Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

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The standalone film set in the Star Wars universe, Rogue One, is a mostly-successful outing that tells the story about how the rebels came to possess the plans to the Death Star, the planet-killing weapon of mass destruction that was destroyed at the very end of the first Star Wars movie.  Rogue One takes us back in time a bit, back before Luke Skywalker became involved with the cause, and tells a darker story than we might be used to in this kind of universe.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Hype can be both a uniter of excitement and a destroyer of expectations. In a world dominated by hype, by unending branding and licensing and, frankly, a deep desire to make as much money as possible at the expense of all else, a movie stands in limbo.

Whether or not Star Wars: The Force Awakens is any good seems almost irrelevant in any traditional sense. No matter what, people are going to hate it just for even existing, and some people are going to love it unconditionally even if it falls short on every front.

So, if you’re going to see it, you’re going to see it. If you’re going to hate it, you’re going to hate it. What I have to say is of very trivial importance.

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