It's time for trailer showdown, that special part of the week where we rank the trailers out this week from very best to absolute worst. This was a very respectable week for trailers indeed, with a good layering of genre and style throughout.
A few in this batch tend to give way far too much, but with the inundation of information coming at audiences from all sides, it's getting harder and harder for studios to get their points across. There's still some gems hidden among the wreckage. Wrapping up their epic trilogy, the Richard Linklater directed film "Before Midnight," as well as the trailer for the sleeper hit "You're Next" that has an entirely fresh faced approach to horror.
Did we get the rankings right this week? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
1.) 'Before Midnight' It's been years upon years, but the saga of these lovers drawn together by fate continues on. Nine years after the last collaboration, set in Paris, we find Jesse and Celine in Greece, older and wiser. One of the most interesting cinematic experiments in film history, filmed over several decades, this film looks like a wonderful capstone in a fascinating trilogy. If you want to go in unsurprised, hold back. But if you simply must get a glimpse of their future, take a sneak peak before seeing the film for yourself!
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
Release Date: May 24, 2013
(ed. note: this trailer just spoils WAAAY too much of an unspeakably good film, I couldn't in good conscience post it on the site. If you'd really like to watch it, you can do so here.)
2.) 'You're Next'
The perfect family finds themselves hounded by killers in this highly original and much lauded horror film. As far as trailers go, this may be one of the best we've seen in recent days, and the movie seems to have a great deal of flair, not just for the dramatic but for style as well. Cryptic and haunting, a horror film that lends itself to mystery.
Starring: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen
Release Date: August 23, 2013
3.) 'Magic Valley'
Strange and disturbing, this drama focuses in on... well, I'm not entirely sure. Fish are dying, the film looks beautiful, the trailer is a work of art. Filled with melancholy and low level, lingering despair, the film is Terrence Malick light, and definitely piques the interest.
Starring: Scott Glenn, Kyle Gallner, Alison Elliott
Release Date: 2013
It's another president in the White House movie!! How'd we get so lucky, you guys? They want to just shower us in movies about the president and the White House. Out of the two, this one looks like it's crammed full of delicious action and pitch perfect explosions. Way to capitalize on the use of Tatum, guys. He's way more popular than Gerard Butler.
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Release Date: June 28, 2013
5.) 'Arthur Newman'
A disgruntled man finds himself in the midst of a mid-life crisis and sets out to discover a new kind of life with a new identity. Along the way he meets a beautiful woman who is dealing with difficulties of her own. Emily Blunt and Colin Firth in some kind of horror film? Yes, please, a thousand times, yes. The trailer might be terrible, but
those two kids are great, so let's just hope and pray that the movie is most excellent.
Starring: Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Anne Heche
Release Date: April 26, 2013
Four friends escape their lives on vacation, but when things turn dark, the group must confront their darkest secrets in this Australian drama. There's nothing better than a well-executed mystery, and there's enough exotic flair to make this one stand out from the crowd.
Starring: Felicity Price, Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer
Release Date: 2013
7.) 'The Wolverine'
I can barely muster the energy for this one. Wolverine, mysterious Asian gurus, denying who you are while trying to become someone else, this one has Marvel Studios literally written all over it. Why won't Jackman stick to something he might like? Like not doing dumb superhero movies when he obviously seems so jazzed on musicals? I just... Why this movie now? Haven't we seen this type of thing before? Let's all give up on these X-Men related shenanigans.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto
Release Date: July 26, 2013
Worst of the Week: The CEO of a company wakes up, unable to say anything except advertising slogans, jeopardizing his power and influence. While this could be a cute little film, I'm afraid that it's a one trick pony who can't quite master a second trick. Ain't nobody got time for that.
Starring: Bruce Greenwood, Parker Posey, Callum Blue
Release Date: 2013