*** (3 STARS)
Running time: 126 minutes
What it's about: A young Spock and Kirk join the Enterprise just when a Romulan warlord decides to settle scores with the Federation.
Our take: This franchise reboot arouses an instant affection; it recaptures the team spirit that made the series memorable.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
** 1/2 ( 2 1/2 STARS)
Running time: 107 minutes
What it's about: How James Howlett became Logan, aka Wolverine (Hugh Jackman, above), the brother of Victor Creed, aka Sabretooth (Liev Schrieber).
Our take: It's like an improbable six-stage rocket that keeps firing according to plan but never achieves liftoff.
Ghost of Girlfriends Past
Running time: 100 minutes
What it's about: Three spirits guide a glib lothario (Matthew McConaughey, above) through the worlds of girlfriends past, present and future so he can discover his true feelings.
Our take: It displays nary a wisp of life, let alone an afterlife.
** ( 2 STARS)
$ 56.2 million
Running time: 105 minutes
What it's about: A second-rate Fatal Attraction knockoff with more diverse casting.
Our take: Beyonce Knowles (above) literally and figuratively kicks butt, making up for some of the film's inherent predictability.
* 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS)
Running time: 102 minutes
What it's about: A disillusioned 30-something gets more than he bargained for when he wishes he were 17 again. With Zac Efron (above).
Our take: If you've seen Freaky Friday or It's a Wonderful Life, you've already seen 17 Again. Except you've seen it done better.