6. "Star Trek Beyond" (2016)
The streamlined, effective third outing for the reboot crew is free of baggage -- no need to justify its own existence or kooky fan-service tricks. Having firmly defined their roles, the cast has room to play and riff off one another, aided by a script that traps the crew, broken into pairs, on an alien planet. As Kirk says early on, things feel a bit episodic, but that's "Trek," and in this case the vibe of "Beyond" is calibrated to evoke the spirit of the original TV series. That task is accomplished well, and while Idris Elba
's villain first seems growlingly rote, he grows into a respectable counter-balance for Kirk.