By Kam Williams, Special to The New Tri-State Defender
BIG BUDGET FILMS
Star Trek Beyond (PG-13 for action and violence) 13th episode in the intergalactic, sci-fi franchise finds Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew of the USS Enterprise stranded on an uncharted planet after being forced to abandon ship following an alien attack. With Idris Elba as the new nemesis, and Zachary Quinto as Dr. Spock, John Cho as Lt. Sulu, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Zoe Saldana as Lt. Uhuru, Karl Urban as Bones and the late Anton Yelchin as Chekov.
Ice Age: Collision Course (PG for mild rude humor, action and scenes of peril) 5th installment in the prehistoric fantasy franchise finds woolly mammoth Manny (Ray Romano), ground sloth Sid (John Leguizamo) and smilodon Diego (Denis Leary) and company on an epic trek to prevent impending asteroid strikes inadvertently triggered by saber- toothed squirrel Scrat’s (Chris Wedge) pursuit of that ever-elusive acorn. Voice cast ensemble includes Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Simon Pegg, Michael Strahan, Keke Palmer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Wanda Sykes, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Nick Offerman and Adam DeVine.
Lights Out (PG-13 for violence, mature themes, disturbing images, incessant terror and brief drug use) Haunted house horror flick revolving around a family which finds itself preyed upon by a malevolent ghost (Alicia Vela-Bailey) which only attacks in the dark. With Maria Bello, Gabriel Bateman, Alexandra DiPersia and Billy Burke.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
Absolutely Fabulous (R for profanity, sexuality and drug use) Adaptation of the British TV sitcom revolving around a couple of flamboyant, aging fashionistas (Jennnifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) who flee London for the French Riviera after creating a media storm by accidentally knocking now-missing supermodel Kate Moss off a balcony and into the River Thames. With Rebel Wilson, Joanna Lumley, John Hamm and Alexa Chung, with cameos by Jerry Hall and Joan Collins.
Don’t Think Twice (R for profanity and drug use) Ensemble dramedy about the emotional fallout vis- ited upon a fledgling, im- prov comedy troupe when one of its members (Kee- gan Michael-Key) gets a big break on a Saturday Night Live-type TV show. Cast members include Gl- lian Jacobs, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher and the film’s writer/director Mike Birbiglia.
Don’t Worry Baby (Unrated) “Who’s the daddy?” dramedy about a philandering husband (Christopher MacDonald) who unknowingly cheats on his wife (Talia Balsam) by sleeping with the same woman (Dreama Walker) as their son (John Magaro), only to learn that one of them is the father of her daughter (Rainn Williams). With Tom Lipinski, Britt Lower and Phil Burke.