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'The Last Jedi' brings emotion, exhilaration and surprise back to the 'Star Wars' saga

There comes a moment in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" - the most enjoyable dispatch in a long time from that galaxy far, far away - when Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) lowers his lightsaber and declares, "It's time to let old things die."

A power-hungry young zealot who has followed in the sinister footsteps of his grandfather Darth Vader, he is calling for an end to all past rulers and revolutionaries, Sith lords and Jedi knights alike, that have kept these cosmos in a perpetual state of violence and sustained a global entertainment juggernaut in the process.

Given the riches that have been mined from the enterprise since 1977, when George Lucas' original "Star Wars" forever altered the face of Hollywood, it's unlikely that Lucasfilm and its corporate parent, Disney, are about to let old things die anytime soon. Not entirely, anyway. When they announced the launch of a new

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