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Summer Movie Preview: August

OK, not too much witty stuff here today, there’s just too many movies coming out in August.  Enjoy the trailers and maybe some of our ramblings on some of the movies being released over the next few weeks.

The Smurfs 2

Release Date: August 2nd (well, really it was released today)

Synopsis: The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer’s newest creation – creatures called the Naughties – into real Smurfs. The film is being directed again by Raja Gosnell, with all the main cast returning (Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Jayma Mays, etc). New cast includes Christina Ricci and J. B. Smoove as members of the Naughties, and Brendan Gleeson as Patrick Winslow’s stepfather.

Our Thoughts:

Dave: I didn’t let the first Smurfs movie ruin my cherished childhood Smurf-related memories I am sure as hell not going to start now by seeing this one. (Strange, my spell check doesn’t recognize “Smurf-related” as a word…maybe it’s not supposed to be hyphenated.)

Jennie: OK, I love Neil Patrick Harris but, this movie isn’t for me. Not that I think it looks (too) terrible, but it is geared towards a much younger audience. Some family movies are fun for adults too, but I don’t think this one fits into that category.

Rob: I’m sure this will bring some joy to some children, but not nearly as much joy as that felt by those actors’ agents. Yay, 10%!

Felix: Raja Gosnell took a great Scooby Doo script in which they had a bunch of adult themed jokes into the incomprehensible piece of garbage we saw. He did the same for the Smurfs. Just saying, this is going to suck.

Dave: Wait…you know the writer of Scooby Doo??

Felix: Read the original screenplay.

Jennie: Wait, you read the original screenplay for the Scooby Doo Movie???

Felix: Yes

Nicole: We saw the first one and I wouldn’t say it was awful, it did have some funny parts but it was slow and not great overall. I’m not really looking forward to this one even though I love NPH. My daughter however has been counting the days until it comes out. I haven’t been gutsy enough yet to tell her that we will not be seeing it on opening weekend


Trailer Tuesday

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A wide range of trailers this week. Michael Caine and a younger woman, a timid Time photo manager, mutants, horror, and schlock.

Mr. Morgan’s Last Love

A look at the life-changing connection between a retired and widowed American philosophy professor and a young Parisian woman. Written/Directed by , and starring , and .


New Trailer: 47 Ronin

I, unlike a lot of folks (it seems), am not a Keanu hater. That being said, this could be end up being tragic.  The release of this movie has already been postponed twice, and this is Director Carl Rinsch’s first feature length film. This story is based on the actually Forty-seven Ronin, but it is an extremely fantastical take.  It appears to be a bit 300 and a bit The Last Samurai, both of which I enjoyed so, I am at least reasonably intrigued.

New Trailers: Gravity (*Updated*)

There’s a new trailer for  Gravity. It’s just one shot from the movie, but it happens to be a 90-second-long shot, harkening back to the best parts of Children of Men. If this were a Michael Bay movie that would have been one 10-second shot circling around an astronaut and 160 half-second shots making everything unintelligible.

Due out October 4th, in Gravity  and  play astronauts left drifting in space after space debris destroys their space shuttle. Directed by  (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Y Tu Mamá También).


Warner Brothers just released another clip to go along with the first.

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This week’s new trailers feature children killing children at the government’s behest, children killing adults while wearing masks, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. It’s directed by  (The Other Boleyn Girl), and stars , and . It will see limited release started in late November, just in time for Oscar season.


New Videos: Ender’s Game

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The Ender’s Game movie is at Comic-Con this week, and along with that comes two new preview videos.

The first is a Battle School recruitment video:

And the second is a bit more fleshed out as an intro and covers Mazer Rackham’s exploits in the first invasion:

Ender’s Game tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a boy who is recruited by the military and sent to a space station with other child soldiers to train battle the alien Formics. Directed by , and starring , and . It comes to theaters November 1st.

*Photo courtesy Summit Entertainment

Trailer: 12 Years A Slave

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12 Years A Slave tells the true story of Solomon Northup, born a free man in upstate New York before the Civil War, but who is abducted and sold into slavery in the South. The movie is directed by <a itemprop="url" href=" viagra original” target=”_blank”>Steve McQueen (Shame), and stars Chiwetel EjioforMichael FassbenderBrad PittBenedict CumberbatchAlfre WoodardPaul DanoPaul GiamattiSarah Paulson, and Quvenzhané Wallis. 12 Years A Slave sees a limited release starting October 13th.


*Photo courtesy Fox Searchlight

Teaser Trailer: How To Train Your Dragon 2

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It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless united dragons and vikings in peace, but now a new horde of wild dragons has been discovered and Hiccup and Toothless find themselves at the center of a battle to preserve the peace.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is written and directed by , and stars the voices of , and . It comes out June 20, 2014.

Trailer: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. It’s directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl), and stars Idris ElbaNaomie Harris, and Robert Hobbs. It will see limited release started in late November, just in time for Oscar season.

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*Photo courtesy The Weinstein Company

Trailer: Saving Mr. Banks

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Saving Mr. Banks follows the making of Mary Poppins as Walt Disney himself brings Mary Poppins’ creator to Los Angeles to talk her into allowing them to make the film. It directed by  (The Blind Side), and stars  as Walt Disney,  as author P.L. Travers, , and . Saving Mr. Banks comes out December 20th.