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Boldly continuing to go in 2017
After the success of the Star Trek reboot (yay!) and Star Trek Into Darkness (boo!), it looks like Star Trek is coming back to television. CBS has confirmed that it is putting out a new Star Trek show in January 2017. The sho...

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Hollywood sucks

Simon Pegg says Start Trek 3 script scrapped for being too Star Trek-y

Because philosophy doesn't sell
May 20
// Matthew Razak
You'd think that a franchise like Star Trek would have some pretty clear sailing after two successful films released, but the third movie is proving to be troublesome. Originally Robert Orci was going to direct, but Para...
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Idris Elba: ST3

Star Trek 3's villainy said to be provided by Idris Elba

These are just going to be Bond Movies now
Mar 25
// Jackson Tyler
What's this? Two Idris Elba stories in a many day? These times we live in are bountiful, and we must be grateful for as long as they last. Such fortune flows rarely to these shores. The last two Star Trek movies are two of my...
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RIP Leonard Nimoy

RIP Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

A great actor, and a kind and gentle man. Leonard Nimoy will be missed.
Feb 27
// Jackson Tyler
Earlier today, news broke that Leonard Nimoy had passed away at the age of 83.  It's hard to put into words the personal importance of Nimoy's work. Star Trek wasn't just the show I watched as a child, it was my ins...

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Star Trek Into Greatness

The Star Trek films have a lot of lens flares

Yet not enough
Jan 23
// Nick Valdez
According to these videos from editor Dylan Browne, there are quite a few lens flares in the first two Star Trek films. Around 1500 of them apparently. In other Star Trek news, Simon Pegg is co-writing the third film with Doug Jung (Dark Blue) with Justin Lin still signed on to direct. Only good can come of this, right?  Or at the very least, more lens flares!  [via /Film]
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Star Trek Into Greatness

Justin Lin to direct Star Trek 3

Star Trek Into Greatness
Dec 23
// Nick Valdez
If you're one of many people, like myself and the rest of the Flixist staff, then you're anxiously awaiting the next installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, Furious 7. That's all thanks to the work of Justin Lin, and...

William Shatner has a role in Star Trek 3 if he wants it

No. No. No. No. NO!
Sep 23
// Matthew Razak
Rumors are coming in that screenplay for the third Star Trek film may have a crucial part for William Shatner that will reteam him with Leonard Nemoy. Evidently the part is a pretty integral part of the film and thus won...
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Paramount 2016 Releases

Paramount announces 2016 release slate, includes Transformers 5 and Star Trek 3

Jun 19
// Nick Valdez
While we've been looking to 2015's already bloated film schedule (thanks to loads and loads of comic book properties and sequels), and 2014 is only half way through, Paramount Pictures wants to remind everyone that 2016 is a ...

Bob Orci to direct Star Trek 3

Quick! Somebody check Gene Roddenberry's grave!
May 14
// Mike Cosimano
Roberto Orci, known for both his work on the Star Trek and Transformers film franchises and his numerous offensive conspiracy theories, will direct the next Star Trek movie. Deadline initially reported on the rumor, before Pa...

Kurtzman & Orci are breaking up; Orci wants to direct Trek 3

Who gets Sleepy Hollow?
Apr 23
// Mike Cosimano
If you're not familiar with the Alex Kurtzman/Roberto Orci team, you probably haven't been paying attention; the duo have their fingers in many a pot, including Xena: Warrior Princess, Fringe, Mission: Impossible III, and the...

Joe Cornish Not Directing Star Trek 3; writers confirmed

Attack the Qo'noS?
Dec 10
// Mike Cosimano
After weeks of rumors, Paramount has put to rest the idea of Attack the Block director (and co-mastermind behind the best James Bond theme) Joe Cornish directing the next entry in the rebooted Star Trek film franchi...

J.J. Abrams regrets keeping Khan in the Mystery Box

Dec 03
// Mike Cosimano
In a recent interview with MTV News, J.J. Abrams talked about why he felt keeping the identity of Star Trek Into Darkness' villain a secret was a bad idea; something I realized as soon as Kirk punched Khan in the face and he ...
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Star Trek Into Greatness

Rumor: Joe Cornish could direct Star Trek 3

This could be the best thing.
Nov 04
// Nick Valdez
If this rumor turns out to be true in some fashion, allow me to title the next Star Trek film, Star Trek Into Greatness (or maybe Star Trek Into Something Less Full of Bologna?). According to the good folks at Deadline, since...

