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Evan Crean Evan Crean
May 4th, 2009 9:03am EDT
Star TrekIn the second week of our summer movie season, we have a lull in the number of films coming out. There are just three movies being released, and of those, two are premiering in mainstream theaters. Despite being a quiet week though, we have the release of "Star Trek," one of the most highly anticipated blockbusters of the summer, as well as "Next Day Air" and "Rudo y Cursi."


In this re-imagination of the "Star Trek" franchise, the story chronicles the early adventures of James T. Kirk, Spock, and the other characters aboard the USS Enterprise from the original series. The film follows the crew and their rise to prominence in Starfleet Academy. Their skills are put to the test however, when fleet is called to arms. As a Romulan from the future bent on vengeance threatens the Federation, Kirk and Spock must join forces for the first time to save the galaxy.

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J.J. Abrams, the mastermind behind the television series "Lost," and producer of the hit movie "Cloverfield," directs "Star Trek." The writers of the film, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, are no strangers to epic summer movies. They are also responsible for writing "Transformers" as well as its upcoming sequel "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

SEE IT, RENT IT OR SKIP IT? Definitely see it. I read 17 different reviews, that all had positive things to say about the film. You don't need to be a "Star Trek" fan, or even know anything about the original series to see this movie, since it's a fresh narrative. The characters of the Enterprise seem superbly cast, especially Zachary Quinto ("Heroes") as Spock, Simon Pegg ("Hot Fuzz") as Scotty, and John Cho ("Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle") as Sulu. With William Shatner definitively known for the role of James T. Kirk, I'm interested to see how Chris Pine does as Kirk and if audiences like him.

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In this comedy, delivery man Leo (Donald Faison), mistakenly leaves a package filled with bricks of cocaine at the wrong apartment. Leo is forced to deal with the consequences of his blunder, as he becomes wrapped up in the conflict between the drug kingpin, the package's intended recipients, and the people who accidentally received the cocaine and plan to sell it off.

"Next Day Air" is director Benny Boom's first feature length movie, with his previous credits encompassing hip hop documentaries. Leo is played by Donald Faison; best known for his role of Dr. Christopher Turk on "Scrubs." Actor/musician Mos Def ("Be Kind Rewind") and comedian Mike Epps ("Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins") also play supporting roles.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? Skip it. While I love Donald Faison on "Scrubs," this movie does not look like it is written to his comedic strengths. The film's writer Blair Cobbs has "Next Day Air" listed as his only writing credit, which for me doesn't inspire much confidence. It strikes me as a movie that basically puts all of the funny lines in the trailer, spoiling the few funny jokes in the movie for people who actually see it.







Half-brothers Tato (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Beto (Diego Luna) each have their own aspirations in life; Beto dreams of playing professional soccer, while Tato hopes to become a singer. A talent scout gives them the chance to play professional soccer in Mexico City, but he can only bring one of the boys, which ignites a powerful sibling rivalry. Fate will not keep the two apart however.

Tato goes to the city first, but Beto follows him there. As they struggle through competition with one another, they both play soccer and face their own personal demons. Beto's compulsive gambling gets him into trouble, and Tato squanders his opportunities for success as a singer. In their toughest times, the brothers find reconciliation by helping each other while trying to pursue their own individual destiny.

Carlos Cuarón, the writer of 2001's Oscar nominated "Y Tu Mama Tambien," directs "Rudo y Cursi." Actors Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna who also worked together on "Y tu mamá también" play the half-brothers Tato and Beto.

SEE IT, RENT IT, OR SKIP IT? Wait to rent it. This film appears to tell an uplifting story about the bonds of family triumphing over societal pressure to succeed no matter what the cost; however, its limited release will make it hard to find in theaters. In addition, the movie is in Spanish, so if you don't like reading subtitles in the theater you might want to watch this one at home where you can take more time with it.




Evan Crean
Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.