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The Best Worst Movies of 2012

BestWorstMoviesZero Dark Thirty, Les Misérables, Lincoln and more may be soaking up the awards season spotlight, but there are a bunch of other films that hit theaters this year that deserve some recognition not because they’re fantastic cinematic achievements, but because they’re so bad, they’re actually good.

Best worst movies come in all sorts of forms – those that benefit from being part of a franchise, the ones that manage to pull off a cliché, some that stir up excitement for all the wrong reasons and more. All of these films have a cloud hanging over their heads for one reason or another, but that doesn’t stop them from conjuring up a ray of light bright enough to make them surprisingly enjoyable, disturbingly memorable, oddly admirable or all of the above.

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Review: Act of Valor

Basing a film on true events really puts the audience in a hard place. The character on screen is doing something great and so did a real person out there in the world. How can you criticize a movie about Navy SEALs who really risked everything for their country? As nice as it would be to give these guys some Oscar statues to add to their likely endless collection of medals, they’re Navy SEALs, not actors and Act of Valor is a videogame with killer effects on automatic play, not a solid feature. Then again, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack the power to at least make you appreciate their work.

Act of Valor focuses on a team of Navy SEALs assigned to rescue a kidnapped CIA agent. It’s not a simple mission by any means, but it’s after they blast through the Costa Rica camp in which the agent’s being held that their work really begins. It turns out the CIA agent was investigating a connection between two international terrorists planning a devastating attack on American soil using highly volatile and undetectable bomb ridden vests.

Short and sweet synopsis, right? Well, that’s because Act of Valor is rather light on plot. The central issue, that of the terrorists using these terrifyingly advanced vests to hit us at home, is exceptionally profound, but rather than explore the psychology of such a threat, Act of Valor merely skims the surface, showing us how it all goes down via action and nothing more.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Action Overload from ‘7500,’ ‘Act of Valor’ and ‘God Bless America’

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, the studios are gearing up to make their mark on the hottest TV commercial night of the year. Paramount Pictures already jumped the gun releasing their entire spots for G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Dictator, while The Avengers and John Carter both got sneak previews. However, none of those highly anticipated releases stand a chance against the return of Ferris Bueller. Honda’s “Matthew’s Day Off” spot has already hit the web and it makes for a pretty smart marketing tool while still honoring the beloved film.

Over in trailer land, we’ve got a few to note that didn’t manage to crack the top three, but are still worth taking a look at. Actually, maybe this first one doesn’t even qualify as a trailer. Step Up 4 recently released an “announcement piece.” Regardless of what that really means, the video comes packed with exactly what you’d want in a new Step Up film, complete with some wicked cool dance sequences and bad acting. Speaking of bad acting, Crooked Arrows looks to lay on the cheese rather thick, but hey — it’s an inspirational sports movie, so perhaps that’ll be enough of an excuse. On the other hand, the material in The Hunter is as stark as it comes, with Willem Dafoe putting on one heck of a mug while hunting a Tasmanian Tiger.

The best of the best in posters this week (but not in the promotional department overall, of course) is certainly 21 Jump Street thanks to that absolutely hilarious expression on Jonah Hill’s face. Friends with Kids finds some success with its new poster, squeezing in all of its famous faces while still sending a message. The new poster for Bel Ami, on the other hand, pushes its lead actress to the background to say just one thing – Robert Pattinson.

Enough with the so-so, it’s onto the best of the best and worst of the worst. Here are your top and bottom movie promos of the week.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Ring In The Holiday With ‘Paranormal Activity 3’

Halloween is right around the corner, and now we can feel it more than ever courtesy of the latest batch of movie promotional material. Of course, a nice chunk of the more recent goods came out of Spike TV’s Scream Awards, which premiered material from The Woman in BlackParanormal Activity 3 and er – Red Tails?

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Okay, so Red Tails doesn’t exactly fit into the genre realm, but the new minute-long trailer definitely keeps attention on the high-flying action and explosions more than its predecessors, letting it fit in quite nicely. As for The Woman in Black, we’ve got more decent bumps-in-the-night ghostly scares, but there’s still a little something off about Harry Potter posing as a family man. Oh, and Paranormal Activity 3? You’ll have to wait a bit for that (I guess that deserved a spoiler alert).

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