Film Review: Star Wars – Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker

The ninth episode in the Star Wars Skywalker saga and the third instalment in the sequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set a year after the events of The Last Jedi. Directed by J.J. Abrams, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) lead the Resistance’s final stand against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. Forced to confront their past, it’s time for the battle between the Jedi and the Sith to come to an end.

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Film Review: Star Wars – Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Set 30 years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire in Return of the Jedi (1983), and the seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series, Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens, directed by J. J. Abrams, sees a new threat rise from the ashes. Led by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), The First Order are attempting to rule the galaxy, but the Resistance is still strong. Newcomers Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) join the fight with the Resistance, led by veterans of the Rebel Alliance, as they find out the truth about the Jedi force that they thought were only myths.

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J.J. Abrams Talks ‘Star Trek 2’

(Written for HeyUGuys)

J. J. Abrams attended the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour yesterday to talk about his latest television series, Alcatraz. With his latest film Star Trek 2 going into production on Thursday, we were also offered some more details about the sequel to his 2009 film, for which Abram discussed his recent casting choice of Benedict Cumberbatch, his decision to convert the film into 3D after filming, and how long he expects the production of the film to run for.

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New Featurette and Clip Spotlighting Simon Pegg in ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’

(Written for BritScene)

A new featurette and clip have been released for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol this week, putting the spotlight on British actor Simon Pegg and his character Benji.

“Benji is the ultimate IT guy,” says Pegg. “If you need to hack into something, he’s your guy.”

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Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick Drafted Into ‘The Micronauts’

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

First announced for development nearly two years ago, it has been reported this week that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) have come aboard Paramount Pictures‘ to write a big screen adaptation of Micronauts.

Micronauts is based on the Japanese interchangeable toys, now owned by Hasbro. First released in Japan in 1974, then named Microman, the toys were imported to the US by the Mego Corporation and soon after expanded into a Marvel Comics series, which began in 1979.

The comic books, created by Bill Mantlo and Michael Golden, feature a group of characters including Acroyear, Marionette, Bug and Huntarr. These names might not mean anything yet but, in a couple of years, they may just be the new X-Men.

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Film Review: Super 8

(Published on Rushes Online Film Magazine, and read this in In Retrospect – Issue 1)

From the incredible combination that is director and writer J. J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg, Super 8 is a sci-fi adventure about a young group of friends who witness a mysterious train crash. Resulting in a number of strange happenings around town, the group take it upon themselves to investigate into the creepy phenomenon. Here, their friendships are put to the test as bonds are developed and a romance blossoms. Whilst you may expect a scary creature-feature, Super 8 is all PG and it’s these relationships that are the focus of the story.

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