Star Trek is back, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is still flouting the rules, director J.J. Abrams is still dividing the fan base, but amazingly, inconceivably, there's no dissent within the Cinefantastique Online ranks this time: Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and I all agree that Star Trek Into Darkness is supreme, quintessential Trek adventure. Telling the tale of the Enterprise's encounter with a diabolical mastermind (Benedict Cumberbatch), the film at once delivers the big-scale action (even better in IMAX 3D) that audiences have come to expect from a major studio tent pole release while honoring the ideals that made creator Gene Roddenberry's optimistic vision of the future so compelling.
Come join Steve, Larry, and myself as we delve deep into this top-notch entry to the Trek franchise, exploring what makes it both a superior entertainment and a worthy elaboration of Roddenberry's humanistic vision. Plus: What's coming to theaters next week.
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