The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

book-of-lifeWelcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.


The Book of Life

Many of my colleagues are gushing over The Book of Life, but to be honest I’m having a tough time adjusting to the style of the animation, accepting some of those very familiar romance-movie plot points and the fact that Maria looks like a Bratz doll. However, once you hit the point at which Manolo winds up in that other realm, whether you’re into his quest to win Maria’s heart or not, the mesmerizing quality of the world will pull you right in. Every single detail is so wildly fascinating that when the piece puts you back into the real world, you’ll be on board and eager for more.

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The YA Countdown: ‘Frostbite’ Fundraising Underway, First Clip from ‘Maze Runner,’ and More

frostbite-fundraising-rewardNot only are the releases for The Giver, The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 fast approaching, but there’s also a slew of YA-to-film material flooding the Web courtesy of Divergent’s DVD and Blu-ray release. On top of that, the Vampire Academy series is still clamoring for attention and if it doesn’t get it this time around, perhaps the film franchise really will be dead.

The Frostbite Crowd-Funding Campaign Is a Go

The producers of Vampire Academy are about to take another step towards making Frostbitehappen. We’ve already told you about their plan to get a little crowd-funding going and now it’s about to happen. Leading up to today’s launch of the Frostbite IndieGoGo campaign, the producers tried to rile up some hype by teasing the initiative over at MTV and Teen.com.

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Review: The Strain, Season 1, Episode 4

corey-stoll-mia-maestro-the-strain-epsiode-4As expected, things are really picking up. Rather than have Eph, Nora and Jim continue to search for answers while being completely oblivious to what’s really going on, episode 4 of The Strain, ‘It’s Not for Everyone,’ hurls them right into the reality of the situation and it serves all three characters exceptionally well.

First off, it’s incredibly satisfying that ‘It’s Not for Everyone’ picks up right where ‘Gone Smooth’ left off. Many shows would have just cut to the gross-out-heavy autopsy scene, assuming that the break between episodes would keep us from wondering how the trio dealt with the shock and Redfern’s body.

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The Best Movie Trailers of the Week: Comic-Con Edition

sin-city-a-dame-to-kill-forWelcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Having come out of Sin City with absolutely no desire for more, it wasn’t surprising that the first two trailers for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For didn’t strike much of a chord. Both run with that same style and tone, but I couldn’t connect to it back then and that’s still the case now. However, the new red-band trailer they showed off at Comic-Con has something the other two don’t – an infectious beat. I’ve still got little to no idea what’s going in this narrative, nor do I care, but in this case that doesn’t stop the trailer from being a blast to watch. The visuals are bold and well composed, and they’re so well cut to “Babes” by Icy Blossoms that the piece winds up playing like an extremely catchy music video.

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The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

nightcrawlerWelcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.


Nightcrawler

That quick teaser for Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler caught our eye and now the film’s first official trailer locked it in. We need to know more about Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal). The two pieces work exceptionally well together. The first introduces you to the idea that Lou’s a guy in desperate need of a job and the second builds upon that by showing you how he winds up making that happen. Getting the opportunity to watch a guy navigate the world of L.A. crime journalism is inherently fascinating, but rather than lean on that appeal, these pieces put the focus on what could make Nightcrawler a true standout – a downright fascinating main character. Lou’s passionate and determined, but incredibly unhinged and volatile. Put someone like that in this line of work and you’re bound to have explosive results.

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Review: The Strain, Season 1, Episode 3

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The Strain started strong with “Night Zero,” slowed a bit during “The Box,” but began building characters and storylines in the process, and now “Gone Smoother” continues that progression. It still doesn’t have the momentum of the first episode, but the pace is picking up and we’re getting some solid plot and character development along with it.

First off, hooray for Mia Maestro finally getting something to do! “Gone Smoother” merely introduces a connection between Nora and Abraham Setrakian, but at least it finally pulls her out of Ephraim’s shadow and proves she’s got some ideas of her own as well as the gall to act on them. It could be great to see her, of all people, step up and take Abraham’s advice – “Being good means nothing, unless you’re willing to do what needs to be done.” Eph’s been leading the charge thus far, but if she takes the reins on this one, it could be one heck of a turnaround for the character.

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Review: The Strain, Season 1, Episode 2

Mia-Maestro-Corey-Stoll-The-Strain-Episode-2The second episode of The Strain doesn’t come anywhere close to matching the thrill of the plane investigation or the massacre at the morgue in the first, but it does function as a solid and very necessary character and world-building episode. “Night Zero” benefited from the novelty of the inciting incident, but now that that’s done, it’s got to beef up both the main players and the core story to ensure the longevity of the show, and that’s exactly what “The Box” does.

Ephraim gets a nice balance this episode. Roughly half of the time he’s discovering new things pertaining to the case, but then the other half, he’s with his family, just being an average person. “Night Zero” laid out the basics of Ephraim’s situation with his wife and son, but “The Box” digs a little deeper, and not just in terms of blurting out new details on their predicament, but rather by letting them behave like normal people.

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