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When my editor asked if I wanted to cover the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, it took me all of about two seconds to say “yes.” Once my credentials were approved and my flight booked, then came the task of determining how to go about covering it. Unlike San Diego Comic-Con, which I had experienced as a regular attendee before covering it as a member of the media, I hadn’t ever attended Sundance, and had no idea what to expect – so I decided that I would journal the experience. I’ll be bringing you my Sundance experience over three…

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting theaters this weekend, the cast and creative team recently gathered in Los Angeles for a lengthy Q&A session with members of the press. During the event, the ensemble shared as much as they could about the film and working with one another, as well as paying homage to the legacy of the late great Carrie Fisher.

The Empire Strikes Back is widely regarded as the best sequel of all time, as well as the best of all the Star Wars films, and with the new trilogy of the saga from a galaxy far, far away reaching its all-important second act, early trailers and marketing for Star Wars: The Last Jedi suggested director Rian Johnson (Looper) took a similar and darker approach. While the film is definitely no Empire, The Last Jedi does surprisingly follow its own path in a very unique and wildly entertaining Star Wars installment. 

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk provided audiences with a gripping look at one of the most harrowing moments of World War II, told from the perspective of those closest to the struggle. Conversely, Darkest Hour gives us a glimpse into another aspect of this same conflict, following newly appointed Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) as he navigates treacherous political waters and rapidly waning support during his first month in office, culminating with the evacuation depicted in Nolan’s film.

Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space is often regarded as the worst film in the history of cinema, but if you set out on a journey to find another project worthy of that moniker, you wouldn’t need to look much further than 2003’s The Room. Written and directed by Tommy Wiseau (who also plays the leading role) and produced for a rumored $6 million, the film grossed less than $2000 during its initial theatrical run, yet somehow went on to become a cult classic that spawned legions of fans across the world.

In Mexico, November begins with the festivities of Dia de los Muertos, celebrating in life those who have passed but are still remembered through our memories and stories. That custom is what Disney and Pixar had in mind with their latest film, Coco, which will be released closer to our family gathering holiday and will hopefully inspire folks from all walks of life to see themselves in a family from another place.

Pixar’s 19th animated feature starts from a familiar place, centered around a young boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) with only one passion: to become a great musician, a dream which seems to echo the singular passion of Ratatouille’s aspiring chef, Remy. Miguel idolizes the late Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), a world famous guitar player whose career was cut short by an unfortunate incident with an oversized stage prop, and whose legend lives on via his numerous black and white movies, his signature ballad “Remember Me” and the statue which stands prominently in the center of Miguel’s village.

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