Pride and Prejudice (1995), (♦♦♦♦♦): I fell in love with this wonderful co-production from BBC and A&E channel. The dialogues sparkle with intelligence and humor, particularly the initial banter between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. Watching Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle's exchanges, I would have sworn that the love between their characters was there from the very beginning. Lovely music, perfect casting choices even for minor characters, sumptuous estates, and great chemistry among the actors, make this miniseries pure perfection.
Patriots Day (♦♦♦♦): Based on the true events of the Boston Marathon bombing, this film encompasses the investigation, follows the survivors as they got urgent medical care, and follows the bombers as they run away in an attempt to reach NYC to repeat their heinous deeds.
Patriots Day is a taut, edge-of-your-seat reenactment of the Boston bombing and its aftermath. Starring an all-star ensemble cast led by Mark Wahlberg, punctuated by sounds effects and round the clock action that impart urgency and give a "was-right-there" feel, this movie provides perspective on the things that matter most, and on the strength and resilience of the inhabitants of Boston and of the forces of law and order.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (♦♦♦♦): the Empire is building a super weapon, called Death Star, which is said to be a planet killer. Galen Erso, the scientist in charge of building the weapon, has inserted a fatal flaw in the system and sent a holographic message to Saw Gerrera, leader of the Rebellion, so he can send men to neutralize the Death Star. However, Gerrera can only show the message to Erso's daughter, Jyn, before the city of Jedha is destroyed by a small demonstration of the power of the Empire's super weapon.
The Rebels have given orders to Cassian, one of his pilots, to find Galen and shoot him, but Jyn's presence in his expedition frustrates his plan. When the Council cannot reach an agreement to send a group of Rebels to retrieve the layout of the Death Star from the archives, it will be up to a rogue ship, loaded with volunteer Rebels, to provide backup for Jyn and Cassian to steal the layout and broadcast it to the galaxy.
While I was watching this movie, I kept thinking that the rebels wanting to destroy the Death Star was a familiar topic in the Star Wars saga, but I realized Rogue One was a prequel of sorts to Episode IV when I saw Princess Leia at the end deliver her line.
Rogue One is very entertaining and humorous, laden with special and sound effects, but with a solid backstory to justify them. It is also laden with memorabilia, as Princess Leia and the droids have small cameos, while Darth Vader has not so small a role in this episode.