While Resistance fighter Rey (Daisy Ridley) seeks help from self-exiled Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the First Order makes their move against the dwindling rebel forces. General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) leads her gallant group of fighters, including pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the evil empire. The fate of the future is at stake.

The Star Wars saga is alive and thriving in another stratospheric adventure. Filled with action, thrills, human drama, awesome effects, twists and surprises, this epic tale is a fan pleaser that may even draw a whole new audience. It's just the kind of satisfying entertainment that
moviegoers will return to see again and again. Director Rian Johnson ("Looper") freshens up the series, taking it one step beyond "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". In doing so, he has created this generation's "The Empire Strikes Back". It's no surprise that the studio has chosen Johnson to helm a brand new trilogy for this franchise. The spotlight may be on the young cast, but Mark Hamill gets plenty of screen time in his pivotal Jedi role and it's bittersweet to see the late Carrie Fisher in her final appearance as Leia. Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega, as Finn, carry the legacy forward with ease. Joining the rebel fighters is Kelly Marie Tran as the feisty Rose, who worships Finn. Adam Driver returns as the evil Kylo Ren, adding more emotion and depth to his character. Andy Serkis and Domhnall Gleeson are back as the First Order's Supreme Leader Snoke and General Hux. There are a few other recognizable faces that shall be left for you to discover. The latest cute factor comes in the form of the furry little penguin-like Porg, who will steal the hearts of BB-8 lovers. They remind me of Tribbles ( a shameless "Star Trek" reference). The movie is slightly over 2.5 hours long, but never feels it. Flaws can be found and it is slow at times, but all is forgiven in a fascinating story by Rian Johnson and George Lucas (characters credit) that is absolutely enveloping. Add to this the rousing and familiar John Williams musical score. The forceful "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is a cinematic triumph. (5 CAMS)

Rated PG-13 (sequences of sci-fi action and violence)
Running Time: 152 minutes

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