Star Trek Beyond Crew review 

STAR TREK BEYOND – Boldly Going To All the Right Places

Star Trek Beyond is everything it should be. It’s a film about discovery, teamwork, hope, and the miracles and dangers of scientific achievement – a lot of the elements that were sidelined when J.J. Abrams rebooted the series. Beyond not only returns focus to these principle tenets of Star Trek, it’s also able to maintain the humor and excitement that made Abrams’ chapters such crowd pleasers. Simply put – It’s the best of both worlds. This isn’t to say that the film is a flawless masterpiece. Its editing and VFX…

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Casey Affleck in The Finest Hours review 

THE FINEST HOURS – Damp Men Doing Brave Things

THE FINEST HOURS is as middling as films come, consistently engaging, but never quite hitting the thrilling heights that it could have with a tighter pace and a shorter running time. The film has the same struggle as many other dramas that have been “Based on a True Story.” Real life, even in phenomenal circumstances such as these, rarely plays out in a typical 3-act structure, with action rising into a climax, immediately followed by a satisfying conclusion. The upside, of course, is that a weight and legitimacy is added to the proceedings that you don’t get from pure fiction. THE FINEST HOURS benefits from this, but is hampered by a soggy third act, in which the tension deflates as slowly as the second act climax was built up. Action become repetitive, and then the film literally moves into slow motion as even the protagonists just seem tired and done with it all. This is meant to be played as a final beat of terror. What if our heroes are just too cold and tired to finish their journey to safety? But instead, it just leaves the audience feeling as cold and exhausted as the characters.

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Spock+and+Captain+Kirk+and+parlay+with+an+underwhelming+Khan review 

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS – Less Than the Sum of its Parts

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS was an entertaining summer romp, but lacked the depth or weight necessary to leave any lasting impression. The plot always seems to be a few steps removed from any true galactic threat, and instead focuses on more personal ones… which are then undermined by amusing but ill-timed jokes. All the ingredients for a stellar film are here, they just didn’t bake together that well. I’ve never been a trekkie, but now being married to one, and having discussed the merits of that world, it’s disappointing how…

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