Drag Me to Hell

Director: Sam Raimi Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long Rating:  5 stars (out of five) We love rollercoasters because they surprise and thrill us in a way that, while largely based on startling us, is also based on familiarity—you know how the roller coaster will surprise you. There’s going way up, going way down, jerking one way or another, and the whole corkscrew thing. That’s really all there is. But each new roller coaster recombines the simple elements, and throws them at us (more accurately, throws us at them) with so much speed that all we can do is surrender to the ride, laugh and scream at the silly wild thrill of...

Star Trek

Director: J.J. Abrams Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Eric Bana Rating: 4 stars (out of five) An Apology When I first saw this movie, I was, as the review will show, utterly seduced by its energy and an excellent cast and the way it connected to my decades of affection for the original Star Trek.  It was only well after I’d posted the film that I reconsidered my opinion.  The movie is terrible, it’s really, as a film, as a story, a load of crap.  Whether you consider the old Trek universe or take this as a whole new experience.  I get to some of the flaws below, but not the...