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He said – She said … Star Trek

It’s time for another installment of “He said – She said” with J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Trek, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho and more. As always, we recommend seeing the film before reading, because we’re talking ALL aspects of the film, including plot spoilers.

Editor’s note: For the complete Scorecard Review of Star Trek, click here. Jeff Bayer gives the film a 9/10. He also had long, long conversations with Nick trying to explain to him that Star Trek is better than X-Men Origins: Wolverine. One key point he didn’t bring up until now is, both films use the word “engage.” The one with the claws didn’t do it justice.

It’s he (Nick Allen) and she (Morrow McLaughlin).

He Said

Bring on

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Star Trek

Star Trek

Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Eric Bana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Leonard Nimoy
Running Time: 2 hrs. 5 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Release Date: May 8, 2009

Plot: This is the voyage of the starship USS Enterprise, with a twist. A hell-bent Romulan (Bana) shifts time and is out to destroy Spock (Quinto, Nimoy). A black hole twists the past, but Kirk (Pine) and the rest of the starfleet soldiers are brought together on the Enterprise to defend Vulcan and Earth from a massive, destructive ship.

Who’s It For? Sci-Fi fans who never gave Star Trek a chance, fans of the classic series willing to see new actors in the iconic roles, and those who just love blockbusters … yeah, put those three groups

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Next Day Air

Next Day Air

Directed by: Benny Boom
Cast: Donald Faison, Mike Epps, Cisco Reyes, Mos Def
Time: 1 hr, 30 minutes
Rating: R

Plot: An unthinkably outlandish tale about a young postal worker whose life is turned upside down when one procedural mistake lands him in the middle of an underground war between would-be drug dealers, oddly-named thugs, and Mexican drug lords so intimidating it nearly trumps their very existence. A comical take on how being down on your luck doesn’t nearly measure up to having a very large price on your perpetually “altered” head.

Who’s It For?: TV fans will be lured into this because of Faison’s (Turk on “Scrubs”) inclusion. Since he broke onto the big screen in Clueless his movie career has left much to be desired. Now a TV star, his return

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Directed by: Gavin Hood
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Lynn Collins, Will i Am, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch
Time: 2 hrs, 2 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Release Date: May 1, 2009

Plot: After the death of his girlfriend, Wolverine (Jackman) is hell bent on revenge, which brings him face to face with his life long friend, Sabertooth (Schreiber). But before they battle, he’s brought into the mutant Weapon X program.

Who’s It For?: X-Men is huge, so this will draw a crowd. But here’s the thing, if you’re fine with Spider-Man 3, or X-Men United … then you’ll see anything with super powers and be happy. But don’t go expecting more with this film.

Expectations: 20th Century Fox acted like the world came to an end when a leaked, almost finished copy of Wolverine

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Directed by: Mark Waters
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Rating: PG-13
Release Date: May 1, 2009

Plot: A successful photographer (McConaughey) who scrooges women for a hobby is visited by three … Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.

Who’s It For? The dating crowd – particularly those who share the on-screen ages of Garner and McConaughey. Of course, this really just means anyone not seeing X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Expectations: The Matthew McConaughey + romantic comedy formula was recently cracked by a popular humor blog that offered some frighteningly plausible ideas. Considering McConaughey’s track record, it was expected for him to play some slimy and smiley womanizer who gets “put in his place” by a female (Garner) aware of his smooth-talking … but not idiotic enough to

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Lymelife

Lymelife

Directed by: Derick Martini
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Rory Culkin, Jill Hennessy, Emma Roberts
Time: 1 hr, 49 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Release Date: May 1, 2009 (limited)

Plot: In late-1970’s Long Island, 15-year-old Scott Bartlett (Culkin) finds that he’s growing up amidst a much fishier situation than his well-to-do father (Baldwin) would insist. In hopes to shield her son from a recent outbreak of Lyme disease, Scott’s mother doesn’t allow Scott to leave the house without applying the necessary amount of masking tape to his clothing. This is a hilarious sight, but our first encounter with next-door-neighbor Charlie [Timothy Hutton] that we find out the disease’s wrath (amongst a slew of other situations in this film) may have more crippling effects than it seems.

Who’s It For?: Fans of films that systematically bash the American dream to

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Sugar

Sugar

Directed by: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Cast: Algenis Perez Soto, Andre Holland, Ellary Porterfield, Rayniel Rufino
Running Time: 2 hrs
Rating: R
Release Date: May 1, 2009 (limited)

Plot: This is the story of a young Dominican whose lifelong dream to play in the Major Leagues lands him on a seemingly smooth path to realizing his destiny. There proves to be more than perfecting the knuckle-curve in landing a spot on a Big League roster as an array of pitfalls routinely bludgeons his attempts to achieve the greatness he so aspires to realize. A coming-of-age story that dabbles in the temptations young people come across upon their difficult paths to greatness.

Who’s It For?: Baseball fans young and old. This is a slick reminder that the third world not only wields a superior slew of

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Battle for Terra

Battle for Terra

Directed by: Aristomenis Tsirbas
Cast: (voices) Evan Rachel Wood, Luke Wilson, Brian Cox, David Cross
Running Time: 1 hr 25 mins
Rating: PG
Release Date: May 1, 2009

Plot: Following the destruction of Earth and other human-colonized planets, the remaining humans search space for a new place to settle. When the humans attack Terra, a peaceful alien planet, a young Terrian (Wood) and a human pilot (Wilson) try to end the war.

Who’s It For? If you appreciate a good score and enjoy contemplating the future of the human race, check this one out. Surprisingly this film isn’t for the the little ones, there’s just too much violence for a standard kid flick.

Expectations: Since this is a full-length version of the 2003 award-wining, seven-minute short film by the same director, I’m expecting good things

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The Soloist

The Soloist

Directed by: Joe Wright
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Catherine Keener
Running Time: 1 hr. 50 mins.
Rating: PG-13

Plot: It’s an unlikely duo as a Los Angeles Times columnist (Downey Jr.) goes looking for a story and connects deeply to his subject, a Julliard trained musician (Foxx), who is homeless.

Who’s It For? The younger crowd who is now addicted to Downey thanks to Iron Man, might not be ready for this one. It’s a slower pace, with side notes about the homeless problem in L.A. and the death of newspapers.

Expectations: I had one concern … this movie was supposed to come out last year in December. It was Oscar bait. So what happened? Otherwise, on paper, this movie should work well.

SCORECARD (0-10)

Actors:
Robert Downey Jr. as Steve Lopez: What a relief. Downey

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Crank – High Voltage

Crank: High Voltage

Directed by: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Cast: Jaosn Statham, Amy Smart, Ling Bai, Dwight Yokam, David Carridane, Corey Haim
Running Time: 1 hr 25 mins
Rating: R

Plot: Someone has stolen Chev Chelios’ (Statham) heart, in this continuation of the Crank series. So he needs to find it, right? Right.

Who’s it For? Mindless action speed demons. This movie is fast and furious with no sign of Paul Walker. There’s plenty of others with bad acting abilities though, so the man’s not missed.

Expectations: The first one didn’t hit me like it should have. I was annoyed. Maybe it was the SCS (shaky camera syndrome) where you couldn’t avoid getting vomitous. Or perhaps it was the sex scene in front of the school bus that rubbed me the wrong way.

SCORECARD (0-10)

Actors:
Jason Statham as Chev

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