J.J. Abrams may be going where many have gone before with his reboot of the “Star Trek” franchise, but you can be sure the creator of “Lost” and “Fringe” will do it in a new and interesting way. Early reviews are positive. Ain’t It Cool News wrote that the film is “a genuinely fun and exciting science fiction action adventure.” And Film School Rejects calls the film “fantastic.” So step aboard the USS Enterprise for a grand adventure. (Opens May 8)
Anyone who watches “Scrubs” has automatically developed mad love for Donald Faison. In “Next Day Air,” he plays an inept criminal who mistakenly receives a package of cocaine and thinks he’s hit the jackpot. This little comedy might get lost in the “Star Trek” fanfare, but for those who aren’t sci-fi nuts, it could be worth a look. The film also features Mos Def, Mike Epps and Debbie Allen. (Opens May 8).
Do a country's reality shows reflect life in that country? For America's sake, let's hope not. But if you'd like to see how another country handles reality TV, check out "Apprentice U.K.," the British version of Donald Trump's multi-week job interview. Their Trump is Sir Alan Sugar, and we're sorry to say, he just doesn't have Trump's hair. (Series airs beginning May 5, 8 p.m., BBCA.)
"Dexter" sucked viewers in from the first episode. How can a serial killer actually be so likable? First, he only kills other serial killers, and secondly, he's played with utter charm by the fabulous Michael C. Hall. If you've missed a batch of slicings and dicings, now's your chance to get caught up. The second season is now on DVD. (Out on DVD May 5.)
Prolific singer-songwriter Conor Oberst, backed by the Mystic Valley Band,is back with a new album, “Outer South.” The Guardian describes the music as “more sacrilegious alt-country and the odd acoustic ballad,” noting “the band’s contributions are low points on this 16-track epic, but Oberst proves as iconoclastic as ever.” (On sale May 5)
Could Ciara become bigger then Beyonce? The R&B star returns with “Fantasy Ride,” which features collaborations with Young Jeezy, Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake. In their review of the album, Prefix magazine wrote, “Ciara is still near the head of the class when it comes to modern R&B/pop.” (On sale May 5)
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