Star Trek (J.J. Abrams) - 2009

Well, this is just a perfect movie.  Director Abrams has created a high-tech prequel to the cheesy little 1966 television show.  This one is a syfy fan dream complete with time travel, all-powerful villains, improbable escapes, planetary destruction, strange monsters, really complex spaceship infrastructures, and a flunkie (Chief Engineer Olson).  As the story goes, Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekov meet at Star Fleet Academy and later find Scottie just in time to save the Federation.  The movie pays homage to every cliche of the original series.  Gene Roddenberry would be proud. [JAM 5/10/2009]