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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

When: Sat., Aug. 6, 9 p.m. 2016

THURSDAY, JULY 28

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Remember the moment near the end of the original Star Wars when Luke Skywalker pilots his X-wing through the Death Star, turning off his targeting computer to rely on the Force instead? That's what J.J. Abrams does in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He delivers a triumph in an unexpected fashion, flouting the usual reboot expectations and surfing the Force to make a disco remix of franchise mythology. Rey is a little bit Luke and little bit Leia. Poe is a little bit Han and a little bit Luke. Snoke is part Vader and part Palpatine. Rey's companion droid is R2-D2 with a new form of locomotion. The narrative shape is familiar as well: A droid with coveted information sets the story in motion, and it ends with spaceship dogfights above a planetary doomsday device. What's thrilling is the skill with which Abrams ups the ante. Star Wars is one of the great tales of modern mythology, and The Force Awakens successfully reimagines the legend for a new generation. You can see it for free, close to the stars, atop the Wallace Parking Deck in Chapel Hill's free summer movie series. —Glenn McDonald

150 EAST ROSEMARY STREET, CHAPEL HILL8:30 p.m., free, www.downtownchapelhill.com/movies

Price: $6

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