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The Force Awakens is an action film. It feels like Star Wars but it isn’t Star Wars.

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For months now, people online and off have been speculating, hoping, disavowing their interest in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So with so much non-film related stuff swirling around J.J. Abrams latest installment of the Star Wars serial, how is one to offer any insightful critique of The Force Awakens?

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As a spectacle, as pure entertainment, The Force Awakens delivers. Its pace is near break-neck, but it rarely feels rushed. The climax manages to feel bigger-than-life and starkly intimate at the same time. And people will be talking about the movie’s big plot points for months.

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Can’t we just blow up a helicopter like the old days anymore? Do we have to replace it with half-rendered computer effects? Rambo would not be proud.

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The new Luc Besson-produced Guy Pearce sci-fi action flick inspired this list of the best space commanders in movies from Warren Cantrell. Take no prisoners indeed!

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This review of “Cowboys and Aliens” originally appears on KTKA-49. The new movie “Cowboys and Aliens” is a perfect example of truth in advertising. The title says it all. There are cowboys and there are aliens. And that’s about it. Taking the title of the 2006 graphic novel that it’s based on and none of [...]

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A good idea is just that, an idea. It may be chock-full of visual potential or hint at the possibility of an engaging story. Even if the idea is fantastic, there is an enormous chasm that stands between that idea and, in this instance, a well-crafted enjoyable feature film. Jon Favreau falls headlong into this [...]

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We have passes to see COWBOYS & ALIENS Tuesday, July 26 at AMC Studio 30 at 7:30pm and we want you to have them! Just fill out the form below and winner will be picked at random on Monday, July 25. Synopsis: 1873.  Arizona Territory.  A stranger (Daniel Craig) with no memory of his past [...]

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock is watching all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film are recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! “Star Wars?” Where do I even start? This is honestly the first time [...]

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Sometimes, I suppose, some people just need to watch a nice movie where nice people end up in nice places, despite not nice situations. Hollywood knows this, and they know it well. They crank out these nice movies like a long, processed line of uninterrupted sausage, knowing it’ll find some sort of audience. It doesn’t [...]

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock is watching all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film are recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! Before Richard Linklater revisited Austin during the 70s in “Dazed and Confused,” George [...]

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock is watching all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film are recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! Life always has a way of derailing even the best-laid plans, and my [...]

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film will be recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! To anyone out there who considers themselves a casual fan of “Blade Runner,” this next paragraph is not [...]

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