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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘The Hunger Games’ Makes An Impression

As such a hardcore movie buff, there’s really nothing more uplifting than having a tough time narrowing down the Best Stuff section in this piece.

Just missing the mark is the new trailer forParaNorman. Coming from the folks behindThe Corpse Bride and Coraline, this one’s got a winning mixture of childish fun and horror. Drop the horror, keep the childish fun and you’ve got the brand new teaser forDespicable Me 2. It’s safe to say those minions were the original’s breakout stars and now they’re back, as cute as ever and ready to lure you in for round two. Drop the childish fun and go back to the horror for another dose of Cabin in the Woods. Now that we know this isn’t your average murders-in-the-middle-of-nowhere romp, the film’s promotional campaign is embracing it, giving us a brand new trailer featuring quite a bit of the masterminds behind this vicious game.

Got 20 minutes to spare? We’ve got 10 minutes of footage from both John Carter and The FP. While it isn’t enough to sell John Carter as a solid full feature, this material is pretty engaging. As for The FP, after watching the first 10 minutes of the film, it’s either a yes or no; there’s no middle ground here. It’s a film about turf wars via a Dance Dance Revolution-type game. Ridiculous? Yes, but it doesn’t take itself seriously and doesn’t expect you to either.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Summer

We may be approaching the dead of winter, but it’s already starting to heat up thanks to the onslaught of summer movie promotional material that arrived this week.

Arriving at the dawn of the summer season is the latest from Sacha Baron Cohen, The Dictator. Perhaps I got a bit too comfortable with his mockumentary-style filmmaking because this trailer makes the Borat and Brüno follow up feel more like You Don’t Mess with the Zohan than Baron Cohen’s usual hilariously absurd fair. But perhaps it has something to do with that ridiculous hair. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return as Agent J and K in the third Men in Black on May 25th. The film’s first trailer is a pretty solid start to the promotional effort, the piece riding on the popularity of the originals, but then shifting gears and offering something new that also looks like a lot of fun. Who knew Josh Brolin looks so much like Jones?

Due out on June 8thPrometheus is just starting to make a splash in the promotional department, first with a series of images and now with the film’s new poster. Sure, it’s fun to speculate now whether or not Prometheus really is the Alienprequel, but I’ve got this sinking feeling that even when the time comes to find out, we would have built it up far too much to care either way – unless the film is as good as Alien andAliens. G.I. Joe: Retaliation is set to close out the month of June and, according to this new trailer, with just as much action and adventure as the first film. After surprisingly having enjoyed the first movie, I’m a bit shocked I’m not really feeling the second’s trailer. Then again, when the promotional material for The Rise of Cobra came out, I never thought I’d like the full feature, so perhaps there’s a reverse effect going on here.

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