Rebecca Cusey, movie critic at The Federalist, shared her thoughts and some spoilers on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She said the much anticipated movie is a playful one that she thinks most people will enjoy.

“It is nostalgic but there is enough new there that you’re not watching the same thing,” she said. “You have some of these characters that you know and you care about…and their next generation story and you’ve got new people too.”

Many argue that the best Star Wars movie is also the darkest movie: The Empire Strikes Back. Cusey said that the darkest movies in a series are the best because the stakes become really high, but that The Force Awakens is not as dark. “It sets things up for the future. It doesn’t resolve things,” she said.

Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist, explains how Star Wars is better off without George Lucas. “Lucas hates to write, hates to direct, he likes to edit but he’s not that good at it,” he said. “Over and over again, what you find out about these movies is basically people coming in and saving them from themselves.”

Later in the hour Cusey reviews The Big Short and describes characters and top performances from films released this year.