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...

Thor: The Dark World

Directed by: Alan Taylor Starring:  Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings Review: 2.5 stars (of five) Watch me struggle publicly with my arbitrary need to assign a “rating” to this flick:  For a fan of the Thor comics by the likes of Jack Kirby and Walt Simonson, the second Thor film is worth three stars out of five.  It delivers a lot of pleasures for fans of this stuff.  Fans of the first movie, or the greater Avengers movieverse, will find that it scratches the same itches with less lag, but also less coherence; three stars from that...

Prometheus

Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron Review: 2.5 stars (of five) It’s hard to judge Prometheus. Do we judge it by the expectations surrounding the idea of Ridley Scott himself doing an Alien prequel some 30 years later? By that...