The Empire Strikes Back 1.0 stars

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Wherein we learn a little something more about The Force and a big something more about Luke Skywalker's parentage, but the main idea seems to be to lay the groundwork for another Star Wars sequel rather than make any real headway. The moviemakers pretty well annihilate all narrative in a rumpus-room atmosphere of war games, Halloween costumes, model spaceships, and toy monsters -- one of which, sort of an armor-plated mastodon, would be worth the price of admission all by itself, if the price were seventy-five cents. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Billy Dee Williams; directed by Irvin Kershner. 1980.

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