Trailers

Trailer watch: Guardians of the Galaxy

The first interstellar trailer for Marvel’s anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live and is now online. Star Chris Pratt was a guest and brought along the trailer; the first extended footage from the film. Set to hit cinemas August 1st, Guardians of the Galaxy will be the first big Marvel venture into their universe’s lesser known characters, and is the final part of Marvel’s Phase 1 films before the next Avengers movie.

Anyone who stayed for the end credits scene in Thor: The Dark World would have gotten a taste of Benicio Del Toro’s character The Collector from the film, but now we get our first real look at wacky characters like Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Guardians of the Galaxy stars Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

The film’s official synopsis reads as follows:

In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill / Star-Lord finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. In order to evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a group of misfits including Gamora, Rocket, Drax the Destroyer and Groot. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Check out the trailer below:

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Comb overs and haircurlers in new American Hustle trailer

I know this is the kind of movie that wins awards, but you can’t help but stop for a second and chuckle at what made for some serious fashion in the late 70s and early 80s. David O. Russell’s American Hustle just released the new trailer and we’re getting bad comb overs (Christian Bale), Joe Pesci lookalikes (Jeremy Renner), haircurls for gerricurls (Cooper) and the wonderful Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence in various states of relative undress.

Is it just me or does this movie look a lot like Casino? Wait, is that Jeremy Renner or Joe Pesci?

American Hustle opens December 13th.

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Film Review: The Hangover Part III

If there was any doubt that Todd Phillips wanted his Hangover franchise to end with as much bang as it began, then the first 10 minutes of The Hangover 3 will swiftly put that to rest. Two deaths including the beheading of a giraffe and the final installment of the longest night in history is well on its way. And after suffering a dreadful case of what can be (poorly) put as a ‘cinematic hangover’, the finale is thankfully near as much fun as the first.

Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is sent to rehab to clean up his crazy behavior, but along the way, the Wolfpack; Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha), cross paths with Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong), who is back to ruin their night one last time. The adventure unravels quicker than a cheap sweater as Chow takes the Pack on a harrowing evening of Tijuana trouble, stolen bars of gold, prescription medicine, bullets and John Goodman’s best mobster impression. Along the way, there’s more then your fair share of Alan being Alan, snappy one-liners, and Stu’s often bewildering realization at just where he finds himself at the moment, proclaiming with immense frustration and sadness that, “I’m just a dentist”.

And Poor Doug. Few people can claim they’ve been kidnapped, harassed, and lost, more times than Doug. So why not one more time? This time held hostage by Goodman’s burly underworld figure as ransom for Chow’s past. Bartha is once again surplus material, like much of the surrounding cast (Jeffrey Tambor, Jamie Chung, Heather Graham), their parts serve only momentary breaks from the often cranked up comedy and behavior of the main cast. And good God there’s a lot of Chow. If Jeong’s hyper-stereotyped Asianness is a bother to you, then you’ll probably dislike 95% of the film, but there’s enough goodwill and heart in the end that you’ll almost forget being subjected to micro-penis again.

Unlike the second outing, the third is less ill-willed, and returns the more jovial, gross out freshness the original brought. While the second movie found itself trapped in the mires of sequel-dom; recycling much of the original plot and chain of events, the third is able to cut loose the strains of the sophomore slump and let the natural and unnatural characters drive the movie. Symmetrically, the film finds its finale on the streets of Vegas, completing the story arch’s cycle. The return to the locale reminds the audience just how well the backdrop set the scene.

The film strives to turkey slap you in the face for the majority of its duration, but the gentle underbelly is proof to you that there is a heart in there as well. Phillips’ direction and general vision of the third is less grating than its predecessor and is a great way for the story to end. The Hangover 3 is genuinely fun and yes, really funny. You don’t have to stay until the end of the credits, but stay for a few minutes after it starts rolling, and you’ll be reminded why The Hangover is still outrageous. Like it should be.

The Hangover Part III opens in the United States and Australia on May 23rd.

 

THE HANGOVER PART III
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Written by: Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, John Goodman
Released by: Warner Bros.
Website: hangoverpart3.com

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Trailer watch: The Hangover: Part II

The first teaser trailer for anticipated comedy The Hangover: Part II has premiered online. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2009 comedy sees the return of “the wolfpack” as Doug, Phil, Alan and Stu travel to the exotic locale of Thailand for Stu’s wedding.

Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha return to reprise their roles from the first while returning supporting cast members Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Tambor are joined by Jamie Chung and cameos from Liam Neeson (replacing the controversial Mel Gibson) and former President Bill Clinton. Todd Phillips returns to direct as well.

There isn’t much to see in the first teaser, but hints at what we can expect. The film opens May 26th.

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Trailer watch: Bradley Cooper in ‘Limitless’

Writing is hard. Unless you’re on drugs. So goes the basic premise of the new Neil Burger (The Illusionist) thriller Limitless.

Starring Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Robert DeNiro and Abbie Cornish, Limitless details the life of a struggling writer who discovers the secret of an experimental drug (given to him by that guy from Empire Records!) that expands the use of his brain. With the new, limitless power of his mind, Cooper’s character discovers that new talents and accomplishments are but a mere step away … but it all comes with a price.

Looks like a fairly intelligent thriller with a somewhat implausible premise, but one that looks to be done well enough to be worth your time.

Limitless opens March 18, 2011.

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