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The Best Worst Movies of 2012

BestWorstMoviesZero Dark Thirty, Les Misérables, Lincoln and more may be soaking up the awards season spotlight, but there are a bunch of other films that hit theaters this year that deserve some recognition not because they’re fantastic cinematic achievements, but because they’re so bad, they’re actually good.

Best worst movies come in all sorts of forms – those that benefit from being part of a franchise, the ones that manage to pull off a cliché, some that stir up excitement for all the wrong reasons and more. All of these films have a cloud hanging over their heads for one reason or another, but that doesn’t stop them from conjuring up a ray of light bright enough to make them surprisingly enjoyable, disturbingly memorable, oddly admirable or all of the above.

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Review: Rock of Ages

Hello, guilty pleasure.

Based on the Broadway show, Rock of Ages centers on the story of two wannabe rock stars, a small town girl who moves to LA to live the dream, Sherrie (Julianne Hough), and a bar back with a killer voice who suffers from stage fright, Drew (Diego Boneta). After getting mugged on her very first night in the big city, Drew comes to Sherrie’s aid and helps her get a job waitressing at the Bourbon Room. The place is an undeniable hotspot, but times are rough and owner Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) still can’t earn enough to keep the place afloat. With the mayor’s anti-rock wife, Patricia Whitmore (Catherine Zeta-Jones), eager to shut the place down, Dennis and his right hand man, Lonny (Russell Brand), have their fingers crossed that their big show featuring Stacee Jax (Tom Cruise) will bring in enough cash to save the Bourbon Room.

Just like the original Broadway production, there’s a lot going on here, but all of the storylines are generally straightforward making them easy to follow and letting the music take center stage. If you’re interested in checking out Rock of Ages for the budding young love, the nobodies trying to hit it big or the authority vs. rock and roll scenario, you’re in for a major disappointment. The relationship between Drew and Sherrie is as trite as they come, you can see Drew’s chance at making it big coming from a mile away and Patricia Whitmore’s battle against the Bourbon Room never really feels like much of a threat. But really, who cares about any of that? Rock of Ages features a slew of famous faces singing some of the best music rock and roll has to offer.

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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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Perri’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

Well, hello there 2012!

Just as we all like to start off the New Year with personal clean slates, the same goes for the film industry. Nothing new has hit theaters just yet and all we’ve got to go off of is the upcoming slate of releases, so it’s prime time for maximum optimism.

Naturally, after sorting through the lengthy list of features due out in 2012, it was rather tough to whittle down the list to just ten choices, but how great is that? On top of these potentially stellar upcoming releases, there’s quite a few more deserving of the honor. That being said, keep in mind, this is my most anticipated of 2012 and, like all of those best of 2011 lists, there’s leeway for personal preference.

So, here’s what I’ve got. Agree? Disagree? Something missing from my list you think I should consider? Do share. And now, without further ado, my most anticipated movies of 2012 …

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Summer

We may be approaching the dead of winter, but it’s already starting to heat up thanks to the onslaught of summer movie promotional material that arrived this week.

Arriving at the dawn of the summer season is the latest from Sacha Baron Cohen, The Dictator. Perhaps I got a bit too comfortable with his mockumentary-style filmmaking because this trailer makes the Borat and Brüno follow up feel more like You Don’t Mess with the Zohan than Baron Cohen’s usual hilariously absurd fair. But perhaps it has something to do with that ridiculous hair. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return as Agent J and K in the third Men in Black on May 25th. The film’s first trailer is a pretty solid start to the promotional effort, the piece riding on the popularity of the originals, but then shifting gears and offering something new that also looks like a lot of fun. Who knew Josh Brolin looks so much like Jones?

Due out on June 8thPrometheus is just starting to make a splash in the promotional department, first with a series of images and now with the film’s new poster. Sure, it’s fun to speculate now whether or not Prometheus really is the Alienprequel, but I’ve got this sinking feeling that even when the time comes to find out, we would have built it up far too much to care either way – unless the film is as good as Alien andAliens. G.I. Joe: Retaliation is set to close out the month of June and, according to this new trailer, with just as much action and adventure as the first film. After surprisingly having enjoyed the first movie, I’m a bit shocked I’m not really feeling the second’s trailer. Then again, when the promotional material for The Rise of Cobra came out, I never thought I’d like the full feature, so perhaps there’s a reverse effect going on here.

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