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This Is Still the Best Way to Watch the Star Wars Movies

The thing about Machete Order is that the goal isn’t to jumble up the movies for giggles, it’s about refocusing the overall story on Luke and his journey. Including Anakin’s fall as a flashback makes us understand Luke’s temptation toward the dark side better, and it makes Return of the Jedi a more interesting film. […]

Micro reviews and previews of movies for the week of May 21 – TwinCities.com

IN THEATERS Friday, May 26 “Baywatch”: More a bawdy spoof than a continuation of the TV series, it features Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron and a few of the original stars in very skimpy costumes. R “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”: Based on how tedious the last couple “Pirates” movies were, let’s […]

The logo for Universal Pictures’ forthcoming "Dark Universe" monster movie franchise. Photo courtesy of Universal …

From superheroes to Star Wars, blockbuster cinematic universes are hot properties in Hollywood, and pretty much every major film studio wants to get in on the action. On Monday, Comcast’s Universal Pictures revealed new details about its own planned cinematic universe, a series of films with overlapping characters and plots based on iconic monster characters […]

Can China Save Hollywood?

watching Netflix). Photo: Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection  However, there is a silver lining to Hollywood’s dilemma—China. Unlike their American counterparts, Chinese consumers are flocking to the theaters. And China is building them out faster than they can fill them with movies. The result is a rich opportunity for U.S. film­makers who have long been aching to […]

10 Bad Sequels to Great Movies

It’s hard enough to make one great movie, let alone a sequel to said great movie. More often than not, trying to capture lightning in a bottle twice just doesn’t work out (The Godfather Part II is a miracle), and in the worst cases, the horrible drop-off in quality can retroactively taint the original film. […]

There’s a crucial detail that audiences booing Netflix at Cannes should keep in mind about its movie strategy

“Okja.” Netflix At Cannes, Netflix has been pulled into a fight with movie traditionalists, who have pushed back against the way Netflix puts out movies — particularly that theatrical releases have taken a back seat. But film purists should consider a crucial way Netflix is helping to coax the “mid-level” film market back to health. […]

Michael Jackson Estate Hey, Lifetime & Netflix … Make Your Movies, Just No MJ Tunes

The new Lifetime and Netflix movies about Michael Jackson and his pet monkey, Bubbles, won’t feature any of MJ’s music if they know what’s good for them. Sources close to Michael Jackson’s estate tell TMZ the new flicks, ‘Searching for Neverland’ and the recently announced animated feature, “Bubbles,” are not authorized — therefore, they’re not […]

Ohio offers millions to bring more Hollywood movies to state

A tax break and subsidy for people making films in Ohio could cost the state $40 million this year after state lawmakers doubled the cap of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Incentive. But as area residents bask in the Hollywood spotlight and snap selfies with Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, some states are determining the […]

Why There’s a Sudden Rush of Michael Jackson Movies

Michael Jackson-themed movies are ready to thrill the box office. As the late pop star’s daughter, Paris, suddenly becomes a more present entity in Hollywood, so have film projects about her father’s thrilling life—which are suddenly piling up. The latest film joining the world of MJ-themed projects is Sheikh Jackson, an Egyptian movie set in […]

Why There’s a Sudden Rush of Michael Jackson Movies

Michael Jackson-themed movies are ready to thrill the box office. As the late pop star’s daughter, Paris, suddenly becomes a more present entity in Hollywood, so have film projects about her father’s thrilling life—which are suddenly piling up. The latest film joining the world of MJ-themed projects is Sheikh Jackson, an Egyptian movie set in […]