Director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) takes the reins in the first "Star Wars Story" which is supposed to be a stand alone, "non-saga" film within the Star Wars universe. The story of Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, Inferno) and her band of rogues who steal the plans for the original Death Star, fits nicely into the established saga timeline. Filled with nostalgia, but able to stand on its own two legs, this film drives an action-packed punch and keeps the fans satiated until next December's Episode 8 hits theaters.
Dr. Strange, the 14th (!) entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, boasts an impressive and well-pedigreed cast, amazing visuals, and a complete lack of comic-book-required-reading. This sci-fi, fantasy trip is fun, loose, and whip-smart. Benedict Cumberbatch headlines as the titular hero who is shown the powers of the universe (and infinite other universes) and who must gather his strength and new skills to battle Mads Mikkelsen, the third actor to portray Hannibal Lecter who has gone on to star in a Marvel film. Tilda Swinton rocks full-Bowie to play The Ancient One and steals most of her scenes. The action is tight, the effects impressive, and the music even memorable. Check it out. Also, check out Danny's written review HERE.