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Review: World War Z

World_War_Z_Poster“World War Z” is formulaic and predictable, but the thrill of watching Brad Pitt survive the impossible and do his part to save the world makes it a satisfying offering for the summer season.

It’s a typical day for the Lane family – until they drive their car straight into a hoard of ravenous zombies. Even with the bitten turning in seconds all around him, Gerry (Brad Pitt) manages to get his wife (Mireille Enos) and two young girls (Sterling Jerins and Abigail Hargrove) to safety with the help from an old pal from Gerry’s United Nations days, Thierry Umutoni (Fana Mokoena). The catch is, Thierry wants Gerry back. Gerry ditched his UN investigator duties to spend more time with his family but now, Thierry is convinced that he’s the guy to track down patient zero and fix this whole thing.

One of my favorite parts of a disaster movie is seeing how people react and life changes as the impending doom approaches. It isn’t always necessary – like in “28 Days Later” where Jim first wakes up 28 days into outbreak – but if you’re going to dabble in pre-disaster character development at all, you might as well dig deep. The catastrophe will be all the more impactful for it. Sadly, “World War Z” misses the mark in that respect.

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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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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

Trance_PosterThe Super Bowl is the most prominent TV advertising event in the country, but are Super Bowl ad previews really necessary? Walt Disney Pictures dished out three teases for highly anticipated spots (Iron Man 3Oz: The Great and PowerfulThe Lone Ranger), but none build enough hype to get you excited for the unveiling of the full commercial, let alone the full film.

The Best Stuff

1. Trance Poster: Danny Boyle’s Trance wins big again in the poster department, ditching the hypnotic orange design for something far more colorful, but equally mesmerizing. Not only is this new image bound to turn a few heads courtesy of its vibrancy, but once it’s got your attention, the striking yet disconcerting artwork takes it one step further, tempting you to consider the meaning behind the design.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

Oz_the_Great_and_Powerful_Poster (509 x 754)Caught a movie at a Regal theater recently? How about more than one? Then you’ll understand why the latest Les Misérables trailer didn’t make it into the top three. It’s good, and even after one too many viewings so is that Regal-sponsored extended first look, but sometimes enough is enough – except when it comes to this week’s Best Stuff.


The Best Stuff

1. World War Z Trailer: The movie didn’t stick close enough to the book? Who cares? I never read the book! The brand new World War Z trailer rocks wicked pacing, a booming soundtrack and hordes of terrifyingly fast zombies. Looks like this production actually might be worth all the money, reshoots and drama.

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