Movie Review | “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2016)

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by Mica Wilhite

The “Star Wars” series is the most successful film merchandising franchise according the “Guinness Book of World Records” with a total value estimated to be of over $40 billion. Looking back at a movie review for the 1977 “Star Wars“ that most of us saw as a kid, “It isn’t the best film of the year, it isn’t the best science fiction ever to be translated to the screen, it isn’t a number of other things either that sweating critics have tried to turn it into when faced with finding some plausible explanation for its huge …success.”

Almost forty years later, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is the first standalone film in the Star Wars series, also known as the Anthology films. Its story is set sometime between “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” and the 1977 “Star Wars,” later titled “Episode IV: A New Hope.” Later installments are planned for 2018 and 2020.

Female leads in interplanetary struggles are en vogue this year as Jyn Erso, Academy Award nominated Felicity Jones, leads the fight to destroy the immersive and powerful Death Star, similar to Jaylah’s leadership role earlier this year in “Star Trek Beyond.” The film is currently number one far, far above its closest competitor because of its familiar focus on the battle between good and evil and the immeasurable importance of hope within that struggle.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (133 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for sci-fi violence. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www. for a full list of show times. Plan to see it in a theater to truly experience feeling like you are actually in this film. And may The Force be with US all during this holiday season.


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