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Santiago Montañez Bertoletti (left), Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Emily Beebe and Ian Halterman sit in the Northern Stars podcast studio. Star Notes episode 5 discuss Star Wars: Bad Batch ahead of the third seasons upcoming release. (Olivia Zapf and Brynn Krug | Northern Star)

‘The Bad Batch’ coming soon, Disney’s Star Wars vision

Ian and Santiago teach Emily and Angelina about "The Bad Batch" before Season 3 comes out on Feb. 21. Angelina also shares her thoughts about the direction Disney has taken the Star Wars franchise.

Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Sabine Wren kneels, facing a Mandalorian helmet in Ahsoka. Season 1 of the series can be streamed on Disney+. (Courtesy of YouTube)

‘Ahsoka’ provides some critical answers

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | November 7, 2023

Since the early days of the franchise, Star Wars has introduced an enormous collection of beloved heroes and villains, with some of their fates shrouded in mystery.  However, in the recently launched “Ahsoka” series, which features some characters...

A scene from House of the Dragon featuring Olivia Cooke, Paddy Considine, Evie Allen, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best and Shani Smethurst (from left)

The most bingeworthy shows of 2022

By Sarah Rose, Assistant Lifestyle Editor | January 23, 2023

2022 was one of the best years for films and TV shows. Here were some of the most bingeworthy TV series that came out last year. House of the Dragon (HBO Max) Return to the Game of Thrones world in “House of the Dragon.” The show follows Princess...

Final Star Wars movie brings satisfying end to an era

Final Star Wars movie brings satisfying end to an era

By Parker Otto | January 6, 2020

After 42 years, the “Skywalker Saga” of episodic “Star Wars” films comes to an end with the recent release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” While the film has flaws, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is a satisfying film that ends...

(From Left) Katherine Langford, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Riki Lindhome and Jaeden Martell star as the Thrombey family in Knives Out. 

‘Knives Out’ revives murder mysteries with exciting twists

By Parker Otto | December 5, 2019

(From Left) Katherine Langford, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Riki Lindhome and Jaeden Martell star as the Thrombey family in "Knives Out." 

‘Charlie’s Angels’ suffers from poor action

By Parker Otto | November 29, 2019

Colorful characters and decent humor are not enough to salvage “Charlie’s Angels” which suffers from poor action and a dull narrative. Based on the 70s television show and the two films from the early 2000s, “Charlie’s Angels” stars a new...

Launched on Nov. 12, Disney+ is a streaming service containing films and series from Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Pixar and National Geographic.

Disney+ entices consumers with fair prices and extensive content

By Northern Star Entertainment Staff | November 17, 2019

Launched on Nov. 12, Disney+ is a streaming service containing films and series from Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Pixar and National Geographic.

Daisy Ridley leads the cast of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as Rey. The long awaited trailer for the film was released Friday at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Chicago.

‘Star Wars IX’ trailer revealed

By Parker Otto | April 17, 2019

Daisy Ridley leads the cast of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" as Rey. The long awaited trailer for the film was released Friday at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Chicago.

“Rogue One” brings change to “Star Wars” franchise

By Sam Malone | December 22, 2016

The “Star Wars” franchise continues to grow with the release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” which delivers a new insight into the rebellion as well as giving the audience a whole new story to consider.“Rogue One,” released Dec. 16, is...

Sequels hit or miss

By Jesse Baalman | December 1, 2016

Everyone loves the nostalgia and comfort that comes with seeing their favorite characters on-screen again in a sequel.Now Hollywood utilizes the trend of releasing multiple sequels, prequels, spin-offs, reboots and remakes as an easy cash grab for studios....