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Mark Hamill defends controversial ‘Star Wars’ prequels: ‘I was impressed’

Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill has revealed that his feelings for the “Star Wars” prequels are far, far away from the general consensus. The trilogy — 1999’s “The Phantom Menace,” 2002’s “Attack of the Clones” and 2005’s “Revenge of the Sith” — are something of a punchline to many series fans, as they’re widely considered to be the weakest links in the film franchise.
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‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’: How to Watch the Season 1 Finale for Free

All products and services featured by IndieWire are independently selected by IndieWire editors. However, IndieWire may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. The season finale of “Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” the latest prequel series in the original “Power” franchise, will air arrive on Starz on Sunday. Whether you’re new to the cable network, or a returning customer, there are a bunch of budget-friendly ways to subscribe. Set in South Jamaica, Queens, in 1991, the sprawling family drama revolves around the coming-of-age of Kanan Stark (Mekai Curtis)...
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6 Retro Phone Cases to Buy for iPhone and Android

All products and services featured by IndieWire are independently selected by IndieWire editors. However, IndieWire may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. Buying a phone case is a quick way to make sure your smart phone is protected from damage, but it also serves as a way to modify your electronics without purchasing a brand new device. And if you’ve scrolled through social media lately, then you’ve probably seen just how popular the retro aesthetic has become. From gaming consoles to vintage cameras and reboots of...
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Oscars: Why the Best Picture Race Is Already Crowded with Contenders

Anyone reading the Oscar tea leaves knows that Kenneth Branagh got some very good news last weekend: “Belfast,” his black-and-white ode to his childhood during the Troubles, won the coveted People’s Choice prize at TIFF — which typically indicates a serious Oscar contender for Best Picture. But the “Belfast” buzz is already competing with “The Power of the Dog,” which played well enough in Venice to score Jane Campion a directing prize before keeping that momentum going in Telluride; it next heads to New York.
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The Many Saints of Newark Reviews Praise a Worthy Return to the World of The Sopranos

Tony Soprano is back, and this, it's all still very personal as the first reviews for The Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark, are now in. So, is it worth returning to the violent, sometimes terrifying, often hilarious world of the New Jersey gangster and thus explore his early years, perhaps even getting further insight into what makes the future mob boss tick? Well, yes, is the short answer, but the concensus seems to be that you'll get a lot more out of it if you're already a fan.
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Mark Hamill Praises the ‘Star Wars’ Prequels in J. W. Rinzler’s Final Book

J. W. Rinzler passed away earlier this year, after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer, but his work will live on forever. Rinzler, a film historian who published several books on the making of Star Wars, had one last gift to offer. His final book, titled Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life, was released earlier this month, and contains a wonderful quote from Luke Skywalker himself about the Star Wars prequels.
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Melvin Van Peebles, Legendary Filmmaker and Actor, Dies at 89

Just days before his classic film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song was slated for a special revival screening at the New York Film Festival, and less than a week before the Criterion Collection will release a box set of his “essential films,” legendary filmmaker and actor Melvin Van Peebles has died. He was 89 years old.
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Brown Girls Doc Mafia Is Building a Diverse Doc Utopia

Like much of Western storytelling, documentary filmmaking has colonialist roots, going back to the work of ethnographers who thrust themselves into communities they viewed as outsiders. Brown Girls Doc Mafia is looking to unwind that tradition. Since its launch six years ago, the organizers behind the collective have committed themselves...
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‘Sankofa’: Haile Gerima Wants His Resistance Cinema to Inspire the Next Gen of Black Filmmakers

The Haile Gerima story is one of personal and professional resistance. A warrior whose chosen weapon is cinema, Gerima has been at the forefront of the Black independent film movement for almost 50 years, leading a charge to counter the West’s history of gross misrepresentations of the Black experience with complete and complex stories about what it means to be Black, viewed through a global lens. Most exemplary of this ethos is his epic 1993 slavery-era revolt drama, “Sankofa,” which has now been given new life in a partnership between Gerima’s Mypheduh Films and Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing. A brand-new 4K...
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This Is How Mark Hamill Really Feels About The Star Wars Prequels

You don't need us to tell you that the "Star Wars" prequels are considered a low point in the franchise. But let's take a look at those Rotten Tomatoes ratings anyway. "The Phantom Menace" (1999) currently sits at just 52% Fresh (aka Rotten) among the critics, and 59% Fresh among the audience. "Attack of the Clones" (2003) fared a bit better among the professional movie watchers with a 65% critics' score, but it received a paltry 56% from the fans. "Revenge of the Sith" (2005) is technically the best "Star Wars" prequel with an 80% critics' score and a 66% audience score. But those numbers don't exactly redeem the entire prequel trilogy.
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Tabitha Jackson Wants Docs to Break Boundaries, at Sundance and Beyond

When Tabitha Jackson became the new director of the Sundance Film Festival in 2019, she brought years of work in the documentary community with her. So it came as no surprise that one of the first big changes she made to the venerable festival was to elevate the nonfiction form by integrating documentaries into the main “Premieres” section.
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The Untold Truth Of V/H/S

Some of the best horror films shock you with visceral brutality, while other stand-outs like to cut loose and have fun. "V/H/S" is one of the few horror franchises that is able to do both at the same time. The "V/H/S" films all follow the same basic template. First, a...
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‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’: 1 Original Cast Member Would Like To Make A Cameo In the New TV Show

The horror cult classic I Know What You Did Last Summer is coming to the small-screen. Amazon Prime ordered a reboot series of the 1997 slasher film. Based on the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan, the movie adaptation starred Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Phillippe. While the series is set to debut in October, one original cast member from the film has expressed interest in the project.
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Mark Hamill Was Impressed By Star Wars Prequel Trilogy

In a newly-released interview, Star Wars actor Mark Hamill defends the controversial prequel trilogy, praising the films’ unique identity. In a newly-released interview with Mark Hamill, the actor defended the controversial Star Wars prequel trilogy. Comprised of Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Episode II – Attack of the Clones, and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, the prequel films are still widely-debated among Star Wars fans today, despite Episode I having premiered over 20 years ago. Written and directed by George Lucas himself, the space epics take place 32 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
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Revenant Director Finishes Filming Epic Comedy Adventure Bardo

Oscar-winning director of The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, wraps filming in Mexico City on his upcoming epic adventure comedy movie called Bardo. Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of 2015’s The Revenant, has wrapped production on his next project, Bardo (or False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths). The Academy Award-winning director is best known for his work on The Revenant (for which Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar), Birdman, and Babel. With the receipt of his Oscar for Best Director for The Revenant, Iñárritu became the first director in 65 years, and only the third ever, to win the award in two consecutive years following his win with Birdman. Continuing from that success is Iñárritu’s first feature film since 2015, Bardo.
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