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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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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

12_Years_a_SlaveWhen you’re in the midst of San Diego Comic-Con, it’s nearly impossible to recognize that there are things going on beyond San Diego Comic-Con, but before all the Hall H trailer debuts flood the Web, there are a number of non-SDCC properties deserving of promo top honors.

The Best Stuff

1. 12 Years a SlaveLooks like it’s really about time we learn to pronounce Chiwetel Ejiofor’s name. The new trailer for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave does make use of its enormous star-studded cast, but it primarily functions as a character piece for Ejiofor’s Solomon Northup. It doesn’t just introduce you to Solomon and offer up the key plot points of his story. Through stellar performances, a chilling score and intense imagery, you can feel his joy, pain and fear each step of the way.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Aint-Them-Bodies-SaintsDid a trailer finally conquer the tacky narration technique and make it work? Not quite. The latest trailer for Walking with Dinosaurs came close to being Best Stuff worthy, but in comparing it to the first trailer, it’s just way too evident that the voiceover does more harm than good. And even then, the Walking with Dinosaurs trailer is still leaps and bounds beyond the one for Machete Kills. If your money shot is showing off Sofia Vergara rocking boobs with firepower, you’re bound to alienate a significant portion of the audience.

The Best Stuff

1. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

There’s something undeniably enchanting about two people in love and it’s as evident as ever in the new trailer for Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. Once it pulls you in via the chemistry between Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, it drops a bomb, and a wildly captivating one at that. The tension builds with every beat of the background tune, ultimately leaving you relentlessly curious about the details of the characters’ past, present and future.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Simon-KillerAfter last week’s trailer lull, things are starting to pick up as we near the summer season. We’ve even got a stellar new entry for a fall 2013 release! Get ready because Brady Corbet, a tacodile supreme and a demonic game of hide and clap are coming your way.

The Best Stuff

1. Simon KillerIn just two minutes and 13 seconds the new teaser trailer for Antonio Campos’ Simon Killer dishes out loads of exposition and solidifies a slick tone, both courtesy of an impeccable beat and well-timed editing. Odds are this won’t be a career launcher for Brady Corbet like Martha Marcy May Marlene was for Elizabeth Olsen, but Campos does look to have Corbet’s back, showing him off as a capable and compelling leading man.

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