Upcoming Theatrical Releases
Star Trek Into Darkness
Director: J.J. Abrams
PG-13; 132 mins
In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes ‘Star Trek Into Darkness.’ When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. (Synopsis by Paramount)
Abrams’ last Trek project before moving on to Star Wars is as enjoyable as its predecessor. Enough new life is injected into the franchise to keep a new audience entertained, while subtle references to the original satisfy the Trekkie crowd. Great action and great fun.
Upcoming DVD Releases
Director: Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
R, 172 mins
Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the stories move through time. (Synopsis by Warner Bros)
Curiously, the best way to enjoy this sprawling, philosophical epic is not to think about it too much. “Ambitious” would be an understatement. There is far more source material than can be crammed into a movie, and it shows. Nonetheless, the attempt to translate the story to film can be appreciated and enjoyed, to a certain extent.
Texas Chainsaw: 3D
Director: John Luessenhop
R; 91 mins
A chainsaw-yielding killer known as Leatherface terrorizes a group of young teens. (Synopsis by the Official Site)
The genius of the original film was the seediness that set the tone—a southern gothic vibe fed the atmosphere and the characters. This adaptation is far too slick a production to generate the same reaction. Coupled with a poor attempt to give Leatherface a back story (did we really need that?), it falls flat in every possible way.