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Here are the Best and Worst Movie Promos of the Week

In preparation for the box office spike that’s sure to accompany the holiday weekend, we’ve got a ton of new trailers for a number of big upcoming films to note (click on the links to watch).

Total Recall unleashed a new one, honing in on some plot details and highlighting Colin Farrell’s relationships in the movie. Also in the action department is the very first trailer for the book-to-film adaptation, Alex Cross. While Tyler Perry does make an impression playing a character who doesn’t require him to don a fat suit, it’s Matthew Fox that steals the show as the disturbingly sadistic villain. Need even more brutality and carnage in your life? Check out some wicked action in the red-band trailer for RZA’s directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists. Veering towards the tamer and more dramatic side is the Richard Geer-starrer Arbitrage, which hints at a notably powerful lead performance.

While animated movies are generally kid-friendly, this is Tim Burton we’re talking about and the new Frankenweenie trailer shows off some pretty disconcerting looking characters. As a big baby when it comes to anything remotely sad happening to animals, Frankenweenielooks as though it’ll have no trouble making this 25-year-old cry. In the silly teen comedy section we’ve got the first trailer for Fun Size, a movie that looks to straddle the line between purely juvenile and a piece that might have something to offer to adults. Speaking of childish adults, Kevin James is back in Here Comes the Boom. Based on the new trailer, the film will boast James’ typical absurdities, but also quite a bit of heart à la cheesy sports/troubled school movies.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘Django Unchained’ Looks Like a Blast While ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Charms Your Inner Game-Lover

How about a slew of featurettes to take you into the weekend? We’ve got three new behind-the-scenes videos for highly anticipated releases and all are quite successful. Skyfall adds to its growing videoblog with a piece highlighting the costume work of Jany Temime. The Amazing Spider-Man keeps things short and sweet with a new video about the stunts, something that offers up some stellar behind-the-scenes footage at a faster pace, making the material far more tantalizing. Meanwhile, Rock of Ages continues to rock its all-star cast and soundtrack, making its brand new featurette infectious and fun to watch.

Making its big debut at the MTV Movie Awards, the Perks of Being a Wallflower trailer has arrived and suggests the production will make for a charming and rousing adaptation powered by three notable lead performances. The first trailer for the Denzel Washington-starrer, Flight, also dropped and while it’s got a far more upbeat tone than anticipated, the captivating story is more than enough to make you want more.

Before getting into the best and worst of the week, how about a little eye candy? MTV unveiled a new clip from Magic Mike and considering it features a dance routine lead by Channing Tatum playing a stripper, it should come as no surprise that this one might warrant multiple viewings.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Celebrating Article #50 with ‘The Dictator,’ ‘This Is 40’ and ‘Argo’

Happy 50th anniversary to Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week! Fifty articles that is. Just about a year ago50/50The Muppets and Bridesmaids were the first films to bathe in “The Best Stuff” glory and since, dozens have joined the ranks and today, three more will follow suit. However, the following will not.

Gangster Squad bursts onto the public scene with guns blazing, but a famous cast in fedoras with a crazy amount of firepower isn’t necessarily a recipe for engaging material. After sorting through the mumbling, the basics of the story are evident, but by that point, it’s impossible to appreciate it in tandem with the visuals. Killer Joe, on the other hand, gets much closer to sucking you right into the situation. The problem here is, that situation is so off-the-wall, it’s a little tough to digest.

Similarly, Excision is rocking a brand new and incredibly sleekly cut trailer, but it also suggests this material is way too twisted for a mainstream audience. No, you don’t want to market a movie as something it’s not in an effort to bring in some cash, but at the same time, something like this could easily scare the large majority of moviegoers off.

Enough of the so-so; it’s time to get on to The Best Stuff of the 50th installment of Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week. Looking forward to many more articles to come!

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