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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    First new release film for the year! And what an eye-popping, special effectstastic, and Carrie Fisher has finally become a living hologram roller coaster ride it is, and other cliches. Because that’s what this film is – a whole bunch of cliches riding on the back of the original trilogy. The story is a treasure hunt MacGuffin, and the ending is a final shootout complete with cavalry coming over the hill at the last minute.

    When I think about it,…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★

    Another amazing flick from Garland. What seems at first to be a creature feature turns into a philosophical meditation on grief, betrayal and identity. I'm still pondering the ending, which is a plus, not a negative. Natalie Portman's acting and screen presence have improved a lot since her Star Wars days.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    I re-watched this in preparation for the new one because I'd forgotten much of it. It's still full of plot holes and seat of the pants 'science', but those old characters still resonate. Luke in the Millenium Falcon galley ruminating about Han's death and being reminded by R2 of young Leia's original message to Obi Wan. I like how he rejects the Jedi way in this one. A bold move for this franchise. I wonder how they'll resolve it.