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  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    Star Trek Into Darkness

    ★★★½

    Star Trek Into Darkness is what you would expect from a hollywood blockbuster — lots of action, explosions, and spectacle. What’s fun at the time will probably be forgettable in the future. That said, I was bought by the charm of the characters and the chemistry of their actors.

  • The Martian

    The Martian

    ★★★

    The humorous and optimistic tone of The Martian was unexpected (especially after watching the story's catalyst play out on screen — a dark alien storm, the decision to leave behind a presumably dead man, and a very tense scene where Matt Damon performs surgery on himself). While the tone offered a distinction from similar sci-fi titles that have hit theatres, it also undercut the stakes fundamental to the premise. That, plus too heavy a reliance on using video logs as a device for exposition after exposition after exposition, makes The Martian something I would not recommend to others despite enjoying elements of it.