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Blockbuster director J.J. Abrams returns to a universe of space ships, warp speed and Vulcans in Star Trek Into Darkness. Is it an elaborate dress rehearsal for his next movie, Star Wars: Episode VII, or something more?

Meanwhile rabble rousing indie filmmaker Harmony Korine makes a play for a wider audience in the sexy and salacious Spring Breakers. Is it provocative trash, or does he have anything meaningful to say?

Parallax Podcast critics Luke Buckmaster and Rich Haridy debate these questions and more, then turn their eyes to the DVD shelves to discuss Hitchcock and Jack Reacher. Film cult guru Zak Hepburn joins them to talk about one of his favourite (and characteristically weird) short films.

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