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Behind the effects work on The Force Awakens

Other sites are saying this video is 50 minutes of Force Awakens content. It’s not. The first 26 minutes deals with Star Wars; the rest deals with FXPhD courses. But 26 minutes of interviews with the effects team on the new movie is still pretty great. Featured in the above video is a breakdown of…

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Episode VIII release pushed back to December 2017

It looks like Christmas-time Star Wars is here to stay. Episode VIII, to be written and directed by Rian Johnson, has been delayed by seven months, accommodating rewrites which will apparently place a greater emphasis on the new characters from The Force Awakens. This also  gives more breathing room to the franchise, giving a full…

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Review: The Force Awakens

The Force is strong with this one. I’ve written a couple of articles now about the critical, commercial and general response to The Force Awakens. No matter which way you slice it, this movie seems to be connecting in a way we haven’t seen since Star Wars was at its peak, when the original trilogy…

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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…