‘Star Trek Beyond’ goes boldly down familiar roads

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Chris Pine as Captain Kirk in ‘Star Trek Beyond’

“If ‘Trek’ is a hit, we’d love to do a series of films – a regular event. Look at James Bond’s films. They’ve been around since the early sixties.” – Gene Roddenberry

If only the Great Bird of the Galaxy, Mr. Gene Roddenberry had lived to see his vision going strong, five decades after the first episode of the TV series “Star Trek” first aired.  Star Trek Beyond is the third film in the reboot of the movie franchise and while it isn’t as excellent as the initial Star Trek from 2009, it is very pleasing to the eye.

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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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‘Identity Thief’ will steal your money

Melissa McCarthy needs better material than 'Identity Thief'
Melissa McCarthy needs better material than ‘Identity Thief’

[rating=1]Starring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Genesis Rodriguez, Tip Harris, John Cho, Robert Patrick
Director: Seth Gordon
Writer: Craig Mazin

In the first sequence of Identity Thief, Melissa McCarthy’s guileless character, Sandy/Julia/[insert other alias here] treats a barful of Winter Park, FL, strangers to unlimited drinks on the card ages just grafted from unsuspecting Denver yes man Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman). The other customers love this generous broad who has seemingly come out of nowhere to shower them with live and free spirits. And then at one point, she dives over the crowd to grab a chandelier. She misses the brass ring, and they dive out of her way, letting her land on the floor, alone, with a thud. Thief does pretty much the same thing to its star.

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