Star Wars: The Force Awakens Isn’t Really A Remake Of A New Hope

The Force Awakens is really a “creative remix” of the original trilogy, and there’s a strikingly good reason for this that might shed light on the future of the entire franchise.

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Second Opinion: ‘Sing Street’ Proves Not all Crowd-Pleasers Are Created Equal

As of September, my favorite movie of 2016 is John Carney’s Sing Street, a musical throwback set during the 80s boom in the U.K. Consider this my (late) review, perhaps made better by the fact that I’ve had months to process Sing Street and even revisit it. For that reason, this is a Second Opinion,

Second Opinion: The Best Trick In ‘The Conjuring’ Was Its Marketing

What would you rather see? A horror film with a “PG13” rating for violence, some nudity, and language? Or a horror film with an “R” rating for being too scary? This was the main hook for James Wan’s The Conjuring, which served as his spiritual followup to Insidious and perhaps even Saw for sheer inventiveness with the genre.

Second Opinion: ‘Days of Future Past’ Is a Good, But Not Great X-Men Film

Days of Future Past was quite the success story when it finished its run in 2014, amid competition from Captain America: Winter Soldier and Amazing Spider-Man 2 in what was quite the crowded spring for comic-book movies, only to be upended by Guardians of the Galaxy that August. Fans were divided on whether or not the

On Second Thought, Zemo Was One of the Best Things About ‘Civil War’

My initial reaction to Helmut Zemo in Captain America: Civil War was quite similar to the reactions fans and critics have had with most Marvel cinematic villains. “Is that it?” we all tend to wonder. The important thing to remember is that most Baron Zemo fans enjoy the more recent incarnations of the character. In

Second Opinion: Why ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Isn’t a Masterpiece

It’s strange that the sequel to one of Marvel Studios’ most ho-hum superhero origin stories is among the most celebrated as a standalone feature (and easily the best sequel of the now large catalogue of films). Captain America: The Winter Soldier is often the film to talk about when discussing the

Second Opinion: ‘Prince of Persia’ Could Have Been Something Special

Directed by Mike Newell (who also directed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and some other fantasy films), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time came out in 2010 as one of the later attempts to revitalize (or just vitalize) the trend of adapting popular video games into movies. When this film