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Star Wars: The Last Jedi review – may the eighth be with you

Writer-director Rian Johnson delivers a fine mix of character, storytelling, explosions and something to think about on the bus home

The core theme of the ongoing Star Wars narrative has always been one of balance – an equilibrium between light and dark, life and death. Balance is also the key to making a great Star Wars movie, with the directors of each new episode standing or falling on their ability to walk a tightrope between spectacle and substance, seriousness and absurdity – keeping both the fans and the first-timers happy.

In this eighth episode in the official Star Wars saga, writer-director Rian Johnson (who made his name with such adventurous features as Brick and Looper) proves himself the master of the balancing act, keeping the warring forces of this intergalactic franchise in near-perfect harmony. Just as the film’s sound designers understand the tactical use of silence, so Johnson instinctively knows when
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A Letter To Rian Johnson

It feels a little bit like Christmas morning around the house this morning, even though we’ve still got a week and change to go before the actual day, and that’s undoubtedly because all the women here are rousing themselves a bit early to get ready for what amounts to Christmas 2017, Hollywood style. (The cats have been up for some time already, and they too are very excited, but you know, that’s just their way.) You see, in a couple hours we’re all piling into the car and making the pilgrimage up the hill to Universal City to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. When it comes to buying advance tickets for a big movie for the whole family to see together my dear wife knows no restraints, and if the movie is prefixed with the words “Star Wars,” then all bets are most assuredly off.
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Rian Johnson & Ram Bergman Talk ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Deleted Scenes And Finding Light In The Dark Of Episode VIII

Rian Johnson & Ram Bergman Talk ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Deleted Scenes And Finding Light In The Dark Of Episode VIII
Spoiler Alert: This story contains plot details of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman — the writer-director and producer team behind Looper, The Brothers Bloom and Brick — are exhausted. I meet them at the end of the London stop on their world press tour for their latest, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, after they’ve spent a week on the road talking up the picture. But this is manna for them, because it’s the first time since Johnson was announced as the…
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What to Know About Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Tiny Last Jedi Character, Slowen-Lo

Minor spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi below! We have to hand it to Star Wars: The Last Jedi - the movie really upped its game in terms of celebrity cameos this time around. There's one sequence in the film in particular that features a handful of eye-catching A-list characters, and it comes about halfway through The Last Jedi's two and a half hour runtime. Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong'o) instructs dynamic duo Finn (John Boyega) and Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) to find a master codebreaker (aka a "slicer") to help them take down one of the First Order's ships. When they finally do find the slicer in a Canto Bight casino, he's played by a mustachioed Justin Theroux. That same scene also features a small (and adorable) cameo from Carrie Fisher's dog, Gary Fisher, who's CGI'd to look like an alien. On top of those surprise appearances,
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Review

Movie fans have yet another reason to be giddy near the end of the year ( besides the big serious Oscar films and those great special DVD sets that Santa brings). For the last two years around this time we’ve been transported to that “galaxy far, far away”. When the Disney company bought Lucasfilm they made a promise to continue the saga And delve into the mythos with “stand -alone” spin-off films. The “mouse house” has more than kept their promise. 2015 saw the much-anticipated release of “Episode VII” in the saga, introducing a new set of heroes and villains along with returning characters from the original first trilogy. Last year, while another episode was in production, we got the first live-action spin-off, a prequel of sorts to the first film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Both films were box office smashes with VII becoming the biggest B.O.
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Prince William And Harry’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cameos Were Cut

Two years ago, The Force Awakens was teeming with super-secret celebrity cameos – Simon Pegg (Unkar Plutt), Daniel Craig (Stormtrooper) and Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix)…to name but three – and it seems Star Wars: The Last Jedi is no different.

On the eve of release, we can now tell you that Rian Johnson’s entry into that galaxy far, far away will have a plethora of familiar faces to look out for. Including, but not limited to, Tom Hardy, Gary Barlow, Justin Theroux, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (a regular cohort of Johnson’s, following Brick and Looper), Noah Segan, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards and Warwick Davis who, like Theroux, appears amid the crowds of Canto Bight, the flashy Star Wars equivalent of Las Vegas.

But wait a second, you’re probably saying right now. Where are Prince William and Harry on that list? That’s a very good question, and one that we have the answer to,
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Unpacking The Mythos & More [Podcast]

Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film news and other film and television related items.

