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...

A Very Harold & ...

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris Review: 3.5 stars (of five) Three years ago, Badmouth’s review of the Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay included this summary: “You just have to have a taste for jokes about drugs,...

Interview: John Cho

Four years ago, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle served up a slightly subversive skewering of racial politics in America wrapped in the guise of a teen-aged stoner sex comedy. A critical success but a box-office disappointment, Harold and Kumar became a cult favorite on DVD, rapidly gaining in popularity until the studio caved in and ordered a sequel. See our review of Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. The original Harold and Kumar was the first major studio comedy to feature Asian leads exclusively, and it made leading-men stars out of reliable second bananas Kal Penn and John Cho. Badmouth recently sat down with Cho in San...

Harold & Kumar E...

Director: John Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Corddry Be sure to also read our interview with John Cho. Did you see Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle? Did you like it? Then you’ll want to see this film. Written—and this time...