★★★★★ USA. 2h1m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas. Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor. Edited by Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas, Richard Chew. Music by John Williams. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker.

Luke Skywalker (Hamill), along with Han Solo (Ford) and the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Guinness), attempt to free Princess Leia (Fisher) from the clutches of the Galactic Empire and the Sith lord Darth Vader (Prowse, voiced by Jones). The heroes, in league with the Rebel Alliance, attempt to destroy the Empire’s planet-destroying space station, the Death Star.

★★★☆☆ USA. 1h35m. Adventure. Directed by Byron Haskin. Written by Ranald MacDougall, Ben Maddow, Philip Yordan (screenplay) and Carl Stephenson (“Leiningen Versus The Ants”). Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo. Edited by Everett Douglas. Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof. Starring Eleanor Parker, Charlton Heston, Abraham Sofaer, William Conrad, Romo Vincent, Douglas Fowley, John Dierkes, Leonard Strong.

The story of an attack of army ants on a Brazilian cocoa plantation. It is noteworthy for its use of special effects, especially the time-lapse photography, which was a hallmark of George Pal, and is often said to have been overlooked that year in the Oscar for Special Effects. However, the film is largely an unconventional romance, while the special effects, though impressive, are confined to the final scenes of the film.

★★★★☆ Canada / France. 1h40m. Adventure / Historical. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Written by Gérard Brach (screenplay) and J.-H. Rosny (“The Quest For Fire”). Cinematography by Claude Agostini. Edited by Yves Langlois. Music by Philippe Sarde. Starring Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nameer El-Kadi, Rae Dawn Chong, Gary Schwartz, Naseer El-Kadi, Franck-Olivier Bonnet, Jean-Michel Kindt, Kurt Schiegl, Brian Gill.

Set in Paleolithic Europe (80,000 years ago). Involves the struggle for control of fire by early humans.

★★★☆☆ UK / USA. 1h46m. Adventure. Directed by Marc Forster. Written by Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade (screenplay) and Ian Fleming (story). Cinematography by Roberto Schaefer. Edited by Matt Chesse, Richard Pearson. Music by David Arnold. Starring Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Giancarlo Giannini, Jeffrey Wright, Anatole Taubman, David Harbour, Joaquin Cosio, Fernando Guillén Cuervo.

James Bond, out for revenge, joins forces with someone else who has the same motive. The trail leads to a shadow organization.

★★★★☆ USA. 2h22m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by J. J. Abrams. Written by Chris Terrio, J. J. Abrams (screenplay) and Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, J. J. Abrams, Chris Terrio. Cinematography by Dan Mindel. Edited by Maryann Brandon, Stefan Grube. Music by John Williams. Starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams.

Follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron as they lead the Resistance’s final stand against Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and the First Order, who are now aided by the return of the deceased galactic emperor, Palpatine.

★★★★☆ USA. 2h32m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by Rian Johnson. Written by Rian Johnson. Cinematography by Steve Yedlin. Edited by Bob Ducsay. Music by John Williams. Starring Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Issac, Kelly Marie Tran, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Joonas Suotamo, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Frank Oz, Lupita Nyong’o.

Rey seeks the aid of Luke Skywalker, in hopes of turning the tide for the Resistance in the fight against Kylo Ren and the First Order, while General Leia Organa, Finn, and Poe Dameron attempt to escape a First Order attack on the dwindling Resistance fleet.

★★★★☆ USA. 2h12m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by Richard Marquand. Written by Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas (screenplay) and George Lucas (story). Cinematography by Alan Hume. Edited by Sean Barton, Marcia Lucas, Duwayne Dunham. Music by John Williams. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz.

The rebel army faces its final battle against the Galactic Empire.

★★★★☆  USA. 1h55m. Adventure. Directed by Niki Caro. Produced by Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, Jason T. Reed. Screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek, Elizabeth Martin. Based on Disney’s “Mulan” by Tony Bancroft, “Ballad of Mulan” by Barry Cook. Starring Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An Ron, Yuan Gong Li, Jet Li. Music by Harry Gregson-Williams. Cinematography by Mandy Walker. Edited by David Coulson.

A young woman in ancient China defies both tradition and the law by disguising herself as a man, in order to enlist in the Imperial Army in place of her ailing father.