JJ sez Star Wars VII will be "emotional" and buzzword

Star Trekker to take on Wars with emotion
Sep 20
// Nathan Hardisty
Our lord and savior JJ Abrams came out of the star-spangled closet to finally say some buzzwords about the Second Coming of Christ a.k.a Episode VII. The Into Darkness director said that he hopes that he will deliver an ...

Star Trek: Into Darkness and World War Z double feature!

Aug 28
// Matthew Razak
Did you think the days of the grindhouse double feature were long gone from our incorporated movie going experiences? Well, you're right unless you're lucky enough to live by an awesome independent theater. However, thanks to...

Star Trek 3 grabbing new writers

To boldly go where many other writers have gone before
Jul 23
// Matthew Razak
Rumors are popping up that two new writers have been brought on for the next Star Trek film as Kurtzman, Orci and Lindelof leave to go mess around with some other beloved franchise. Bad Robot, JJ Abrams production compan...

FlixList: The best Star Trek movies

May 15 // Matthew Razak
1. Star Trek: Insurrection Does anyone remember this movie? This isn't the forgotten Star Trek movie, it's the one that never was. Most likely this is because it feels like an episode of the TV series and not a full budget film. There's very little bigger picture stuff here, and by this time the crew of the Enterprise (or whatever crew we were watching on TV) disobeying commands was almost cliche. It can be said that this film had some stellar effects and Frakes direction definitely got better from his previous solid work on First Contact. Still, while it may have been a decent episode of the TV series it's missing that je ne sais quoi that makes for a great movie.  2. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Having given the director's chair to Leanord Nemoy twice the producers figured giving it to William Shatner wouldn't hurt so much if it kept him around... and then they let him develop the screenplay. I'm a massive Shatner fan, but he easily made the worst TOS Star Trek film. It probably didn't help that there was a writer's strike going on, but that still doesn't excuse the horrible attempts at being philosophical with the story's "God" plot. Philosophy and human nature are things Star Trek usually addresses incredibly well, and yet here they come of as cheap and melodramatic. There's just a clear misunderstanding of what makes the series work. And yet the movie delivers one of Shatner's greatest lines: "What would God need (wait for it) with a star ship?" A ruthlessly banal line that only Shatner could turn into a memorable piece of dialog. 3. Star Trek: Nemesis This is the one that put the nail in the coffin, but it really isn't as bed as everyone remembers. It's not good, that's for sure, but Picard's tortured story arc, though ridiculous thanks to cloning, is actually pretty solid and it features some of the best space battles the films have seen. The darker overall tone in both mood and visuals also gives it a differentiating factor from the rest of the films. The death of Data at the end of the movie does pack an emotional wallop for any fan, but it's sadly not as good as it could be. The movie is really just boring at parts, and while it succeeds at others it never makes up for its faults. 4. Star Trek: The Motion Picture Star Trek: The Motion Picture is spaceship model porn. This is the only conceivable way the movie came about: a script was turned in that wasn't actually feature length, and while it was interesting and very Star Trek the movie wasn't a movie. Instead of fleshing it out the filmmakers decided they would instead shoot endless minutes of the Enterprise in varying situations. Thus the opening sequence in which the camera pans around Enterprise like it's got to remember every last inch of the thing. Now, I'm sure everyone was impressed with what was going on with the special effects, but unless tiny plastic space ships sexually arouse you that gets boring really quick. Sadly, they decide to do it four or five more times throughout the film. Maybe they just didn't want to look at the ridiculously ugly Star Fleet uniforms? 5. Star Trek Generations Kirk and Picard finally meeting; Generations is basically every Star Trek geek's fan-fiction turned into canon -- or it should have been. The film never feels grand enough for its own purposes, and Picard and Kirk's meeting falls a bit to flat. This is in large thanks to Kirk's death, which is executed horribly thanks to some poor delivery by Shanter, poor direction and a unfortunately cheesy conclusion. Still, the movie is fun to watch and when Picard and Kirk bump heads it shows off some greatness. There's plenty for Star Trek fans to enjoy here, but not enough to make it as great as it should have been. 6. