August 2, 2011

Trailer Watch: In Time, The Ides of March, Chip-wrecked, Tower Heist, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Twixt

Studios this week brought us trailers for the usual group of sequels, but also the original properties of In Time and Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. We also have Tower Heist, the newest action/comedy from the director of the Rush Hour series, and a gripping political drama from George Clooney. Additionally, Francis Ford Coppola brings some inventive visuals with his new horror movie, Twixt.

In Time (2011)
Release Date:
October 28th, 2011
Cast: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer
Director: Andrew Niccol

When he began his acting career, Justin Timberlake was hard to take seriously. How good of an actor could a pop-star be? Sure, Alpha Dog earned him some praises, but then he moved on to deplorable commercial fare such as The Love Guru and Shrek the Third. Now, Timberlake has become a legitimate star. He gave solid supporting performances in The Social Network and Bad Teacher; and brought sexy back in Friends With Benefits, where he proved he could carry box office success on his shoulders as a leading man. In Time sees him reteaming with Amanda Seyfried from Alpha Dog as his love interest and Lord of War director Andrew Niccol in a thrilling Sci-Fi action movie. The film takes place in a future where time has replaced currency and Timberlake is given a large amount of time by a benefactor who kills himself. This arouses the suspicion of a few powerful people, and Timberlake goes on the run.

The Ides of March (2011)
Release Date:
October 7th, 2011
Cast: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood
Director: George Clooney

George Clooney gets back into the directing game after Good Night, and Good Luck, which has a fantastic MRQE Metric of 82 and collected several Oscars. His new movie is adapted from a play called Farragut North, but takes its title from a line in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Clooney takes a page from Clint Eastwood’s old book and acts as well as directs alongside the rest of his excellent cast which includes Ryan Gosling, who is also in an awards season run for Drive. The plot, rife with gripping drama, loosely based on the unsuccessful 2004 Democratic presidential primary campaign of Howard Dean.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-wrecked (2011)
Release Date:
December 16th, 2011
Cast: Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Guber, David Cross, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler
Director: Mike Mitchell

The Alvin and the Chipmunks series is a great example of movies that are critic-proof. No matter how despised they are by critics (each movie scored in the low 40s on our MRQE Metric), they make hundreds of millions of dollars at box office. As a result, sequels are made to keep the cash rolling in. Chip-wrecked is the latest installment of the series and features the characters going on a cruise, where shenanigans and arbitrary pop-culture references occur in place of humor.

Tower Heist (2011)
Release Date:
November 4th, 2011
Cast: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Gabourey Sidibe
Director: Brett Ratner

Brett Ratner joined the ranks of Hollywood directors with Rush Hour in 1997, a successful blend of comedy and action with great chemistry between stars Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Since then, he’s gone on to direct major blockbusters such as two Rush Hour sequels and the final installment in the original X-Men trilogy. His latest movie, Tower Heist, puts his action/comedy chops to the heist movie genre. A group of workers, led by Ben Stiller, discover that their boss perpetrated a Ponzi scheme. To get paid, they attempt to rob him and enlist Eddie Murphy to help them out. 

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2011)
Release Date:
September 30th, 2011
Cast: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss
Director: Eli Craig

Note: This is the Red-Band trailer [NSFW]

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil first came to Sundance over a year ago and met a sizable fanbase of horror and comedy fans alike. The movie then went to play in the SXSW Film Festival where it was hugely popular, and now it finally finds itself in theaters this year. The eponymous characters are two kindly but dense hillbillies who live in a cabin in the woods in seclusion, but find a group of teenagers near their home. One teenager becomes injured, so they take her in and try to help her out. Her friends think Tucker and Dale are up to something more sinister, so they take matters in their own hands with disastrous results. The trailer is an open parody of Horror movie clich├ęs in slapstick form, but doesn’t succumb to the lame jokes of other parody movies such as Distaster Movie or the Scary Movie series.

Twixt (2011)
Release Date: TBA, 2011
Cast: Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, Bruce Dern, Ben Chaplin, Joanne Whalley
Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola's movies from the 1970's made him one of the most celebrated directors of all time with classics such as The Godfather Trilogy, Apocalypse Now, and The Conversation. Their success allowed Coppola to work largely outside of the studio system and take plenty of risks -- risks that have not always been popular. Among his recent efforts, 2007's Youth Without Youth came to mostly lukewarm reviews and 2009's Tetro was a modest success. Twixt is a unique horror movie inspired by a dream Coppola had. The trailer displays that the plot begins with a simple murder mystery, but soon becomes something more supernatural. Some of the later shots in the trailer seem particularly visually striking and Coppola intends to experiment with visuals by making only part of the film in 3D, perhaps similar to what TRON: Legacy did last year. Elle Fanning stars in this movie and also did in Francis Ford Coppola's daughters film last year, Somewhere.

Poster Watch: Drive (2011)

Last week, we showed you the great new trailer for Drive, starring Ryan Gosling. This week we have a classy, simplistic poster showing its star looking badass with the movie title boldly in pink across the bottom.


  1. Drive was amazing, as was Ides of March. In Time -meh!

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