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The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

the-two-faces-of-januaryWelcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.


The Two Faces of January

This new trailer for The Two Faces of January is plodding to start, but the moment Viggo Mortensen kills that investigator, you snap to attention. This situation is no joke. From there, we get a string of striking imagery paired with a notably eerie tone that flows right into the tension and panic of the second half of the trailer. There are no gunfights, yelling or car chases, just an infectious beat and powerful build that make the characters’ anxiety palpable.

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The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

The_GiverWelcome to the first installment of Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we cherry-pick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past few days.


1. The Giver

This new 60-second piece for The Giver doesn’t completely fix the issues in the first trailer, but it does manage to suggest the book-to-film adaptation still has a chance. The use of black-and-white footage isn’t particularly well woven into the material, but it is there and it’s effective thanks to sharper editing and an effective representation of the strikingly powerful and unnerving tone.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

The_Purge_AnarchyThe first official teaser trailer for Into the Storm is essentially disaster-movie porn, but it’s been quite some time since we’ve seen an outrageous big-screen natural disaster, so all destruction and no story is really the most marketable way to go. However, marketability is only one component of a good trailer and this week’s Best Stuff selections have many more.

The Best Stuff

1. The Purge: Anarchy

The teaser for The Purge: Anarchy was a little underwhelming, but apparently for good reason. It turns out that first promo was only a baby step back into the 12-hour free-for-all. The first full trailer, on the other hand, goes all in and it’s all the more satisfying because the original teaser paved the way. By introducing us to just two main characters in promo number one and then letting different leads take the spotlight at the start of the second, there’s the added appeal of seeing how their situations differ and also the thrill of seeing them all come together.

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