Chewbacca has his own theme song in Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Darth Vader, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker have their own theme songs in the Star Wars movies – now, in Solo: A Star Wars Story everyone’s favourite, Chewbacca has one too!

“John Williams himself suggested that John Powell would be a great candidate to not only use the classic Star Wars themes, but also the new theme that John Williams himself wrote for Han Solo,” Howard said in the video posted on Twitter on Tuesday. “John Powell wrote a lot of great themes, including the first-ever Chewbacca theme.”

Ron Howard dropped some Chewbacca-themed bombs on fans today with his video Q&A for Solo: A Star Wars Story. For one, Chewie (Joonas Suotamo) and Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), do not start out as friends… Read more from Entertainment Weekly

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The 71st Cannes Film Festival

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With its flashy red carpet premieres and hectic market, the Cannes Film Festival presents the grandest film industry spectacle in the world. Warm sunshine, celebrities walking around outside the theatres, Cannes is a showcase for new movies, and faces more pressure to deliver quality than any other program out there. For 71 years, Cannes has asserted its dominance as the preeminent showcase for international cinema.

The Festival begins early next week, and your faithful Vulture staff will be on the Croisette watching movies, doing interviews, and concocting an elaborate, Parent Trap–like scheme to make Cannes and Netflix fall back in love.

Here are some of the most buzzed-about movies ahead of the festival from Vulture

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Cannes often invites a big-budget studio film to screen out of competition, and this year’s entry is the Star Wars spinoff that casts Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover as young versions of franchise staples Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, respectively. Don’t expect to see original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on the Croisette, since they were replaced during filming by Ron Howard. Can the film overcome its troubled production history and deliver on the hype?

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Avengers: Infinity War – celebrating a ten year anniversary for Marvel

Avengers Infinity War

Ten years ago, Marvel premiered what would become one of the biggest, most ambitious, and lucrative movie franchises of all time—a cinematic universe that has spanned 18 movies and billions of dollars which began with Iron Man.

To make sense of the latest in this successful movie franchise it helps to have seen all that came before Avengers: Infinity War. With 18 movies in the Marvel back catalogue you may not have had time to watch them all ahead of this momentous cinematic occasion.

The Cineblog has put together this handy summary of where each of our main characters are at as we approach Avengers: Infinity War

Iron Man

Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr created his first suit of armour to escape imprisonment from terrorists, who he was kidnapped by while selling weapons to the military from his company, Stark Industries.

After escape, Tony got rid of his company’s weapons division entirely to focus on humanitarian efforts, and attracted controversy as well as admiration as Earth’s first openly visible superhero.

Defeating many different enemies gunning for his wealth and his life, Tony led the Avengers in protecting the Earth from Loki’s invasion in Avengers Assemble.

In the second Avengers movie, Tony and his science pal Bruce Banner (aka the Hulk) developed Ultron to help safeguard the world. This didn’t go as planned; Ultron went rogue and, before the Avengers could defeat him, was able to destroy the entire country of Sokovia… Read more

A Nightmare Masterclass in Revenge

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You Were Never Really Here follows a familiar enough shape of a thriller. Directed by Lynne Ramsay, known for We Need to Talk About Kevin. The movie, stars Joaquin Phoenix as Joe, a private operative – formerly a US soldier – who spends most of his time rescuing victims of sexual slavery.

Balancing between feverish dreamlike hallucinations of a tormented past and a grim disoriented reality, the grizzled Joe–a traumatised Gulf War veteran and now an unflinching hired gun who lives with his frail elderly mother–has just finished successfully yet another job. When Nina, the innocent 13-year-old daughter of an ambitious New York senator, never returns home Joe is hired to find Nina and punish those who put her through hell.

So much stands out. There is nobody better than Phoenix at conveying numbed psychosis and, more bearded than a retired buccaneer, he excels in tussles with a kaleidoscope of inner torments. He has the look of a man who is never more than five minutes away from processing bad news. He seems weighed down by generations of sorrow. But he is also allowed moment of gentleness.

Ramsay expands Joe’s story in ingenious fashion. The traumas he suffered in the army are dealt with in a brief ambiguous flashback that lasts little longer than three minutes. His own childhood abuse is referenced in muttered shouts on the soundtrack and through a continuing need – apparently inspired by his dad’s bullying – to wrap his head in cellophane… read more from The Irish Times

How Quiet Can You Be?

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place is the perfect title for this almost silent horror movie. Centring on familial tension in a post-apocalyptic world, a world cobbled-together headlines and notes reveal the presence of an alien invader, one that hunts by sound.

A nerve-racking overture follows a family as they tiptoe stealthily through abandoned streets and stores in search of medicine. While mother Evelyn (Blunt) searches soundlessly around shelves, father Lee (Krasinski) takes a rocket toy away from the youngest of his three children just before the sound effects kick in.

We soon learn that this family had something of an edge on the mysterious creatures that have depopulated the planet: the eldest daughter, Regan (the remarkable Millicent Simmonds) is deaf. Sign language has allowed them to communicate in their remote, survivalist-friendly farm, while others have perished.

The location and different abilities bestowed by the presence of Simmons’s character locate A Quiet Place somewhere between the post-horror of The Witch, and the woke-horror of Get Out.

The film’s nail-biting tension makes for pleasing genre thrills and a conduit for parental anxiety… read more from The Irish Times

Hilarious Dogs and a 12-year-old Boy!

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Isle of Dogs, the new animation comedy from Wes Anderson, known for The Fantastic Mr Fox movie, is about a group of hilarious dogs and a 12-year-old Japanese boy who is fed up with the status quo. The Little Pilot, as he’s called by the dogs on Trash Island, doesn’t stick to society’s rules. He misses his dog and he’s piloted his way to the island to retrieve Spots (Liev Schreiber), his prized bodyguard dog.

The comedy here isn’t in-your-face. The jokes take some thinking. They arrive at strange times, causing a hilarious mishmash of humour and sadness. Emotional moments will be punctuated by dogs sneezing, and it’s impossible not to laugh right after you were about to cry.

Set in a near-future Japan, Isle of Dogs proposes a population that’s afraid of dogs because of the diseases running rampant through canine populations. Because of the hysteria over the dog flu jumping to humans, all dogs are banished to a nearby trash island to fend for themselves.

The stunning visuals can make you forget you’re watching an overtly political movie… Read more from HJ News

80’s Memorabilia in Ready Player One

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If you’re a fan of the Ernest Cline novel, Ready Player One, you’ve been waiting a while for the movie adaptation. Now the wait is over.

In the year 2045, the real world is a harsh place. The only time Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) truly feels alive is when he escapes to the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spends their days. In the OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone-the only limits are your own imagination. When James Halliday (Mark Rylance), the creator of this virtual reality world dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.

Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One, like the source material, is chock full of references to 80s music, movies, and video games. It also throws in a few Master Chiefs, Overwatch characters, and the Iron Giant for good measure. Usually these references are surface level and fleeting, but a few carry more weight—like the appearance of Adventure for the Atari 2600… read more from Kotaku.