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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Time to Sing the Thunder Song with Ted

The summer season is upon us. The Avengers’ promotional campaign takes a huge leap forward, releasing its very first clip, a scene in which Scarlett Johansson takes on the bad guys with ease. Also in the summer realm is Total Recall. Now this is an interesting one as not only did we get a new full trailer for the film, but over at MTV, there’s a video in which director Len Wiseman explains why the trailer was assembled as such.

The August release, Sparkle, has got itself a new trailer and while it suggests the film will pack quite the performance from Jordan Sparks, all eyes will undoubtedly be on the late Whitney Huston. On the limited side, we’ve got To Rome with Love due out on June 22nd and while the trailer certainly shows that the film adheres to Woody Allen’s usual style, that style isn’t for everyone. Further down the line in July, the Step Up franchise will return with Step Up: Revolution. Per usual, the film’s new trailer is oozing with crazy cool dances, but also with lame performances and an unoriginal storyline.

If you’re looking for something for the here and now, check out these new trailers for two Tribeca contenders, Take This Waltz and The Giant Mechanical ManTake This Waltz has got Sarah Polley’s name written all over it, literally as she wrote and directed it, but also because this trailer’s drenched in authorial expressivity. As for The Giant Mechanical Man, get ready to see Chris Messina as you’ve never seen him before, as, well, a giant mechanical man. Top notch cast, quirky humor, original characters, this might be one to keep an eye on.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: The Boy with Bread, a Teddy Bear and a Sadistic Prom Queen

Perhaps this is the calm before the summer season storm because it’s been a rather light week for movie promotional material.

Even before the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2trailer arrives, we’ve got a double dose of Kristen Stewart to share. First up is the new trailer for Walter Salles’ On the Road. The cast is a major plus, but as someone who isn’t particularly familiar with Jack Kerouac’s work, the trailer is lacking a story structure that’s solid enough to make me want more. Then there’s the trio of featurettes for Snow White and the Huntsman. For a film that looks incredibly action-packed and exciting, these videos are a little on the dull side, especially the one about the costume work. If you watch just one, I’d recommend the one that focuses on director Rupert Sanders and the set designover the one on Charlize Theron’s Queen Ravenna.

In the summer blockbuster department we’ve got a new set of character posters for The Avengers and while they aren’t anything particularly original, there’s a little more to this set than past designs. We’ve also got a trailer preview for Prometheus. It’s nearly impossible to pass judgment on a trailer preview, but in Prometheus’ case it does feel rather unnecessary as opposed to, let’s sayThe Twilight Saga, where every single frame of material is scrutinized. Then again, it does serve as a good reminder that the trailer is on the way and entices me to keep a lookout.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘The Hunger Games’ Makes An Impression

As such a hardcore movie buff, there’s really nothing more uplifting than having a tough time narrowing down the Best Stuff section in this piece.

Just missing the mark is the new trailer forParaNorman. Coming from the folks behindThe Corpse Bride and Coraline, this one’s got a winning mixture of childish fun and horror. Drop the horror, keep the childish fun and you’ve got the brand new teaser forDespicable Me 2. It’s safe to say those minions were the original’s breakout stars and now they’re back, as cute as ever and ready to lure you in for round two. Drop the childish fun and go back to the horror for another dose of Cabin in the Woods. Now that we know this isn’t your average murders-in-the-middle-of-nowhere romp, the film’s promotional campaign is embracing it, giving us a brand new trailer featuring quite a bit of the masterminds behind this vicious game.

Got 20 minutes to spare? We’ve got 10 minutes of footage from both John Carter and The FP. While it isn’t enough to sell John Carter as a solid full feature, this material is pretty engaging. As for The FP, after watching the first 10 minutes of the film, it’s either a yes or no; there’s no middle ground here. It’s a film about turf wars via a Dance Dance Revolution-type game. Ridiculous? Yes, but it doesn’t take itself seriously and doesn’t expect you to either.

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