Star Trek Into Darkness
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
It's not a masterpiece, but its story of Civil War enemies banding together for battle against Indian warriors and French soldiers packs an occasional wallop.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's gratifying to see Sony expending such effort on an important but admittedly second-tier picture.
The movie still isn't great, but it's an important remonstration to that oldest of all studio-system curses: the producer who thinks he's more creative than the director.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sam Peckinpah's famously butchered 1965 western, Major Dundee, has been returned to the big screen in a form that is closer to the director's original vision.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
At its best you can feel Peckinpah, at the twilight of the studio era, dreaming of a far wilder bunch.
| Original Score: B
Peckinpah's first patently runaway-train production seems less a restored classic than a missing link in the breakdown of Hollywood genre hegemony.
Charlton Heston is the cavalry officer assigned to eliminate Apache resistance; Peckinpah makes a fine, ironic use of his stentorian presence in what becomes a very grubby context.
| Original Score: 3/5