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STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS (2013) – My rating: 8.5/10

StarTrekIntoDarknessWhat can I say about Star Trek.  I am a fan.  Star Trek into Darkness is one more of a brilliant series of Star Trek movies that I just find flawless.  As usual the story is deep and profound and entertaining.  Again we are taken into a time when Captain Kirk was a mere youngster with raging hormones governing his every move.  This adventure leads Kirk to fight in a war zone  world in which he must capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.  Plenty of action, special effects and drama.  The story is outlined so clear and the characters are well portrayed by the actors who play them.  I think this is one of the best star treks made.  See it on DVD or Netflix.  Because of the special effects, I recommend seeing this on the big screen but since it’s too late for that, I say see it on other available media.

[STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS is nominated for Achievement in Visual Effects]

GRAVITY (2013) – My rating: 7.5/10

GravityThere’s been a lot of buzz about Gravity being an Oscar contender as well as  Sandra Bullock getting a best actress nod.  I agree Sandra Bullock did an outstanding job, but I don’t think this movie is as great as advertised.  I can’t say much about the story without adding spoilers so I’ll just say it was intense, well acted and had great special effects.  I didn’t feel a connection to the characters and I didn’t particularly like the story line.  I didn’t think a lot of it was believable.  I saw it in 3D because it was all about space, however I believe it would have been just as effective in 2D.  If you should decide to see Gravity, skip spending the extra bucks for 3D, as it didn’t do that much for the special effects.

THE WORLD’S END (2013) – My rating: 7/10

WorldsEndFeeling quite under the weather when I saw this movie, I found it hard to stay focused.  It seemed to be all over the place.  First you have one man with a Peter Pan Complex, then you have a band of followers that are easily manipulated into going on a juvenile adventure to “pub crawl” as they did when they were young.  Upon their graduation, they never made it to the last pub so their goal is to hit every pub, including The World’s End.  A funny thing happened while they were half way through their travels.  I can’t reveal that funny thing because it would truly spoil the entire movie for you.  I will say, this movie was weird, strange, dysfunctional but still managed to send plenty of meaningful messages.  I don’t think it was worth the big screen but I will say that the special effects were awesome.  BTW:  I didn’t recognize any of the actors except Rosamund Pike who had a minimal role.  I don’t recommend The World’s End, however, I won’t try to discourage you from seeing it.  If you like weird, British and want to be taken on a journey of sheer madness, indulge in The World’s End.