Don’t wait even 12 minutes before seeing ‘12 Years A Slave’

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Paul Giamatti in '12 Years A Slave'
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Paul Giamatti in ’12 Years A Slave’

In 1852, the novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin (or Life Among the Lowly)” by Harriet Beecher Stowe was published for the first time.  It was like pouring gasoline over the already raging argument over slavery in the U.S.  11 years earlier, Solomon Northrup was a free man living a good life in Saratoga, NY.  He played the violin and worked at other skilled professions to earn a living.  He was married with two children.  Then he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South.  He would remain there until being freed a dozen years later.  Then he wrote his own book, “12 Years A Slave” which also became a bestseller.  However, while the novel is very well known in this era, the story of Solomon Northrup was virtually unknown.   Until his book was made into an outstanding film.

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‘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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