MOVIES: Opening Friday, “The Great Gatsby” (PG-13), “Peeples” (PG-13); coming May 17, “Star Trek Into Darkness” (PG-13); May 24, “Epic” (PG).
NEW ON DVD: “Jack Reacher” (PG-13), “Safe Haven” (PG-13) and “Mama” (PG-13).
CONCERTS: Bullet For My Valentine with Stars In Stereo, 7 p.m. Friday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
Peter Murphy, 7 p.m. Saturday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.
BPO performs the Music of Led Zeppelin, 8 p.m. Saturday, Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle.
The Rebel Waltz with the Elektra Kings, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Tralf, 622 Main St.
Device with Nonpoint and Gemini Syndrome, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls.
Drum Wars featuring Vinny and Carmine Appice with Mike Hund, Jim Crean and Guy Nichols, 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Icehouse, 512 Third St., Niagara Falls.
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave.
THEATER: “Grace,” 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, Alden Christian Theatre Society, 1470 Church St., Alden.
“Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff,” through Sunday, 710 Main Theatre, 710 Main St.
POETRY & LITERATURE: Poetry reading by Marc Pietrzykowski and Randy Rumley, 7 p.m. today, Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.
When a publisher announces a game that ties in with a forthcoming movie, it can either go one of two ways. Either it’s a glorious affair that presents a worthwhile experience that matches up to, or surpasses, the film (like, say, Disney’s “Aladdin” on the Sega Genesis or the more recent “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) or it’s a piece of crud that doesn’t even measure up to its source content (like the unfortunate “Aliens: Colonial Marines”). Sadly, “Star Trek: The Video Game” (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) leads more toward the latter, a game that had some interesting ambitions, but failed to live up to them, thanks to cruddy development.
In the game, you guide Captain Kirk and his right-hand Vulcan Spock, as portrayed in the 2009 “Star Trek” film directed by J.J. Abrams, as they battle the Gorn, an evil race of lizard beings that want nothing more than primitive-style domination over the universe. Thanks to a horribly guarded Helios device, they just might be able to complete the job, unless these two can save the day. But there are problems when the gameplay begins, mostly with bugs. “Star Trek” is riddled with them, and it gets to the point of absolute frustration.
I expected more from “Star Trek,” probably because of my excitement for the upcoming “Into Darkness” sequel (due out May 17) and the way I loved the original 2009 film, lens flares and all. But Namco Bandai failed to capitalize on a good thing, thanks to shoddy bugs that may never be fixed, bad level design that mixes far too often with the very few good ones, and iffy co-op that never lives up to its innovative potential. If you’re a true “Trek” fan, proceed with caution and rent it. Otherwise, skip it. Making a purchase would be, as Spock puts it, “illogical.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY
– Prince William, who joined Duchess Catherine and Prince Harry recently on a tour of the newly launched making of “Harry Potter” studio tour