Like many movie nerds of a certain age, STAR WARS has been a part of my life since I can remember. One of my earliest memories is seeing A NEW HOPE with my parents at the Ben Hur Drive-In in Crawfordsville, Indiana (now long since demolished). I saw THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI at two other movie theaters in Indiana that don’t exist any more, too. The prequels happened and I still haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the second one for some reason. But when THE FORCE AWAKENS was released last year I was skeptical of what I’d just seen for about 20 minutes before the old magic grabbed me all over again. Still, I was wary of Disney’s plan to crank out a new STAR WARS film every year forever, and while I was intrigued by the concept of ROGUE ONE I tried to remain no more than cautiously optimistic.