SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – This week, KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the highly anticipated eighth installment of the ‘Star Wars’ saga. Also, the sensual first-love drama starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, based on a novel by André Aciman.

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Studio: Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm
Written by: Rian Johnson
Based on the characters by: George Lucas
Director: Rian Johnson
Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Billie Lourd

About The Movie:
In the eight installment of George Lucas’ epic saga, we find Rey (Daisy Ridley) training with Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), while The Resistance lead by Luke’s sister General Leia (Carrie Fisher) struggles to stop the impending forces of the evil First Order. With the help of Finn, Poe Dameron and newcomer Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), The Resistance has a fighting chance.

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Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Based on the novel by: Andre Aciman
Screenplay by: James Ivory, Luca Guadagnino and Walter Fasano
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg

About The Movie:
It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old American-Italian, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart. One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Source: www.metacritic.com

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