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Review: Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

***** SPOILER-HEAVY REVIEW, WARNING FOR ANYONE WHO STILL HASN’T SEEN THE FILM. WATCH THE FILM FIRST, EINSTEIN! *****


It turns out, Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) is still somehow alive, and in fact he’s been the guiding force behind luring Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) to the dark side. Snoke? Yeah, that was Palpatine’s work, and the creepy old bastard still seems as lightning-powerful as ever. Emperor Palpatine orders Ren to kill Rey (Daisey Ridley), who has been continuing her Jedi training under a new master…General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). Eventually, Rey decides to make a beeline for the Emperor, which also puts her in the path of Kylo Ren, a conflict neither one seems to entirely want. Accompanying Rey for the journey are old pals Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), R2D2, and Chewbacca. Along the way, they encounter a familiar face; former charming rogue turned General Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams). A new character here is First Order General P…

Review: Yesterday

Hard-working but unsuccessful singer/songwriter Himesh Patel has a cycling accident during a blackout and crashes into a bus. He wakes up in hospital with dodgy teeth…and the realisation that the world has undergone some changes. He now lives in a reality where his beloved Beatles do not exist. At all. None of their music. When his friends take an interest in a ‘new’ song he performs called ‘Yesterday’, Patel starts to see some potential here. The once-struggling musician has started to found success and fame by doing Beatles songs that no one has ever heard before. He mostly just wants this great music to exist in the world, but he does at first rather enjoy the success. Ed Sheeran even wants to work with the guy, and he’s snatched up by a cynical American agent (Kate McKinnon in full crazy-eyed schtick mode). However, Patel starts to feel guilty for taking credit for the poetry of others…and worried that someone somewhere is going to realise he’s a fraud. Meanwhile, his loyal manage…