‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ fails horribly by not boldly going somewhere new

The U.S.S. Enterprise burns and falls to Earth in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'
The U.S.S. Enterprise burns and falls to Earth in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

[rating=1]Starring:  Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller and Alice Eve
Writer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof
Director: J.J. Abrams

The Star Trek series of films has become known for having an even-odd rule.  If it’s an even-numbered entry, it’s a good one. If not, then no such luck. Into Darkness is the 12th in the franchise. According to my calculator, 12 is divisible by 2 with no remainder, which would mean that it’s an even number.

Except this one is no good.

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‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ shines new light on the franchise’s rebooting

Zachary Quinto returns at Spock and Chris Pine as Kirk in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'
Zachary Quinto returns at Spock and Chris Pine as Kirk in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

[rating=3]Starring:  Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller and Alice Eve
Writer(s):  Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof
Director(s):  J. J. Abrams

For those who love the Star Trek universe, there is good news and bad news.  The bad news is that writers Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof are going where others have gone before.  The good news is that it worked and in fact, it works well.

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‘White Frog’ is an interesting look at Asperger’s

Booboo Stewart, Joan Chen and B.D. Wong in a family moment in 'White Frog'
Booboo Stewart, Joan Chen and B.D. Wong in a family moment in ‘White Frog’

White Frog is the story of a young teen with Asperger’s Syndrome and how he deals with his condition in the wake of a family tragedy.  “Nick Young” (Booboo Stewart) struggles with his condition but thanks to his very close relationship with his brother “Chaz” (Harry Shum, Jr.), he gets by.  Chaz watches out for Nick and cares for him very much.

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‘The Great Gatsby’ comes to the big screen…again

Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in 'The Great Gatsby'
Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in ‘The Great Gatsby’

[rating=3]Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Brendan Maclean and Amitabh Bachchan
Writer(s): Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Director(s):  Baz Luhrmann

The Great Gatsby is actually the fifth time that the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel has been adapted as a motion picture (history of the other four later).  Any conversation about “the Great American novel” must include Fitzgerald’s most successful tome, although many will offer other possibilities for that particular label.

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‘Aftershock’ will shake you up, but you’ll enjoy the feeling

 

Lorenza Izzo with Eli Roth in 'Aftershock'
Lorenza Izzo with Eli Roth in ‘Aftershock’

The great disaster films have a common thread.  Human beings, usually ordinary type people, who face death and are doing whatever they can to survive.  It isn’t always about the story itself.  The original Poseidon Adventure is brilliant, while the remake that came 24 years later in the form of Poseidon was only ordinary.

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‘Iron Man 3’ proves the third time is a charm

"Tony Stark" (Robert Downey Jr) tinkers with his Iron Man suit in "Iron Man 3"
“Tony Stark” (Robert Downey Jr) tinkers with his Iron Man suit in “Iron Man 3”

[rating = 4]Starring:  Robert Downey Jr., Gwynneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Stephanie Szostak, William Sadler, Paul Bettany, Ty Simpkins and Miguel Ferrer
Writer(s):  Shane Black and Drew Pearce, based on the Marvel Comic Book
Director(s):  Shane Black

In bowling, throwing a strike usually means you hit the target perfectly.  Three straight shots where you hit that target perfectly and make strikes is known as a “turkey”.  Iron Man 3 is certainly NOT a turkey, but it is the third straight film in the franchise that hits the target, perfectly.

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‘Kiss of the Damned’ is damned good

Joséphine de La Baume bares her fangs in 'Kiss of the Damned'
Joséphine de La Baume bares her fangs in ‘Kiss of the Damned’

[rating=3]
Starring:  Joséphine de La Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxanne Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rappaport, Riley Keogh and Ching Valdes-Aran
Writer(s):  Xan Cassavettes
Director(s):  Xan Cassavettes

Kiss of the Damned is one of those films that came very close to earning a rating of four.  It deserves extra consideration simply for the fact that the vampires in the movie don’t glow in the sunlight.  They do something far more “normal”, if that word can be used to describe portrayals of these fictional creatures; when they encounter sunlight.

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