Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Hits Home Video

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth and final installment of the Skywalker saga, is now available for fans to buy on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. In addition to the above options, eight previous films in the saga are being made available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time.  Both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo were previously available on 4K UItra HD. Bonus features include*: The Skywalker Legacy – The…

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – A Saga Ends

Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker isn’t only the ninth Star Wars installment but the ultimate conclusion to a franchise started in 1977. It goes without saying that for fear of even the most mild of spoilers, I ask that you please do not read any further until after seeing the film. If you’re anything like me, go into the film knowing as little as possible. The saga ends as it begins on the…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Road to IX

Star Wars: The Last Jedi may or may not be the best film in the franchise but writer-director Rian Johnson delivers the goods in the eighth installment. What follows below the asterisks is the bulk of my original review–first published in 2017.  My feelings on this film have not changed in two years.  In fact, the film only improves with time.  Rian Johnson would turn out to be the perfect filmmaker to take on the…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Road to IX

Star Wars: The Force Awakens features the long-awaited return of fan favorites while introducing us to a new generation of characters. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) are back but Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has gone missing.  The Resistance has a new band of heroes leading the way for a younger generation.  Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and BB-8 are certain to take Star Wars into the…

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The Report: Talking With The Cast

Jon Hamm, Annette Bening, and Adam Driver spoke about their characters in The Report during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Solzy at the Movies was one of a number of outlets to attend the press conference in September.  I first saw The Report during Sundance and it’s an important film with regards for American history.  In addition to the three actors, they were joined by writer-director Scott Z. Burns, producer Jennifer Fox, and former…

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Toronto 2019: Marriage Story

Marriage Story presents an authentic look into one family’s life as they breakup and raise their child together while living on opposite coasts. Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) and Charlie (Adam Driver) are married.  However, the two of them are going through a divorce.  While they originally had no intention of bringing on lawyers, they eventually turn to legal cancel.  Nobody said that divorce would be easy, right?  What makes it so important for the two of…

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The Dead Don’t Die Goes Meta

The Dead Don’t Die may work as a horror comedy but writer-director Jim Jarmusch ultimately aims for both meta and allegorical comedy. “This is going to end badly,” police officer Ronald Peterson (Adam Driver) repeatedly tells police chief Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray).  How does Peterson know this?  He read the full script.  Robertson on the other hand would only receive the pages with his scenes.  While the joke may be self-referential, it ultimately pays off.  Other…

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Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People serves as a profile of the publishing giant and an important lesson on freedom of the press. Immigrating to the United States from Hungary, Joseph Pulitzer would become an important name in American journalism.  We can see his legacy living on today through the annual Pulitzer Prizes.  But make no mistake, this man knew the importance of journalism.  While the current president will resort to”fake news” attacks, Pulitzer knew…

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Sundance 2019: The Report

With some very strong acting performances, The Report follows a Senate staffer’s thorough investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program. Even though the film starts with the beginning of the investigation in 2009, the flashbacks date back to 2001.  Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) was tasked with researching the CIA while working as a staffer for U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.  This followed a 14-1 vote by the Senate Intelligence Committee.  As an…

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BlacKkKlansman Offers Sharp Commentary

While the film is set in the early 1970s, BlacKkKlansman isn’t shy when it comes to its sharp satirical commentary. All Ron Stallworth wanted to do since he was a child was to become a police officer.  Typically, this would not appear to be a problem for someone wishing to join the force.  There’s just one minor problem: he’s a person of color.  The question asked of him by Chief Bridges (Robert John Burke) and…

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