Review: SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

By Mark Saldana 

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

After going through production problems that got original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller dismissed and Ron Howard hired, Solo: A Star Wars Story has miraculously made it to theaters. It wouldn’t be the first time a Star Wars film faced and overcame production woes, but this movie seemed particularly rushed. Still, despite these hiccups, Ron Howard, cast and crew managed to get the job done.  This newest movie may not have achieved the level of magic that some of its predecessors have, but it still makes for a fun ride in a galaxy far, far away. Read more »

SXSW 2018 Review: FIRST REFORMED

Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” stars Ethan Hawke in a Brilliant Performance

 

By Liz Lopez

Rating: B+

Writer/director Paul Schrader (“Taxi Driver,” “American Gigalo,” “Raging Bull” among the many he has written) presents his latest work, “First Reformed” that debuted at the Toronto Film Festival last fall and was screened in the Festival Favorites of this past March’s SXSW Film Festival. Ethan Hawke stars as Rev.  Toller – a man with a troubled past – who is now a minister at an 18th century church in New York State with very few members in his congregation. He runs the tourist store and addresses the plumbing issues that come with running such a building. Read more »

Review: SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” Entertains with the Origin Story about Han Solo

 

By Liz Lopez

Rating: B

Director Ron Howard took the helm on this production, “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” (after it was first started by directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller) based on a script written by Lawrence Kasdan (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” 1980) and his son Jonathan Kasdan (“The First Time,” “In the Land of Women”). “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is a prequel film that relays the origin story of Han Solo, the character originated by Harrison Ford in “Star Wars: A New Hope” (1977). For “Star Wars” fans who have not seen the decades old film, or perhaps wondered how Han Solo started out as a young lad (played by Alden Ehrenreich, “Blue Jasmine,” “Beautiful Creatures”) where he grew up in Corellia, this story will fill in the blanks, including his young love interest, Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke, “Me Before You,” “Game of Thrones”) and how he and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) became a team. This action, adventure and fantasy film is adequately entertaining with the humor mixed in with the drama from trying to survive. This leads him to live within the life of crime, playing the games he needs to in order to get what he needs to achieve his goals. Read more »

Theater News: Most Awarded Musical of 2015 “An American in Paris” to play in Austin May 30 – June 3

By Liz Lopez

Source: Broadway Across America, Lexus Broadway in Austin

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts offers “An American In Paris,” the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, at the Bass Concert Hall for a one week engagement starting Wednesday, May 30 through Sunday, June 3rd.

Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, “An American In Paris” is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas. Read more »

Review: DEADPOOL 2

By Renee’ C.

Rating: 5 (Out of 5 Reels)

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (A.K.A. Deadpool) (Ryan Reynolds), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable (Josh Brolin) (IMDB).

To say this film is crass, lewd, and downright nasty at times is an understatement. If you are not a fan of those things do not see this film because there is even more in this film than the first installment. Read more »