In Theaters: May 17
Director J.J. Abrams’ fab follow-up to his 2009 Star Trek origin story isn’t officially the first movie out of the summer gate. But it’s for sure the first one that’s crazy good. Action and laughs erupt as Kirk (Chris Pine) – James Tiberius Perfect Hair, in the words of Simon Pegg’s priceless Scotty – learns to respect the chair as captain of the Enterprise. The whole crew’s back to wage war against the Klingons. Zachary Quinto aces it as the not-really-emotionless Spock, and Benedict Cumberbatch is perverse perfection as the villain who shall not be named. Can’t wait to see what Abrams does when he takes over the Star Wars franchise next year. He’s on fire here, lacing spectacle with soul. It’s a knockout. Trekkers won’t be alone in cheering.