Film Friday: Up and Atom
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Film Friday: Up and Atom

Seems like the only release anyone cares about this week is the J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot, a release notable simply for the number of people we know that have come out of the woodwork as massive Trekkies—possibly feeling that now it’s safe, as with a hot young cast (including the brilliant Simon Pegg, pictured above playing Scotty as a tramp) it may now finally be “cool” to like Star Trek. Or so they can be prepared to yell about how terrible the new film is for featuring a hot young cast. One or the other, probably.
Torontoist can’t really claim to care for Star Trek as a franchise, other than to state obviously that the film is going to have to do some work to be any more memorable than Wrath of Khan—seriously, is there a single person who isn’t still scared of getting at Ceti eel in their ear canal? But local reviewers have been very positive, with Adam Nayman of Eye claiming “there’s also enough wit and confidence on display to suggest that the franchise is in good hands.”
Reviewers are also positive about Lymelife, which played without being particularly noticed at last year’s TIFF. It’s probably that we’ve all grown to love Alec Baldwin thanks to 30 Rock, but the film will be of most interest to those who want to see Kieran Culkin’s acting chops before he takes the role of Wallace Wells in the upcoming Scott Pilgrim movie. Liam Lacey at the Globe and Mail, for example, praises the entire cast for offering “the kind of detailed performances you more typically see on stage than on screen.”
Then there’s Atom Egoyan’s Adoration, which similarly played TIFF without distinction. NOW‘s Norman Wilner sums up our opinion of Egoyan’s work better than we ever could, possibly, by concluding, “for a decade now, Egoyan’s films have offered little more than arch, suffocating gamesmanship, and Adoration is more of the same.”
Finally, there’s Tyson, reviewed by our very own Jonathan Goldsbie, who called the film “primarily a character study, and a good one, but it only intermittently succeeds as biography or history.”