‘Star Trek Beyond’ is distractingly loud and stupid

In 2009, J.J. Abrams rebooted the "Star Trek" movie franchise by making a "Star Wars"-style movie with "Star Trek" trappings. The second entry, "Star Trek Into Darkness," was perhaps closer to "Star Trek," but it cribbed so liberally from "The Wrath of Khan" that it barely registered as a distinct movie. And now we have "Star Trek Beyond," which – aside from superficialities -- is so far from being a "Star Trek" movie that I scoffed out loud at the conclusive "These are the voyages ..." voiceover.

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‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ boldly goes … where the saga has already gone before

Like director J.J. Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek" film, "Star Trek Into Darkness" gets all the Trek-isms correct. Everyone is still spot-on as alternate-universe versions of the iconic characters, Scottie and Chekov have thick accents, there are winks about red shirts, Bones says a variation on "Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor ..." and so forth.

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The new ‘Star Trek’ is actually kind of cool

Director J.J. Abrams makes "Star Trek" respectable again with this origin tale that sets up everything we've seen in six TV series -- I'm including the underappreciated cartoon -- and 10 movies. (Well, "Enterprise" takes place before this, but who's counting?) He also makes "Star Trek" cool for the first time. Here's the trailer.

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