On this episode, I’m joined by Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez and Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth to discuss the film that will be on most people’s mind throughout the holiday season: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

We start the conversation with some initial, non-specific thoughts on the eighth chapter in the longstanding franchise, this time directed by Rian Johnson (“Brick,” “Looper“).

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Playback: Rian Johnson on ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and Thriving Within Lucasfilm

Playback: Rian Johnson on ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and Thriving Within Lucasfilm
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is set for release Dec. 15. You might have heard of it. The reinvigorated Lucasfilm franchise continues to be an annual event, not just in the film space but, certainly, in consumer and popular culture. Amid all that machinery, at the center of the latest installment, is 43-year-old Rian Johnson, an indie filmmaker who really showed what he was capable of with the 2012 sci-fi film “Looper.”

(Note: There are No Spoilers in this podcast. Feel free to listen and enjoy without fear of having any of the new film’s secrets ruined.)

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

Click here for more episodes of “Playback.”

Principle photography for “The Force Awakens” kicked off in February of 2016, in the immediate wake of the near-billion-dollar crater the film
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Rian Johnson: A Star Wars Story

By Salim Garami

What's good?

To many, this weekend is the imminent release of "oh my god, the new Star Wars movie". To me... it's also the imminent release of "the new Star Wars movie", I can't even pretend that's not the way I think of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I just also find it very exciting to look at as the new Rian Johnson movie, a filmmaker I've followed since the start and am incredibly happy to find in his successful and stable position. This especially considering that he's one of the few filmmakers who never established a production company of his own (Endgame Entertainment, who produced The Brothers Bloom and Looper, is the only company to produce more than one of his films). 

So if you'll join me, today I'd like to look back on his journey from the lo-fi shoe-string ingenuity that inhabited the beginnings of
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review Roundup: Critics Love ‘Episode VIII’

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is receiving rave reviews from critics. Daisy Ridley returns as Rey, as well as Oscar Isaac as Poe Demeron, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, and classic Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. Episode VIII was directed by Rian Johnson, who previously helmed Looper. While many plot points are being kept secret by reviewers, the film is getting massive […]

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The Movie to Which 'Last Jedi' Owes a Debt of Gratitude

The Movie to Which 'Last Jedi' Owes a Debt of Gratitude
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Looper. Go watch those movies if you haven't seen both.]

For some people, the 2014 announcement that Rian Johnson would write and direct the second chapter of a new Star Wars trilogy was about as exciting as the existence of the new trilogy. Johnson started out in features with the high school-set neo-noir Brick, culminating in his 2012 science-fiction story Looper. That thriller, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as the same person, was one of the best films of the year, and suggested so many exciting...
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Originally Planned For A “Ridiculous Amount Of Sets”

While Rian Johnson is likely rightly celebrating the outpouring of praise for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,“ let’s not forget what a monumental leap he took. Before landing in a galaxy far, far away the director largely made small, more hand-crafted films like “Brick,” “The Brothers Bloom,” and “Looper.” The latter saw him expand his palette a bit, but even for a sci-fi picture, it was fairly down ‘n dirty.

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Details On All Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Major Cameos Revealed

Two years ago, The Force Awakens was teeming with super-secret celebrity cameos – Simon Pegg (Unkar Plutt), Daniel Craig (Stormtrooper) and Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix)…to name but three – and it seems Star Wars: The Last Jedi is no different.

On the eve of release, ComicBook.com has compiled a handy list of The Last Jedi‘s major cameos and, fair warning, it’s riddled with spoilers. Because Star Wars fans (and moviegoers in general!) often take great satisfaction from spotting these cameos on their own accord, we’ve included the rundown below the gallery, though we should stress that Tom Hardy (Venom), Prince William, Gary Barlow and Prince Harry were originally confirmed to appear back in November.

