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How will The Force Awakens fare over time?

I was going to write a review of The Force Awakens, and I may still get around to doing that, perhaps once it comes to DVD/Blu-ray. But right now, I’d like to address this strange idea in fan circles that the film is both critically on the wane and about to face a backlash amongst…

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The Force Awakens: my ramblings

I was planning on writing a proper spoiler-free review of The Force Awakens today. I can’t do it—not before at least a second viewing. So instead, here are my spoiler-free impromptu ramblings. Star Wars has finally grown up with us. It feels a bit like the rebooted Battlestar Galactica in that it’s recognisably the same…

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It’s here: a rundown on the critical consensus (updated)

Update: Metacritic seems to have settled at 81, keeping it in the category of “Universal acclaim”, while Rotten Tomatoes rates the film “Certified fresh” and currently has it sitting at 95%. Meanwhile, the AFI has named The Force Awakens one of the 10 most outstanding movies of 2015. Stripping away the hype, it seems we’re still…

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Two days to go: The Force Awakens and Twitter reacts

Are you ready to see what people thought of The Force Awakens? Quite simply: This is the STAR WARS movie you're looking for. #TheForceAwakens — Glenn Whipp (@GlennWhipp) December 15, 2015 Not going to say much till I see it again but rest assured THE FORCE AWAKENS is the best STAR WARS since 1983…maybe 1980.…

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Three days to go: See J.J. Abrams on 60 Minutes

More new music by John Williams plus a glimpse of a scene between Rey and BB-8 can be found here: Tomorrow at 12:30 PM Sydney time, watch the red carpet premiere of The Force Awakens at StarWars.com! And then, Wednesday evening, we’ll give a spoiler-free rundown of what critics have to say about the next…

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Four days to go: the writing process for The Force Awakens

In a Rolling Stone compilation piece, we learn the following from Kathleen Kennedy: We had discussions based off of George’s treatments, and then when J.J. and Larry came into the process, there were new ideas being discussed, which is normally what would happen in a development process. We didn’t have a script, we didn’t have…

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Five days to go: IMAX, Driver and premiere preparation

With under five days to go until The Force Awakens opens in Australia, here’s what’s happening… First up, here’s an IMAX featurette: Secondly, while organising theatre for the military, Adam Driver was asked by a soldier if The Force Awakens is better than the prequels. His answer? “Fuck yeah!” (And though not related to Star…