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Star Trek Beyond

(Four popcorn boxes)

   Unfortunately, the first two films of this “reboot” were so amazing and fresh that it seems almost impossible to live up to them in a third installment. Fortunately, the writers and director have proven that theory wrong.

  I’ll admit, it started slow…with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) feeling the doldrums of space exploration – 1% cool discoveries and 99% looking for cool discoveries. But as usual that just leaves you with the �reful what you wish for” results.
  This time around Kirk and his crew, Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho), Chekov (Anton Yelchin) Scotty (Simon Pegg) and McCoy (Karl Urban) are in deep space when they are hoodwinked into answering a distress call. Even on the television show that never seemed to work out in the end.
  The crew is separated, but as you𠆝 expect, they fight their way back to each other and fight to vanquish the evil mastermind Krall (Idris Elba). There is always an evil mastermind to vanquish.
  The non-stop action in Beyond rivals that of the second installment, Into Darkness. Directed by Justin Lin (famous for several Fast and Furious films), the battle scenes, hand-to-hand combat and even the no-gravity scuffles are breathtaking. 
  I still think the Cho sword fight in Star Trek and the brawl between Spock and Khan in Into Darkness are better, but Beyond isn’t a disappointment.
  More important than the impressive CGI is the wonderful characterizations that the writers (Simon Pegg and Doug Jung) continue to bring to the screen. My favorite scenes are those of McCoy and Spock working together – and at odds – to get back to the crew. And, of course, all scenes with Chekov were heartwarming, bringing a smile and a tear.
  Four boxes out of five for Star Trek Beyond. If you enjoyed the other films, you won’t want to miss this one. Aliens, explosions, photon torpedoes and a lot of “my God!” exclamations from Bones. You can’t beat that for entertainment. This film is rated PG-13 for scenes of sci-fi action and violence.
  Check this week’s issue of the Frankenmuth News for a complete listing of shows and times.

    You might not recognize her, but Zoe Saldana is the leading lady in this mostly CGI 2009 blockbuster.

 Yes, yes, Chris Hemsworth is Thor (and a mighty fine Thor) but I also enjoyed his appearance in my favorite horror film – this 2012 gem co-written by the fabulous Joss Whedon. The Cabin in the Woods.

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