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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Writer-director Rian Johnson (of cult hits Brick, The Brothers Bloom and Looper) takes over the reins for this follow-up to J.J. Abrams' energetic-but-hidebound 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now that the setup is out of the way, "Force sensitive" young warrior Rey (Daisy Ridley) has hunted down Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and is looking for a little training. But is the now-cynical Jedi willing to accept a disciple? And will Rey stick around or run off just like Luke did, looking for revenge against emotionally unstable villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)? This epic, unexpected outing heads in directions few fans saw coming—leaving some to grouse and others to rejoice. Frankly, its break with tradition along with its mixture of sharp character drama and outsized action makes this a Star Wars for the new millennium. 152 minutes PG-13.