Blu-Ray Spotlight: Steven Soderbergh Recaptures Cinematic Passion With ‘Logan Lucky’

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Director Steven Soderbergh’s self-imposed retirement from making movies lasted all of four years, and thankfully his return to cinema was a successful one with Logan Lucky. Although it’s been rightfully compared as a kissing cousin to his Ocean’s Eleven movies, Logan Lucky has an entire energy of its own.

The narrative centers on Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum), a recently out of work construction worker who hatches a plan to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Helping him on his quest is his one-armed brother Clyde (Adam Driver), an Iraq War veteran who believes their family is cursed, and their hairdresser sister Mellie (Riley Keough), a lady who loves driving fast cars.

Keeping this criminal plan in the family isn’t enough, as they enlist explosives expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) to help their cause. Joe, however, is in prison, and Jimmy must engineer a way to infiltrate the jail and pull off the operation. Jack Quaid and Brian Gleeson co-star as Joe’s dimwitted brothers, with Hilary Swank thrown in for good measure as a determined FBI agent ready to take them down.

On a superficial level, the picture can be seen and enjoyed as an engaging heist caper that’s filled with a likable, all-star ensemble. Soderbergh also infuses a surprising level of sentiment in the film, as Jimmy’s love for West Virginia and his loving daughter (Farrah Mackenzie) is felt throughout the narrative. With Soderbergh’s own frustration with the politics of show business, it’s easy to see why a story about a group of outsiders taken down a corporate entity would be appealing (the heist is set to take place during the Coca-Cola 600).

The Blu-ray is definitely a worthy purchase if you’re a fan of Soderbergh’s previous work, and it’s an always engaging watch. Though no audio commentary or making of featurette is not featured in the disc, it does come with two deleted scenes. One sequences features a monologue from Joe Bang, and seeing Daniel Craig chew the scenery (in a good way) is an absolute pleasure.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Unleashes New Trailer With A “Rey” Dilemma

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One huge reason Star Wars: The Last Jedi has my vote of confidence is Rian Johnson, the first rate story behind Brick and Looper, is behind the camera. More screen time from Mark Hamill and late actress Carrie Fisher will also be welcome, and Daisy Ridley proved in The Force Awakens that she has the acting chops and charisma to carry a Star Wars flick.

Even with the tease of Rey (Ridley) being tempted by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) to join the Dark Side, Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s latest trailer was a bit underwhelming. John Boyega wielding a lightsaber was a truly memorable moment in The Force Awakens trailer, and unfortunately this clip doesn’t have any eye popping moments (though the new AT-AT Walkers look pretty cool). If you haven’t seen the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, check it out below and tell us what you think!!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens nationwide December 15.

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CinemAddicts Podcast Takes On ‘Detroit’ And ‘Logan Lucky’


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Steven Soderbergh went on a self-imposed hiatus from directing feature films (his last effort was 2013’s Side Effects), but now he’s back with the August 17 release Logan Lucky. The project once again features a collaboration with Channing Tatum (who starred in Side Effects and Magic Mike), and it features a return of the heist element featured in Soderbergh’s Ocean Eleven films. This time out,two brothers (Adam Driver,Tatum) who attempt to abscond with money from a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Riley Keough, who delivered a standout performance in last year’s American Honey, and a scene stealing Daniel Craig co-star.

Coming out August 4 is Columbus, an indie film that centers on a Korean American named Jin (John Cho) who travels to Columbus, Indiana after his architecture scholar father slips into a coma. Haley Lu Richardson gives her finest performance to date as the youth who strikes up a friendship with Jin. Reminiscent of such walking and talking films like Before Sunrise and Lost in Translation, Columbus is a filled with beautiful visual compositions from up and coming filmmaker Kogonada and excellent work from the two leads.

Also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is Detroit and the recent Blu-ray release Black Butterfly. Take a listen below for our August movie preview!!

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Footage Focuses On The Force That Powers “Family”

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As expected, a behind the scenes video on the making of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was unveiled over the weekend at Anaheim’s D23 Expo. Though it’s great to see Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver sharpening their Jedi skills in the clip, the best moment came from late actress Carrie Fisher, who reflected on the transcendence of the Star Wars universe.

“It’s about family,” said Fisher. “And that’s what’s so powerful about it.”

Regulars Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, and Gwendoline Christie were part of the D23 experience, and joining them on stage were Star Wars newcomers Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo), Kelly Marie Tran (Resistance mechanic Rose), and Benicio Del Toro (as a character named D.J.).

Check out the behind the scenes video and tell us what you think!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed and penned by Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) opens nationwide December 15, 2017.

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CinemAddicts Podcast Reviews ‘Silence’ and ‘Hidden Figures’

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On this week’s CinemAddicts, we review Martin Scorsese’s long in development epic Silence and director Theodore Melfi’s (St. Vincent) latest outing Hidden Figures. Along with those two reviews, we also offer up our thoughts on the impending release of Blade Runner 2049, director Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated sequel to Blade Runner. The great news is both sci-fi flicks were penned by screenwriter Hampton Fancher, and this time out it’s A-list filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) who’s behind the camera.

Based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel, Silence centers on two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver) who venture to Japan to find their missing mentor (Liam Neeson). The picture, which took 28 years to hit the screen, continues director Martin Scorsese’s lifelong exploration of faith, a theme that’s also explored in The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun.

Hidden Figures centers on the true story of three African-American women (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe) and their respective contributions to NASA during the race to space era. Kevin Costner co-stars as Katherine G. Johnson’s (Henson) hard working and no-nonsense boss, and Kirsten Dunst plays a supervisor who initially belittles Dorothy Vaughan’s (Spencer) accomplishments.

Though clocking in at 126 minutes, Hidden Figures moves like clockwork and there isn’t an ounce of fat in this engaging narrative. Click on the media bar below to hear this week’s episode of CinemAddicts.

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