Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the third part of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, brings the epic battle between the Jedi and the Sith on the big screen and ends the saga that has lasted 40 years. The screening in IMAX highlighted the film-like cinematography with much-appreciated graininess—coziness absent from many 4K blockbusters today.

The vision of director J.J. Abrams stays true to every detail from the wave of the lightsaber to the furriness of Chewbacca (played by Finnish Joonas Suotamo), and Rey (Daisy Ridley) carries the story through the galaxy in search of her past while resisting the darkness.

Rating: 90%

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ premieres in cinemas December 18.

Western Stars

Through the spiritual experience of the Western Stars, I became interested in Bruce Springsteen, the man and the music.

Springsteen, 70, performs his superb, latest titular album in an intimate setting for friends, in a 100-year-old barn with a cathedral ceiling. He sings, plays the guitar and is supported by a band and a full orchestra.

Western Stars, which is Springsteen’s directorial debut, includes archival footage and scenes of “the Boss” in the desert while he shares life lessons in glowing sunshine.

While the songs in a cinema setting may serve alone to bring a tear to the viewer’s eye, it’s the experiences Springsteen shares with us that makes this musical documentary a gem and opens our hearts to the holiday spirit.

Rating: 100%

‘Western Stars’ premieres in cinemas December 13.

Frozen 2

Frozen 2 is a musical animation created by the Disney empire for the whole family to enjoy. The warm-hearted story is set in the cold Nordics. Attention is paid on the detail under the guidance of indigenous people, even some from Finland.

In result, we have, for example, actual representations of traditional Sami costumes.

In Frozen 2, Elsa, a teenage queen with a gift of creating ice and snow, is possessed by a mysterious voice reaching her ears. Her sister, Anna, is worried because Elsa’s obsession may lead her to danger.

An adventure is to follow, wrapped in top-rated animation and supported by the comedic Kristoff, Olaf and Sven.

Rating: 90%

‘Frozen 2’ premieres in cinemas December 25.

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