What a week! The trailer for "Django Unchained" alone would have been enough, but we got lucky with a few others such as "Wreck-It Ralph" and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." While there are still plenty of films to look forward to this summer and in the fall, we're starting to get trailers for movies that will be released around the holiday season, such as "Flight." As always, Film.com is here with all of your trailer needs in one place, whether for small indies or big budget blockbusters.
The long-awaited latest Quentin Tarantino film finally got a trailer release this week. Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a slave looking for his wife while helping out a cold-blooded killer played by Christoph Waltz. The trailer is pretty well-rounded, giving us a taste of the story without giving away too much. Luckily, Tarantino knows how to surprise us, even after we think we've got him figured out. Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington also star.
Robert Zemeckis returns to the live-action screen with this Denzel Washington vehicle. Washington is a pilot responsible for saving the lives of over a hundred people when his plane goes down. Unfortunately, the investigation into the crash reveals some troubling secrets. This movie looks like a return to the kind of movie that Zemeckis does best, in the vein of "Cast Away" and "Back to the Future" -- that is to say, super-solid big blockbusters with a great cast and a strong plot. Definitely will be seeing this one. Don Cheadle and John Goodman also star.
What happens when a bad guy wants to be a good guy? In "Wreck-It Ralph," John C. Reilly stars as Ralph, a bad guy in a video game who wants to make a change and throws the video game universe into chaos when he leaves his game in search of a new life. I was skeptical of this one, but one look at the trailer and I was convinced. Also starring Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch.
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
The book is a favorite among intellectual college students everywhere, and the movie looks to appeal to the same crowd. A freshman loner finds friends and love when two seniors take him in and show him the ways of the world. It's so fun to see Emma Watson in a non-Hermione role, and Logan Lerman is a great choice for the lead. Also stars Paul Rudd, Nina Dobrev and more.
Olivia Munn and Paul Schneider are a couple desperate to get pregnant. When they struggle with infertility, Schneider and his friends develop a plan to steal back the sperm he deposited long ago at a sperm bank. Hilarity ensues. This one looks like it has some potential, particularly given my deep and abiding love for Paul Schneider, but the tired-out theme could be problematic. Aisha Tyler co-stars.
Jason Biggs stars in this quirky comedy about a guy seeking to get his best friend elected to the Seattle City Council, who's up against a man with more money and power. The premise is cute, and Cedric the Entertainer could be excellent as the opposing candidate. Mostly it's nice to see Biggs in something other than an "American Pie" film. Co-starring Cobie Smulders and Joel David Moore.
"Peace, Love and Misunderstanding"
An uptight woman (Catherin Keener) returns home to visit her hippie mother (Jane Fonda) for a brief vacation, along with her own two kids in tow. Catherine Keener is one of my favorite actresses; so smart and funny. While this too has a bit of a tired-out plot element, the cast is lively and it feels promising. Elizabeth Olsen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chace Crawford co-star.
Scary movie! Ah! Scary! The plot feels the same as the plot of every other horror film: Young woman coming to terms with a death in the family discovers a dark presence in her childhood home. Well, not exactly the same, but pretty darn close! This one looks pretty terrifying, so be warned. Stars Caity Lotz and Casper Van Dien.
And that's all for this week, folks. We'll see you next Friday for more trailers, dissection and discussion.