Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
When a destructive space entity is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop it.
Although very slow-paced and basically just a TV episode drawn out much too long, it's still fun to see the team back in action and this time with a much greater budget.
On renewed viewing; the story is silly, of course, but you do get some great sci-fi scapes to see.
Halliwell (no star): "And a surprisingly boring one. Vast sets and big-screen solemnity hardly make this more enjoyable than some of the TV episodes which got more tricks and philosophical fun into one-third of the length."
Maltin **1/2: "Slow, talkative, and derivative, somewhat redeemed by terrific special effects and majestic Jerry Goldsmith score; still, mainly for purists."
The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.
Despite all the credentials, good production and an intriguing premise this movie lacks any romantic felling and disappoints on the sci-fi level as well.
Maltin**1/2: "Unusual fantasy...is staged against the expansive backdrop of N.Y.C., but doesn't carry its momentum to a satisfying conclusion. Too bad; Damon and Blunt give it their best shot."
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
In Uncle Tom's Cabin, that cornerstone of American social protest fiction, St. Clare, the kindly master, remarks to his coldy disapproving cousin, Miss Ophelia, that, so far as he is able to tell, the blacks have been turned over to the devil for the benefit of the whites in this world - however, he adds thoughtfully, it may turn out in the next.