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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Top Notch TV Spots for ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Mirror Mirror’

Surprisingly promotional material for potential Oscar nominees isn’t flooding the web with the Academy Awards on the horizon, but we still do have a slew of solid items to sort through.

The Hunger Games and This Must Be the Place rock the poster department, each boasting a brand new banner bold enough to catch any eye. We’ve also got the very first poster for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and not only is it wonderfully reminiscent of the original, but it’s quite a gorgeous design in and of itself.

Also showing some promise is the new behind the scenes featurette for Sam Mendes’ Skyfall. As a non-Bond fan, I was surprisingly enraptured by Mendes’ take on and passion for the series. There’s also a brand new trailer for American Reunion out there and while it does reuse quite a bit of the material from the former promos, it offers up a few new gags to ensure you’re still looking forward to seeing the gang get back together.

Somewhat less fortunate, but nowhere close to getting sucked into “The Worst Stuff” is the trailer for Struck by Lightning. Chris Colfer certainly shows some potential as a writer and leading man, but the trailer isn’t as amusing as it could be. Piranha 3DD is also having some problems, as apparently the promotional department over there just couldn’t come up with any fresh poster ideas and opted to just Photoshop more fishies into the design for the 2010 film. Somewhat on the brighter side, Goon shows off an unexpectedly tame yet tense clip. It’s tough to see where this will fit into a film packed with such brutal humor, but Seann William Scott and Live Schreiber carry the moment well.

Now that you’re all warmed up, how about the best and worst promotional material of the past week?

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Interview: Cherry’s Kyle Gallner

Odds are, you know Kyle Gallner for one of the many high profile horror films he’s appeared in over the past few years. There was The Hunting in ConnecticutJennifer’s Body and the highly anticipated reboot, Nightmare on Elm Street, but his success in the genre and the prominence of these films doesn’t mean these are the only types of films Gallner has to offer. In fact, he’s got quite a number of non-horror films on the way, one of which hits theaters this weekend, Cherry.

Cherry stars Gallner as Aaron, a somewhat sheltered guy starting his first year at a prestigious college. He may not be as socially and romantically developed as his roommate, but when it comes to academics, Aaron’s above and beyond his peers. He’s enrolled in an advanced engineering program and while the work should be his top priority, Aaron’s distracted by a woman, a much older woman. Aaron meets Linda in class and the attraction is instant. Problem is, Linda (Laura Allen) has a 14-year-old daughter, Beth (Brittany Robertson), and when Linda brings Aaron over for dinner one night, the attraction between him and Beth is instant as well.

Not only was I thankful to have the opportunity to chat about such a purely enjoyable film, but to an actor on the rise that’s certainly worth keeping an eye on. Check out everything Gallner told me about working on Cherry, working with Kevin Smith on his upcoming film Red State and his hopes for the future in the interview below, and be sure to catch Cherry at the Village East Cinema in New York City.

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Review: Cherry

When you’re doused in big budget, effect-heavy features week after week, it winds up being the simplest productions that really blow you away. Writer-director Jeffrey Fine’s newest film, Cherry, is just about as minimalistic as they come, but the results are huge. Cherry achieves a degree of empathy, entertainment and pleasure that most grander scale films never even come close to earning.

Aaron (Kyle Gallner) always plays by his parents’ rules. From the day he was born, they bred him to become an Ivy League student and the time has finally come for Aaron to pack his things, move into his dorm and begin his freshman year at a prestigious school. He’s there specifically for a top tier engineering program, but is also a talented artist, a skill his parent don’t condone pursuing. He opts to take a drawing class as an elective anyway and that’s where he meets Linda (Laura Allen), a much older student who takes a liking to him. A coffee date leads to a dinner date and that’s when Aaron is sure it’s finally going to be his lucky night. The problem is, not only does he discover Linda has a 14-year-old daughter, Beth (Brittany Robertson), but a cop boyfriend, too.

All hope isn’t lost. Sexual tension still exists between Aaron and Linda, but now there’s some between Aaron and Beth as well. Well, most of that tension comes straight from Beth who’s far beyond her years and has no problem telling everyone exactly what she thinks. Even while being pulled in both directions, Aaron nestles into the family quite nicely, so much so his peers take notice of his absence, he isn’t performing well in class and worst of all, his mother demands to know what’s going on.

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