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Review: Shark Night 3D

While most movies require endearing characters to get you from beginning to end and make you feel invested in what’s happening on the screen, that’s not necessary here. Fun, good scares and some carnage are all that’s needed in this recipe and nothing more. However, writers Will Hayes and Jesse Studenberg attempt to take their story one step further by giving it some heart. Heart in a movie called Shark Night 3D? Emotion in the midst of a hyper sexy bloodbath is just plain old silly and that’s exactly how it comes across.

Sara (Sara Paxton) comes from an unusual town where houses are planted on islands in the middle of a lake with zero phone access. In honor of sports star Malik’s (Sinqua Walls) B+ on a test, their group of friends pack up a car with a mere handbag of luggage each, one cooler of beer and sole bottle of vodka and head off to the remote location for a weekend of booze, swimming and jet skiing.

Minus a run-in with Sara’s ex, Dennis (Chris Carmack), and his creepy cliché hick sidekick, Red (Joshua Leonard), the kiddies make it out to what should be a weekend in paradise. It’s all fun and games until Malik opts to show off his wakeboarding skills in a high-speed display. It isn’t his showmanship that gets the better of him, or even a rogue wave, rather a shark that nips the back of his board and pulls him down. With no connection to the outside world, the group has no choice but to try and make it back to the mainland, however, the lake’s vicious new residents are not going to make that easy.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ Kinda Does It for Us and More

I always feel a little left out when the trailer for a sequel drops and I’m not as familiar with the series as I could be. Still, there’s something good to be said about the new ones for Ghost Rider: Spirit of VengeanceUnderworld: Awakening and Johnny English Reborn. It’s quite clear that Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are having a blast with their latest feature in their intro for the Spirit of Vengeance trailer and if you’re into blazing heroes that ride motorcycles and urinate fire, you’ll likely share their enthusiasm. Even after not having seen an Underworld movie in years, there’s something about the new trailer for Awakening that reinvigorates excitement for some vampire vs. lycan vs. human action. As for Johnny English, this gets approval for packing the power to appeal to moviegoers even if they’re not familiar with the original. Sure, a number of the gags fall flat, but, as embarrassed as I am to admit it, some made me giggle.

We’ve got a few clips deserving of some attention as well. First up, if you’re a fan of Zoe Saldana, I’d check out the new assortment that recently went live for Colombiana. On Yahoo! Movies, the description of one is “Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) uses a rocket launcher.” Need I say more? We’ve also got a little something from Martha Marcy May Marlene that not only shows off the film’s top-notch performances, but beautifully builds off the other promotional material that’s already been released, increasing intrigue, but not giving away too much. Last up for clips is a piece from Warrior that gives you a taste of one of the brother’s predicaments during a quiet, yet profound moment.

Before we hit the best and worst of the week, we’ve got two featurettes also deserving of a watch, one for Abduction and one for Real Steel. While I still have my doubts about Taylor Lautner’s acting chops, he’s got some serious athletic skills and this piece proves it. In the one for Real Steel, Hugh Jackman may be out of the ring, but the bots going at it inside are quite mesmerizing. Check out how Adam and the gang came to be in this featurette.

The time has come — without further ado, here are your top three and bottom three promotions of the week …

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: From ‘The Darkest Hour’ to ‘Dark Horse’

It’s tough to make a movie for everyone. Even those four quadrant films don’t really appeal to every demographic. The same goes for promotional material, but, in the case of Best/Worst Movies Promos of the Week, selling power must always beat out my own personal preferences.

Speaking of which, despite my disdain for the Alvin and the Chipmunks series, clearly the Fox formula works, so there’s no use in changing a good thing, even if the actual content is pure garbage. Clearly the studio has the same thought in mind, as Chipwrecked’s new trailer is packed with goofy faces courtesy of Jason Lee, cheesy dialogue and pop tune singing Chipmunks. Similarly, as someone with no taste for karate combat, even though the trailer hints at some heart, Shaolin looks as though it won’t do it for me.

As for material more my speed, Shark Night 3D gets credit for delivering a short and sweet clip with a killer conclusion. Tower Heist also makes an impact with its very first trailer. Sure, some of the jokes fall flat, but in general the piece looks like a fun version of Oceans 11, but with some less experienced and tactless thieves. The Justin Timberlake starrer In Time also dropped a new trailer, which successfully lays out the details of the film’s intriguing premise and features tons of ticking clocks and pretty 25-year-olds.

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SDCC: 2011 Shark Night 3D Party’s Got Bite

Comic Con day one is done. Well, technically, it wasn’t even day one as Wednesday is just preview night. Still, I didn’t take the time to check out any of the convention center booths as I was out celebrating the upcoming release of Shark Night 3D.

In the parking lot of Petco Park, the film set up camp, which included food and drinks, a “bite booth” where you could get a green screen photo of yourself being attacked by a shark, the cast of Shark Night 3D and, best of all, a mechanical shark. Okay, perhaps it wasn’t the best part as I had a nice time chatting with the film’s stars, Sinqua Walls and Alyssa Diaz.

Diaz plays Maya who she describes as a “feisty, fierce woman,” but, most importantly, “when drama goes down, she’s there for her man” and that man is Malik, played by Walls. While Walls assures that his character is pretty tough, he’s not tough enough to defend his arm as poor Malik loses a limb during the film.

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SDCC 2011: Shockya.com Hits San Diego Comic Con Tomorrow

I can’t believe it, but my very first San Diego Comic Con is just a day away. First off, let me give you a sense of where I’m coming from. I got into this whole online movie reporting biz back in 2008, right after graduation from New York University. Ever since, I’ve manned the control panel, backing up teams of reporters as they ventured out west leaving me home sweet home to merely get a taste of the action as their stories rolled in. Three years later, it’s my turn and I couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to be the one to bring the latest from the convention to the Shockya.com audience.

So, here’s my plan; I hit the ground running in San Diego tomorrow afternoon, so while picking up my press badge, I’ll be snapping some photos of the local scene. After that, it’s off to the Shark Night 3D event, a highlight for me as I’m a bit of a horror junky and quite eager to take a photo with the coveted mechanical shark.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Comedy Wins via The Muppets, Bridesmaids and 50/50

Ever get sick of sorting through the endless amount of promotional material we get each week? Lucky for you I don’t and would love to be the one to help pinpoint the notably good and the laughably bad. Despite the Friday debut, as of next week, every Thursday I’ll narrow down the three best and three worst in new promotional material. This includes everything from fresh trailers to stills and more as, nowadays, thanks to viral marketing, the possibilities in terms of reaching out to the public are seemingly endless.

For the inaugural issue, I’m cheating a bit and looking back at the past two weeks, and, as usual, we’ve gotten a slew of brand new material. Whether or not the teaser for David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was actually leaked or artfully planted by Sony, no trailer seemingly shot via cell phone has a place here and, well, the official green band trailer just doesn’t make the cut this week. As for that tiny bit of footage from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, promos are one thing, but promos for promos are no-go’s here. I can’t lie, though — it did make me giggle a bit (and not in a good way).

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. has been unveiling the character posters for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II one-by-one and Zoe Saldana channels Taraji P. Henson of I Can Do Bad All by Myself in the new Colombiana poster while rocking some flower power. The Shark Night 3D trailer also swam to shore with a vengeance, but lacks the bite to snag a spot in the “Promotions” hall of fame.  As for the “Demotions,” Horrible Bosses should consider itself lucky because if there weren’t three far less-than-stellar marketing attempts this past week, its first clip might find itself in the bottom thanks to the fact that is just isn’t funny.

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