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Star Trek: The Motion Picture 

When: Wed., Oct. 20, 8 p.m. 2010
Price: $5

Let us remark upon what an achievement this film was in 1979. Canceled more than a decade before, Star Trek had taken a small but loyal fan base and built it up through years of syndicated reruns that, coupled with the enormous popularity of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, allowed for its revival as a big-budget, big-screen adventure helmed by Robert Wise, the Oscar-winning director of The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Andromeda Strain (and more significantly at the box office, The Sound of Music).

As for the actual film ... it depends on who you ask. Though it underperformed, against expectations, at the box office, it was popular enough with fans to inspire a long line of sequels, although they were more cheaply made. And many fans were happy just to have Star Trek back, to the point that when the writer Harlan Ellison trashed the film on an LA radio show, they egged his front door. Admittedly, the film has some pacing issues (many of which were addressed in a director's cut earlier this decade), and Persis Khambatta is sort of just there as the bald Lieutenant Ilia, but it's a rare thing to see a film that restarted a sensation, even if part of it involves an alien race smart enough to rewire a space probe as a godlike construct but not smart enough to wipe the dust away to see its name isn't "V-Ger." —Zack Smith

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