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“The Adventures of Tintin” Trailer: An Actual Family Movie! With Boats!

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So far, I’m the only person I know who has read a “Tintin” comic book, and that was a couple years ago. For the uninitiated, the novels were written and illustrated by Herge (I can’t do the little accent thingy on my keyboard).

The comic books tell the story of a young boy named Tintin, his talking dog Snowy, and, at least in the Tintin adventure I read, a drunk guy who hides his whiskey in a hollow book, and two bearded guys whose hair changes color in every panel.

Even though I’m not well-versed in Tintinology, my nostalgia’s being tickled by this trailer. It’s also just a teaser, so, again, not much plot, but let me tell ya: the movie looks beautiful. The CGI’s being done by WETA Digital, the company behind Avatar.

Look no further than this film for other cinematic cred, too. It’s directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson, the score was done by John Williams, and guest scenes were directed by David Fincher and Guillermo del Toro. One word: Epic.

The Adventures of Tintin looks to be one of those movies that kids and their parents can enjoy. It hits theaters on December 23rd.



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May 25, 2011 at 7:05 PM

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“Green With Envy” Trailer: *Insert Another “Green” Pun Here*

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I’m not usually a big fan of romantic comedies, and I don’t really like Jason Segel either, but I’m willing to leave my disdain at the door for Green With Envy, Disney’s (first?) foray into the rom-com industry–it’s a very interesting turn.

The movie tells the story of a small-town couple (Jason Segel and Amy Adams) head to Hollywood to fulfill their dreams and…fall in even more love than they were before, I guess. It’s just a teaser, so it doesn’t give too much of the plot away, but I must admit…

…this looks pretty good. In fact, it looks to be a pretty game-changing film. I can’t tell you why, but it’s in the trailer.

Green With Envy hits theaters on November 23rd, just in time for Thanksgiving.

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May 24, 2011 at 6:59 PM

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The Third “Green Lantern” Trailer Needs No Explanation

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Seriously, it doesn’t need any. The trailer for the superhero film Green Lantern gives us a bunch of  back story and doesn’t take us to Earth until about a minute and forty seconds into the thing.

The movie tells the story of Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), a human who is summoned to become a “Green Lantern”, a legion of superheroes who all have magic rings that can transform into anything they wish. For a more detailed explanation, watch the trailer.

It’s definitely the best trailer for the movie so far, blowing the first trailer and second trailer straight out of the water. To me, THIS is the trailer that the studio should have released all along, and the movie looks like fun.

(Well, more fun than Transformers 3, anyway.)

Green Lantern zooms into theaters on June 17th.

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May 21, 2011 at 7:44 PM

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“Straw Dogs” Trailer: I Guess James Marsden DOES Looks Like A Young Dustin Hoffman

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Now that Priest is in theaters, Sony Pictures needs a new movie to advertise. Enter Screen Gems’ Straw Dogs, which, yep, is a remake of the 1971 movie of the same name. James Marsden takes over Dustin Hoffman’s role and Kate Bosworth takes over Susan George’s role. They star, respectively, as David and Amy Sumner, an L.A. screenwriter and actress who move to their hometown to prepare all their stuff after their dad dies.

But, ha ha ha, whoops! Turns out that Alexander Skarsgard and all his buddies are gonna tryta getcha, David and Amy! What’choo gonna do? However, David is tougher than he looks and is about to “unleash his rage” on his foes.

I dunno; I guess it could be good. Screen Gems hasn’t had too many hits, so I’m not holding out hope for the critics to like this one. I do love a good thriller movie, though. Maybe I’ll wait for this on DVD.

Straw Dogs rages into theaters on September 16th.

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May 13, 2011 at 8:29 PM

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“Horrible Bosses”: Like “9 to 5”, Except…Nope, It’s Pretty Much Like “9 to 5”

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I’m sure everybody has a reason to hate their boss. In Horrible Bosses, however, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudekis decide to take the hating a step further: to exterminating.

The movie tells the story of three friends (Bateman, Day and Sudekis) who each have a reason to despise their superior: Bateman’s is a self-centered egotist (Kevin Spacey) who’s always giving himself promotions. He’s like the playground bully from back in grade school.

Sudekis’s (Colin Farrell) is a bit of a discriminator, firing the fat and disabled. He’s like the kid who would pick on you if you were wearing funny clothing.

Day’s is a wild sexual-innuendo-filled woman (Jenifer Aniston), and let’s hope she doesn’t remind you of anyone on the playground.

Together, they each conspire to kill their awful bosses, with help from Jamie Foxx, always nice to see in a movie. At first I thought this wasn’t going to be very good (kind of like an Owen Wilson movie), but y’know what? I laughed. It’s got a pretty good cast, and the plot is pretty absurd. I laughed–and I’m not sorry.

Horrible Bosses hits theaters on July 8th.

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May 11, 2011 at 7:31 PM

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“Green Lantern” Trailer 2: See? That’s Better!

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Everyone knows that the last trailer for Green Lantern, which is a superhero movie starring Ryan Reynolds, wasn’t so…super. Warner Bros. even apologized for the shrug-worthy marketing. Luckily, we have a new trailer and it’s much better. The movie tells the story of Hal Jordan, an ordinary Earthling who is given a magic ring that can form anything the user imagines. Jordan becomes the “Green Lantern”, and uses his powers to fight evil.

There’s a lot going on in this trailer, but it’s nice and not repetitive like the Transformers 3 trailer. There are still some CGI issues (when we get a close-up of Reynolds’ eyes with the mask on, there’s a strange disconnect), but this looks like it could be a fun movie.

Green Lantern hits theaters on June 17th.

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May 4, 2011 at 7:59 PM

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“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Trailer Makes Me Yawn

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Writing about Transformers: Dark of the Moon makes me feel like a spoiled child. “Do I hafta write about this movie?” But I digress. There are some people who are terribly excited for the latest installment in the Transformers franchise.

I am not one of them.

Before I get into that, though, the storyline: Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is our only hope (well, I guess the Autobots can help us too) to save the world from evil Decepticons that plan to destroy Earth. (I’m assuming. They just have that evilness about them, y’know?) Oh, but this time, these Decepticons are FROM THE MOON!

Okay now for why I’m not looking forward to this: It’s not because “I love movies with story”. Sometimes I do like to see stuff blow up for a change. I’m actually hoping for the Green Lantern trailer that’s hitting this Friday to be better than the last.

It’s because that this is the third in the series and, well, we all remember Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I just can’t buy into this movie. If this was the second in the franchise, maybe it’d be okay.

It’s like the movie Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? and its sequel, Why Did I Get Married Too?  Haven’t seen them but it works like this: The first movie sounds interesting. “Four couples get together to discuss marriage.” Sure. I’d see it on DVD.

The second movie: “The same four couples get together again to discuss marriage, and Janet Jackson possibly goes crazy.” Okay. We kinda saw this before, but okay.

They haven’t made a third in the WDIGM? series, but I’d probably feel the same way about it as I do this movie. We’ve met these characters two times already, and it’s getting boring. Same people, same explosions. (Yep. In both franchises.)

I guess it’s just very…tiring.

*head on desk* *snores*

Transformers: Dark of the Moon hits theaters on July 1st.

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May 2, 2011 at 7:25 PM

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