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10 Things Hollywood Should Retire in the New Year

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Another year gone, another assortment of big-screen missteps made that should never be repeated again. We get an incredible amount of new releases each and every year, so of course not every film can be a box office hit or Academy Award contender, but the upside to that is there’s always an opportunity to learn from the mistakes.

In an effort to make 2014 a better year for film than ever, we bring you 10 things the movie industry should do away with in the New Year.

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Review: Jack the Giant Slayer

Jack-the-Giant-SlayerTim Burton hit it big with “Alice in Wonderland,” but the fairy tale-to-film effort is still a horrifyingly expensive crapshoot.

As children, both Jack and Isabelle took a liking to the legend of the giants of Gantua. However, now young adults, neither is remotely close to achieving any degree of adventure, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) stuck working on his uncle’s farm and Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) forced to be a proper princess, staying within the walls of Cloisters. However, after a mix-up at the market, Jack accidently winds up with a sack full of magic beans. Coincidentally, later that evening, Isabelle opts to sneak out of the castle and winds up at Jack’s door seeking shelter from a storm. Little does Jack know, one of his beans slipped through the house’s floorboards, right along with the rainwater that triggers them to grow.

After a failed attempt at saving Isabelle, she’s lifted up into the land of the giants while Jack comes crashing back down to Earth. When King Brahmwell (Ian McShane) hears of what’s happened to his daughter, he commissions Elmont (Ewan McGregor), the leader of the king’s guard, and his men to scale the beanstalk with Jack in tow to bring Isabelle home.

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8 Great… Mythological Creatures That Desperately Need to Be in More Movies

Jack-the-Giant-SlayerWith growth in the digital realm happening so often, so does the desire to develop big-screen epics with mythological creatures at the core. We’ve got hobbits, aliens, supersmart apes, and now Jack the Giant Slayer adds a community of giants to the list, too. Whether you’re into the film’s promo material or not, one thing Jack clearly has going for it is that, unlike werewolves, vampires and witches, giants are relatively untapped and new.

Hopefully Bryan Singer manages to use this fresher subject matter to hit it big with critics, fans and the box office, but regardless of Jack’s level of success, these other underused creatures still have the potential to become cinematic gold themselves.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Paul-Walker-HoursAfter 88 entries, it’s time for Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week to get a little facelift and freshen up. While Monster’s University should have led the Best Stuff category for the column’s very first trailer-specific entry, sadly walking through the gates of MU didn’t rouse the same emotions as stepping into the Monsters, Inc. factory. However, three other upcoming releases did manage to step it up just enough to earn the honor being this past week’s best of the best.

The Best Stuff

1. Hours Trailer: It doesn’t suggest the film will be the Impossible of Hurricane Katrina movies, but the trailer for Hours still rocks an emotional and exhilarating scenario. There is a chance Paul Walker’s desperation to save his newborn baby in the wake of the hurricane could dip into melodrama, but it looks as though the choice to focus on that more intimate situation within the context of such an epic event could have wildly rousing results.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

Jack-the-Giant-Slayer-Character-PosterThe Super Bowl came and went, and while it did drop off the expected highly anticipated previews, few deserved the game-night attention. The Lone Ranger benefited from a longer running time and the Fast & Furious 6 piece was rather exciting with our first official look at the film, but even those didn’t thrill enough to crack the top three.

The Best Stuff

1. Jack the Giant Slayer TV Spot: We’ve all been pretty hard on Jack the Giant Slayer, and perhaps the film deserves it, but had this minute-long TV spot been the first promotional item to hit the public, you might have thought twice, even if only for a little. Unlike much of the other videos released, this one goes with a more ominous tone, finally selling the giants as a threat rather than a brigade of bumbling cartoons.

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From the Set: Jack the Giant Slayer

Jack-the-Giant-Slayer-PosterWe’ve already seen Alice in Wonderland and a double dose of Snow White, but with Maleficent, Pan,Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio and possibly more fairy tales-turned-big screen epics hitting theaters in the coming years, perhaps Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer will actually wind up slipping in at just the opportune time.

The project is a long time coming for Singer. He first signed on to direct back in September of 2009, but didn’t get the green light until just over a year later after which he went through a lengthy pre-production process before finally bringing the project to set in the spring and summer of 2011. Even then, the film still wasn’t in the clear, getting ousted from its original Summer 2012 drop date, settling back in on March 22nd, only to be moved up to March 1, 2013.

Will the tale of Nicholas Hoult’s Jack, a lowly farm boy who scales a beanstalk to save Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) from a brigade of giants eager to destroy King Brahmwell’s (Ian McShane) kingdom, be worth the wait? With the latest release date locked in place and now just a month away, we’ll find out soon enough, but if the final product sucks you into the world with even a fraction of the force the experience standing on set during production did, Singer’s time will have been well spent.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

In_Fear-PosterWatching Gary Busey consider the daily life and sexual tendencies of hobbits is disturbingly mesmerizing, but ultimately, it’s not out to promote The Hobbit, so the Best Stuff title has to go to three other contenders and, in a delightful timely fashion, three Sundance features go on to earn the honor.

The Best Stuff

1. In Fear PosterWhat happens when a lost-in-the-woods scenario collides with an “unknown tormentor?” You get something wildly eerie and clever – or at least as far as the poster’s concerned. The pressure is on big time for In Fear because I’m going to be very disappointed if the Sundance entry doesn’t give me a reason to hang this stellar design on my wall.

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