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Han Solo and General Leia are pulled into a new battle between light and dark forces in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ( ).

This film picks up George Lucas’ strengths – the story of family, friendship, fight between good and evil, and the necessity of finding your own place in the galaxy. Abrams took those elements and presents them through a structure that combines characters from the 1977 film with an entertaining and engaging group of new players.

Seeing this movie is like going to a party made up of people you have known for years mixed in with an engaging group of new faces.

It is loaded with great supporting players, including Adam Driver as Kylo Ren and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, two men on different sides of the battle. Fans will never forget the performances by Driver and Isaac that add another wicked level of fun. No character is stronger, though, than Rey (Daisy Ridley), the central player in the new story.

The comedic force was strong in “A New Hope,” an element Lucas used both well and poorly. Abrams has lightly seasoned “The Force Awakens” with humorous moments that are skillfully played to either set up some tension or break it.

Also included with the film is a making-of documentary and other bonus material.

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The movie was also released Tuesday by LucasFilms Ltd. and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment as a Blu-ray combo pack and as a Disney Movies Anywhere title.