CATEGORIES Reviews'Star Trek' blasts off in theaters.
Following the testosterone-fueled $87 million haul of Hugh Jackman's 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' last weekend, the summer action movie express continues to pick up steam this week with the release of J.J. Abrams' long-awaited 'Star Trek' relaunch.
The film has garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics in all walks of media. And we here at Moviefone have to agree: If liking (nay, loving) this movie makes us "Trekkies" or 'Trekkers" or whatever the kids are calling themselves these days, we'll gladly don the mantel.
Read our take on 'Star Trek' and more of our editors' picks for the top movies at the multiplexes.
J.J. Abrams' franchise relaunch boldly goes where no 'Trek' movie has gone before: back to the beginning, for a character-driven, spectacle-laden origin story that's compelling for all moviegoers (and not just those who know the names and star dates of every episode of every TV incarnation). Freed of the cheesiness and half-assed plots of a decade of 'Trek' flicks before it, Abrams' take sees the U.S.S. Enterprise soaring into the nether regions of space for its first universe-saving mission, complete with zippy dialogue, enough nods to the original TV series to make diehard Trekkies (Trekkers?) wet their pants with glee; and charismatic turns by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as not-quite-friends Kirk and Spock, whose love-hate relationship provides the centerpiece of the film. All we can say is: Beam us up. -- Tom DiChiara
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Kirby Dick, the documentary world's foremost investigative reporter (see the MPAA expose 'This Film Is Not Yet Rated'), returns for another round of muckraking, this time alleging several prominent conservative politicians are closeted gays. Dick's targets include Florida governor Charlie Crist and -- well, of course -- former Idaho senator Larry Craig; their crime here is not simply staying in the closet, but vehemently voting against gay rights throughout their careers, which the film charges is merely a way to deflect accusations and speculation surrounding their sexuality. Provocative and convincing, 'Outrage' may not make its way to the masses, but Dick creates a public record that's hard to dispute. -- Kevin Polowy