BY KAYLA UPADHYAYA
Even with a simple story and more action than emotion, “Star Trek: Into Darkness” boldly goes and does so at warp speed, leaving you gasping for breath.
BY BRIAN BURLAGE
Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” — based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald — mirrors the triumphant, if not over-the-top, grace of America in the roaring ’20s.
BY AKSHAY SETH
This notebook is an ode to that alcohol-drenched atmosphere, the wonderfully flawed characters that navigate it and my first-ever television bingeing experience. And (obviously) Jon Hamm.
BY JOHN LYNCH
Though his genre of music is not inherently thrilling live, and though he and his band missed the mark on a few tracks in Detroit, James Blake has incredible talent, and his live performance is certainly one worth seeing.
BY ERIKA HARWOOD
Thanks to this impossible-to-predict performance, the hype for Phoenix’s fifth album, Bankrupt!, had reached its peak.
BY SHAMIK GANGULY
Researching or thinking too hard about Reincarnated will only disappoint, so reserve this album for your “Summer Jams” playlist and give it no further attention.
BY REBECCA GODWIN
Movie producers are trying to hype up the entertainment value and cash in on the magic of editing, but there’s a reason a musical can stay on Broadway for years.
BY ANDREW MCCLURE
With his latest psychological thriller, “Trance,” Danny Boyle enters an increasingly pertinent realm in these digital days: obsession.
BY MAYANK MATHUR
This is “Oblivion” in a nutshell: The beginning intrigues, and the end excites, but it leaves much to be desired at its core — an adventure left unexplored.
BY KAYLA UPADHYAYA
As “Scandal” closes out its second season, it’s all the more clear that Pope (Kerry Washington, “Peeples”) and her universe are glimmering signs that smart, risk-taking drama can still be found on network TV.
BY KENDALL RUSS
Modern Vampires of the City It excels precisely because of Vampire Weekend’s ability to apply its weightless touch to a bleak theme and come across not as pretentious or ironic, but as authentic and deeply moving.
BY SEAN CZARNECKI
Though impaired by ignorance, “Poppy Hill” aroused a curiosity in me for a culture I know best by Pokémon.
BY JAMIE BIRCOLL
“Iron Man 3” is the fourth outing for Robert Downey Jr. (“Sherlock Holmes”) as the genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist Tony Stark. But this time, there’s something different about Tony: He seems damaged.
BY GREGORY HICKS
While “Scream & Shout” is proportionately fun, bizarre and contemporary, each track on this fourth studio album falls short of the entertaining lead single.
BY GRACE PROSNIEWSKI
Making its Michigan debut, Katori Hall’s play, “The Mountaintop,” hopes to show the man behind the icon.
BY ANNA SADOVSKAYA
Like any other skill, writing takes time. Not even “good” writing — just writing succinctly, correctly, grammatically takes time. All the flourishes and stylistic touches come much later. But every time I sit down to write, I don’t really let myself practice.