Hello there, everyone! I trust this finds you enjoying yourself in the sun. I know for sure what Trekkies everywhere will be spending their money on this weekend, but for the rest of you, is there anything interesting in theaters? Or should you just plan to hit the nightclubs instead? Let’s find out.
“Star Trek… going boldly where it’s been a thousand times.” That would describe STAR TREK BEYOND perfectly… hey wait! Don’t leave me just yet! Give me the chance to run my mouth just a little bit more 🙂 Directed by Justin Lin of FAST AND FURIOUS fame, this sequel is loaded with the intricate and dazzling action sequences that have so become his thing. I can only imagine how thrilled he was to get this feature, because BEYOND, being set in space, has a lot of opportunities for him to showcase his talent for over-the-top action. You’ll be lost in the stunning space battles, blinded by the brilliance of the CGI, and blown away by the rapid showdowns … and then bask in the warmth of the camaraderie between this generation of Star Trek actors. So yeah, buy those tickets! Just try not to think too much about the plot… I mean, if that’s possible. Because it’s so ploddingly familiar.
Kirk (Chris Pine) as usual is having his existential crisis, and Spock (Zachary Quinto) is thinking of leaving the Enterprise—and that’s when the ship runs into trouble. They end up on Krall’s turf (Idris Elba), which magically has the very thing they need to get the hell out of there. And everyone bands together to save the day. Other than that, I have no complaints about this robust, retro placeholder. The acting is wonderful, particularly that of the late Anton Yelchin. Sofia Boutella is the beautiful—if dangerous—denizen of aforesaid planet. Also starring are Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, and! Introducing (drum roll!)…. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (not kidding. I wonder if he paid them to star in it)! Here’s the trailer:
LIGHTS OUT may be a worthwhile flick to some of you horror lovers. Was Mom just mentally ill? Or is there really something in the house? Or are you the crazy one? I ask myself that all the time while I’m staring at the seams in the ceiling, lying in bed at night… just kidding. Then again, what’s life without a monster? Teresa Palmer is Rebecca, a young woman trying to protect her little brother (Gabriel Bateman) from something that claimed her mother (Maria Bello). Trite-sounding, no doubt, but I think it’s a pleasant little mid-summer scare showcasing strong women protecting frightened men. Here’s the trailer:
Opening this weekend is also a period piece, CAFÉ SOCIETY, featuring Jesse Eisenberg as a young man who arrives in Hollywood in the 1930’s eager to work for his big shot agent uncle, and falls for his uncle’s unattached assistant Vonnie (Kristin Stewart). But is she really unattached? Is Hollywood worth the assholes it’s filled with? It’s a nice enough Woody Allen film, but is it worth $12? And will the trailer help you any? Then again, when did any trailer really help? All such utterly crucial questions for my beautiful audience to answer. Let me know! I’ll be waiting with bated breath. Adios!