Star Trek Beyond

Just when I’d completely given up on the rebooted Star Trek franchise, they go and deliver not just their first good movie of the series, but an excellent Star Trek film by any measure. Star Trek Beyond Director: Justin Lin Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella Review: 4.5 stars (of five) This Star Trek series has always had an excellent cast that does a great job of both impersonating and reimagining the original crew. But they’ve been underserved by writers and directors, from JJ Abrams on down, who cared more about creating action...

Star Trek – Into Darkness

Director: J.J. Abrams Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller, April Eve, Bruce Greenwood Review: 3 stars (of five) Although J.J. Abrams arguably squanders (again) a potentially great villain, he pulls off a Star Trek sequel with all the high-stakes, high-speed insanity of the first installment, but a better grip on the difficult art of breakneck story logic. That’s not to say that Abrams isn’t still putting runaway-train pacing ahead of all other concerns, but at least he rarely jettisons all pretense at logic. (The weirdest...

Like Crazy

Director: Drake Doremus Starring: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones Review: 3 stars (of five) Like Crazy is a romance detailed in the interstitial moments. Co-writer/director Drake Doremus deletes key events from his narrative to focus instead on the moments behind them, the private moments when a...

New York, I Love You

Directors: Shekhar Kapur, Allan Hughes, Yvan Attal, Brett Ratner, Natalie Portman, tons more … Starring: Natalie Portman, Andy Garcia, James Caan, Chris Carter, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Hayden Christensen, Eli Wallach, tons more … The producers of the charming collection of...