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The Best–and Worst–Movie Promos of the Week

The Best Stuff

1. The Possession Clip: Jump-scares and bloody massacres make for good horror movie material, but there’s nothing better than that little something – a concept or visual – that’s so subtle, but sticks with you long after the credits role. The title of this clip from The Possession, “Mouth Fingers,” certainly ruins the surprise, but the moment boasts such a powerful build and heart-wrenching performance from Madison Davenport, that when the footage finally does make due on that title, it’ll leave you rattled.

2. 10 Years Trailer: Even though 10 Years is explicitly billed as a drama, there’s something about the high school reunion plot (and the fact that 10 Years stars Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Kate Mara, Chris Pratt, Justin Long and Anthony Mackie) that leads you to expect something more along the lines of American Pie — lots of raunchy humor with a twinge of emotion. Yes, this reaction is partially due to my misconception, but the degree of heart and authenticity conveyed in this trailer really is quite rousing. We only get two minutes and 30 seconds of material, but the piece manages to give us enough of each character to both humanize them and make them memorable.

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Comic-Con 2012: Our Most Anticipated Events

The first rule of San Diego Comic-Con is that there’s absolutely no way to get to everything. The second rule of San Diego Comic-Con (or SDCC) is … try to get to everything. And we here at Movies.com will attempt to do just that, or at the very least bring back a taste of the big events everyone will be talking about come this time next week.

What are some of those events, and what should you expect from our coverage? Click through to find out what we’re looking forward to most as the country’s biggest geek-friendly convention prepares to infiltrate our nerdy hearts later this week.

Thursday 12:45 – 1:45 in Hall H

The non-Twihards might resent this, but what bigger way to open San Diego Comic-Con 2012 than with a panel for the final Twilight movie? The very first film to grace comic-con’s legendary Hall H will be the final installment of The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn – Part 2. This will (probably) be the last time Team Edward and Team Jacob supporters will get the chance to camp outside the San Diego Convention Center for a Twilight movie, so expect the crowd to be bigger than ever. Once the crowd files in and the panel actually begins, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz and newcomer Mackenzie Foywill all be on hand, answering questions and previewing footage.

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Comic-Con 2012: Our Most Anticipated Events

The first rule of San Diego Comic-Con is that there’s absolutely no way to get to everything. The second rule of San Diego Comic-Con (or SDCC) is … try to get to everything. And we here at Movies.com will attempt to do just that, or at the very least bring back a taste of the big events everyone will be talking about come this time next week.

What are some of those events, and what should you expect from our coverage? Click through to find out what we’re looking forward to most as the country’s biggest geek-friendly convention prepares to infiltrate our nerdy hearts later this week.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Ron Howard Excels While Adam Sandler Continues to Annoy

We did get our fair share of new promotional material this week, but the marketing realm was certainly on the quieter side. Consider it the calm before the MTV Movie Awards storm.

We’ve got two posters to note, one for Scott Derrickson’s Sinister and the other for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. If it hadn’t been for that far-too-bold bloody face on the wall, Sinistermight have made its way into The Best Stuff. And while the Frankenweenie poster is exactly what you’d hope for from the film, the lack of a wow factor kept it out of the top three.

In big trailer news, the first one finally arrived for Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, but as someone who never held the novel-turned-musical near and dear, this trailer is simply okay. Perhaps further down the line, Les Mis will get a trailer boost much like The Bourne Legacy and Red Lights. While neither had particularly captivating teasers, their most recent theatrical trailers are quite successful at pulling a viewer in via story.

Men in Black 3 may be old news, but a trio of VFX sequences just surfaced and while some of the material may be a bit advanced for someone who isn’t proficient in effects terminology, whether you know your stuff or not, dissecting the movie magic is fascinating.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘End of Watch,’ ‘This is 40,’ ‘High School,’ ‘The Expendables 2’ and More

Having too much of a good thing can go either way, but when it’s in your favor, boy is it a thrill. In Prometheus’ case, should Twentieth Century Fox keep the promo material coming, I’ll continue to eat it all right up. The latest to hit is a new featurette that not only offers more behind-the-scenes footage, but breaks down the production by story, cast, sets and the world, and while it’s immersive and informative, it’ll never be enough. We need the full feature. And you know what? Even when that feature does come and go, I suspect this is a world we’ll be eager to return to.

The Dark Knight Rises finds similar, but perhaps not as much success with its third trailer. The closer we get to the film’s July release, the more Bane comes into focus, the more we see of Bruce Wayne’s trajectory and the more we feel the devastation of the franchise’s third installment. The rather sweet orchestral tune paired with widespread destruction gives the piece an eerily beautiful sense of hopelessness, but doesn’t leave you hanging, giving just the lightest amount of faith courtesy of a powerful and action-packed build before the trailer’s end.

Clearly this week it was a tough race for those top three spots, but what it came down to was the fact that anticipation is already sky high for Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises. Sometimes it’s that eagerness to root for the lesser-known or the emergence of new intrigue that comes with an extra degree of excitement.

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