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    SOS This Week #16: Filling In The Blanks

    It seems like every movie franchise is expanding with sequels, prequels, and anthology films. Every character must be explained and every moment must be felt for us to truly know it happened. We take a look at some of the upcoming prequels, such as the Han Solo solo film that The Lego Movie directors Phil […] More

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    SOS This Week #15: A Farewell to The Dissolve

    The Dissolve was one of the best places on the web for writing about film, and Keith Phipps, Scott Tobias, Tasha Robinson, Noel Murray, Genevieve Koski, Nathan Rabin, Matt Singer, Rachel Handler and all the rest who have contributed were among the best writing about the movies today. With the site “dissolving” this week, we […] More

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    ‘Star Wars’ takes a breath with issue #4

    Following the series’ initial, action-packed story arc, Jason Aaron and John Cassaday settle in for a relatively quiet fourth issue. This is a breath-taking issue, a chance for the creators to focus on characterization and set some plots in motion. To wit, there’s Luke Skywalker, dealing with the reality of his (non)status as a Jedi following his confrontation with Darth Vader in the first arc More

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    Star Wars #3 Brings The Story To An Action Packed, But Abrupt End

    With this issue, Jason Aaron and John Cassaday wrap up the inaugural story of Marvel’s new Star Wars series, an action-orientated finale finds the Rebels fleeing from the surging fury of Darth Vader aboard their purloined AT-AT walker, desperate to reach the Millennium Falcon, as Luke does his best to ensure their mission wasn’t for naught. As a single issue, it’s all a bit rushed (particularly in the subplot with Threepio losing control of the Falcon to a group of scavengers, which added a nice bit of tension to last issue but doesn’t really payoff much here), but it’s to the larger story’s benefit that it only runs three issues. Overall, there’s not much plot here (Rebel mission goes south in part 1, they try to escape in issue 2, they escape in issue #3), but thankfully it doesn’t get stretched out any further than three issues. More

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    When ‘Star Wars’ Changed

    I could barely contain my excitement. Star Wars, a film I had probably watched maybe 20 or 30 times was going to be re-released theatrically. My parents weren’t big movie fans, but my uncle had offered to take me and my best friend to see it. A fitting choice considering it had been my uncle […] More

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    ‘Star Wars’ #2 Continues the Series’ Strong Sense of Fun

    For obvious reasons, both the original Marvel series and Dark Horse’s various Star Wars titles generally tended to shy away from direct confrontations between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Such encounters were the province of the films, and even after the cinematic saga had (seemingly) ended, there was, presumably, a desire to not water down their existing interactions too much by writing in a ton of off screen battles. Both characters were staples of the Expanded Universe, but rarely interacted with one another directly. More

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    Roundtable Review of ‘Star Wars’ #1

    Star Wars #1 Written by Jason Aaron Art by John Cassaday Colored by Laura Martin Published by Marvel Comics The biggest new release of 2015 (so far) is Marvel’s first endeavor into Star Wars comics for the first time since the 1980s. There are loads of variant covers, quite a few release parties, and rumored […] More

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    Marvel announces three new ‘Star Wars’ comics

    It was bound to happen after Disney acquired Lucasfilms several years after purchasing Marvel. Today at San Diego Comic-Con, as reported by IGN, USA Today, and The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel announced three new Star Wars titles. Each title will be set after the events of the original 1977 film and will be written and drawn […] More

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    Extended Thoughts on ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Directed by Gore Verbinski Written by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, and Jay Wolpert Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush Captain Jack Sparrow is the worst thing that ever happened to Johnny Depp’s career. The prevailing wisdom is that the constantly […] More