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Star Wars: A New Hope Trailer


The galaxy is in turmoil. A Rebel Alliance is rising up against the villainous Galactic Empire but they are still marginalised and easily defeated. The Empire has a secret weapon, something that will ensure their continued hold on the galaxy: The Death Star. The giant space station has the ability to destroy an entire planet, although the Rebel Alliance have successfully stolen the secret plans for it. When Princess Leia Organa of Alderan (Carry Fisher) is captured on her way to deliver the plans to the Alliance, she is forced to send them inside a droid to the closest planet - Tatooine. There, a young moisture farmer, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who dreams of something greater for himself, is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, and save the galaxy along the way.

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Movie Reviews: The Smurfs 2


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Last time around The Smurfs got lousy reviews but managed to take in $563.7 million worldwide. This time around, The Smurfs 2 is getting even worse reviews but is still expected to win big at the box office, particularly overseas. It may, of course, be critic-proof. After all, what three-year-old reads reviews? But critics have a job to do and rarely can inform their Editors that they'd like to opt out of reviewing a particular movie. Clearly none of them wants to come down too hard on the little blue characters. Neil Genzlinger in The New York Times simply remarks, The movie doesn't have the wit of the first installment and seems as if it might be hard for young children to follow, though who knows with young children? Mark Olsen in the Los Angeles Times concludes that it's no markedly better or worse than the first and with just enough difference to lay claim to being something new. And while Phil Brown in the Toronto Globe and Mail argues that the movie is deeply irritating for an adult, the does concede that the target audience should eat up this new round of Smurf shenanigans (Smurfanigans?) to the dismay of the parents who love their children enough to sit through the schmaltz. But Kyle Smith in the New York Post remarks that the film simply carries on with the legacy of inanity and the most positive thing he has to say about it is that occasionally there's a contemporary or grown-up reference to freshen up this moldy blue cheese. And Peter Hartlaub in the San Francisco Chronicle offers this advice: Save the $20 and just take your kid into the backyard to pull the wings off flies, or burn ants with a magnifying glass. There's so much torture and suffering in this movie, it starts to feel like Zero Dark Smurfy.


Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Review


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When the first Star Wars films came along, they filled a collective need. Movies had gotten too serious -- too much realism, not enough escapism. It was a time when audiences wanted to escape from the headlines -- as we still do -- and return to moral, and cinematic, simplicity. George Lucas delivered the goods.

Watching the first two installments in the series again (Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, also the two best films in the series), the most noticeable thing about them is all the ideas that went into them. Lightsaber duels, the Force, model spaceships, Darth Vader's heavy breathing, droids that deliver annoying repartee, aliens that look like Sasquatch and giant frogs, and wisecracking antiheroes like Harrison Ford's Han Solo -- all these things have entered our cultural consciousness. But the makers of the original Star Wars had to think up all these things (or borrow them from non-sci-fi genres).

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Star Wars Actor Brown Dies


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Actor Phil Brown, best known for playing Luke Skywalker's UNCLE OWEN in Star Wars, has died of pneumonia. He was 89.

The Massachusetts-born actor died at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California on Thursday (09FEB06), according to his widow GINNY.

After starring in movies and TV shows in the 1940s, Brown moved to London in the 1950s after he was wrongly blacklisted during the Communist scares in the United States.

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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Review


Extraordinary
When the first Star Wars films came along, they filled a collective need. Movies had gotten too serious -- too much realism, not enough escapism. It was a time when audiences wanted to escape from the headlines -- as we still do -- and return to moral, and cinematic, simplicity. George Lucas delivered the goods.

Watching the first two installments in the series again (Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, also the two best films in the series), the most noticeable thing about them is all the ideas that went into them. Lightsaber duels, the Force, model spaceships, Darth Vader's heavy breathing, droids that deliver annoying repartee, aliens that look like Sasquatch and giant frogs, and wisecracking antiheroes like Harrison Ford's Han Solo -- all these things have entered our cultural consciousness. But the makers of the original Star Wars had to think up all these things (or borrow them from non-sci-fi genres).

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