Avatar (2009)
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Running Time: 2 hrs, 42 min
Rated: PG-13


Review by Brother Reed

The story for James Cameron’s record-breaking 3-D adventure extravaganza, Avatar, is a mosaic of elements from countless different movies; including but not limited to Pocahontas, The Last Samurai, Fern Gully, this year’s Surrogates (though the idea for Avatar likely pre-dates that film), and even Cameron’s own Aliens. Yet despite not having an original bone in its 10-foot-tall blue body, Avatar is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. READ FULL REVIEW

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Star Trek (2009)
Director: J. J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana
Running Time: 2 hrs. 7 min
Rated: PG-13


Review by Brother Reed

When I heard they were remaking Star Trek, or rebooting it, or whatever it was, I was none too pleased. The commercials came on advertising young upstarts who looked awkwardly unlike their 60’s series counterparts, lots of laser blasts and explosions, some sensual images to increase appeal, and Simon Pegg. Not that I have any real attachment to the original television show. My father likes it, but I always sort of respected it and not much more. I have never read a Star Trek book, and probably couldn’t tell you the names of the crew. If anything, I was more of a Next Generation guy, ‘cause they had Jean Luc and the guy from Reading Rainbow. FULL REVIEW