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Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

If you’re going to make a movie about Abraham Lincoln and call him a vampire hunter, the first order of business needs to be a convincing script. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, step one? A definite failure and that initial travesty sucks the life out of what could have been an intriguing concept. Then again, even if the story had been rock solid to start, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has so many trouble spots, something would have dragged the production down eventually.

Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) isn’t just the 16th President of the United States; he’s also a vampire hunter. Even as a young boy, Abe fought for equality. When his free black friend, Will Johnson, is whipped, Abe lashes out at his attacker, Jack Barts (Marton Csokas). When Barts turns his whip on Abe, Abe’s parents step in. While they manage to quell the situation, Barts threatens the family and shortly after, while Abe watches, his mother is killed. However, it isn’t the Barts Abe saw early that snuck into their home late at night; he looked different.

Years later Abe is all grown up, but still carrying around the desperation to avenge his mother’s death. Gun in hand and belly full of booze, tonight’s the night Abe puts a bullet through Barts’ head. But taking down a vampire requires much more than that and, should Abe honor all of his rules, Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper) agrees to teach him the ways of the vampire hunter.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos: ‘The Twilight Saga’ Finally Does Good

As if we didn’t get enough Prometheus promo material before the release of the film, the campaign continues even after it’s out in theaters. The latest viral video comes from http://www.whatis101112.com and features Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland mumbling some Nietzsche.

In more timely promotional news, the June 22nd release, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, just unleashed a new featurette, but it’s as standard as they come and doesn’t really have much new information or insight to offer. Similarly, June 29th newcomer People Like Us showed off a quartet of clips, but none show signs of the film having a spark and being more than just your run of the mill schmaltzy family drama. On the other, Magic Mike has a brand new piece of promotional material that’s very worth your while. Channing Tatum and co. get their red band on, giving you a preview of all the skin to be shown in the full feature.

We’ve also got the very first trailer for the Ethan Hawke creeper Sinister and it’s undoubtedly unsettling as well as the very first trailer for the fifth installment of the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution?, and, whether you’re a fan or not, the action featured here is totally tantalizing. If you’re in need of something a little more kid-friendly, check out the new character posters for the animated Rise of the Guardians all of which offer incredibly detailed spins on our favorite mythical legends. And, to wrap up this introduction, a Movies.com poster premiere for you, the creative imagery of the horror anthology V/H/S.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Stripping Channing Tatum, a Plane Crashes in ‘Area 407,’ Tyler Perry’s Latest, and More

There are a number of reasons to keep an eye on a movie, but first and foremost, you look forward to something because it looks good. Fox Searchlight’s Ruby Sparks trailer comes as a nice surprise, showing off a goofy, but charming Paul Dano actually get the girl of his dreams – a character he totally made up. While this trailer certainly doesn’t do the film justice, Your Sister’s Sister is also a somewhat under-the-radar production to, well, keep on your radar.

Then there are the films you need to consider simply because they’re summer blockbusters, or at least want to be. While the G.I. Joe: Retaliation posters aren’t particularly original, it was fun watching them pop up all over the web. As for Battleship, a rather unexciting scene just arrived, but Alexander Skarsgård and Taylor Kitsch make it an enjoyable watch. Another clip from The Avengers cropped up and while it’s a treat to see Iron Man and Thor beat each other up, there’s something about their outfits and those lightning bolts that’s reminiscent ofPower Ranger-style battles.

And then there’s the material that looks like it could be good, but you just can’t be sure. I wouldn’t say I’m into “girls with guns and southerners beating the hell out of each other,” but there’s something oddly intriguing about the new Baytown Disco trailer. The Cosmopolis one isn’t as tight as it could be, but there is something to it that suggests this could the film that finally cuts the cord between Robert Pattinson and the Twilight franchise. Moonrise Kingdom just got a new clip and while it isn’t anything particularly exhilarating, it’s tough to say no to a piece that features Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis and Edward Norton.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Stripping Channing Tatum, a Plane Crashes in ‘Area 407,’ Tyler Perry’s Latest, and More

There are a number of reasons to keep an eye on a movie, but first and foremost, you look forward to something because it looks good. Fox Searchlight’s Ruby Sparks trailer comes as a nice surprise, showing off a goofy, but charming Paul Dano actually get the girl of his dreams – a character he totally made up. While this trailer certainly doesn’t do the film justice,Your Sister’s Sister is also a somewhat under-the-radar production to, well, keep on your radar.

Then there are the films you need to consider simply because they’re summer blockbusters, or at least want to be. While the G.I. Joe: Retaliation posters aren’t particularly original, it was fun watching them pop up all over the web. As for Battleship, a rather unexciting scene just arrived, but Alexander Skarsgård and Taylor Kitsch make it an enjoyable watch. Another clip from The Avengers cropped up and while it’s a treat to see Iron Man and Thor beat each other up, there’s something about their outfits and those lightning bolts that’s reminiscent ofPower Ranger-style battles.

And then there’s the material that looks like it could be good, but you just can’t be sure. I wouldn’t say I’m into “girls with guns and southerners beating the hell out of each other,” but there’s something oddly intriguing about the new Baytown Disco trailer. The Cosmopolis one isn’t as tight as it could be, but there is something to it that suggests this could the film that finally cuts the cord between Robert Pattinson and the Twilight franchise. Moonrise Kingdomjust got a new clip and while it isn’t anything particularly exhilarating, it’s tough to say no to a piece that features Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis and Edward Norton.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ’21 Jump Street’ Blows ‘One for the Money’ Away

January slump? Definitely not in the promotional department. Then again, of all the new material that’s dropped in the past seven days, nothing from a January release managed to crack the top three and almost nothing from February either.

I imagine the Underworld diehards are, well, dying for Awakening to arrive, but for someone who hasn’t paid much attention to the franchise, these new clips don’t really impress. Similarly, The Greypremiered a new clip and, having seen the film, it’s most certainly one of the tamer moments, which might disappoint those who are looking forward to seeing Liam Neeson go head-to-head with man-eating wolves.

Things improve exponentially as we move into February territory. The Woman in Black got a brand new poster that fits in beautifully with Hammer Films’ collection and the new featurettefor Act of Valor shows off one of the film’s most incredible assets, working with real Navy SEALs and real firepower.

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