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Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Episode VIII turned out to be “the first flat-out terrific Star Wars movie since 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back,” said the Los Angeles Times. Carrie Fisher had a meaty role in her final turn as Princess Leia, while Mark Hamill returned as a reclusive Jedi master tracked down by a promising but conflicted pupil.
(National Geographic, $20)
This documentary about primatologist Jane Goodall “will likely stand as the definitive portrait,” said The Hollywood Reporter. Much of the movie is composed of never-before-seen 1960s footage of Goodall’s interactions with chimpanzees in Tanzania, and it “puts us right there to share directly in her discoveries.”
Last Men in Aleppo
“This is an essential film, but it is also a terribly dispiriting one,” said The New York Times. A portrait of Syria’s White Helmets, the volunteers who rush into bombed buildings to pull survivors from the rubble, this “galvanizing” documentary doesn’t offer hope, because, in 2016, there was none to offer.