Star Trek: Into Darkness

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch | PG-13 |

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Far be it from me to suggest that Jim Kirk (Pine) is cocky, but his ego is so big it has its own moons. Of course that's bound to happen when you're a Starfleet hotshot whose bedroom is a strange new world where every woman has been before. So if Into Darkness is Kirk's comeuppance, well, he had it coming. Fortunately the film never gets too heavy with its humbling, delivering a fun adrenaline rush that's perfect for summer.

Into Darkness launches into the action with Kirk and Bones (Karl Urban) trying to outrun the locals on a primitive planet, while Spock (Quinto) takes the hot seat inside an erupting volcano. That little escapade gets them in trouble with the brass, testing Kirk and Spock's still-evolving friendship, a subplot that drives much of the film's heart and humor.

Far more pressing is the capture of Starfleet turncoat John Harrison (Cumberbatch), a baddie with loads of secrets who makes Kirk question his own mettle and ethics. Cumberbatch brings a nice steely coldness to the film that will be familiar to fans of his TV show Sherlock, but truly, all of the actors are game, with a script that gives each a moment to shine. And yes, there are a few plot holes that may nag at you later, but you'll hardly notice while you're having a great time.

The English Teacher

Julianne Moore, Nathan Lane, Greg Kinnear | Unrated |

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ROMANTIC COMEDY

Maybe it's a personal failing, but I still can't see how humiliating smart, capable women is supposed to be funny. Take Linda Sinclair (Moore). She's a bit lost in books, perhaps, but then she is an English teacher. When her former student Jason (Michael Angarano) shows her a play he's written, Linda is so supportive that she offers to stage it at the high school. That's where things go all kinds of wrong - mainly for Linda. The film (available on demand) has her behave tastelessly, resulting in what seems like the whole town's getting out their pitchforks. The ugliness all but upstages Moore's performance, though Nathan Lane still amuses as a pretentious drama teacher.

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SIDE EFFECTS

Raise your hand if you never got around to seeing Side Effects. Yep, that's what I thought. Catch up with Steven Soderbergh's last film on DVD or on demand starting May 21. The twisty thriller—starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones- hints that there isn't better living through chemistry when Mara's character goes mad on meds. Every scene is a shocker, especially the juicy ending.

SHERLOCK TO STAR TREK

In Star Trek Into Darkness, you're one intimidating villain. What's your real personality like?

I'm a softie. I well up when I see the backstories of people's rise to fame on reality shows. I'm a sentimentalist and easily manipulated by all the tricks in the book. But it's important to show your emotions when you connect with something.

What did you do to prep for the role?

I was eating 4,000 calories a day and had an arduous regime to build muscle. I went up four suit sizes, from a 38 to a 42, in a month and a half.

Your loyal female fans call themselves the Cumberbitches. What's it like to be a sex symbol?

I'm really flattered by it. Cumberbabes or Cumbercollective might be a better name. If my 17-year-old self could have known this would have happened, I would have been less insecure. I used to look in the mirror and say, "What am I going to do with myself? How do I get girls?" I was shy and didn't know if I was attractive on any level. I wish I could tell that guy not to worry. But I don't take it too seriously. I wear it lightly.

Do you have any hidden talents?

[He starts reciting Hamlet from Act II, Scene 2 from memory.] I very much enjoy poetry and plays. I would never use it as a pickup line at a bar, though. That would be a weird way to make it an evening!

What do you do to unwind?

I love to dance. It's fun to cut a few shakes on the dance floor.

GREAT GATSBY'S FASHION

The Great Gatsby's costume designer Catherine Martin set out to stay true to 1920s fashion and F. Scott Fitzgerald's book, but with a modern feel. "We wanted the clothes to be visceral and sexy," she says. "We did not want a nostalgic New York with people twirling their feather boas or looking like gangsters." The wife of director Baz Luhrmann created about 2,000 looks for the cast and extras. "The clothes these characters wore still appeal," she says. "It's the first period where we could draw parallels to today."

Martin says DiCaprio was startled by the hue of this linen suit. "He said, 'I have to wear a pink suit?' I said, 'You've read the book. Of course you do!' "

Carey Mulligan's fluttery white dress with hand-sewn silk organza petals was created "to look like she was flying around the room."

The silk velvet evening gown worn by Debicki features a crystal diamanté embroidered jewel neckpiece and belt.