Not unlike Daniel Craig before them, they’ll play four nondescript Stormtroopers who will be seen marshaling John Boyega’s Finn into an elevator, presumably on board one of the First Order’s many Star Destroyers.
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The Preview Reel: The Last Jedi and Ferdinand

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s new wide-release movies. Coco has been dominating the box office for the last three weeks, but that will come to an end this weekend as one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, finally gets released. It’ll easily debut at number one, but it will be interesting to see just how high it debuts. Elsewhere, the animated movie, Ferdinand, looks to provide some families with counter-programming before the holiday season.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

What we are excited about: It’s new Star Wars, what is there not to be excited about? Ever since it was announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and then Rian Johnson would direct Episode VIII, it seemed like more people were excited about Johnson’s installment than Abrams’s,
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‘The Big Sick’ Star Kumail Nanjiani’s New Reason to See ‘Last Jedi’ is a Sweet Story About Director Rian Johnson

‘The Big Sick’ Star Kumail Nanjiani’s New Reason to See ‘Last Jedi’ is a Sweet Story About Director Rian Johnson
The star and writer of “The Big SickKumail Nanjiani took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share a humble and unforgettable encounter he had with director Rian Johnson, whose film “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will rule the box office this coming weekend. This encounter happened in 2012, before Nanjiani starred in HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” when he was doing interviews on a San Diego Comic-Con red carpet.

Nanjiani details in his 12-tweet thread how stressful the job was for him to do interviews on a red carpet, a situation only made worse by an interviewee who was extremely rude to him and made a mockery of him.

After that unfortunate encounter, Nanjiani went to the “Total Recall” and “Looper” red carpet and saw that Johnson was one of the people he was interviewing. Never leaving his comedic charm aside, Nanjiani recounts how the situation could have gone so much
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Review: Rian Johnson's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is Bold But Off-Balance

Written and directed by filmmaker Rian Johnson (of Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper), Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second entry in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Upon its release in late 2015, The Force Awakens received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and praise from fans worldwide for restoring the saga's former glory while injecting it with fresh blood. As beloved as Episode VII was, however, one criticism continued to appear: it was too safe; a rehash of George Lucas' 1977 film. If Abrams' movie was too safe, then Johnson's follow-up may prove too risky. Picking up moments after Episode VII's cliffhanger ending with Rey finally meeting Luke, The Last Jedi begins with the evacuation of D'Qar, home to the Resistance's secret base. After the destruction of their superweapon, Starkiller Base, the First Order attacks the planet, with General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Review

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro | Written and Directed by Rian Johnson

Star Wars fans rejoice! Rian Johnson’s eagerly-awaited follow-up to 2015′s The Force Awakens is everything you could possibly have wished for and more.

Picking up from where Episode VII left off, Star Wars – Episode VIII: The Last Jedi jumps straight into the action, with ace Resistance star pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) leading a thrilling bombing attack on a First Order Dreadnought. However, the tables are soon turned as the Resistance realise, with sickening horror, that the First Order are capable of tracking them through hyper-space jumps, sending them into a desperate retreat.

With fuel supplies running low, former-Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) embarks on a secret
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Review: This Is the Epic You've Been Looking For

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Review: This Is the Epic You've Been Looking For
This review is a no-spoilers zone, so let's cut to the chase: The Last Jedi – Episode VIII of the Star Wars saga – is simply stupendous, a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption. Writer-director Rian Johnson, known for indies such as Looper and Brick, eases into epic filmmaking like a pro. The Star Wars universe is the best toy box a fanboy could ever wish for, and Johnson makes sure that Jedi is bursting at the seams with knockout fun surprises, marvelous adventure and shocking revelations that will leave your head spinning.
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Review: This Is the Epic You've Been Looking For

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Review: This Is the Epic You've Been Looking For
This review is a no-spoilers zone, so let's cut to the chase: The Last Jedi – Episode VIII of the Star Wars saga – is simply stupendous, a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption. Writer-director Rian Johnson, known for indies such as Looper and Brick, eases into epic filmmaking like a pro. The Star Wars universe is the best toy box a fanboy could ever wish for, and Johnson makes sure that Jedi is bursting at the seams with knockout fun surprises, marvelous adventure and shocking revelations that will leave your head spinning.
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Review: The Force Is Strong With This One

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Review: The Force Is Strong With This One
All hail our new porg overlords! I have seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which means I've now pledged allegiance to Porg Nation. I'm only joking -- though I will be talking more about those adorable flying rodents in a moment -- but while trailers for Episode VIII have been heavy on the porgs, there is one line of dialogue in the previews, uttered by Luke Skywalker, that proves most prescient in the end: "This is not going to go the way you think."

J.J. Abrams may have played it fairly conventionally with The Force Awakens, garnering flack for retreading too much of the same ground as A New Hope while successfully launching the franchise again, so y'know, kudos to him, but The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson (Looper) ushers the galaxy far, far away into bold and unexpected directions. Even the things that feel familiar, feel a bit different.

The Mouse House and
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