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We Review: Star Trek Into Darkness – IMAX 3D version “I have reluctantly accepted the new actors. Well done!” MR

Star Trek Into Darkness

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Star Trek Into Darkness
The poster shows a flaming starship falling towards Earth, with smoke coming out. At the middle of the poster shows the title "Star Trek Into Darkness" in dark grey letters, while the production credits and the release date being at the bottom of the poster. North American release poster with the original US release date.
Directed by J. J. Abrams
Produced by J. J. Abrams Bryan Burk Damon Lindelof Alex Kurtzman Roberto Orci
Written by Roberto Orci Alex Kurtzman Damon Lindelof
Based on Star Trek  by Gene Roddenberry
Starring Chris Pine Zachary Quinto Zoe Saldana Benedict Cumberbatch Karl Urban John Cho Alice Eve Bruce Greenwood Simon Pegg Peter Weller Anton Yelchin
Music by Michael Giacchino[1]
Cinematography Daniel Mindel
Editing by Maryann Brandon Mary Jo Markey
Studio Bad Robot Productions K/O Paper Products Skydance Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • April 23, 2013 (2013-04-23) (Sydney premiere)
  • May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)


Running time 133 minutes[3]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $190 million[4]
Box office $45.2 million[5]

Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009’s Star Trek. J. J. Abrams directed a screenplay written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof, based on the series of the same name created by Gene Roddenberry. Lindelof, Orci, Kurtzman and Abrams also serve as producers, along with Bryan Burk. Chris Pine reprises his role as Captain James T. Kirk, with Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Bruce Greenwood reprising their roles from the previous film. Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller and Alice Eve round out the film’s principal cast.

After the release of Star Trek, Abrams, Burk, Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci signed up to produce the film. In 2011, the supporting cast was rounded out with Cumberbatch, Weller and Eve brought in to portray key roles. Filming began in January 2012. The film was shot entirely in California. The film’s visual effects were handled by Industrial Light & Magic.

The film was converted to 3D in post-production. Star Trek Into Darkness premiered at Event Cinemas in Sydney on April 23, 2013[6] and was released on May 9, 2013 in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and parts of Europe and Peru[7] with other countries following. The film was released on May 16, 2013 in the United States and Canada, with IMAX opening one day earlier.


The USS Enterprise is sent to the planet Nibiru to observe a primitive civilization. Captain James T. Kirk violates the Prime Directive when Spock’s life is jeopardized, exposing the Enterprise to the planet’s civilization during the rescue. Called back to Earth, Kirk is demoted to first officer and Admiral Christopher Pike re-assumes command of the Enterprise. The two attend an emergency meeting at Starfleet Command to discuss the bombing of a secret Section 31 installation in London, perpetrated by former Starfleet agent John Harrison. The meeting is attacked by a small gunship piloted by Harrison, who kills Pike. Kirk neutralizes the gunship, but Harrison flees. With Pike dead, Kirk is reinstated as the Enterprise’s captain. Discovering that Harrison has fled to the Klingon homeworld of Kronos, Kirk receives special permission from Admiral Alexander Marcus to hunt down Harrison. The Enterprise is supplied with 72 long-range prototype photon torpedoes, and is ordered to fire them at Harrison’s location once he is found, however Scotty, Spock, Bones & Uhura convince Kirk to capture & not kill Harrison

Our Thoughts:

Often switching roles from previous movies Kirk and Spock, played by this new cast, have grown on me. I didn’t pay that much attention to the 2009 installment because frankly I figured it was another Deep Space Nine failure or some-such mess. I am glad I saw Into Darkness, as it is one of the better sci-fi flicks I have seen in a while. I am looking forward to reliving and rediscovering the many Star Trek stories I enjoyed growing up. I honestly wish they’d come up with a new story though. New crew, new ship, and new title. Until J.J. Abrams quits milking Roddenberry and the franchise he is just a very accomplished copy cat.  That said, I loved this non-stop, sci-fi, action and adventure movie. I have reluctantly accepted the new actors in these old roles. 4.5 stars Well done! – MR

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We Review Iron Man III – IMAX 3D Version. “A 5-star Winner!” MR

Iron Man 3

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Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3 theatrical poster.jpg North American release poster
Directed by Shane Black
Produced by Kevin Feige
Screenplay by Drew Pearce Shane Black
Based on
Starring Robert Downey, Jr. Gwyneth Paltrow Don Cheadle Guy Pearce Rebecca Hall Stephanie Szostak James Badge Dale Jon Favreau Ben Kingsley
Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography John Toll[1]
Editing by Jeffrey Ford Peter S. Elliot[1]
Studio Marvel Studios DMG Entertainment[2]
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures1
Release date(s)
  • April 14, 2013 (2013-04-14) (Paris premiere)
  • May 3, 2013 (2013-05-03) (United States)


Running time 130 minutes[4]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $200 million[5]
Box office $775,821,084[6]

Iron Man 3 (stylized onscreen as Iron Man Three) is a 2013 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Kevin Feige of Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.1 It is the sequel to Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and the seventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, being the first major release in the franchise since the crossover film The Avengers, and the third installment in the Iron Man film series. Shane Black directed a screenplay he co-wrote with Drew Pearce, which uses concepts from the “Extremis” story arc by Warren Ellis. Robert Downey, Jr. reprises his role as the title character, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle reprising their roles as Pepper Potts and James Rhodes, respectively. Jon Favreau, who directed the first two films, serves as an executive producer and reprises his role as Happy Hogan. Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, and Ben Kingsley round out the film’s principal cast.

After the release of Iron Man 2 in May 2010, Favreau decided not to return as director, and in February 2011 Black was hired to rewrite and direct the film. Throughout April and May 2012, the film’s supporting cast was filled out, with Kingsley, Pearce, and Hall brought in to portray key roles. Filming began on May 23, 2012 in Wilmington, North Carolina. The film was shot primarily in North Carolina, with additional shooting in Florida, China and Los Angeles. The film’s visual effects were handled by 17 companies, including Scanline VFX, Digital Domain, and Weta Digital.

Iron Man 3 was converted to 3D in post-production.[7] The film premiered at the Grand Rex in Paris on April 14, 2013.[3] It was internationally released on April 25, 2013 in IMAX[8] and was released on May 3, 2013 in the United States.

Our Thoughts:

Marvel always delivers and this is no exception. Iron Man III is chock-full of the same non-stop action packed chases, thrills, chills, and effects as the previous two movies.  Stark has matured a bit, which was inevitable, and the episodes with the Avengers are not ignored by the surrounding cast and portrayed populace. The villains here are top-notch with a comedic twist that still has me rolling when I think about it. Highly Recommended, a 5 star winner.  MR

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Dragoneer Saga – Book 4 – “The Emerald Rider” – Cover Reveal

Dragoneer Saga – Book 4 – "the Emerald Rider" – Cover Reveal (via SBWire)

Norman, OK — (SBWIRE) — 05/01/2013 — M.R. Mathias, author of the international bestselling Wardstone Trilogy, proudly presents the official cover for the fourth installment of the Dragoneer Saga.  The Emerald Rider is scheduled for release in most formats June first, but may be available sooner at Continue to original post…

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