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MOVIE REVIEW: After Earth

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After Earth tells the story of human beings who have colonized a new world called Nova Prime, a thousand years after an environmental cataclysm had forced them to abandon the Earth. The story revolves around General Cypher Raige (Will Smith), commander of Nova Prime's military force, the Ranger Corps, and his son, Kitai (played by Will Smith's real life son Jaden), who washed out of Ranger training and was seen as a bit of a disappointment to his father. Cypher's mother convinces Cypher to take Kitai with him on what is going to be his final Ranger mission before retirement when their craft is caught in a meteor shower and forced to crash land on the now uninhabitable planet Earth. Cypher is disabled in the crash and it is up to Kitai to save his father and himself and get them back home.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Star Trek Into Darkness

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After four years of anticipation, speculation and misinformation from JJ Abrams, Star Trek Into Darkness is finally here. The sequel to the 2009 film, simply titled Star Trek, and second chapter of the JJ Abrams Star Trek series, Star Trek Into Darkness is as fast-paced, action packed and groundbreaking, as least as far as Star Trek is concerned, as its predecessor. It's also the first Star Trek movie to be released in 3-D. Unfortunately, it's also highly derivative and in a lot of ways veers dangerously close to remake territory. A rogue Starfleet Admiral, the death of a major character and a villain named Khan, Star Trek Into Darkness doesn't really offer much in the way of originality.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Iron Man 3

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Here we are, Botophiles! The first big science fiction movie of the summer, and it's shaping up in just the opening weekend to possibly be the highest grossing film of the year (though with Star Trek Into Darkness and Man of Steel both still on deck, you really can't say that with any sort of certainty yet). Iron Man 3 brings back principal actors Robert Downey, jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Don Cheadle as USAF LTC James Rhodes/War Machine/Iron Patriot, Gwenyth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan (though Favreau only acts in this movie as he has passed on directorial duties to Shane Black), as well as introducing newcomers to the franchise Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian (creator of Extremis) and Sir Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin (sort of).

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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness

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Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness is a four issue miniseries that acts as a prequel to the new film Star Trek Into Darkness. The name is reminiscent of the title of the comic book prequel to the 2009 film, Star Trek: Countdown. Countdown to Darkness was written by Mike Johnson, writer of the original Countdown as well as the limited series Nero and the ongoing Star Trek monthly comic book, which is set in the JJ Abrams timeline, and was illustrated by David Messina, the artist on Countdown and Nero. Countdown to Darkness is a very interesting story and, with what little we know of the plot to Star Trek Into Darkness, does seem to set the movie up in the sense that you want to find out what happens next. It isn't "To Be Continued" so much as it definitely hints at another story, the film's story.

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