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‘Premium Rush’ and ‘Playing for Keeps’ Lead Our Best and Worst Movie Promos of the Week

Talk about uncomfortably good timing. Towards the tail end of the 2012 Summer Olympics when U.S.A. pride is high comes the teaser trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden movie, Zero Dark Thirty. It’s tough to say whether or not this could be the Hurt Locker follow-up we’re all hoping for, as it’s a particularly enigmatic teaser, but curiosity is still sky high so clearly the piece gets the job done. On a far more straightforward note, and almost to a fault, comes a pair of sports-movie trailers. The James Van Der Beek-starrer Backwards is certainly the tackier of the two, but the piece gets points for ditching that obnoxiously familiar sports voiceover. Trouble with the Curve shows signs of having a degree of cheese to it, but greatly benefits from what looks to be a sweet and honest relationship between Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams.

Over in the clips department we get our first piece of Pitch Perfect, which apparently is Universal’s version of Glee with a little more grit to it and some slightly off lip-synching. We blow things up with a clip from The Expendables 2. If mindless action is your thing, this bit will likely get the adrenaline pumping, but for those looking for a little something more, this piece isn’t tight enough to both give a viewer a general sense of what’s going on and make you wonder what happens next.

Clearly poster design wasn’t part of the filmmakers’ multi-year effort to get the Red Dawn remake on the big screen. The piece has some nice texture to it, but oddly placed and proportioned characters scream Photoshop and highlight the desperation to make a buck off some famous faces. The Red Dawn poster may be particularly disappointing because of the long wait, but it certainly is far from the worst of the week. What slipped below it? Find out that and what cracked the top three below.

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‘ParaNorman’ and ‘The Tall Man’ Lead Our Best and Worst Movie Promos of the Week

I like sports, but I wouldn’t say I was particularly excited to watch the Olympics. However, now that the event is underway, I can’t stop watching! Assuming quite a few of you may be indulging in swimming, gymnastics, beach volley and more, I can’t help but wonder why ParaNorman and Wreck-It Ralph are the only two features seizing the marketing opportunity.

While those two reap the benefits of airing between high-stakes Olympic events, the The Paper Boy and Killing Them Softly try to consume Web-based viewers via Web-based trailers. Both generate a great deal of intrigue courtesy of big name players and riveting visuals, but neither cross the barrier into truly alluring material that leaves you wanting more. Bachelorette and Taken 2 take steps in the right direction; Bachelorette earning more laughs courtesy of red-band privileges and Taken 2 looking less like a desperate attempt at earning a buck by milking a successful concept and suggesting there actually is some room for this story to grow.

The Big Wedding trailer looks like one big, fat star-studded flop while Anna Karenina dazzles with a new featurette showing off its grandiose setting, costumes, characters and more. The worst and best of the week? Close, but not quite. Check out what made the cut below.

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