Movie Power Rankings: 'Star Trek 2' beams its way to the top
Fans of J.J. Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek" reboot have been boldly ready to go wherever a sequel will take them for some time now. There have been plenty of news stories to pique our interest, but it's somewhat of a relief to know that the production has finally started shooting in L.A., er, space. Now we just need to know what the thing's about. The first film's Enterprise crew, featuring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban and Anton Yelchin, will be joined by newcomers Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller. "Star Trek 2," in post-converted 3D, opens May 17, 2013.
As for the rest of this week's list…
January 18, 2012
1. "Star Trek" (Last Week: No. 8)
Shooting has commenced on the J.J. Abrams' sequel. Engage.
2. "Hunger Games" (Last week: No. 4)
Writer Simon Beaufoy is hard at work on the sequel, "Catching Fire," which director Gary Ross is set to helm. It's a good bet they'll greenlight part 3 just as soon as "Hunger Games" makes 10 zillion dollars opening weekend.
Are you ready for your first new look at the last and final and ultimate and last "Twilight" film?
Director Joss Whedon reveals that the Marvel superhero epic will be told through the eyes of Captain America (Chris Evans). Does Robert Downey Jr. know this?
Movie James Bond turns fifty, and we get a present: Some revelations about the "SkyFall" plot. Watch out, Judi Dench!
Judd Apatow is reuniting the dysfunctional couple from "Knocked Up" (Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann), and throwing in Megan Fox and Melissa McCarthy for added value. Take a look.
10. "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" (Last week: Not ranked)
A new poster for the president-turned-slayer film makes Honest Abe look like a nineteenth century Terminator.
11. "The Hobbit" (Last week: Not ranked)
Andy Serkis has some nice things to say about the film;s main dragon, Smaug (voiced by benedict Cumberpatch).
12. "Star Wars" (Last week" Not ranked)
Lucas says he's done with the saga. Just don't tell him about the continuing "Clone Wars," the upcoming live-action TV series and the six 3D re-releases starting next month.
13. Les Miserables (Last week: Not ranked)
Aaron Tievt is going from the high school drama of "Gossip Girl" to the post-revolutionary Parisian underworld of "Les Miserables," the big screen musical version starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.
14. "Underworld: Awakening" (Last week: Not ranked)
The fourth film is ready to win some fans back to the franchise, with the always-charming Kate Beckinsale here to persuade you.
15. "The Artist" (Last week: Not ranked)
With its Golden Globe wins for best comedy and best actor, the silent phenomenon is poised for the big win on Oscar night.
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2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
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