‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ amazes, and enthralls

On May 25, 1977 in only 42 theaters, what we now know as ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” opened.  Its writer/director George Lucas was so convinced that it would not be a hit, he traded a small portion of his percentage of the movie’s profits to his friend Stephen Spielberg for an equal percentage of Spielberg’s profits from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  In spite of the fact that Spielberg’s film was successful, he definitely got the best of that deal.

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‘Red Tails’ soars – but lacks real historic context

Bombers take to the skies over Europe in 'Red Tails'
Bombers take to the skies over Europe in ‘Red Tails’

[rating=3]Starring: Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Marcus T. Paulk, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Daniela Ruah
Director(s): Anthony Hemingway
Writer(s): John Ridley and Aaron McGruder, from the book by John B. Holway

If you are a serious history buff, or want detailed information on the history and training of the famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, then director Anthony Hemingway’s Red Tails is not the best choice available to you.

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‘Star Wars’ finally arrives on DVD

Starring: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Alec Guinnes, Billy D. Williams, James Earl Jones
Director(s): George Lucas, Irvin Kirshner, Richard Marquand
Writer(s): Stories by George Lucas, Empire Strikes Back screenplay by Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan, Return of the Jedi screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan

Go Force Yourself!

Not so long ago, at a Best Buy not so far away, the boxed set of the “first” trilogy of Star Wars movies finally arrived on DVD. Helping it surpass the first day total sales of Lord of the Rings by almost double, (87 million units vs. 50 million) fans of the George Lucas saga proved their loyalty once again by dressing up as their favorite action figures and waiting in line to be the “first” in the galaxy to own the films that are, by count, now in their 5th manifestation (theatrical release-video-laser disc-special edition-DVD).

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‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’ makes for top-notch DVD

Jedi and Sith battle in 'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace'
Jedi and Sith battle in ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’

[rating=3]Starring: Liam Neeson, Ewan MacGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ahmed Best
Director(s): George Lucas
Writer(s): George Lucas

Like millions of others, I was excited to hear that Lucas—the supposed “leader” of the digital revolution in Hollywood—had finally relented and released one of his many great movies on DVD.

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