Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Rated PG-13 2005

If you've ever loved Star Wars, you will again. Gone is the cheesy dialogue of the last two episodes; instead we get battles galore, genuine intrigue, a bevy of familiar sights and characters, key moments fans have always wanted to see, and at least one truly great acting performance, courtesy of Ian McDiarmid, whose Senator-turned-Emperor Palpatine has been the highlight of the prequel trilogy. Palpatine is front and center here, serving as father figure to the very confused, virgin-born Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen). Secretly married and disturbed by prophetic visions of his wife Padme (Natalie Portman) dying, Anakin seeks the power to raise the dead. But not only can he not confide in the well-meaning Jedi Council, he doesn't have its trust anyway. Only Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) has faith in Anakin, but he lacks the power and connections of Palpatine, whose fatherly demeanor masks dark secrets. It's the biggest action movie of the year, but it's also pretty hardcore. Leave the youngest kids at home -- if they let you.

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