Movie Stars

Movie capsules: Short reviews of what’s in theaters

Chris Pine as Captain Kirk (left) and Zachary Quinto as Spock in “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
Zade Rosenthal
Chris Pine as Captain Kirk (left) and Zachary Quinto as Spock in “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

New releases

½ Star Trek Into Darkness The new film just has to convince us that 2009’s “Star Trek” wasn’t a fluke. That it does sot — expertly, exhilaratinglyt — is a mark of director J.J. Abrams’s uncanny ease with modern Hollywood formulas. With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Benedict Cumberbatch putting a sleekly brutish new spin on an old “Trek” villain. (132 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

Previously released

Aftershock Eli Roth of “Hostel” fame takes some of his own medicine as he stars in, as well as co-writes, this cross between “torture porn” and a disaster movie set in an earthquake-ravaged Valparaiso, Chile. Though the gore comes more in cups than buckets, and sometimes is more clever than bloodcurdling, the restraint does not diminish the film’s predictability or heavy-handed, cynical sense of sin and retribution. (90 min., R) (Peter Keough)

½ The Great Gatsby At its best — which, sadly, isn’t often enough — Baz Luhrmann’s version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is a scandal. It’s also, in event and emotion (if not period fidelity), the most faithful movie version of the book to date. The two are not unconnected. Leonardo DiCaprio gives us the full Gatsby and he’s magnificent, but overlength, over-romanticism, and a badly misused Tobey Maguire as Nick bring it low. In 3-D. (143 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)


½ Peeples Though derivative of “Meet the Parents” and reliant on the usual clichés and platitudes, Tina Gordon Chism’s debut offers enough laughs, standout performances (from Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, and scene-stealing supporting actors), and unexpected wackiness to make it the best bet among current comedies. It may at times lapse into dubious taste — what comedy these days doesn’t? — but its spunk and soft touch with racial and cultural issues prevail. (95 min., PG-13) (Peter Keough)

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½ The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mira Nair (“Monsoon Wedding”) adapts Mohsin Hamid’s acclaimed novel about a young Pakistani (Riz Ahmed, the best thing in the film) who attains the American dream on the eve of 9/11. A quiet character study on the page has been given a high-stakes political-thriller frame, and not for the best. With Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, and Kiefer Sutherland. (130 min., R) (Ty Burr)

½ Something in the Air A fond but clear-eyed memory play from Olivier Assayas (“Demonlover,” “Summer Hours”), this is deceptively calm for a movie about the death of the ’60s. The director shows the gradual deflating of the revolution into empty gesture using a minimum of melodrama, a fluid camera style, and a terrific period soundtrack. In French, with subtitles. (116 min., R) (Ty Burr)

The Source Family The ’70s saw its share of spiritual gurus, and Jim Baker both epitomized and transcended the stereotype. He turned a successful health food restaurant into the base for a commune of white-robed young and beautiful adherents, preaching a piecemeal philosophy while leading a life of license and luxury. Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille rise above the preconceptions in their bracing documentary, portraying a flawed but formidable embodiment of an American archetype. (98 min., unrated) (Peter Keough)

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