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Movie review: 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' is a satisfying, action-packed prequel

Parents need to know that "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is a stand-alone adventure about a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) that takes place several years before he teams up with Luke and Leia in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope." The movie reveals details about the infamous smuggler's past – like how he became the captain of the Millennium Falcon and how he met legendary characters like Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). Expect lots of peril, chases and action violence, including scenes of large-scale ground warfare as well as executions, shoot-outs and torture. While there's not much blood overall, characters do die. There's also a bit of language, some drinking in pubs, and innuendo (plus more kissing than is typical for a Star Wars film). Han definitely isn't always first in line to make the morally right choice, but ultimately the movie has messages about equal rights for all creatures and the importance of teamwork, communication, courage and friendship. And the cast is noticeably diverse, with many female characters, people of color and creatures who have distinct backgrounds and ideas.

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Anatomy of a Scene | 'Avengers: Infinity War'

The directors Anthony and Joe Russo narrate a scene featuring Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Wong and Tom Holland.
New York Times Pierre Taylor