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock This is the forgotten film. Not bad, just forgotten. It's the one that comes after the best film (list spoiler) and before the one with the wales. You'll be hard pressed to find a casual fan who remembers it, and yet it works really well. The crew of the Enterprise going rouge might seem cliche now thanks to decades of TV and movies making it seem like that's all any starship ever does, but back then it was still fresh. Spock's rebirth, a gimmick cooked up after Leonard Nemoy was lured back with a promise to direct, is handled surprisingly well. Plus, in the grand tradition of Shatner being awesome, the final battle is some down right ridiculous hand-to-hand combat between him and a Klingon. It might anger fans, but one of the best parts about Star Trek is that it has a sense of humor that allows for its own cheesiness. 5. Star Trek: First Contact Again with the time travel. Much like Journey Home it works, though not as well. The inclusion of the Borg, possibly Star Treks greatest alien race, make this stand out, and the Borg Queen is a great villain (though her eventual rebirth and history make little sense). What makes it work once again is the juxtaposition of the idealized Star Trek present and humanities darker past. While Jonathan Frakes direction is certainly dated he had an understanding of the series and its cast that made up for it. Most importantly it delivered a thinking mans Star Trek with nods to Moby Dick and questions on revenge. 4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home One of the things Star Trek did smartly is basically decide that time travel was a thing and it happened. The crews of Star Fleet time travel all the time and it's brilliant and no one ever really explains anything. It's just something that happens. Surprisingly one of the least Star Trek movies in the franchise, since it neither involves stars or treks, it is also one of the most Star Trek of the franchise. With the removal of the ship and space battles the film focuses on friendship, humanity and social messages -- three things that have always been the foundation of the franchise. It also doesn't help that this might be one of the smartest screenplays in the series with Nemoy and Harve Bennett (before he got out of control) delivering a solid story that the screenwriters built on wonderfully. 3. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country This is so very close to being the best of the series. The Klingons return and get the most focus they've had in any film and the final battle between an obviously aged Enterprise crew and a cloaked Bird of Prey is perfectly executed. The lead up to Kirk figuring out how to destroy the Bird of Prey is capped by an ending shot of him clenching his fist as he says fire. It's a fantastic moment that seems to not only build on the film's tension, but year's of Star Trek history. Leave it to Nichaloas Meyer, director of Khan, to come back and close the original crew's story so strongly.  Also, zero gravity Klingon blood is still cool to this day.  2. Star Trek Brilliantly rebooting the franchise without destroying decades worth of canon by using (you guessed it) time travel, Star Trek saved Star Trek. While it's definitely a far more action oriented series in this new incarnation the reboot grabbed the essence of the show and crammed it into a stylish, lens-flared extravaganza. Instead of desperately clinging to the past, the movie revitalizes the franchise while still delivering enough fan service to keep everyone happy. It's easily the most accessible of the Star Trek films and would be number one if Khan didn't have Spock's death scene in it.  1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan To make up a quote from Mr. Spock, the inevitable cannot be avoided. It was indeed inevitable that this be the number one Star Trek film. Despite struggling to keep it out of this spot for reasons of not being cliche, it ended up here anyway. It definitely has its flaws from some of the cheesiest direction (KHAAAAAAAAAN) to plenty of flawed logic. However, it's shortcomings are easily eclipsed by its fan service, its stellar use of the cast and, most importantly, its ending. One of the few moments in film where its OK to weep like a child is the death of Spock. What's more impressive is how perfectly the film builds to it, taking a crew and turning them into characters people could have a passion for again. If there's a reason Star Trek is still alive it's because of The Wrath of Khan. 
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Ranking the Treks from worst to best
That title is a bit of a misnomer since I'm listing all of the Star Trek films here so really it's about ranking them from best to worst, but if we consider the fact that all Star Trek movies are awesome simply by b...

Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

May 15 // Nathan Hardisty
Star Trek Into DarknessDirector: J.J Abrams Release Date: May 9, 2013 (UK); May 15, 2013 (US IMAX), May 16, 2013 (US non-IMAX)Rating: 12A (UK), PG-13 (US) [embed]215165:39838:0[/embed] Into Darkness follows the next chapter of Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) of the Starship Enterprise. From the very beginning, Kirk's leadership is questioned and ripped open by some dramatic events. What happens, alongside all this, is an act of terrorism in London which plunges the entire Federation into alert and into full scale manhunt mode. Kirk is sent, off the record, to track down the man behind the attacks, John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), and is soon thrown into inter-galactic political tensions, alien threats and sciency-wiency laser battles. Kirk must destroy the near unstoppable Harrison and uncover the darker truth underneath Starfleet Command. The plot honestly borrows quite heavily from the likes of The Avengers and The Dark Knight, with most of it revolving around the capture of a dangerous figure and the truth behind the destruction he brings to the world. The film decides to go into full-scale Empire Strikes Back-mode and has character conflicts, reversed relationships, action pieces full of genuinely terrifying sequences and some final beats that reveal the true emotional depth in Abrams' sci-fi tinged fingertips. The plot and general thrust of the film is simplistic, often predictable at times, and yet the evolution of the characters and enthralling pace just keeps you still second-guessing every single moment of this sugary roller-coaster ride. That's not to say the film is completely obsessed with superficial, fizzy detail. The lens flares, clean white atmosphere of the Enterprise and set design all create this gorgeous and often breathtaking scenery that holds a delicious place for Into Darkness to play out. Abrams' meshing of physical sets with digital artistry fuels more confidence that he has complete handle over what makes modern science-fiction truly buzz with excitement, injecting great hope into the claim that he'll make Star Wars work again. What really works, more than anything in the film, is its attention to detail with the characters. These are all treasured icons, and yet Abrams is somehow able to craft new emotional depth and collide new elements together to bring to light what makes Star Trek such a great avenue for exploring characters and relationships. I've never understood the 'bland' and 'unoriginal' critique of Abrams' work. The emotional pulp realism of Cloverfield, the ode to nostalgia in Super 8 and now the crucible of characters with Star Trek show an absolute commitment to humanity, feeling and history. Into Darkness delivers moments in which both Trekkies and everyone else will absolutely delight in equally; it is a simultaneous faithful and fresh vision, one that could be used in a quantum physics textbook as an analogy. That marriage of past and present is possibly the greatest  achievement of Abrams' career thus far. The film doesn't play fast and loose with its roots in any way, besides some small odd referencing that just seems to exist for referencing sake. The fresh up-scaling of the Enterprise is still incredibly faithful, the make-up and costumes carry that same intricate attention that the original series embodied, and it's, as a whole, a trip into what makes Star Trek wonderful. The action set-pieces are all engaging, though a few of these pieces may be a little bit flabby. The film's pace still keeps on that Warp throttle to create a deliciously dizzy sense of involving inertia that never lets your attention fade. Characters rip flaws in each other and shout out revelations over loud explosions and crackling phaser stun-ning shootouts. This is really a film that manages to get its exposition in both subtle and literally explosive means. Into Darkness has a fluid structure to that, just as it seems jarring or jumpy, manages to tie itself all together in succinct ways and develop itself further. Some entire sub-plots are resolved in five to seven words and Abrams manages to still make it all incredibly satisfying to the point of absolute glee. The centerpiece of this film, however, has to be its performances. Chris Pine shines as a Kirk under some impossible pressure, layering on some great showcase of his emotional flexibility and ability to fluidly move from snarky witticisms to full-on feelings. Zachary Quinto's Spock deals with existentialist drama and his entire character arc serves as the film's main thematic backdrop, allowing Quinto to show off his own brand of Spock that makes every single blink from him just make you believe he was born for the role. The way that Abrams manages to neatly insert a special piece of Star Trek history inside of Spock's character arc, to show off Quinto's juicy acting chops, is a testament to the true intelligence that rides inside the film. Benedict Cumberbatch's John Harrison is an incredible shock to the Star Trek system, creating a presence of absolute terror and awe in every scene he is in. If you're a fan of Sherlock you'll be surprised to see just how physical of an actor he can be, and just how scared you'll be to see his cheekbones appear. Zoe Saldana as Uhura is given some time to show off her absolute badassery, while newcomer Alice Eve stutters ever so slightly to find her place on board. Praise also has to be showered on Simon Pegg's Scotty who manages to keep the film in its most outlandish moments still grounded in heartfelt and bubbly territory. My only criticism is that Yelchin's Chekov and Cho's Sulu are relegated to 'sitting around' duty while the entire film takes place. It really feels focused on a handful of the crew members rather than feeling like an entire team's journey into the unknown. Into Darkness is a practically perfect Summer blockbuster. It's not exactly clever in its plot activity and some of its Trekkie references just sit around as mere tidbit mentions rather than actually meaning anything. Still, however, this is an absolutely Cumbersbash of a film. It's a rocket-propelled, stunning symphony of cracking action pieces, character crashes and moments of absolute jaw-dropping delight that just crackles with what a Summer blockbuster should be. Abrams delivers an entirely fresh leap out of the new Star Trek broth, managing to keep it exciting and buzzing with thrills galore. This is, so far, the best film of Summer and, aside from a few niggles from MIA characters, plot holes and pacing that is sometimes unforgiving, it's an otherwise incredible journey into the heart of Star Trek. Abrams, with these films, shows how he is the absolute auteur of blending the old-fashioned with the new-fashioned and shows off exactly what a treat we have in store for us when we get his offering of Star Wars fantasy.
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Set phasers to Cumberbatch
I thoroughly enjoyed the first Abrams Star Trek with all of its timeline meshing, cute references and lens flares. Into Darkness has been on my radar for a good while, and with Abrams now in the chair for Star ...


