***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.
Synopsis: When 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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This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry.
Psycho (Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) *****
The Hangover Part III (Dir: Todd Phillips, 2013) **
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Dir: Joel Coen, 2000) ****
The Great Gatsby (Dir: Baz Luhrmann, 2013) ****
Fast & Furious 6 (Dir: Justin Lin, 2013) ***
Trance (Dir: Danny Boyle, 2013) ***
Spring Breakers (Dir: Harmony Korine, 2012) *****
The Place Beyond The Pines (Dir: Derek Cianfrance, 2012) *****
Star Trek Into Darkness (Dir: J.J. Abrams, 2013) ****
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On Monday night I took part in the rather fabulous podcast, Raging Bullshit. The results are now up and it’s fair to say their first show of 2013 covered rather a lot of cinematic (and anatomic!) ground.
Discussion topics include Rosamund Pike’s insanely distracting cleavage in Jack Reacher, what we’re most looking forward to in 2013 and who’s been grossly overlooked in Awards Season.
Please listen to the results here and give them a cheeky little subscribe on iTunes – just search ‘Raging’. You won’t regret it.
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