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10 Things Hollywood Should Retire in the New Year

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Another year gone, another assortment of big-screen missteps made that should never be repeated again. We get an incredible amount of new releases each and every year, so of course not every film can be a box office hit or Academy Award contender, but the upside to that is there’s always an opportunity to learn from the mistakes.

In an effort to make 2014 a better year for film than ever, we bring you 10 things the movie industry should do away with in the New Year.

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Review: White House Down

White_House_Down_Poster“White House Down” is no “Independence Day,” but it is a major step up for Roland Emmerich primarily because he manages to successfully embrace humor while doing what he does best – blowing things up

John Cale (Channing Tatum) wants to be a good dad to his politics-obsessed daughter Emily (Joey King), but he isn’t around enough to do the job right. As a quick fix, he scores them a pair of passes to The White House so he can apply for a job in the secret service and finally become her hero. Even though John is quickly denied by agent Carol Finnerty (Maggie Gyllenhaal) for his lack of respect for authority, he still gets the chance to prove himself when The White House is overrun by intruders and he winds up being the only one who can save the president (Jamie Foxx) and foil their plan.

It’s a summer blockbuster featuring Channing Tatum as an action hero, Jamie Foxx as the President of the United States, and an attack on The White House. There’s really only one way for this flick to work, Roland Emmerich knew it, and seized the opportunity in the best way possible.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Channing-Tatum-White-House-DownIt all began with 50/50The MuppetsThe Hangover Part II and Bridesmaids nearly two years ago. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of plowing through countless trailers of quality and ones with none at all so you don’t have to, and it’s been an absolute honor and pleasure. Check out the lot that earned the honor and dishonor of being part of the 100th installment of Best and Worst Movie Trailers of the Week below. Here’s to many more weeks of amusingly abysmal and exemplary trailer debuts!

The Best Stuff

1. White House Down

The White House Down marketing team played it smart by kicking off its run with an effective and rather chilling teaser that banked on the disaster-movie appeal because it essentially rolled out the red carpet for a more character-driven promo. The teaser showed what’s coming and let you feel the threat, and now the first full trailer builds upon that, showing you who’s involved and offering a general sense of what they’re up against. Should trailer two further highlight the precise threat, the marketing campaign could create quite the build ahead of the film’s June 28 release.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Youre-NextWith the summer movie season just about a month away, we’ve got some big trailers dropping and, no, I don’t mean Pain & Gain big.

The Best Stuff

1. You’re NextYou’re Next wins big by going the traditional slasher/home-invasion route while also subverting expectations to the max — and the film’s brand new trailer wins big by exploiting just that. Courtesy of an impeccable beat and those unforgettable animal masks, this promo pulls you in by putting an intriguingly fresh spin on a scenario we can’t get enough of. Even better, it leaves much to be discovered in the full feature. Trust us, we’ve seen it.

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