STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Obliterates Opening Record, Best All Time By Light Years (UPDATED FINAL NUMBERS)

(UPDATED Monday December 21st, 2015) With the start of a new trilogy, the 7th installment of the Star Wars saga also completes another trilogy - of box office records. According to final official Monday receipts, Star Wars: The Force Awakens overwhelmed the multiplex galaxy with $248 million over its first three days, hauling in the biggest opening weekend domestic gross of all [...]

Han Solo Isn’t Who You Think He Is: a FORCE AWAKENS Analysis, and Predictions For Episodes VIII and IX (SPOILERS)

Opening weekend for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is over, and fans everywhere are beginning to dissect the popular blockbuster as they try to make sense of it all. (You can read my formal, spoiler-free review here.) This article is my own attempt to breakdown the central structure of Episode VII, what it reveals, what that means for the next [...]

THE FORCE AWAKENS Breaks Opening Day Box Office Record

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has set an all-new opening day box office record with $120.5 million generated on Friday, according to Saturday estimates. It becomes the first film to make over $100 million in a single day, annihilating the previous opening day record holder Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows: Part 2 which pulled in $91 million when it [...]

STAR WARS Awakens To Thursday Night Record

The Star Wars franchise has awoken to the first of what are likely to be several box office records to come. Final estimates show that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has opened to $57 million on Thursday evening, setting a U.S. record for Thursday night. It easily tops the previous Thursday night record of $43.5 million set over four years ago by Harry Potter and the [...]

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (Movie Review)

**** out of **** Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence Released: December 18, 2015 Runtime: 142 minutes Directed by: J.J. Abrams Starring: Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Lupita N’yongo, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson Star Wars: The Force Awakens is ranked #6 on my Top Ten List for 2015 My God. [...]

AFI Awards First To Cite STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Among Year’s Best (AWARDS 2015)

The first awards group that waited to screen Star Wars: The Force Awakens before announcing its choices also became the first to include the blockbuster on its year-end list of Best Films for 2015. The American Film Institute - known to most as the org that broadcast Top 100 Movie list specials at the turn of the century - announced their 16th Annual [...]

CAROL (Movie Review)

**** out of **** Rated R for a scene of strong sexuality/nudity, and brief language Released: November 20, 2015
 limited; expands January 2016 Runtime: 118 minutes Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy Carol is ranked #5 on my Top Ten List for 2015 A person’s traction with Carol will likely go as far [...]

Kathleen Kennedy’s Emotional Speech At The STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Premiere (LINK)

You have to read this to believe it, and even then maybe only The Force can explain it. When Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy spoke to a packed theater before the world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, she began by saying this: “The Star Wars saga is about a series of seemingly chance encounters. They impact the destiny of [...]

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Has Serious Best Picture Potential. Spoiler-Free Analysis (AWARDS 2015)

Fresh off the gala world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Monday night in Hollywood, industry trade The Hollywood Reporter takes an entirely spoiler-free look (not one plot point is mentioned) at the blockbuster's Oscar prospects, saying "J.J. Abrams' film could become the franchise's first installment since the original to land above-the-line noms." Click here to read the entire analysis. And click [...]