A disturbance in the Force: Decoding the fan response to ‘The Last Jedi’ – The ESO Network

It’s now been about a month since “The Last Jedi” opened in theaters, and I feel like the dust is finally starting to settle a bit surrounding this surprisingly polarizing entry in the Star Wars franchise. By now everyone has probably decided how they feel about the film, one way or the other, and I don’t really want to stir up the controversy again. 😉 This article isn’t designed to be another discussion of the film itself; rather, I’d like to take a look at the overall fan reaction to this film, which has been absolutely fascinating to watch. In […]

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My top five most anticipated movies of 2018 – The ESO Network

With 2017 behind us, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2018! There will be plenty of movies to look forward to in theaters this year, including a certain little Marvel movie that will wrap up a decade of build-up. It might make a little money at the box office. 😉 Although it’s always hard to narrow my list down, here are the top five movies I’m most excited about this year! 1. Avengers: Infinity War (May 4), Black Panther (Feb. 16), and Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6) I’m already cheating on my supposed “five movie limit” by combining […]

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Movie review: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ a surprisingly fun action comedy – The ESO Network

As a kid, I remember watching the original “Jumanji” for the first time at a friend’s slumber party. I was awed (and a bit terrified) of this tale about a cursed board game that comes to life and causes dangerous events to happen in the real world — like carnivorous plants and stampeding animals. It’s probably been about 15+ years since I last watched this movie, so I can’t really comment on how well it has held up over time, but I do have fond memories of it. Initially I didn’t think releasing a sequel more than 20 years later […]

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2017 in review: My five favorite movies of the year – The ESO Network

Another year is winding down at the box office, which means it’s time to take a look back and see what movies hit (or missed) the mark! Like always, there were some surprises and disappointments, with some films that lived up to the hype and some that fell short of their potential. Disney continues to rule the box office, with several mega-hits that included Marvel movies, a live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” and the latest chapter in the Star Wars franchise — although its Pirates of the Caribbean series appears to be losing steam. All in all, I thought it […]

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Movie review: ‘The Last Jedi’ pushes Star Wars saga in bold new direction – The ESO Network

“This is not going to go the way you think” — Luke Skywalker offers this warning in the trailer for “The Last Jedi,” and it’s one fans would do well to keep in mind as they watch the latest chapter in the Star Wars franchise. It’s been two years since “The Force Awakens,” and fans have had all that time to speculate and theorize about what may or may not happen in the new film. Director Rian Johnson definitely offers some surprising twists and turns — and takes some creative risks — in “The Last Jedi,” and the final film […]

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