This is it, folks. The best movie of the summer is currently playing at the Stadium 9, and you should go see it. If you wait until summer actually starts, you’re likely to miss it, and that would be sad.
“Star Trek: Into Darkness” is a hoot. It’s fun and fast-paced, hurtling from one side of the galaxy to the other and then back again. It’s both accessible for newcomers to the “Star Trek” mythology and rewarding for fans who know all the in-jokes. It brings back the best villain of the old “Star Trek” series and movies, though I’m not supposed to tell you that (oh come on, Paramount. His name is in the credits listed on imdb.com. I’m not giving THAT much away.)
Director J.J. Abrams is perhaps the best handler of big, complicated set pieces this side of Christopher Nolan. “Into Darkness” throws us immediately into one, as Kirk sprints throw licorice-red vines trying to escape chalky white dudes while Spock attempts to defuse a volcano. Of course it doesn’t go as planned, and the Prime Directive gets violated. Spock, of course, issues a full report to Starfleet while Kirk tries to sweep the whole thing under the rug, and as a result, he finds himself relieved of his position as captain of the USS Enterprise.