★★★★☆ USA. 2h16m. Biography / War / Drama. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Written by Becky Johnston (screenplay) and Heinrich Harrer (“Seven Years In Tibet”). Cinematography by Robert Fraisse. Edited by Noëlle Boisson. Music by John Williams. Starring Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Danny Denzongpa, Mako, Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk.
Based on the 1952 book of the same name. The book was written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer on his experiences in Tibet between 1939 and 1951 during World War II, the interim period, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s invasion of Tibet in 1950.
★★★★★ 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.
Star Wars focuses on the journey of Luke Skywalker (Hamill), who along with Han Solo (Ford) and the wizened 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. 2h22m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas, Jonathan Hales. Cinematography by David Tattersall. Edited by Ben Burtt. Music by John Williams. Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz.
Set ten years after the events in The Phantom Menace, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war, with thousands of planetary systems threatening to secede from the Galactic Republic. After Senator Padmé Amidala evades an assassination attempt, Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker becomes her protector, while his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi investigates the attempt on her life. Soon, the trio witness the onset of a new threat to the galaxy: the Clone Wars.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h20m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas. Cinematography by David Tattersall. Edited by Roger Barton, Ben Burtt. Music by John Williams. Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz.
Revenge of the Sith is set three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, established in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002). The Jedi are spread across the galaxy, leading a large-scale war against the Separatists. After Count Dooku is killed, the Jedi Council dispatches Obi-Wan Kenobi to eliminate General Grievous, the leader of the Separatist army, and put an end to the war. Meanwhile, after having premonitions of his wife Padmé Amidala dying in childbirth, Anakin Skywalker is tasked by the Council to spy on Palpatine, the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic and, secretly, a Sith lord known as Darth Sidious. Palpatine manipulates Anakin into turning to the dark side of the Force and becoming his apprentice, Darth Vader, with wide-ranging consequences for the galaxy.
★★★☆☆ USA. 2h13m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas. Cinematography by David Tattersall. Edited by Paul Martin Smith, Ben Burtt. Music by John Williams. Starring Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Pernilla August, Frank Oz.
The first installment in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and begins the “Skywalker saga,” though it was the fourth film to be produced chronologically. The Phantom Menace is set 32 years before the original film and follows Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi as they protect Queen Amidala in hopes of securing a peaceful end to an interplanetary trade dispute. Joined by Anakin Skywalker—a young slave with unusually strong natural powers of the Force—they simultaneously contend with the mysterious return of the Sith.
★★★☆☆ 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.
The Rise of Skywalker 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.