Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015; USA; FotoKem; 135m) ∗∗∗∗½  d. J. J. Abrams; w. J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt; ph. Daniel Mindel; m. John Williams.  Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Greg Grunberg, Kenny Baker, Simon Pegg, Katie Jarvis, Christina Chong, Miltos Yerolemou, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ken Leung, Harriet Walter, Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Warwick Davis, Jessica Henwick, Daniel Craig, Billie Lourd, Judah Friedlander. 30 years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat rises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of Heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. Fans of the original trilogy will love this continuation and overlook some of its flaws – notably in originality in plot and character development. But this is the start of a new trilogy that also succeeds in capturing the spirit of those first three films. The result is a lively, action-packed and thoroughly enjoyable addition to the series. It’s great to see Ford back as Han Solo and his scenes will give older fans a warming and satisfied smile. Also shot in 3-D. [12]