Cinema: Ready, Set, Glow!

It's almost here. But if you can't wait, here's a look at the new episode in the Star Wars saga

A short time from now, in a galleria not far from you...the creatures will assemble in a movie-plex queue so long it might seem computer-generated. Guys as tall as Wookiees with Ewok-size children in their backpacks. Teenage girls dreaming they can be Queen Amidala, if only they had her Faberge-egg earrings. The Anakin-young and the Yoda-old, the dutiful moms and the punks with their Han Solo 'tudes--all the children of Star Wars will be waiting for magic to strike in '99, as it did in '77.

What was, will be. On May 19, Star Wars: Episode 1--The Phantom Menace opens...

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