DUNE: PART TWO – Review by Susan Granger

Denis Villeneuve’s mythic sci-fi sequel Dune: Part Two has already grossed $500 million globally, making it the highest-grossing film of 2024 – domestic and worldwide – surpassing the first film, released back in 2021. Based on Frank Herbert’s anti-imperial, ecologically dystopian Dune saga, it revolves around Paul (Timothee Chalamet), heir to the House of Atreides, wiped out in Part One under the fascist aegis of grotesque, genocidal Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgard). As with any franchise, seeing the first installment is vital to understanding the second. Written by Villeneuve and Jon Spaihts with an emphasis on action – as opposed to exposition and character-development – this shallow, self-important sequel runs 2 hours, 46 minutes, dominated by Grieg Fraser’s spectacular cinematography and Hans Zimmer’s propulsive score.

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DUNE: PART TWO – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

“Power over Spice is power over all,” a voice intones before the film even begins, which is about as much backstory as Dune: Part Two allows, The script by Villeneuve and returning co-writer Jon Spaihts picks up largely where the 2021 film left off—and ends on an ambivalent note, even after two hours and 46 minutes. Thankfully, while the earlier film handled a lot of table setting, this one dives right into the action, unfurling at a brisk pace. While the ending implies plenty more story to tell, Dune: Part Two for now crafts an immersive sci-fi adventure.

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DUNE: Part Two – Review by T. J. Callahan

This sprawling, blockbuster was green lit for a sequel seconds after Part One hit the big screen in 2021. The sci-fi romantic adventure of warring families is The Ten Commandments meets Star Wars. Timothee Chalamet is the Moses of Arrakis riding sand worms in pursuit of a better life for his chosen people. Dune: Part Two is why we go to the movies. Read up on the legend beforehand, especially if you haven’t seen Part One, settle in with some popcorn and marvel at what masterful filmmaking is all about.

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DUNE: Part Two – Review by Susan Kamyab

The second installment picks up where it left off with Paul uniting with Chani and the Fremen to seek revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Director and co-writer, Denis Villeneuve properly brings this science fiction novel to life. Beginning with the mesmerizing world he’s created. Desert sand has never looked this attractive; swirling through the winds and fight sequences, paired with a roaring soundtrack that will make you truly feel as if you are in the movie. The set is immersive and the work, especially the cinematography by Greig Fraser, that has gone into this imaginative society is engaging without any dialogue or action.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, November 7 – November 11: Arrival

At the heart of Director Denis Villeneuve’s new film Arrival is the idea that language constructs reality. In the sci-fi Arrival, Amy Adams plays the linguist who works out all the answers in an alien invasion. Opening Nov. 11, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Arrival. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, September 14-September 20: SICARIO

Opening September 2, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Sicario, which stars the exceptional Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, Into the Woods) as an idealistic FBI agent who finds herself in the middle of the escalating war on drugs taking place on the border between America and Mexico.. Read on…

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