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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker: Blaster fights and gongfu action

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is heavy on the spectacle and fan service, while Ip Man 4: The Finale features memorable fight scenes

(Clockwise from top) Donnie Yen in Ip Man 4: The Finale; Anthony Hopkins in The Two Popes; Karin Viard in Perfect Nanny; Cats; and Sarah Hyland and Tyler James Williams in The Wedding Year. Daisy Ridley (above) as Rey in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywal
Daisy Ridley (above) as Rey in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.PHOTOS: GOLDEN VILLAGE, NETFLIX, SHAW ORGANISATION, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, UIP
(Clockwise from top) Donnie Yen in Ip Man 4: The Finale; Anthony Hopkins in The Two Popes; Karin Viard in Perfect Nanny; Cats; and Sarah Hyland and Tyler James Williams in The Wedding Year. Daisy Ridley (above) as Rey in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywal
Donnie Yen in Ip Man 4: The FinalePHOTOS: GOLDEN VILLAGE, NETFLIX, SHAW ORGANISATION, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, UIP
(Clockwise from top) Donnie Yen in Ip Man 4: The Finale; Anthony Hopkins in The Two Popes; Karin Viard in Perfect Nanny; Cats; and Sarah Hyland and Tyler James Williams in The Wedding Year. Daisy Ridley (above) as Rey in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywal
Anthony Hopkins in The Two PopesPHOTOS: GOLDEN VILLAGE, NETFLIX, SHAW ORGANISATION, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, UIP
(Clockwise from top) Donnie Yen in Ip Man 4: The Finale; Anthony Hopkins in The Two Popes; Karin Viard in Perfect Nanny; Cats; and Sarah Hyland and Tyler James Williams in The Wedding Year. Daisy Ridley (above) as Rey in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywal
Karin Viard in Perfect NannyPHOTOS: GOLDEN VILLAGE, NETFLIX, SHAW ORGANISATION, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, UIP
(Clockwise from top) Donnie Yen in Ip Man 4: The Finale; Anthony Hopkins in The Two Popes; Karin Viard in Perfect Nanny; Cats; and Sarah Hyland and Tyler James Williams in The Wedding Year. Daisy Ridley (above) as Rey in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywal
CatsPHOTOS: GOLDEN VILLAGE, NETFLIX, SHAW ORGANISATION, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, UIP
(Clockwise from top) Donnie Yen in Ip Man 4: The Finale; Anthony Hopkins in The Two Popes; Karin Viard in Perfect Nanny; Cats; and Sarah Hyland and Tyler James Williams in The Wedding Year. Daisy Ridley (above) as Rey in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywal
Sarah Hyland and Tyler James Williams in The Wedding YearPHOTOS: GOLDEN VILLAGE, NETFLIX, SHAW ORGANISATION, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, UIP

The arc that began in 2015 with The Force Awakens wraps this week with Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (PG13, 142 minutes, opens today, 3 stars), a movie that ends the series the way it began: heavy on the spectacle and fan service, light on imagination.

Those who hated the middle movie The Last Jedi (2017) for its raw edges and odd indulgences - did someone say porgs and Mark Hamill's Luke slurping of green alien milk? -will be pleased to note this one is all efficiency, no time-wasting.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 19, 2019, with the headline 'Blaster fights and gongfu action'. Subscribe