Let the summer movie mania begin.
This week's release of "Star Trek Into Darkness" marks the beginning of blockbuster season -- and it's off to a fast start. The J.J. Abrams-directed sci-fi epic received three-and-a-half stars from Globe film critic Ty Burr, who writes, "'Star Trek Into Darkness' simply has to convince us that 2009’s 'Star Trek' wasn’t a fluke, and that the rejuvenated crew of the USS Starship Enterprise has the iconic heft to go the distance. That the new movie does so — expertly, exhilaratingly — is a mark of director J.J. Abrams’s uncanny ease with modern Hollywood formulas."
So what's next on the horizon? There's plenty to be excited about, including Will Smith and his real-life child Jaden playing father and son in the futuristic sci-fi thriller "After Earth" (May 31), a new Superman in "Man of Steel" (June 14), and Johnny Depp caked in makeup as sidekick Tonto in "The Lone Ranger" (July 3). Check out our full summer movies preview and tell us which films you're excited about seeing.
About Movie Nation
ContributorsTy Burr is a film critic with The Boston Globe.
Mark Feeney is an arts writer for The Boston Globe.
Janice Page is movies editor for The Boston Globe.
Tom Russo is a regular correspondent for the Movies section and writes a weekly column on DVD releases.
Katie McLeod is Boston.com's features editor.
Rachel Raczka is a producer for Lifestyle and Arts & Entertainment at Boston.com.
Emily Wright is an Arts & Entertainment producer for Boston.com.
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