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#042: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Dunkirk, American Made

Zadzooks! Happy Hour: Episode 042
Written by Todd Stowell

This week, we stop by the theaters for a little movie called Star Wars: The Last Jedi (In Theaters Now), dig into The Christopher Nolan Collection, marvel at Nolan’s latest masterpiece with Dunkirk (4k/Blu-ray) and watch Tom Cruise run drugs and guns in American Made (4k/Blu-ray).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.

Starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro.

Dunkirk

In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.

Starring Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

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American Made

Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States. The operation spawns the birth of the Medellin cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House.

Starring Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson, Alejandro Edda, Mauricio Mejia, Jayma Mays, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Frank Licari, Jed Rees, Caleb Landry Jones, Connor Trinneer and Robert P. Farrior.

About the author

Todd Stowell

At night, I'm 1/2 of the Zadzooks! Happy Hour podcast. By day, I'm a Director of Digital Technology. My top-5 go-to movies are Ghostbusters (1984), Die Hard, Unbreakable, Back to the Future and Shaun of the Dead.

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