Weekend Preview – May 17, 2013

One big blockbuster this weekend as the Summer movie season gets ready to fully launch, and one smaller film I’m hearing great things about.

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Star Trek: Into Darkness

In 2009, JJ Abrams reinvented the Star Trek franchise to great success.  Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Karl Urban, John Cho, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, and Bruce Greenwood all reprise their roles from that reboot.  Benedict Cumberbatch is the villainous John Harrison, whose atrocious act of treason against the Federation has Kirk and posse playing space cowboys, chasing him across the galaxy.

Everything you loved or hated about the last Star Trek is here, magnified ten-fold.  Most of the problems that movie faced are fixed here.  It looks even more spectacular, the plot is less confusing, the cast is great and the villain superb.

There are countless reasons for Trekkies to hate this movie just as there are countless reasons for everyone else to love it.  The best way to look at it is a really high budget piece of well done fan-fiction that has a lot of imagination.  It is a whole lot of fun and a solid summer blockbuster that bravely goes where no one has gone before – except when it doesn’t.

Read my full review here.

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Mud

This indie film actually expanded to wide release last weekend but somehow flew under my radar.  It continues to expand this weekend and, from what I hear, it’s worth a look.

Starring the versatile Matthew McConaughey, Mud is coming of age drama about two boys exploring a small island.  In their adventures, they meet Mud (McConaughey) – a fugitive with a sympathetic story who wants to get in touch with his old girlfriend (Reese Witherspoon).

I did not get a chance to screen this one, but it’s getting all sorts of positive buzz so might be worth your time if you’re looking for something other than big space adventures.

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