Saturday, December 16, 2017



This week in theaters we have the one film of the year that needs no introduction, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", a film that received universal acclaim from critics, and yet fans of the franchise are calling it the worst installment, so far, even going so far as to say its worse than the prequel trilogy. Yikes ! Also out now is the animated feature "Ferdinand" from 20th Century Fox, which I think is an odd bit of timing, alongside a "Star Wars" movie, but also symbolic of the new acquisition of Fox by Disney.

In limited release we have the western film "The Ballad of Lefty Brown" and "Beyond Skyline", the odd sequel no one asked for yet is apparently an improvement on the original.

Synopses, details, critical reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi Image

Official Synopsis

In Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Film Details

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Poster
  • Director: Rian Johnson

  • Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

  • Running Time: 152 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 93% (265 fresh, 20 rotten, score: 8.2/10)
  • Metacritic: 86 out of 100 (51 positive, 3 mixed, 0 negative).


Ferdinand 2017 Image

Official Synopsis

FERDINAND tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

Film Details

  • Director: Carlos Saldanha

  • Starring: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale, Jeremy Sisto

  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

  • Running Time: 106 min.

  • Rating: PG for rude humor, action and some thematic elements

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 74% (50 fresh, 18 rotten, score: 6.2/10)
  • Metacritic: 58 out of 100 (10 positive, 9 mixed, 0 negative).


The Ballad of Lefty Brown Movie Image

Official Synopsis

When cowboy Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) witnesses the murder of his longtime partner - the newly-elected Senator Edward Johnson (Peter Fonda) - he strikes out to find the killers and avenge his friend's gruesome death. Tracking the outlaws across the vast and desolate Montana plains, Lefty recruits a young gunslinger, Jeremiah (Diego Josef), and an old friend, a hard-drinking U.S. Marshall (Tommy Flanagan), to help deliver the men to justice. After a gunfight with the outlaws leaves Jeremiah wounded, Lefty returns home with the names of Johnson's killers only to find that he is being accused of his friend's murder. With the tables turned, and with his friend in the governor's mansion (Jim Caviezel) refusing to help, Lefty must evade the law and prove his innocence by exposing the powerful men ultimately responsible for Johnson's death. A thrilling and action-packed Western, The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a story about loyalty, friendship, and the relentless pursuit of justice.

Film Details

The Ballad of Lefty Brown Poster
  • Director: Jared Moshe

  • Starring: Bill Pullman, Peter Fonda, Joseph Lee Anderson, Kathy Baker, Jim Caviezel

  • Genre: Western

  • Running Time: 111 min.

  • Rating: R for violence and some language

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 81% (13 fresh, 3 rotten, score: 6.0/10)
  • Metacritic: 64 out of 100 (6 positive, 2 mixed, 0 negative).


Beyond Skyline Movie Image

Official Synopsis

When the population of Los Angeles is vacuumed off the face of the earth, Detective Mark Corley (Frank Grillo) storms his way onto an alien ship to rescue his estranged son. But after crashing the ship in Southeast Asia, he must forge an alliance with a band of survivors to discover the key to saving his son and taking back the planet once and for all.

Film Details

Beyond Skyline Poster
  • Director: Liam O'Donnell

  • Starring: Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic, Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Callan Mulvey

  • Genre: Callan Mulvey

  • Running Time: 105 min.

  • Rating: R for sequences of bloody sci-fi violence, and language throughout

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 75% (9 fresh, 3 rotten, score: 6.1/10)
  • Metacritic: 45 out of 100 (0 positive, 6 mixed, 1 negative).

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