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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12)

It’s fair to say the lat­est in the sci-fi se­ries veers off in sev­eral un­ex­pected di­rec­tions – and is all the bet­ter for it.

Direc­tor Rian John­son makes bold and brave choices, pack­ing in an avalanche of raw emotion.

Mark Hamill is in ca­reer-best form and Daisy Ri­d­ley de­liv­ers a su­pe­rior sec­ond out­ing as hero­ine Rey. Troy: Fall of a City (15) ●● ●●● Hopes that this lav­ish tele­vi­sion take on the clas­sic tale could bet­ter the ropey Brad Pitt-led 2004 movie are sadly dashed.

The set de­sign and props defy its smallscreen bud­get as it cer­tainly looks the part. How­ever, the act­ing ranges from pass­able to wooden and the sparse bat­tle scenes are a world away from Game of Thrones’ epic scraps.

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