'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

With “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” director J.J. Abrams understands what George Lucas never quite figured out: that we’re less interested in the science fiction future than we are in revisiting the past.

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With “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” director J.J. Abrams understands what George Lucas never quite figured out: that we’re less interested in the science fiction future than we are in revisiting the past.

Launch of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ takes the faithful full circle

The new “Star Wars” is great fun, if not a great film. It consciously embraces the funky, handmade garage aesthetic of the 1977 original. By Ty Burr

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/12/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/luke2_150-4678.jpg How a lightsaber works

See how lightsabers are created, and who uses which color.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/12/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/empire1400.jpg Meet the ‘Star Wars’ characters

You think you know Han Solo, General Hux, and Leia, but do you?

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/starwarsjpeg-4675--90x90.jpg ‘Star Wars’ is different for different generations

How are the members of the very different generations of “Star Wars” preparing to greet the upcoming film?

Ty Burr

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Star%20Wars2-332268.jpg This theory’s a Force to be reckoned with

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a little outer-space opera called “Star Wars.” And it was good. But this is getting ridiculous.

Fashion

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/10/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Starwars.smallA.jpg ‘Star Wars’ sneakers not just for kids

Matt Morand doesn’t carry a lunchbox any more, but the Hopkinton dad can still wear a pair of Darth Vader sneakers.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/11/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/STARWARS%201400x900.jpg ‘Star Wars,’ by the numbers

How many lives were lost when Death Star 1 destroyed Alderaan? How old is Luke when he leaves Tatooine? And much more.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/09/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/2015-12-05T042420Z_217704720_GF10000255144_RTRMADP_3_FILM-MARRAKECH[1]-4368-U813523178468pWF--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg Francis Ford Coppola says George Lucas ‘got lost’ in ‘Star Wars’

The filmmaker told Screen Daily that Lucas “got lost in this big production and never got out of it.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/11/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/480345206.jpg If you’re a ‘Star Wars’ fan, you’ll want to see this video

A three-minute preview of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” offers a look behind the scenes and features familiar faces.

About 'The Force Awakens'

In honor of the movie's upcoming release, we present an array of “Star Wars”-iana, including facts, figures, bios, and reports from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Global Media Days, in Los Angeles.

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