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IGN: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review

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While the pressure on The Force Awakens to successfully re-launch the Star Wars movie series was staggering, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story now faces its own crucial moment of truth. Disney and Lucasfilm are looking to expand the Star Wars brand in a big way with spinoff films -- which are not part of the central, numbered, core “Episode” series -- and fans are looking at Rogue One to prove they can deliver satisfying stories in this realm. The very happy news it that fortunately, and thrillingly, the film completely succeeds on this and many other levels.

Set in the immediate lead-up to the original Star Wars (AKA Episode IV: A New Hope), Rogue One focuses on the Rebel Alliance learning about the existence of the Death Star and the subsequent hunt to steal the plans for the deadly battle station that could be key to destroying it. Which is to say, it shows – and greatly expands upon -- the information that was A New Hope’s backstory when it was released 39 years ago.

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