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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Release date 14 December

Despite the Marvel movies’ dominance in the past decade, there is no bigger franchise than Star Wars. Along with Jaws, Star Wars changed the way films were distributed and how studios looked at their audience, introducing an entirely new set of genres to the mainstream, ones that were once considered niche or were only produced cheaply and in high volume. What once was the domain of drive-ins and run-down, second-tier cinemas became the main staple of the movie-going public. The original Star Wars trilogy has dominated culture since, with parents introducing their children to the films for new generations to experience.

The prequel trilogy would obviously be a box-office smash, riding on the coat-tails of its predecessor, but it’s safe to say that the three films produced neither matched the critical success nor culture import of its forebearers; people were disappointed by the lack of Admiral Ackbar in the new film, while nobody missed Watto.

After the prequel trilogy was finished, it seemed that the desire for Star Wars had been sated. That aside from some smaller TV projects, no new films would be produced. The original trilogy would continue its generation-spanning dominance, while the prequel trilogy would be liked by children who saw it at the time, but always remain an afterthought. Then on October 31st 2012, George Lucas sold the franchise to Disney for $4.05 billion and Star Wars production went into overdrive.

The Force Awakens was a homecoming to many fans, echoing A New Hope in many ways that were seen as returning to the original trilogy while also drawing criticism for pandering too much to those who just wanted those old films again. Its new characters were a bright spot, though, and it seems likely that they will move even further into the spotlight in The Last Jedi.

While plot details are thin on the ground, what is clear is that the film follows on directly from the events of the Force Awakens, with Rey beginning her training with Luke Skywalker, while Kylo Ren also continues his dark force training with the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke. Perhaps again in echoes of the original trilogy, the film looks to be a more sombre meditation on the Force and the Star Wars universe at large, with the death of Han Solo in the previous film sure to hang over proceedings. From its previews, The Last Jedi looks to be very promising indeed, but we’ll find out if it can build upon the Star Wars legacy upon its release on the 14th December.

Words: Lee Callaway

STARRING: Daisy Ridley, John Biyega, Mark Hamill

DIRECTOR: Rian Johnson

BETTER WATCH OUT

Release date 08 December

STARRING: Olivia Dejonge, Levi Miller,

DIRECTOR: Chris Peckover

Vying to win both the most and least festive crowns for seasonal releases, this genre busting horror/thriller/comedy concoction subs paint can staircases and roaming tarantulas for guns and bloodied baseball bats. With Hank and Marv forever thankful they didn’t choose this house babysitter, Ashley (DeJonge) and 12-year-old Luke (Miller) are thrust into a home invasion scenario which might not be quite as it seems. A solid base coverer which has been well-received. Patrick Warburton makes an appearance.

Words: Stephen Coombes

FERDINAND

Release date 16 December

From the creators of Ice Age and Rio, wrestling superstar John Cena states an affiliation with the misunderstood muscular mountain of meat he voices, a Spanish fighting bull who yearns for the relaxed family life. Mistaken for a threatening beast and whisked into a world of tradition, an inevitable group of entertaining creatures are on hand to accompany him on his mission to find peace. Peyton Manning of NFL fame does cameo, David Tennant and Kate McKinnon are more substantial.

Words: Stephen Coombes

STARRING: Kate McKinnon, John Cena

DIRECTOR: Carlos Saldanha

 

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