Thanks to Justin Lin's nimble direction, a pitch-perfect cast, and an adventurous script from Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, Star Trek Beyond nails the fun, goofy tone of the original series — and works so well in its own right that it ends up being one of the best entries in the fifty-year-old franchise. It's smart, too, touching on themes that other blockbusters don't dare engage with — asymmetrical warfare, isolationism, idealism in the face of cynicism. (In 2016, this stuff feels more than a little topical.) Lin — yet again proving to be one of the sharpest directors working today — keeps Beyond balanced between smarts and spectacle, and also, god bless him, figures out how to shoehorn in a space motorcycle. More than anything else, though, Beyond is fun: a fast-paced, heartfelt, funny blockbuster that promises a bold future for Trek. Plus, it's the first Star Trek movie that actually gives Bones something to do! Bones! Bones is the best (120 min.).
Director: Justin Lin
Producer: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Roberto Orci, Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Tommy Harper and Lindsey Weber
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, Lydia Wilson, Joe Taslim and Shohreh Aghdashloo