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'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' review: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna lead violent Alliance rebellion

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' review: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna lead violent Alliance rebellion

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the tale of a controversial Death Star and those who loathe it, operates as a prequel to the 1977 movie that became a flexible, malleable religion (with ray guns!) to millions. The new movie is a little bit “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a little bit “Dirty Dozen” in its mass wartime slaughter, and a pretty good time once it gets going.

The opening title crawl to the ’77 original made reference, as you may recall, to “Rebel spies” who manage to “steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR.” Some death stars deserve all caps, for sure!

Industrial Light and Magic chief creative officer John Knoll thought...

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