The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

daniel-radcliffe-hornsWelcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.


Horns

It was the more comedic approach to the last Horns trailer that finally got me on board with the idea of Daniel Radcliffe donning a set of horns, but even though the comedy is long gone in this version, the editors do manage to find a new way to make it work. This trailer highlights the film’s suspense and violence, making a convincing case that Horns could be an excellent Halloween-time option. Thanks to the romance-heavy opening, the rather vicious and unsettling trailer-ending montage and all of the interesting, engaging story details in between, the piece winds up delivering a comprehensive sense of the story with a powerful build while also suggesting Horns will be a rip-roaring, eccentric and entertaining watch, too.

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The YA Countdown: New ‘Hunger Games’ Posters, Plus: ‘The Maze Runner,’ ‘Frostbite’ and More

cressida-mockingjay-posterWelcome to the YA Movie Countdown, our resident expert’s biweekly guide to young-adult book-to-film adaptations.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’s November 21 release date coming up, Lionsgate just released a brand new set of character posters. That last batch primarily stuck to familiar faces, like Finnick and Effie, but this time we’re getting a closer look at some of the film’s new characters, namely Katniss’ camera crew, which includes Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross) and Castor (Wes Chatham). We also got a poster for Katniss’ personal protector, Boggs (Mahershala Ali), and Gale, too. You can check them all out below.

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Review: The Strain, Season 1, Episode 7

Richard_Sammel_David_Bradley_The_Strain_Episode_7.jpgMaybe it makes no sense that no one notices when Eph and Nora pull out guns on a crowded subway platform and it’s one heck of a coincidence that a train just happens to speed through the station without stopping just in time for Eichorst to escape, but who cares? At this point, the The Strain’s entertainment value has far surpassed its logical issues.

Some of The Strain’s strongest material comes in ‘Night Zero’ due to the inherent thrill of first learning about the impending doom, just like in any disaster/apocalypse movie.  ‘Occultation’ just teased what will happen when more of the world comes face-to-face with the virus on a citywide level, but the opening of episode 7, ‘For Services Rendered,’ takes a more intimate approach.

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The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

annabelleWelcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.


Annabelle

That very first teaser for Annabelle was a good one, but this full trailer goes above and beyond. It doesn’t offer up just one good scare and call it quits. There are a bunch of very effective creepy moments and they’re all incredibly different. We’ve got director John R. Leonetti establishing an exceptionally eerie environment by utilizing all layers of his frame in one moment, and another where he toys with the audience by hinting at the bloodshed to come. Then there’s that scene at the very end of the piece where an appearance shift catches you totally off guard. This is some smart, innovative and very well-composed stuff. October 3 really can’t come soon enough.

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Review: The Strain, Season 1, Episode 6

The_Strain_Episode_6Remember everything I complained about last week on The Strain? Episode 6, ‘Occultation,’ gets it all right. There’s a good deal of strong action and gore, but what gives this episode so much momentum are the heated, engrossing conversations paired with a powerful foreboding tone.

The idea of an occultation is just genius. The writers easily could have jumped right into the vampire takeover, but instead, they up the suspense tenfold by essentially teasing the death and devastation to come. And not only does this buildup make the idea of the plague feel fresh and like an even greater threat, but it also gives us time to see our main characters react, further developing them in the process.

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The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

rudderlessWelcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.


Rudderless

I don’t care much for the melodrama in the first half of the trailer, but after this new promo forRudderless gets past the sad stuff, it really picks up simply because the music is so good. We’ve seen main characters unable to get devastating losses before and come close to self destruction because of it, but what then makes Rudderless feel like a fresh, rousing spin on the scenario is how Billy Crudup’s character winds up coping with it – through music, and music that’s catchy enough to make you want to see the full film for that alone.

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Review: The Strain, Season 1, Episode 5

The_Strain_Episode_5_Kevin_DurandThe Strain has had ups and downs in every single episode since the very first, but the show’s been working because, typically, the good outweighs the bad by a lot. Not in ‘Runaways,’ though.

The sole winner this time around is Kevin Durand as Vasiliy Fet primarily because he’s one of the only people to do something in this episode that significantly pushes the narrative forward, but also because he’s such a captivating character. No matter what Vasiliy says or does, he’s an interesting guy to watch.

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