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'Star Trek' (2009)
After the relative disappointments of "Insurrection" and "Nemesis," J.J. Abrams effectively rebooted the "Star Trek" film series with this 2009 effort, a back-to-basics origin story lifted by spirited performances (Chris Pine is particularly effective as a young James T. Kirk) and Abrams' bold, sure-handed direction that effectively makes the "Trek" universe palatable to a more mainstream audience than ever before. There is poetry here, too, most notably in a silent mid-film "space jump" sequence that is simultaneously thrilling, breathtaking and elegantly beautiful. Taken as a whole, the film is a true reinvention that takes a decades-old franchise and makes it feel new all over again while keeping more or less true to the spirit of Gene Rodenberry's original vision.