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Trailer Roundup: Transformers vs. Annie

This weeks newest batch of trailers: Unnecessary sequels and remakes.

New Transformers: Age of Extinction Trailer

This trailer helps get us excited for more giant robots fighting and destroying cities. Michael Bay returns as director for the fourth film in this financially successful and critically derided franchise. This new film stars Mark Wahlberg (Pain and Gain),  who will most likely play a much more likeable character than Shia Labeouf (Nymphomaniac) did in the first three films. The trailer does a decent job at showing off some cool looking action sequences, and introducing the new robots (the dinobot looks pretty cool, right?). As always, I'm dreading sitting through Bay's nonsensical plot, sexist undertones, and consistently unfunny attempts at comedic relief to get to the fun stuff. Overall, the fourth film looks pretty similar to the previous three, so feel free to write it off now, or let your inner 13 year-old get just a little bit excited to see more robot fights and explosions. Transformers: Age of Extinction comes out June 27, 2014.

Trailer Rating: 3/5

New Annie Trailer

Here's a trailer for the the upcoming adaptation of Annie. Produced by Jay-Z, Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, and directed by Will Gluck (Friends With Benefits), this movie intends to update the classic musical for the modern day. Originally intended as a starring vehicle for Willow Smith (of "Whip My Hair" fame), it now stars Quvenzhan√© Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the titular role, along with Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained), and Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher). It looks silly and kind of cheesy (but then again aren't most musicals?), and the trailer tries a little too hard to remind you it's updated with the lackluster George Clooney joke that opens the trailer. Still, once they start singing "Hard Knock Life" and "Tomorrow" the nostalgia really kicks in. Maybe this will introduce an entirely new generation to the little orphan Annie, though I'm content to skip this one and leave it for the younger kids. Annie opens December 19, 2014.

Trailer Rating: 2.5/5

Also just released, a fun and weird trailer for Jesse Eisenberg's The Double