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Te thirteenth Star Trek film, and the third in the recent reboot sees the crew of the USS Enterprise stranded on a remote planet, having lost contact with the Federation and squaring up against a new, seemingly insurmountable foe.

Tonally different to JJ Abram's previous two instalments, thanks to director Justin Lin's (of Fast & Furious fame) frantic direction and Simon Pegg's (of Simon Pegg fame) jokey, but not always entirely funny, script. It doesn't feel like classic Star Trek per se ("Not as we know it, Jim"), but it zips along at such a frenetic pace, that you can't help but go along with it. Te action scenes are well realised, especially the ship to ship space battles, with special mention for

the first attack on the Enterprise which sets up the enemy as a force to be reckoned with.

Most of the cast do a good job of playing such well loved characters. Zachary Quinto's Spock is a suitable mix of logical yet curious, Karl Urban's McCoy is enjoyably cantankerous and Chris Pine seems to be slowly morphing into William Shatner with each film.

Tere are nice little nods to episodes and scenes from the original series and a touching tribute to Anton Yelchin (Chekov), who sadly passed away after filming was completed, although there are also a few errors that may irritate the science geeks among you.

As long as you can go along with the shift in tone into more action packed blockbuster territory, then Star Trek: Beyond is an enjoyable thrill ride set to warp speed. DREW

NOVEMBER FILM RELEASES 04 NovemberA Street Cat Named Bob A drug addict living on the streets turns his life around after forging a furry friendship with the titular feline. Or, alternatively, a ginger tom’s cheese addiction starts to grow wildly out of control after falling in with a bad crowd whilst out on the streets. Depends on whose friends you ask. Seriously though, this one will hit you right in the feels.

11 November ArrivalAmy Adams (fuck me, she gets around), Forest Whitaker, and Jeremy Renner star in this familiar sounding sci-fi tale about a linguist hired by the army to attempt to communicate with the large, smooth, black space objects that suddenly start appearing around the world. How many are there? About 2001 by my count.

18 NovemberFantastic Beasts and Where to Find TemWe join Harry Potter-spinoff character Newt Scamander as he arrives in 1920s New York as part of a global expedition to catalogue magical creatures. As always, there’s a powerful dark wizard on the rage, and armed with this premise they conjure up another FIVE FUCKING WIZARD MOVIES! Tis is the first, so strap yourself in for more of this jolly nonsense.

21 November Bad Santa 2Jingle-fucking-bells, it’s that time of year again folks. 13 years after the original, everyone’s favourite faux Father Christmas returns, smelling of cheap booze and cheaper women, and complete with a plan to knock off a Chicago charity on Xmas eve. Lewd, crude, and full of Christmas food. Sorry, that’s me, not the movie. SMILEY

NOVEMBER DVD RELEASES Te BFG"Live action" remake of Ronald Dahl's phizz-whizzing adventure yarn. It's enjoyable enough for the 8-10 year olds, but parents of a certain age will hanker for the 1989 animated version and Spielberg fans will wonder what the heck he's up to.

Jason Bourne Get back to your farm Hawkeye! Matt Damon wants to be Bourne again, and he's got a more bankable face than you have. Sadly it's not even close to being the best in the series, but it's enjoyable enough popcorn espionage all the same.

Finding DoryMental health allegory for the grown ups, pretty fish for the kiddies, in this sequel that nobody asked for. Not classic Pixar by a good few fathoms, but still way better than most of the animated blockbusters doing the rounds.

Game of Trones: Season 6"Winter is coming", "You know nothing", "For the watch" etc. If you don't know what these phrases mean, then shame, shame, shame on you. Catch up with Te Biggest TV Show Of All Time™ before its explosive conclusion. DREW

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