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JJ Abrams continues to seek out new life in an ageing franchise – and find it. This may be Into Darkness but there is lightness too in the constant bantering and bickering that keep space battle tedium at bay.

This time Kirk, Spock and Co come up against villainy in the shape of Benedict Cumberbatch, a terrorist who declaims his lines with fruity relish. Abrams choreographs rococo setpieces that will have you longing for a bigger screen and – crucially – keeps plot and character surging forward at warp speed. Star Trek’s loss will be Star Wars’ gain – even if diehard Trekkies will be nailing the door shut after him.

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