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The Must-Have Movie Toys of Summer 2013

toystoysHalf the fun of summer blockbusters is going to see them. The other half is getting to own pieces of them. With many fan favorites in circulation and still more to come, you better start divvying up your resources and figuring out which summer movie toys are the must-haves. You don’t want your kid stuck with the EpicRonin glider while his or her buddy next door has an Iron Man 3 disc blaster, right?

Iron Man 3

As the biggest opener of summer 2013, Iron Man 3 toys are an absolute must. As someone with a soft spot for hurling harmless foam discs at friends and family, the Iron Man 3 Gauntlet Disc Blaster is a winner. Then, to ramp up your innocent assault, slip on the Iron Man 3 Mission Mask, which not only packs the power to fire four missiles, but let’s you aim them using a targeting light beam, too.

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Review: Man of Steel

Man-of-Steel-Poster“Man of Steel” is like Superman taking a punch from a human; you feel nothing.

The film kicks off just as Krypton’s unstable core is about to decimate the planet. In an effort to ensure his race carries on, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) pops his newborn baby boy into a pod and ships him off to Earth. The pod lands in Kansas, right in the Kent’s backyard, and while Jonathan and Martha (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) raise the boy as their own, they’ve also always known he’s not from here. In order to keep his origin a secret, Clark goes through school as an outcast, constantly getting picked on but unable to unleash his unearthly strength to fight back.

Now a 33-year-old man, Clark (Henry Cavill) moves from place to place, trying to keep a low profile. Trouble is, when he sees someone in trouble, he just can’t help himself. Finally Clark seizes an opportunity to learn about his real parents and home planet, but accessing that information also unleashes an unspeakable evil upon Earth, one that only he can stop.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Runner-Runner-Justin-TimberlakeHalf the fun of trailers for sequels is getting to see the gang back together again, and while that effect is there, the first trailer for Insidious: Chapter 2 falls short of confirming that a second go-around is necessary. Hopefully the next trailer will reveal a narrative nugget that suggests it’s a worthy sequel, but for now, the Best Stuff belongs to three other contenders.

The Best Stuff

1. Runner, Runner

If you get passed the 36-second mark, the first trailer for Runner, Runner works. Initially it does feels like Justin Timberlake trying to channel his inner Jesse Eisenberg/Mark Zuckerberg, but once the video gets beyond the college campus-set moneymaking scheme, there’s more than enough momentum and pizazz to suggest the film could be a powerful thriller, albeit a little bit formulaic.

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The Best — and Worst — Movie Trailers of the Week

Don-JonThe new trailer for The Act of Killing shows off quotes like “audacious,” “explosive,” “chilling” and “extraordinary,” and while the trailer does manage to earn the acclaim and go as far to suggest the film really is one not to be missed, it’s also so unsettling it might make you think twice about jumping into the full feature. So although the trailer for The Act of Killing breaks boundaries and designates the film a worthy watch, three other trailers ride their more widespread thrill and appeal to the top.

The Best Stuff
1. Don Jon

Like Don Jon or not, there’s something charming about the scenario as presented in the first trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut. Within seconds you know what Don Jon’s all about, making the introduction of Scarlett Johansson’s character all the more powerful. And even then, the narrative builds further, adding more heart and humor before culminating with an effective bookend.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

Oz-The-Great-And-Powerful-Japanese-PosterIt’s always nice when there’s a slew of promotional material to pick from, but with quite a few new entries setting a high bar, solid entries like the new motion poster for The Wolverine, the poster for Side Effects and this clip from Django Unchained get shafted. Check out what ousted the trio below.

The Best Stuff

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Clip: Having seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and not loving it all that much, it was a wonderful surprise when this clip cropped up from my favorite scene of the film. But even beyond the fact that this encounter between Bilbo and Gollum is one of the tightest, funniest and tensest moments of the 168-minute epic, it’s also a pitch-perfect marketing tool as it features our new hero with a franchise favorite.

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‘The Master’ and ‘Man of Steel’ Lead Our Best and Worst Movie Promos of the Week

How about some movie clips to lead you into the weekend? Not only did a pair drop for bothThe Bourne Legacy and Total Recall, but we’ve also got scenes from End of Watch and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, too.

Total Recall definitely trumps the lot, delivering two clips that exhibit a strong connection to the 1990 film, but also confirm we are desperately in need of an upgrade. Click here to check out the first clip featuring a futuristic video chat between Bryan Cranston and Kate Beckinsale, and here to see Beckinsale on the hunt for Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel. The pieces from The Bourne Legacy look solid as well, but the motorcycle chase scene andescape from the cops aren’t as effective as they likely are in context.

On the non-summer blockbuster level, we’ve got a little something from the September 28threlease End of Watch highlighting one of the film’s prime assets, the chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. We go full horror with a clip from one of this year’s Halloween releases, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. Based on this material, it looks as though we’ll get our fix of those monster-like characters, but the question still remains, will Revelation have a fully realized story to go along with the scares?

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Comic-Con 2012: Our Most Anticipated Events

The first rule of San Diego Comic-Con is that there’s absolutely no way to get to everything. The second rule of San Diego Comic-Con (or SDCC) is … try to get to everything. And we here at Movies.com will attempt to do just that, or at the very least bring back a taste of the big events everyone will be talking about come this time next week.

What are some of those events, and what should you expect from our coverage? Click through to find out what we’re looking forward to most as the country’s biggest geek-friendly convention prepares to infiltrate our nerdy hearts later this week.

Thursday 12:45 – 1:45 in Hall H

The non-Twihards might resent this, but what bigger way to open San Diego Comic-Con 2012 than with a panel for the final Twilight movie? The very first film to grace comic-con’s legendary Hall H will be the final installment of The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn – Part 2. This will (probably) be the last time Team Edward and Team Jacob supporters will get the chance to camp outside the San Diego Convention Center for a Twilight movie, so expect the crowd to be bigger than ever. Once the crowd files in and the panel actually begins, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz and newcomer Mackenzie Foywill all be on hand, answering questions and previewing footage.

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