Feel the dark side
Some critics thought “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was a bit too simple and straightforward. Now Adam Driver, aka petulant son Kylo Ren, says director Rian Johnson’s sequel will bring more complexity to the galaxy. “It’s similar to how ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ has a different tone,” Driver told Collider. “For that people always go ‘oooh, it’s dark,’ but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear. (Johnson) trusts his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity. He’s not dumbing anything down for someone, and that’s really fun to play.”
The as-yet untitled “Episode VIII” is due in theaters December 2017. Expect to see a trailer attached to the prequel, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” opening Dec. 16.
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The Toronto International Film Festival, underway through this weekend, is a springboard to the Academy Awards season. Here are some of the biggest beneficiaries (none have KC dates yet):
▪ “La La Land”: You know how Oscar voters love movies about movies and acting (“The Artist,” “Birdman”)? Well they’ll love Damien Chazelle’s modern-day musical about an actress (Emma Stone) and jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling), with plenty of references to vintage Hollywood.
▪ “Jackie”: Natalie Portman may win the best actress trophy for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy, depicted in the days between the assassination of JFK and her orchestration of his elaborate funeral.
▪ “Manchester by the Sea”: Casey Affleck is leaving audiences weeping in this drama about a man living with tragedy.
▪ “Moonlight”: More weeping in this story of a young gay black man growing up in a homophobic culture.