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New movies for May 16-17

So Star Trek has been rebooted as a successful action series? Fascinating.


So Star Trek has been rebooted as a successful action series? Fascinating.

Star Trek Into Darkness

The gist: The reboot Kirk & Co. take on terrorism, in case you thought J.J. Abrams couldn't update this mythology anymore. Looks like they're blowing up the Enterprise already. At least the old franchise waited until the third movie to do that. Oops, spoilers. PG-13

The cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Bendict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho and Simon Pegg.

The buzz: The best thing about rebooting a franchise as beloved as Star Trek is you can overhaul it so completely, it's great fun even when it bears almost no resemblance to the source material. "Star Trek Into Darkness banishes, at least for the moment, the lugubrious mood and sepulchral look that too many comic-book movies mistake for sophistication. All hail an action film that isn't ashamed to have fun and to be seen doing it," the Washington Post lauds.


The gist: Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir finds inspiration in a young woman who shows up as his son Jean recovers from wounds suffered in World War I at the artist's home. Jean doesn't think she's so bad, either, so he must not be that wounded. R

The cast: Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Vincent Rottiers, Thomas Doret, Anne-Lise Heimburger and Sylviane Goudal.

The buzz: Like many Impressionist works, it looks wonderful, but can be hard to decipher upon closer inspection. See what we did there? "Renoir is so beautiful, and so intelligently conceived, that you keep waiting, in vain, for a bit of fire to break out in the narrative," the Wall Street Journal laments.

Hating Breitbart

The gist: A documentary about conservative mouthpiece Andrew Breitbart, who spent his career railing against liberals, liberal government and the liberal media before dying of a heart attack at 43. Please don't email us about it, no matter your viewpoint. R

The cast: Breitbart, Matthew Vadum, Stephen K. Bannon, Orson Bean and Sean Hannity.

The buzz: This examination of his career offers little examination about his life. "Overall, Hating Breitbart is conspicuously parsimonious when it comes to providing biographical info about its subject," Variety says.

— Joshua Gillin

Upcoming releases

May 23: The Hangover Part III

May 24: Epic; Fast & Furious 6; At Any Price; From Up on Poppy Hill

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