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May 2009

The Abrams ‘Effect’

J. J. Abrams has clearly touched a significant segment of the populace with his paean to the adventures of the Starship Enterprise. Whether it's just a filmmaking fluke, or something more significant, remains open for debate.


My Ten ‘Trek’ Memories

This is not meant as an objective overview. This is also not meant as some definitive list. As J.J. Abrams literal reinvention of Star


‘Next Day Air’ is Dead on Arrival

It’s no secret that most filmmakers have their muses, directors who came before them from whom they draw inspiration and ideas. While some consider


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.


Trek on Trek: Demo-Gratification

They say it takes all kinds. That’s definitely true of a Summer blockbuster. Movies like The Dark Knight or Transformers don’t just ‘happen’.


New ‘Trek’ Should Live Long and Prosper

Talk about questionable prospects! Who could ever imagine that Paramount, preservers of Gene Roddenberry’s seminal Star Trek empire, would mount a massive reboot of


Retracing My ‘Trek’ Steps

It started with a sign. Strike that, with a bumper sticker. Everyday, as I walked to school, I would pass the house at the end


‘Tyson’ Tells Different Side of Fighter’s Story

He remains an enigma, a brutal man with the gentle voice that literally took his sport to the heights of popularity, and then brought it


‘Ghosts’ is Passable RomCom Fare

Remember when Matthew McConaughey was the next big thing? Around the release of A Time to Kill, when he was the “it” actor bound for


April 2009

The Five Best Films of Spring 2009

Compiling Best-of Lists is always tough. No matter what you pick, no matter the rest of the critical consensus on the issue, someone comes along


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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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