What's New in Theaters This Weekend: May 17, 2013

From left: Greta Gerwig, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Lily Collins. (Photos by: Getty Images)
Star Trek Into Darkness
Directed by J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Alice Eve

With a broader, darker storyline, this Star Trek sequel surpasses the 2009 reboot in nearly every way. After losing command of the Enterprise, Kirk, Spock and co. are tasked with hunting down a murderous ex-Starfleet agent who's hiding out on the Klingon's home planet. They get their man, but there are larger, more powerful forces at work against them. With visionary action sequences and a fantastic villainous performance by Cumberbatch, Into Darkness is first-rate popcorn blockbuster fare. Full Review.
See it? Yes.
Our interviews with Simon Pegg and Alice Eve

Frances Ha [Limited]
Directed by Noah Baumbach
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen

Real-life couple Baumbach and Gerwig co-wrote this love letter to female friendship and New York City. Shot in black and white, Frances Ha marks a return to form for Baumbach and contains Gerwig's best performance. She stars as Frances, a 27-year-old being force-fed adulthood after her best friend moves out and gets engaged. Gerwig is seriously charming and shows she's one of the best physical comediennes around. Full Review.
See it? Yes.
Our interviews with Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach

Stories We Tell [Limited]
Directed by Sarah Polley

One of the most personal and honest documentaries of the year is Polley's investigation into her own life, using the memories of her family members. It's basically the story of Polley's mother, who may or may not have had an affair that led to Sarah herself being born. Polley uses her own father's writing and narration to spin the narrative that plays out like a thriller. Who is Sarah's real father? It's one of, if not the best film of the year so far, a clinic in editing and modern documentary filmmaking.
See it? Yes.
Our interview with Sarah Polley.

Black Rock [Limited]
Directed by Katie Aselton
Starring: Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Katie Aselton

Mark Duplass wrote this screenplay based on his wife, Katie Aselton's story. They conjured it while on a weekend getaway together. Three best friends have an all girls weekend retreat on a remote island, but things turn deadly when they realize they're not alone. Duplass's involvement recalls his film, Baghead, about a group of friends alone in a cabin writing a screenplay. This one is a bit more dangerous and features Bosworth in kick-ass mode. Always a fun thing.
See it? Sure.

Augustine [Limited]
Directed by Alice Winocour
Starring: Soko, Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni

One of the best-reviewed French films of the year is this heavy tale of 19th century neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot and his relationship with Augustine, a young girl paralyzed by seizures. Don't expect laughs. Augustine is about as dramatic as it gets.
See it? Yes.

The English Teacher [Limited]
Directed by Craig Zisk
Starring: Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Lily Collins, Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane

Watching this trailer will remind you of about ten different movies... never a good thing. Moore stars here as the title character who helps a former student produce his play and then falls for him. Affairs are had and feelings are hurt in what is supposed to be a suburban dramedy not unlike The Oranges of last year. Older men or women are always falling for younger paramours, and the result is usually very hard to watch.
See it? No.

Senior Editor at Zimbio. I'll take Johnny Clay, the Rev. Harry Powell, and Annie Savoy. You can have the rest.