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‘The Spectacular Now’ New Trailer and It Is Spectacular

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The Spectacular Now established itself during last year’s Sundance Film Festival.  After it created a fair amount of buzz, we finally have a trailer.  The movie is based on the young adult novel by the same name written by Tim Tharp.  It stars Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.  The plot follows popular, teenage alcoholic Sutter (Teller), and his obsession with living in the now.  After getting dumped by his girlfriend, he goes on a bender and wakes up on the front lawn of Aimee Finicky’s (Woodley) house.  Right away, she’s different.  She’s a dreamer and her motivation for life shakes up Sutter’s delusion of a spectacular now.

Shailene Woodley is killing it lately, y’all.  In addition to The Spectacular Now, she’s also starring The Fault of Our Stars and Divergent (both young adult book adaptions).  Recently, she has been filming opposite Andrew Garfield for the upcoming Spiderman film in which she portrays Mary Jane Watson.  Even though rumor has it, Mary Jane’s part has been  cut from the film.

With all of these fantastic roles coming up, is it too early to start placing Oscar bets?

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New Trailers – The Butler, Touchy Feely, Diana, Runner Runner, Prisoners, Girl Most Likely

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The Butler

“A look at the life of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) who served eight presidents as the White House’s head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.”

Reasons to watch:  This historical drama promises to be powerful.  Just watching the trailer I’m already emotional.  If that’s not reason enough, there are five presidents depicted in the movie including Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, James Marsden as JFK, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, and Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan.

In theaters August 16, 2013

Touchy Feely

“A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s foundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.”

Reasons to watch:  With a cast including Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Allison Janney, and Ron Livingston you know its going to be good.  The movie premiered at the 2013 Sundance Festival  and picked up a Grand Jury Prize nomination.

Diana

“The last two years of Princess Diana’s life: her campaign against land mines and her relationship with surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan.”

Reasons to watch: Naomi Watts portrays the people’s princess in the first high budget film about her life.

In theaters September 20, 2013.

Runner, Runner

“When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.”

Reasons to watch: Justin Timberlake vs. Ben Affleck, what more of a reason do you need?

In theaters September 27, 2013.

Prisoners

“A Boston man kidnaps the person he suspects is behind the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend.”

Reasons to watch:  The film answers the question how far will a father go?  Just watching the trailer got my heart racing and with a cast that includes Viola Davis, Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Maria Bello it has to be good.

In theaters September 27, 2013.

Girl Most Likely

“A failed New York playwright awkwardly navigates the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year’s News.”

Reasons to watch: Kristen Wiig

In theaters July 19, 2013.

 

 


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New Trailers – The Kings of Summer, Now You See Me, The Way Way Back, Elysium

It’s been a busy week for movie trailers! We’ve already dissected the latest trailers for Catching Fire, Man of Steel, and Star Trek: Into Darkness, but here are some you may have missed.

The Kings of Summer

“Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.”

Reasons to Watch:  Every time I watch this trailer it leaves me smiling.  I mean, who didn’t want to run away to the woods and live in a fort?!  Heck, I still do!  Who’s with me?  Also, great cast featuring Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Allison Brie, as well as newcomers Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias.

In theaters May 31, 2013

Now You See Me

“FBI agents track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.”

Reasons to Watch:  The magical illusions promise to be fun to watch on screen.  The cast is pretty incredible too.

In theaters May 31, 2013

The Way, Way Back

“Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park’s managers.”

Reasons to Watch:  This movie made a splash at Sundance.  It’s a great coming of age tale, and Steve Carell plays a jerk.  It should be good.

In theaters July 5, 2013

Elysium

“Set in the year 2154, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.”

Reasons to Watch:  The trailer doesn’t give away too much, but there’s this:

In theaters August 9, 2013