See Star Trek: Into Darkness for free

Washington DC screening
May 08
// Matthew Razak
Bummed you missed out on those sold out Wednesday screenings for Star Trek: Into Darkness? Cheer up, because Flixist is here for you! We have admit-two passes to a screening of the next installment of the Star Trek franc...

Star Trek: Into Darkness releasing earlier after sell out

May 08
// Matthew Razak
So it appears that Star Trek: Into Darkness's special IMAX Wednesday screenings went kind of quickly and they're all sold out. That fact means that the studios can't make anymore money off of ticket sales for the opening week...

Two new posters for Star Trek Into Darkness

May 01
// Liz Rugg
Two new posters have emerged for J.J. Abrams' next Star Trek movie, Star Trek Into Darkness. One is a regular poster, and the other will only be available through purchase of an IMAX ticket to Into Darkness. The first poster ...

Check out new photos of the new USS Enterprise bridge

Apr 18
// Logan Otremba
Everyone knows by now that J.J. Abrams’ new Star Trek series is able to boldly go where no one has gone before. Since it has essentially rewritten how the Star Trek universe plays out, why not jazz up the looks of it as...
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Into Darkness Trailer

Trailer: Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Meh-ness
Apr 17
// Nick Valdez
The 87000th, and final, trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness pulls out all the stops and if this doesn't get you at least a little bit curious toward the film, then you'll probably want to avoid the film. We get a heap of new...

Check out high quality photos of Star Trek Into Darkness

Apr 08
// Logan Otremba
Today Paramount Pictures has released higher-quality photos from Star Trek Into Darkness. These have appeared online and in magazines, but not in as high of quality as before. There are some older photos among the bunch, but ...

New Star Trek Into Darkness pics have guns and things

How'd we wind up in Black Hawk Down? This a holodeck thing?
Mar 26
// Hubert Vigilla
Star Trek Into Darkness is just a few weeks away, and some new pics from the film have dropped. They feature everything that made the original Star Trek series great, like savage life-and-death gunfights filmed in war-torn Mo...

Trailer: Star Trek Into Darkness

Plus a new poster!
Mar 21
// Nick Valdez
It's almost like we're getting teasers and trailers for Star Trek Into Darkness everyday. And each time I see footage (this new trailer gives us a bit more plot, so if you want to avoid it like JJ wants you to then don't see...

Two new Star Trek Into Darkness pics are scrunchy faced

Angry McScowlerson
Mar 20
// Nick Valdez
If you were one of the few folks that decided to download that Star Trek Into Darkness app from a few weeks back, you were treated to two very scrunchy exclusive photos. How scrunchy? So scrunchy it looks like Cumberbatch has...

Trailer: Star Trek Into Darkness (Teaser)

Mar 11
// Nick Valdez
Well, here's the third teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness. There's a few seconds of repeat footage, but this teaser is mostly new and potentially good stuff. And from the teaser we can figure out a couple of things: ...

Check out motion poster for Star Trek Into Darkness

Feb 18
// Logan Otremba
Paramount has just released a new motion poster for Star Trek Into Darkness which basically combines the narration from the teaser trailer with the imagery in the teaser poster. While it isn't anything that we haven't seen or...

Check out new photos from Star Trek Into Darkness

Feb 07
// Logan Otremba
So besides having been a trailer and a Super Bowl spot, they have released some more production photos from Star Trek Into Darkness. There is a behind-the-scenes photo, Spock and Kirk (Quinto and Pine) staring intensely off s...

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