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Trailer Roundup: Maleficent vs. Young Adult Novel Adaptations

This week gave us quite a few new trailers for upcoming sequels, remakes, and young adult novel adaptations.

New Maleficent Trailer

First up is Disney's upcoming big-budget reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, MaleficentStarring Angelina Jolie as the titular villain/protagonist, this reminds me of 2010's Alice in Wonderland reboot in the worst way possible, with the CGI landscapes and creatures just coming off as generic. What it does have going for it, however, is big star-power in Jolie, who looks like she's having a blast creepily chewing the scenery. Judge for yourself, but between Snow White and the Huntsman and Oz the Great and Powerful, I'm getting tired of dark reboots of fantasy movies over reliant on CGI. Maleficent flies into theaters May 30, 2014.
Trailer Rating: 3/5 Stars

This week trailers were released for two upcoming adaptations of Young Adult Novels hoping to become the next Hunger Games:

The Maze Runner Teaser

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, this film stars Dylan O'Brien (Teen Wolf) who awakes to find his memories are erased and he is trapped inside a maze with a community of boys. The trailer is tense and suspenseful, and the action scenes and questions it raises pique my interest (having not read the novel) for what is to come. The Maze Runner will be released September 19, 2014.
Trailer Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

The Giver Teaser

Also set in a dystopia, this film produced by the Weinstein Co. has higher star power: Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, among others. Visually, it looks derivative of The Hunger Games and Divergent, though it's source material predates both films' sources. Overall, it doesn't appear to live up the quality of the book it's based on. The Giver comes out August 15, 2014.
Trailer Rating: 2/5 Stars

First Trailer for Oculus

From the producer of Insidious and Paranormal Activity comes a new low-budget horror movie that is sure to make a huge profit. Starring Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), this trailer shows lots of creepy tension, a few jump-scares, and plenty of inventive imagery. Oculus comes out April 11, 2014.
Trailer Rating: 4/5 Stars

This week also gave us the Final Trailer for The Amazing Spiderman 2Noah, and an International Trailer for Godzilla, which show off some epic new footage and really get me excited for each of them.

Check back next week for another Trailer Roundup.

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 Quvenzhané 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

Trailer Roundup: Godzilla vs. Spiderman

A weekly segment where I will post and review brand-new trailers for upcoming movies. This batch reminds us that summer Blockbuster season is starting earlier and earlier each year.

New Godzilla Trailer

This new trailer expertly deploys shots of destruction and a dramatic Bryan Cranston speech to build tension and anticipation. Gareth Edwards directs this reboot of a reboot of a reboot about the classic Japanese monster. If you want to see a truly great monster movie, watch Edwards' last film, the low budget and beautiful Monsters (available on Netflix)Starring in Godzilla alongside the titular radioactive beast are Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), and Elisabeth Olson (The unfortunate Oldboy remake). I have to say that this trailer raised my level of excitement for the film, with Cranston's frantic speech seeming to suggest there will be relatively complex characters and emotions in the film. And the visuals look stunning, showing gorgeous and horrifying destruction on a grand scale. Let's hope the actual movie lives up to the tone and quality that this trailer suggests when Godzilla comes out on May 16, 2014.

Trailer Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

New "Rise of Electro" Trailer for The Amazing Spiderman 2 

This three-minute trailer shows off the most new footage we've seen of Director Marc Webb's sequel to the 2012 reboot of the Spiderman franchise. This movie stars Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as Peter Parker, Emma Stone (Easy A) as Gwen Stacy, and Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) as Electro. This trailer shows off lots of cool, web-slinging action, and shows that the film will most likely have more of what worked best in first one: the relationship between Peter and Gwen. One concern I have is that the sequel will be overstuffed with villains, though I'm sure this movie will introduce many villains, who will then play a part in the inevitable sequels already set for 2016 and 2018. My biggest criticism, though, is that all of the action scenes still look like a glorified video game to me, overly reliant on shiny but not quite convincing CGI. Hopefully they will have polished the effects by the time The Amazing Spiderman 2 comes out on May 2, 2014.

Trailer Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Also recently released: A fun/cameo-filled new trailer for The Muppets Most Wanted