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Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED HERE FOR THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS ON MAY 4TH, 2013***

Director: J.J. Abrams.

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Alice Eve, Bruce Greenwood, John Cho, Anton Yelchin.

Running Time: 132 minutes.

Certificate: 12A.

SynopsisWhen an unstoppable force of terror rises within their own organisation, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads a manhunt that will put the lives of the Enterprise’s crew at risk.

After the success of 2009’s space reboot, J.J. Abrams left tongues wagging as to how he would follow his superb Romulan romp. His sequel may contain some brilliant comedy and interesting moments, but it unfortunately suffers due to an unoriginal first half that shares much with the cold and hollow materials that make up the USS Enterprise.

Immediately thrown amongst an active volcano and a chase involving an indigenous papier-mâché-esque tribe, things stall after we are treated to one of the film’s more impressive and stomach-churning gravity defying leaps. The witty repartee between crewmates may be continuously present, but things feel unremarkable and stuck in neutral until Abrams puts his ship into warp speed come the final thirty minutes. Continue reading

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Review: Like Crazy (2011)

DIRECTOR: Drake Doremus.

CAST: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston, Oliver Muirhead, Finola Hughes.

SYNOPSIS: After falling head over heels for each other at University in Los Angeles, British Anna (Jones) and American Jacob (Yelchin) try to forget any thoughts of what may happen after graduation. After violating her student visa by spending an extra summer in the States, Anna is deported and a battle with immigration begins, all the while trying to maintain their long-distance relationship.

Like Blue Valentine before it, Like Crazy is no airy-fairy romance. Instead it plays against convention with Doremus delivering a film far more about the heartache and pining than the usual overblown gestures and Hollywood romance that is so often seen on our screens – and it is so refreshing because of it. Continue reading