‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ amazes, and enthralls

On May 25, 1977 in only 42 theaters, what we now know as ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” opened.  Its writer/director George Lucas was so convinced that it would not be a hit, he traded a small portion of his percentage of the movie’s profits to his friend Stephen Spielberg for an equal percentage of Spielberg’s profits from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  In spite of the fact that Spielberg’s film was successful, he definitely got the best of that deal.

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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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