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Lucasfilm, Allison Shearmur Productions, Black Hangar Studios,

Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Wen Jiang, Forest Whitaker

Jyn (Felicity Jones) lives with her parents, farming and mostly hiding out. But Jyn’s Father is a scientist and is recruited by force by the Empire to work on a new project of Lord Vader (James Earl Jones), a death star with the power to destroy a planet. When her father is abducted and her mother is killed, Jyn hides out until she is rescued by rebel fighter Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker). As time passes, the death star nears completion, but a plan is hatched to steal the plans and get them to the rebel alliance so that they will know how to destroy the death star. This is the story that fits in between Chapters Three and Chapter Four and tells the background information of what happened before the first Star Wars movie back in 1977.

This Star Wars movie was made for the fans. Perhaps this film wouldn’t be as powerful to someone who did not know the characters. There are no long lasting characters, and it is a fill in film, not part of the main story, but it does fill in some very useful information that makes things a lot easier to understand, and reveals some of the mysteries that are missing between these two films. This was very entertaining film and it was quite a lot of fun. It’s a long movie, but went by so fast. There is a lot of really good action scenes, lots of suspense, and lots of throwbacks to the main films. Felicity Jones isn’t the strongest lead in a Star Wars movie, but in my opinion she was good enough. I think she played her role that she was given. Much like Luke Skywalker she did not ask to be a hero. She was a simple girl who was put into this situation because of who her father was. She has some supporters who have interesting stories too. This is not intended to be as great as the other films, and my personal opinion is that it was better than the “horrible three” Chapters one, two, and three. You just have to set your expectations a little bit lower as it’s not a part of the main series, as I’ve said before, but it’s a wonderful addition to the wealth of the story. This is not one to miss.

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** Love Always, Santa

Marvista Entertainment,

Marguerite Moreau, Mike Faiola, Brady Smith, Jay Black, Isadora Swann


Celia Banks (Marguerite Moreau) lost her husband three years ago on Christmas Day, and believes she will never fall in love again. Now her life is filled with taking care of her young daughter Lilly (Isadora Swann). Lilly writes a letter to Santa asking nothing for herself, but rather that her mother can find love again. The letter falls into the hands of an excellent writer who is struggling for inspiration. His name is Jake (Mike Faiola) and he writes and answer to Lilly signed “Love Always, Santa”. The two continue to write until Jake is able to find his inspiration from this little girl and her mother.

This Hallmark premier Christmas film from 2016 is a nice story of boy meets girl assisted by the young daughter. Not utterly unique in Christmas stories, is it? But it does have a few twists and changes in the story to keep it interesting and it’s not a bad holiday film at that. The little girl (Isadora) is awesome and is a delight to watch as she sets out to find love for her mother. The film, like all Hallmark films, has a lot of heart and small town Christmas spirit. This is probably not a keeper as far a future year classic returns, but it’s certainly good enough for this year. I enjoyed the story and the people and found it a really decent movie.

Here is the Hallmark page for this film.

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Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday June 24, 2014

  • 300: Rise of an Empire
  • Blood Ties
  • Enemy
  • Redwood Highway
  • Repentance
  • Rob the Mob
  • Some Velvet Morning
  • Two Lives
  • Winter’s Tale
  • Wolf Creek 2
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  • [WON]12 Years a Slave
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Actor – in a Leading Role

  • [WON]Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Chiwetal Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

Actress – In a Leading Role

  • [WON]Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Amy Adams (American Hustle)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench ((Philomena)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

Directing

  • [WON]Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
  • David O Russell (American Hustle)
  • Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
  • 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
  • Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street

Actress – In a Supporting Role

  • [WON]Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)

Actor – In a Supporting Role

  • [WON]Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
  • Michael Fasbender (12 Years a Slave)
  • Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Animated Feature

  • [WON]Frozen
  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Ernestine & Celestine
  • The Wind Rises

Music – Original Score

  • [WON]Gravity (Steven Price)
  • The Book Thief (John Williams)
  • Her (William Butler and Own Pallett)
  • Philomena (Alexander Desplat)
  • Saving Mr. Banks (Thomas Newman)

Music – Original Song

  • [WON]Let It Go – Frozen
  • Happy – Despicable Me 2
  • The Moon Song – Her
  • Ordinary Love – Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

Screenplay – Adapted

  • [WON]12 Years A Slave
  • Before Midnight
  • Captain Phillips
  • Philomena
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Screenplay – Original

  • [WON]Her
  • American Hustle
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Nebraska
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Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday November 5, 2013

  • As I Lay Dying
  • Broken
  • Clear History
  • Computer Chess
  • The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
  • Girl Most Likely
  • Grown-ups 2
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Click Here for Ed’s Review]
  • Lovelace
  • Under the Dome
  • Whitehouse Down
  • Parkland

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