Despite being overwhelmed by two films worth of exposition and plot condensed into one, “The Rise of Skywalker” provides enough satisfying moments to pass as an acceptable finale to the Skywalker Saga. It’s sure to be controversial, revealing rewritten answers to some of the franchise’s biggest questions, and perhaps raising more than it answers – but there’s enough fan service and nostalgia inside to make it work, as long as you don’t think too hard about what actually happens.
Each year, a handful of newcomers step into the spotlight and truly blow audiences away. Whether it’s on the big screen, in a Netflix series, or in some cases, maybe even both, these rising stars quickly cement themselves as some of the best in the business.
Just like the video game at its core, “Jumanji: The Next Level,” is even more expansive, entertaining and ridiculous this time around.
Early in August, the first Fast and the Furious spinoff movie hit theaters, and “Hobbs & Shaw” quickly became one of the summer’s biggest box office hits. Now, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne The Rock Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) are bringing their high-speed adventure plus over 80 minutes of bonus features straight into your home on Digital, 4K UHD, Blu-Ray and DVD.
The biggest problem facing “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” comes when Hanks is offscreen. During his limited time, he’s absolutely magnetic, but without him, things tend to drag.
Even with a truly staggering running time, Scorsese’s epic is fast and funny, often coasting off the joy of watching its all-star ensemble go to work.
In “Knives Out,” Johnson has crafted a brilliant, fast-paced comedy-thriller capable of perfectly modernizing the classic murder mystery.
When it comes to carrying on the tale of Anna and Elsa, “Frozen II” is fine, however, it does so in a way that’s devoid of any of the heart or purpose that made audiences fall for the story in the first place.
James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari” is a proper adult drama set at 200 miles per hour.
As simplistic and predictable as “Last Christmas” may be, it still gets the job done once you admit you’re ready to feel all warm and fuzzy and embrace the holiday season.
While it doesn’t channel the same horrors as its predecessor once did, “Doctor Sleep” provides an intriguing exploration of the lore and mythology at the heart of the series.
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” plays out very much like the painting of a masterpiece. It takes its time, slowly sketching out the skeleton. Its movements are careful and tender. Eventually, the details are filled in, and all of the elements come together to create something greater than the sum of its parts.
After 10 years of waiting, the highly anticipated Zombieland sequel finally arrived, and it’s certainly worth the wait. “Double Tap” is a smart, entertaining adventure that perfectly realigns itself with the world fans have dreamed of returning to for years.
Taiki Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” took home TIFF’s Audience Award, and the Inside The Film Room staff got the chance to check out the World War II fantasy satire at Film Fest 919.
With a masterpiece like “Marriage Story,” Netflix looks poised to win big at the Oscars this year.
In an exclusive interview at Film Fest 919, senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri of Weta Digital said his colleague Dan Lemmon will be serving as the visual effects supervisor on “The Batman.”