Star Trek Beyond
It looked like bad luck for the thirteenth Star Trek film, but writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung and director Justin Lin have instead shaken it out, dusted it off, and found some new life in the fifty year-old series. Star Trek Beyond, which opens this week in Bay Area theaters, feels refreshing in the way that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan felt back in the summer of 1982. Moviegoers had been disappointed by the initial feature film, Robert Wise's Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). What Wise had tried to convey as a sense of observation and wonder, viewers interpreted as "slow" and "boring." They wanted a return to the characters they loved from the 1966-1969 TV series.