The Orpheum outdoes itself this weekend at the movies

This could prove to be a confusing week for Marshalltown moviegoers. “Star Trek: Into Darkness” opened nationwide last weekend. The Orpheum Theater offers a unique opportunity to its many patrons. This week the film at the Orpheum is “Star Trek,” the first film of this franchise in the 21st century. During the last century there were numerous movies, television shows and conventions honoring the television series and the movies that followed. This is the type of film one should see on the big screen with the proper sound. It will be far better than watching a DVD at home, trust me.

“Star Trek” was released in 2009 as a re-boot to the franchise. Confused, yet? This new breed of film follows the heroes: James Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and all of the other beloved characters as they meet and work together for the very first time. This movie offers a lot of groundwork for new “Star Trek” fans, usually referred to as “trekkies.” The story is interesting and exciting, the characters are fresh interpretations of the originals and the special effects, stunt work, costumes and makeup are outstanding.

“Star Trek” was nominated for four Academy Awards and won for best makeup. The stunts were recognized by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and the film was also awarded several science fiction awards. Personally, I loved the movie. I watched the original “Star Trek” in the 1960s and I’ve seen all of the spin off series and motion pictures. “Star Trek” is worth seeing as an individual film, but Marshalltown residents can see this film before seeing the newest film.

The tag line on the poster for this film reads, “The Future Begins.” This is a great tag line for this film because, as its predecessors have shown, there are plenty more ideas to follow the original one and I’ll bet plenty more movies, too. Check it out for yourself and have fun.

Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Visit the theater for tours and check out the gallery and exhibit hall that features Iowa stage and film memorabilia and information. Call the Orpheum Theater Center movie hotline at 641-844-5907 or visit

Tom LaVille is a retired Marshalltown drama and literature teacher. LaVille’s Critic’s Corner column appears Friday in the Times-Republican.