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Tuesday, May 21 2013

In Defense of Star Trek

Who will defend the future from J.J. Abrams... and his fans?


Monday, April 29 2013

The PopMatters Summer Movie Preview - May 2013

Within the first two weeks of the 2013 summer season, we'll see two of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. We'll also get more Hangover, some F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the (hopeful) return of M. Night Shyamalan to the ranks of legitimate filmmaker.


Sunday, January 22 2012

The 40 Best Films of 2011

2011 was a year of good, not necessarily great, films, though the amazing choices by our staff might argue against such a overall cinematic classification.


Monday, January 16 2012

The Best Female Film Performances of 2011

It was a monumental year for women in film as our selections for 2011's best female performances indicate... over and over and over again.


Monday, May 2 2011

Summer Movie Preview: June 2011

The return of everyone's favorite mutants, the arrival of an intergalactic peacekeeper, and some guy with a bunch of birds marks June's idea of sunny Summer fun.


Reviews

Thursday, May 16 2013

'Star Trek Into Darkness': Dick Cheney's Legacy

Benedict Cumberbatch's John Harrison is at once the most compelling and least predictable figure amid a dauntingly predictable ensemble.


Tuesday, November 22 2011

'Super 8': Bringing Adolescent Dreams to Life

Paradoxically, given all of the borrowing and recycling that went into its making, in the present moment, the most novel aspect of Super 8 may be its originality.


Wednesday, June 8 2011

The Best Thing About 'Super 8' Is the Super 8

It's filmmaking 101, and like Charles' zombie movie, Super 8, produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by J.J. Abrams, is rather wonderfully basic. At first, anyway.


Wednesday, January 20 2010

Star Trek (2009)

Stylish, action-packed, and a helluva lot of fun. What was the last Star Trek film you could truly say that about?


Thursday, May 4 2006

Mission Impossible III (2006)

A movie titled M:I:III can't lean too hard on verbal wit, and so it quickly leaves Laurence Fishburne behind to head out into the actionated field.


Felicity [31.Dec.94]

Blogs

Friday, May 17 2013

'Star Trek Into Darkness' and the Wrath of Fanboys Being Khaned

In this spoiler heavy overview of the new Star Trek film, we discuss how the fanboy nation is gnashing its teeth over what J.J. Abrams and company have wrought.


Thursday, June 9 2011

'Super 8' Is Superb Sci-Fi Nostalgia

Super 8 is a movie of many marvelous surprises. It mixes period authenticity... with postmodern techniques to thrill, enthrall, and engage.


Wednesday, May 12 2010

Super 8 Trailer: The Non-Cameraphone Version (trailer)

The newest film from director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg may not be hitting theaters until Summer 2011, but the film's viral marketing campaign is in full swing with the online release of the teaser trailer.


Thursday, May 7 2009

A Shortage of Villainy

While director Abrams' handling of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman's propulsive screenplay is sleek and spiffy, to say the least, it ultimately hews far closer to his television work than might have been wise for a big-screen reboot.


News

Monday, June 20 2011

J.J. Abrams is stuck in a huge shadow

There's a lot to admire in J.J. Abrams' new film, "Super 8," starting with the spirited relationship between Joe (Joel Courtney) and Charles (Riley Griffiths),


Friday, June 10 2011

J.J. Abrams teams with his childhood hero, Steven Spielberg

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — There are plenty of stories with Hollywood endings — this is one with a Hollywood beginning. A new J.J. Abrams film called


Tuesday, June 7 2011

A soft spot for an old technology led to J.J. Abrams' latest film

LOS ANGELES — J.J. Abrams has embraced the most advanced technology to make TV shows like "Lost" and "Fringe" and movies like "Star Trek." He's


Monday, September 8 2008

'Fringe' creators blend the best of the past

BEVERLY HILLS - Ever wonder what inspires the creators of some of TV's top thrillers? Old TV thrillers, it turns out. Take the case of


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