Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Movies

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Movies
Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Movies

Star Trek Into DarknessPacific-Rim
For the Sci-fi Buff

Star Trek Into Darkness
A Starfleet Section 31 is bombed in London by a renegade commander, John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). The intentions behind his attack are unknown forcing a conference of Starfleet commanders to meet. During the meeting, he strikes once again and ends up killing Admiral Christopher Pike. Wanting revenge and redemption after a semi-failed mission, Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) accepts Admiral Marcus’ orders to chase after and kill Harrison. The Enterprise crew travel to Kronos to fulfill their orders but Spock (Zachary Quinto) convinces Kirk to capture Harrison instead to avoid a war with the Klingons. Upon restraining Harrison, the crew discover the truth behind his attacks and find themselves in something far deeper than they expected.The friendship between Kirk and Spock is legendary; Star Trek Into Darkness offers a fantastic twist on the origins of their partnership during the early days of the USS Enterprise. The acting is top notch with a few spins on classic characters meaning that even diehard Star Trek fans will be surprised by what unfolds before them.


Pacific Rim – Sometime in 2013 giant creatures called Kaijus began to make their way into our world through an interdenominational portal located at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Over the years, the attacks became more frequent and more violent. World governments partner up to create human piloted robots called Jaegers to fight off these creatures. However, in 2025, the Jaeger program is deemed non-profitable and is shut down as the world tries to find another method to defend itself from the Kaijus. Just as hope seems lost, Jaerger pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlier Hunnman) is asked to pilot one of the remaining Jaergers with a new partner, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), to put an end to the Kaiju attacks for good.Fans of giant robot or old Godzilla movies will certainly love Pacific Rim. The action is fast-paced and intense while still holding onto an entertaining plot that drives the action without interference. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim has a very unique look to that sucks you into the alternate world he created.


Evil Dead For the Horror Buff
Evil Dead – Five friends rent out a cabin isolated in the woods in hopes of aiding their heron addicted friend, Mia (Jane Levy), by taking her away from the city for an intervention. Their intentions get a bit sidetracked, however, when a foul odor leads them down into the cellar beneath the cabin where the group discovers rotting animal corpses and a strange book entitled Naturom Demonto. While browsing through the book, Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) unknowingly releases a demonic entity as he whispers the aged text soon resulting in everyone having to fight for their lives.Serving as a reboot to the series, Evil Dead is an incredibly entertaining film that stays true to what the original was about. The film is gory and a bit exaggerated which enhances the classic 80’s-style horror flick. Not only that but it pays great homage to the originals. It might not terrify you, but it will surely make your skin crawl.

For the Comedy Buff
The World’s End – The final chapter in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, The World’s End tells the story of a group of high school friends that have split apart as they aged. Now living their own lives, Gary King (Simon Pegg) decides that it is time to get the gang back together and complete unfinished business. Not completing “The Golden Mile” (a 12 pub crawl), Gary encourages his old friends (co-staring Nick Frost and Martin Freeman) to return to their hometown for one last shot at the crawl before they get too old. However, not long after starting their journey, the friends quickly discover that things are not anything like they remember or how they left it.The World’s End is quirky and is its own class of character. The story is whimsical and strange in a good way, which is exactly what you would expect from a movie written by Simon Pegg himself. Fans of British comedy or like getting a good laugh from their films, will love The World’s End.


Iron Man 3Man-of-SteelThe Wolverine
For the Action Buff
Iron Man 3
Some time has passed since the alien invasion on New York where Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr) teamed up with the Avengers. Now suffering from panic attacks, Tony struggles to balance out his paranoia and work with his growing personal life. Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) tries to understand him but his obsession with building and improving the Iron Man suits puts a strain on their relationship. Things get even more complicated when the terrorist known as the Mandarin ends up injuring Stark Industries chief, Happy Hogan, in an attack. No longer able to sit idly, Tony makes a threat against the Mandarin which results in him having to overcome physical and mental obstacles to put an end to the terror.Iron Man 3 did receive some criticism for not being completely true to the comic, yet even a hardcore Iron Man fan will still find this film to be entertaining. The action is fast and the exploration into Tony Stark’s psyche after the events from The Avengers is incredibly interesting


Man of Steel – Acting as a reboot to the Superman stories, Man of Steel retells the origin story of Clark Kent/Superman. Krypton faces destruction and in a final attempt to save their race, Jor-El and Lara place the entire Kryptonian genetic coding into their son. They send him to earth to save him from the planet’s end where he is found by a farm couple that raise him as their own. Now with a human name, Clark Kent struggles to understand the strangeness of his powers that his parent are aware of while keeping himself hidden in the world. Eventually, General Zod – a remaining survivor of Krypton – locates Clark on earth and chases after him, wanting to regain the genetic code and restore the Kryptoian race on earth. However, in order to do this, that would result in the end of the human race.¬†Clark is forced to reveal himself and hope that the world he is trying to save understands him.Directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel is an incredible experience. While it did receive from criticism from hardcore Superman fans, the movie still tells a very interesting, realistic twist on Superman’s origins. One that will not only entertain any action-movie or super hero buff, but also move them as well.


The Wolverine – Years after X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan (Hugh Jackman) lives as a recluse in the Yukon haunted by nightmares and hallucinations of Jean Grey after being forced to kill her. He is tracked down by Yukio (Rila Fukushima), a mutant with the ability to foresee people’s deaths. She is sent to relocate Logan on behalf of a Japanese officer who he saved in 1945. Now on his deathbed, the officer wishes to repay Logan for saving his life and after much convincing, he agrees to go with Yukio back to Japan. However, upon arriving, he discovers that this is more than a reunion as an unexpected brawl results in him being stripped of his immortality.The Wolverine is loosely based on a limited release comic series from the early ’80s. There is a fantastic balance between brutal fights and an emotional driven plot. Seeing Logan struggle with his cursed mutant ability and to overcome the guilt of Jean’s death is incredibly intense. X-Men and action fans alike will find something to love with this film.


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