"Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens"

Opens Dec. 18

Pretty much everyone agrees the "Star Wars" prequels—the three films released in late '90s and early '00s, more than a decade after the last release in the original trilogy—were a disaster. "Star Wars" creator George Lucas got drunk with special effects, the acting was wooden, the story was boring, and ugh, motherfucking Jar Jar Binks. Even though they all dutifully schlepped to the local megaplex to see each one, fans would just as soon forget the whole thing happened. But then, earlier this year, a short trailer for a new sequel, set after "Return Of the Jedi" and directed by J.J. Abrams, appeared and everyone flipped their shit because, oh man, "Star Wars" could be good again. Look, there's the Millennium Falcon! And sweet, some X-Wings flying over water. Whoa, who's this guy pulling off a Stormtrooper helmet and frantically running toward the camera? What's up with that light saber with the handlebar and who's the evil-looking dude wielding it? Many of these questions remain unanswered—until maybe a longer trailer comes out—but suffice it to say people are pumped up. As is Baltimore tradition, the lines at the Senator Theatre will be long and filled with people in costume. Times vary, any movie house that wants to make money, fandango.com, prices vary. (Brandon Weigel)

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