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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: Star Trek Into Darkness

Star-Trek-Into-Darkness-Poster“Star Trek Into Darkness” isn’t as effective as the first film overall, but there are so many exceptional set pieces within the whole that it packs more than enough momentum to pull through and deliver a riveting experience.

The film begins mid-mission with the crew of the Enterprise trying to keep a volcano from exploding, destroying an alien planet, and killing its inhabitants. When things go awry, Kirk (Chris Pine) makes some brash decisions and even though he gets his ship and crew out in one piece, Starfleet isn’t pleased that he disobeyed orders and Kirk is demoted. However, when a bomb is detonated in London and the Starfleet headquarters are attacked, Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) opts to reinstate Kirk so he can eradicate the enemy – John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch).

The film kicks off exceptionally well. The chase scene on Planet Nibiru is downright mesmerizing courtesy of the planet’s lush red plant life and eerily fascinating looking natives, and also because it involves an engaging and clear-cut mission. While there are loads more easy-to-follow, gorgeously shot mini tasks to come, there’s just so long the cycle can continue before you’ve had enough.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

RIPDCinemaCon 2013 just dished out loads of never-before-seen footage for many of the hottest upcoming releases and some of it has already made its way to the Web. Man of Steel nearly came out on top, showing off yet another beautifully moody representation of our new Superman, while The Lone Ranger hit middle ground, presenting more train footage, horses and Johnny Depp, but still falling short of justifying its epic budget. However, one CinemaCon debut did manage to crack the top three while another joined the dregs of the Worst Stuff.

The Best Stuff

1. R.I.P.D.As someone who knows nothing about Peter M. Lenkov’s comic book and, in turn, has had zero interest in the big-screen adaptation, the very first R.I.P.D. trailer is a wildly engaging nice surprise. It’s a lengthy one, clocking in at just under three minutes, but the piece goes on to earn every second, successfully conveying the details of the colorful scenario by walking through the basics with two very likeable and charming leads.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Star-Trek-Into-DarknessThere’s no point in aiming for the element of surprise. Clearly Star Trek Into Darkness was snagging a spot in this week’s Best Stuff, but we did have a nice little fight between three upcoming animated films. Epic does continue to grow on us with each new promo, but how can you compare mini-forest people to a snail with racing ambitions and Gru’s minions? If only there had been room for both in the top three.

The Best Stuff

1. Star Trek Into Darkness 

Yes, Benedict Cumberbatch, you have our attention. Star Trek Into Darkness wins big again by turning its latest trailer into another villain-driven character piece. Cumberbatch’s voiceover is infectious, making for an ideal build toward the explosive montage that follows. Story and character development combined with mesmerizing high-stakes situations to produce a piece that makes the viewer feel the threat, even before all the details have been unveiled.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

GI-Joe-Retaliation-PosterAfter all the hype, a little something beyond a blurry Superman in cuffs and a rather familiar looking destruction shot would have been nice, but while the posters for Man of Steel and Star Trek Into Darkness fell short, at least one of the two made up for it with a truly wicked first teaser trailer.

The Best Stuff

1. Star Trek Into Darkness Teaser Trailer: J.J. Abrams, you are officially forgiven for that mean trick you played while on Conan back in October. Not only does the Star Trek Into Darkness teaser trailer offer up a rapid-fire sequence of picturesque and explosive imagery, but it also functions as a character piece, both highlighting the villain and packing the power to make you feel his wrath.

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