If it's Friday, which it is, then that can mean only one thing: Trailer Showdown! Every week, we rank the week's trailer from best to worst, helping you to plan what movies you definitely need to see and which you can skip without a hint of remorse.
A great week for the quirky independent films about people who eat ice cream, teenage assassins and road workers, as well as for the big, brawny blockbuster types with huge names, huge budgets and huge stakes like saving the world. Also in the mix are two stark, dark horror films that explore the depths of human perversion and a lonely weekend. Whatever you've got a hankering for, we've got a movie for you.
This week was a toughie, as there was no out-right duds, just some real fantastic movies and a few slightly less fantastic ones. But enough with the jibber jabber, let's get right into the rankings:
Best of the Week: Teenage assassins? Rory Gilmore in a movie? An original film with a bizarre premise that isn't cut and dried? I will take two, please. The film revolves around a pair of friends who are also assassins, worrying about the legitimacy of their latest mark. Is the job just a frame up? A test? Can they survive intact? This trailer makes it look kind of terrible, but I believe in the premise of the film and just how strange and wonderful it seems.
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, Tatiana Maslany
Release Date: June 7, 2013
While on a tour of the White House, a policeman must work hard to save his daughter and others from a group of paramilitary soldiers seeking to overthrow the government. I know everyone is making the obvious joke, but… didn't we just see this movie, starring Gerard Butler? Yes, "Olympus Has Fallen" is very similar but lacks one essential component: Channing Tatum. This movie, released any other time, might be awesome in its own right, so let's hope it's actually is as awesome as it looks.
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Release Date: June 28, 2013
3.) 'Red 2'
Sequels aren't supposed to look good. Sequels aren't supposed to look good. Repeat this to yourself the entire time this awesome kick ass trailer is playing. Ex-CIA agent Frank Moses finds a very good reason to get old operative team back together. Even more enticing is Catherine Zeta Jones as a sexy cohort, and of course I'm sure we'll see Helen Mirren in a bathing suit as that seems to be written into her contract. Filled with action, violence and hilarity, "Red 2" is quickly adding the must-see list.
Starring: Bruce Willis, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich
Release Date: July 19, 2013
The latest from director and writer David Gordon Green is strange, hilarious-looking and stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. What more could you want? The pair play eccentric road workers during the summer of '88 who grapple with each other's oddities and making it through the summer. Weird concept, strange characters and impeccable period appropriate setting make me hopeful for a return to the David Gordon Green of yesteryear.
Release Date: August 9, 2013
An indie film with a unique premise? Sign me up. This movie purports to be the only folk music centric space sci-fi comedy action romance. Finally! A movie that hits every genre! This simple story of a pair of humanoid aliens who were intent on destroying Earth until they heard our music, and subsequently formed a folk band, is silly and sweet. While it may not be a big budget blockbuster, there's something intriguing and endearing about the premise and execution.
Starring: Nils d'Aulaire, Jay Klaitz, Julie Ann Emery
Release Date: May 31, 2013
6.) 'Mr. Pip'
In war torn Papua New Guinea, one man seeks to inspire his students with the Dickens novel "Great Expectations". Little does he know how much of an impact the book will have, inspiring a young girl but potentially making life much harder for everyone around them. This movie looks too saaaaad! Hugh Laurie is gruff but likable as usual, but the story is heartbreaking and based on an award winning novel. Let's hope there's a happy ending.
Starring: Hugh Laurie, Kerry Fox, Eka Darville
Release Date: 2013
7.) 'In Fear'
Beautiful, strange, flickering images of a girl and a boy on a fun weekend gone horribly wrong. This Sundance Film Festival selected horror film gives away very little in the trailer, instead focusing on the look and dark feel of the film. Like a bad dream in the best possible way.
Starring: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert, Allen Leech
Release Date: August 23, 2013
8.) 'Free Samples'
Quirky little indie romantic comedy that puts a hard drinking, beautiful girl in an ice cream truck and sees what happens from there. Romantic entanglements, finding a sense of purpose, and figuring out what life is all about collide in this one. One can only hope it's not as precious and self-satisfied as it looks, although the fact that it takes place in an ice cream truck isn't doing it any favors.
Starring: Jess Weixler, Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter
Release Date: 2013
Worst of the Bunch:
NSFW: A group of friends visiting a Chilean exotic nightclub are forced into survival mode once a massive earthquake hits the area, but things can only go from bad to worse when a gang of prisoners finds their way out into the general populace. Kind of like a wilder, raunchier "The Hangover" gone wrong, and starring horror wunderkid Eli Roth, this one looks to be a mixture of gross out special effects (People getting crushed! Hands getting sliced off!) and good old fashioned suspenseful dread.
Starring: Eli Roth, Andrea Osvárt, Ariel Levy
Release Date: May 10, 2013
Come back next week for more rankings!