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This Week in Trailers: This is the End, Only God Forgives, The Purge, Grown Ups 2, You’re Next, More

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Only God Forgives – Red Band Trailer

Following up on the success of 2011’s Drive, director Nicolas Winding Refn re-teams with star Ryan Gosling and follows up with the similarly violent and atmospheric Only God Forgives.

This film has all the hallmarks of being a terrific companion piece for not only Drive, but also Pusher and Bronson; all directed by Refn. Check out the amazing Argento-style cinematography and lighting!

Also starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansrlingarm, Only God Forgives currently does not have an Australian release; which I can not forgive.

via Yahoo! 

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This is the End – Red Band Trailer

Now this is a trailer! This is the End is a high-concept comedy from the brains-trust of Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen (Superbad, Pineapple Express), and they have gathered their buddies together to film what could be the greatest comedy ensemble to rival Cannonball Run or Ocean’s 11.

The cast consists of Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride as fictional versions of themselves, trapped in Franco’s home as the apocalypse rages around them. The film also includes Emma Watson (it feels so good to hear Hermione swearing), Michael Cera, Aziz Ansari, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, David Krumholtz, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling, and Kevin Hart. It even includes the Backstreet Boys and Rhianna! Who knows what other special cameos are in store?

I’m predicting This is the End to be a massive success — it will at least be better than this years other ensemble comedy, Movie 43 — and will get a wide Australian release on June 27.

via Machinima

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Grown Ups 2 – Trailer

Full disclosure: I have never seen Grown Ups. Adam Sandler — or anything from Happy Madison Productions — is just not something I actively seek out any longer, post The Wedding Singer. I think Sandler started to lose his edge at around Mr. Deeds and is now content churning out these easy comedies, usually co-starring his regular assortment of buddies and director Dennis Dugan, for the foreseeable future.

Grown Ups 2 sees the return of Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, and Salma Hayek, but for some reason no more Rob Schneider. The appearance of The Lonely Island and Shaquille O’Neal was a positive sign, but I will still avoid.

Grown Ups 2 opens nationally on September 19.

via Coming Soon

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2 Guns – Trailer

We’ve seen this before: the buddy cop formula is a pretty hard one to mess up (which is why Cop Out should receive extra shame), but everything on display here from Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband) is fairly trite at this stage. Mark Wahlberg is in comfortable territory and Denzel Washington, for lack of a better term for this genre, is too old for this shit.

2 Guns — co-starring Paula Patton, James Marsden, Edward James Olmos, and Bill Paxton — gets an Australian release on 24 October.

Warning: This trailer is very spoiler-heavy.

via iTunes

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The Conjuring – Trailer #2

The first trailer for The Conjuring was pretty neat, but nothing more than an extended look. This newest trailer gives us more of the overall narrative as well as the protagonists, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. The duo play real-life couple and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, on location at an ominous Rhode Island farmhouse when things being to go pear-shaped.

Director James Wan (Saw, Insidious) is a master of his craft and is quickly becoming a horror favourite, so The Conjuring is a must-see. The trailers so far have all been excellent and creepy, and the fact that it has received a US R-rating from the MPAA — despite the lack of outright violence or harsh language — should tell you how scary this one should turn out to be.

We’ll find out for sure locally on September 5; well past international release dates, but that is to be expected for horror films in Australia.

via Bloody Disgusting

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The Purge – Trailer

Now this one looks interesting: Due to over-populated prisons; what if, for 12-hours a year, all criminal activity were legal?

The premise of The Purge is silly, and opinions that the film has conservative leanings are apparent (a rich white family lets a black man in to their home, only for that decision to backfire on them with disastrous results), but something about the concept plus the execution of the trailer has definitely piqued my interest.

Michael Bay’s name in the producer’s credits does not pique my interest.

The Purge stars Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey and opens in Australia later this year.

via iTunes

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You’re Next – Trailer

The horror theme continues with You’re Next, and much like The Purge (and The Conjuring, to an extent) it deals with a home invasion sub-genre; only with an apparent twist.

The film made its debut at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and has since been put in mothballs until now.

You’re Next is directed by Adam Wingard (V/H/S), features fellow collaborators Joe Swanberg and Ti West — all of whom are a part of a terrific new-wave of horror film-makers — and it will finally see release this year.

via iTunes

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – Trailer

Now we head into the Young Adult section: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones — based on the novel of the same name — has all the hallmarks of a fantasy film that young girls go crazy over but I could not care less about, although the Buffy The Vampire Slayer vibe is kind of cool.

I can’t predict how popular this will be, as YA adaptations tend to be very hit-and-miss: for every Twilight and The Hunger Games there recent bombs The Host and Beautiful Creatures.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is directed by Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid, 2010) and stars Lily Collins, Lena Headey, Aiden Turner, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (playing the ridiculously named Valentine Morgenstern: teenage girls are dumb). It will open on August 22.

via iTunes

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – Trailer

Young Adult Adaptations pt. II: I Didn’t Realise the First Percy Jackson Film was Popular Enough to Warrant a Sequel.

Once again, full disclosure: I never saw Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, but this is definitely something I would get in to if I were a teenager, based solely on this trailer. The action looks exciting and fun, plus the appearance of everyone’s favourite Nathan Fillion is always good.

Logan Lerman returns in the titular role, but because it’s been so long between films, I’d say he’s starting to look too old for this role.

Australia is seemingly the last country in the world to receive Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters: our release date is set for September 19. I won’t lose sleep over that.

via MTV

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