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Review: The Great Gatsby

The-Great-Gatsby-PosterBaz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” is brimming with stellar components – it’s just too bad they never really come together.

Like the F. Scott Fitzgerald book, “The Great Gatsby” is told from the perspective of Tobey Maguire’s Nick Carraway. He comes to New York City to work as a bonds salesman and settles down in a little cottage on Long Island right across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Nick doesn’t fit into the ritzy West Egg lifestyle, but soon enough he’s tagging along with Tom to drink it up with his mistress Myrtle (Isla Fisher) and her friends, and attending the hottest parties in town – the ones held at his neighbor’s home, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio).

The film’s excellent performances, booming music selection, and mesmerizing visuals all work wonders on their own, but do little to support or enhance one another, ultimately making storytelling feel secondary to the spectacle.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

A-HijackingOf course it’s a thrill to see Thor back in action, but for those who aren’t familiar with the source material and don’t know where the sequel plot stems from, more story details could have elevated Thor: The Dark World’s first trailer from banking on familiar faces to suggesting his next adventure is worth experiencing. However, the piece does offer loads of striking imagery and battle sequences, leaving both the top and bottom three positions up for grabs.

The Best Stuff

1. A HijackingLucky for A Hijacking, the Tom Hanks-starrer Captain Phillips isn’t due in theaters until October 11. Not only will it give the film a little room to breathe after its June 14 limited release, but there’s also a chance the Captain Phillips trailer won’t sneak in and steal this one’s thunder. If what was screened at CinemaCon ends up being the official Captain Phillips trailer, it’s good, but this one for The Hijacking is nearly equally as effective, showing the takeover in a particularly brutal and authentic light, making it tough to forget.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

The-ConjuringThe new trailer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones makes strides, presenting the supernatural scenario in a slightly more believable fashion than the last, but it’s the trailer for Tribeca Film Festival entry Raze that came closer to cracking the top three. However, as fun as it is to watch Zoe Bell kick the crap out of her opponents, there’s three other trailers more worthy of this week’s top honors.

The Best Stuff

1. The ConjuringBased on the film’s new trailer, it’s clear that The Conjuring is packed with every bump-in-the-night scare imaginable, but also something that puts a fresher spin on the whole haunted-house scenario – Ed and Lorraine Warren. The fact that these are two very real people who apparently experienced what most relegate to scary movies is endlessly fascinating and, for the sake of this trailer, seeing them, out of all people, unravel makes the situation feel more controllable and, therefore, all the more horrifying.

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