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Review: Elysium

Elysium_PosterThe precision and grit of “District 9” are in there, but Neill Blomkamp’s choice to indulge in his bigger budget by throwing in every advanced technology he could conjure up dilutes the more thoughtful, raw components of “Elysium.”

In the year 2154, the rich live in space on Elysium while the poor reside in the overpopulated slums left on Earth. While President Patel (Faran Tahir) Secretary of Defense Delacourt (Jodie Foster), and the rest of the elite enjoy beautiful weather, enormous houses, and machines that can correct any illness in an instant, folks like Max DeCosta (Matt Damon) risk their lives to survive down below.

When a lethal dose of radiation leaves Max with just five days to live, he knows that it’s now or never. He must get up to Elysium. In an effort to earn himself a seat on a rogue ride to the space station, Max accepts a mission from Spider, an underground leader of sorts, to steal pivotal information from Armadyne CEO John Carlyle’s (William Fichtner) head and download it into his own. Little does Max know that that data will put him right in Delacourt’s line of fire and, therefore, make him Kruger’s (Sharlto Copley) primary target.

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TThe Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

ElysiumThe first looks at Evangeline Lilly and Luke Evans in action, and the return of Orlando Bloom are exciting and all, but the very first trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug falls short of evoking that overwhelming anticipation that should come from the first trailer for an impending blockbuster.

The Best Stuff

1. ElysiumThe latest theatrical trailer for Elysium is an extended one and it’s still not enough. This baby rocks the ideal balance between character development and story information, essentially functioning as an experience in itself. However, fortunately, it falls just shy of showing too much and winds up making you feel like you’re in the know to the point that you’re invested, and that leaves you desperate for more.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

ElysiumThere’s nothing more satisfying than a week that involves a rigorous search for trailers worthy of Worst Stuff status. Having come up nearly empty-handed, there’s just no reason to knock a piece down when it doesn’t truly earn the title. In honor of this week’s mainly suitable or stellar lot of trailers, the Worst Stuff goes to just a single one with the remaining two slots moving up in the rankings to give a little attention to the honorable mentions.

Far from the Worst, But Not the Best

1. Elysium

Copying and pasting is rarely a good thing, but that sensation of being back in District 9 at the 50-second mark is intrinsically enthralling, making you feel as though you’re right back home via Neill Blomkamp. Overall, the film’s first trailer shows off some curious tech and a troubling societal divide, but the misstep of not divulging why Matt Damon’s character so desperately needs to complete his mission makes the piece as a whole far less poignant than it could have been.

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The Best — and Worst — Movie Promos of the Week

The_Last_Stand_PostersNot out of your Turkey Day food coma just yet? Have no fear; I’ve sorted through all the hot new movie promotional material and picked out the delightfully riveting and laughably disastrous for you. Sit back, relax, sip some Alka-Seltzer and take a look.

The Best Stuff

1. This Is 40 Red-Band Featurette: Based on its promotional campaign, This Is 40 doesn’t look like comedy gold, but there’s something about the environment and characters that’s just wildly magnetizing. The film’s brand new red-band featurette is charming to the max, suggesting the full feature may really manage to earn that 134-minute running time.Warning: The following is NSFW. [via Yahoo]

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Comic-Con 2012: Our Most Anticipated Events

The first rule of San Diego Comic-Con is that there’s absolutely no way to get to everything. The second rule of San Diego Comic-Con (or SDCC) is … try to get to everything. And we here at Movies.com will attempt to do just that, or at the very least bring back a taste of the big events everyone will be talking about come this time next week.

What are some of those events, and what should you expect from our coverage? Click through to find out what we’re looking forward to most as the country’s biggest geek-friendly convention prepares to infiltrate our nerdy hearts later this week.

Thursday 12:45 – 1:45 in Hall H

The non-Twihards might resent this, but what bigger way to open San Diego Comic-Con 2012 than with a panel for the final Twilight movie? The very first film to grace comic-con’s legendary Hall H will be the final installment of The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn – Part 2. This will (probably) be the last time Team Edward and Team Jacob supporters will get the chance to camp outside the San Diego Convention Center for a Twilight movie, so expect the crowd to be bigger than ever. Once the crowd files in and the panel actually begins, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz and newcomer Mackenzie Foywill all be on hand, answering questions and previewing footage.

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SDCC 2012: First Trip To The Convention Center Floor

After catching The Art of “Frankenweenie,” I took advantage of the whole purpose of Preview Night, to get a lay of the land and figure out what to plan for over the next few days.

“The Walking Dead” will undeniably be a hotspot, rocking a statue of Michonne and one of her pets, letting you step in a pose as the other pet. The Summit/Lionsgate booth was already bustling, fans of “The Twilight Saga,” “The Hunger Games” and more lining up for free swag. The Sony section was particularly impressive, offering up looks at a vehicle from “Total Recall,” a costume from “After Earth,” and ship from “Elysium” amongst other items.

Check out some photos from my quick trip around the floor below and be sure to keep an eye out for many more in the coming days.

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SDCC 2012: Perri And Melissa’s San Diego Comic Con Plans For Shockya.com!

We’re in the midst of yet another summer movie season and you know what that means; San Diego Comic Con is here to raise big screen anticipation even further, teasing fans with all the incredible action, stories and stars we’ve got to look forward to.

This time last year I was scrambling to put together a solo schedule for an event I’d never experience before, but this time around, not only am I heading to San Diego as a Comic Con veteran, but I won’t be going alone. Shockya.com will feature SDCC 2012 from both myself and Melissa Molina. Not only am I thrilled to have such a talented teammate, but we’re both very excited to bring you more coverage than ever!

What do you have to look forward to between the two of us? Here’s a brief breakdown of our plans …

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