to have a…