The Amazing Spider-Man. Alongside that, we have exciting new trailers for an Indie alien comedy, a gritty thriller starring Ryan Gosling, an upcoming action-packed Steven Soderbergh flick, and, um, Battleship.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field
Director: Marc Webb
When a reboot of the Spider-Man series was announced, many fans were surprised that it would be so early. Spider-Man 3 was disliked by fans with a weak MRQE Metric of 63, a far cry from the numbers that placed the first two movies among the top of our list of Marvel’s Best Movies. Yet, most people thought it was too early to do a reboot. Confidence in the movie started increasing with the casting of Peter Parker with Andrew Garfield, coming off strong from his performance in The Social Network, and Gwen Stacey – his love interest – with Emma Stone, coming off a popular stint in Easy A. The newest trailer differentiates itself from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films by showing Peter’s parents and displaying some of the 3D effects toward the end.
Release Date: September 16th, 2011
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Note: This trailer is “Red Band,” which means it contains parts such as nudity, foul language, and violence that may disturb some viewers. (NSFW)
Nicolas Winding Refn is known within the arthouse world for making controversial, cinematographically beautiful, and violent films, such as Bronson and Valhalla Rising. Drive was Refn’s first movie at Cannes and he walked away with heaps of critical praise and the Best Director award. Finally, the gritty thriller hits American cinemas with a fantastic cast starring Ryan Gosling in a bad-boy role much different – and much more exciting – than Blue Valentine and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Margin Call (2011)
Release Date: October 21st, 2011
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Simon Baker, Penn Badgley, Mary McDonnel, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci
Director: J.C. Chandor
Margin Call debuted at Sundance this year to strong reviews. Described as a taught drama-thriller true to the real-life events at the origin of the current financial crisis, the distributor is aiming for awards season with a fall release date. The trailer takes full advantage of the star-studded cast, using them as a huge selling point and giving the movie an exciting, thrilling atmosphere.
Release Date: January 20th, 2012
Cast: Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Ewan MvGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Angarano
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Hot off the heels of the Contagion trailer, Steven Soderbergh’s other upcoming film is a lot more action-oriented. Gina Carano, of American Gladiators fame, stars as a badass black ops soldier looking for revenge after being double-crossed on a mission. Using her military training, she sets a trap for those who betrayed her, but things soon go haywire and she finds herself in more danger than she could have possibly expected. According to the trailer, she does a good job of handling this by beating up most of the prestigious supporting cast.
Happy Feet 2 (2011)
Release Date: Novemburr 18th, 2011
Cast: Elijah Wood, Pink, Elizabeth Daily, Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Hank Azaria
Director: George Miller
The new trailer for Happy Feet 2 is here and it looks like a blast! The first Happy Feet movie found commercial and critical approval with a MRQE Metric of 70. In the sequel, Mumble’s son, Erik, is reluctant to dance and then finds penguins that can fly. The trailer has a fantastic voice cast and a classy dance soundtrack that evokes the fun of the first movie.
Release Date: May 18th, 2012
Cast: Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard, Rhianna, Taylor Kitsch
Director: Peter Berg
The trailer for Peter Berg’s Battleship looks more like Transformers 4: Robots at Sea. Much like Michael Bay's Transformers movies, this trailer has plenty of CGI action, but here a rom-com feel is unevenly juxtaposed at the beginning. Battleship is the latest in line for toy movie adaptations, following the aforementioned Transformers and G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.