Trailer Round-Up 9/30/14

So I have been trying to create posts for trailers over the last week or so, but so many good trailers have come out in that time that I’m just going to do another Trailer round-up.  I forgot to include the second full trailer for Interstellar in my last TRU, so that’s first on the list.  Also, the world Jupiter Ascending gets explored, the old chaps of Kingsman: The Secret Service prove you don’t have to be young to kick ass, Reese Witherspoon gets a double dose of trailers with The Good Lie and Inherent Vice, and Neeson’s Brian Mills is out for revenge in Tak3n.  To jump to a specific trailer, click on it’s link below.

Interstellar #2

Synopsis: Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

The more I see of Interstellar, the more I can’t wait.  I like how the first trailer and most of this trailer have focused on Matthew McConaughey and his family before his launch into space.  Then what is shown in their space adventures doesn’t look to give too much away.  Nolan has proven himself a more than capable story teller. Interstellar has everything going for it, so I hope it can pull it all together to create something great.

Interstellar blasts into US theaters November 7, 2014. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, it stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy, Casey Affleck, Timothee Chalamet, David Oyelowo, David Gyasi, and Michael Caine.

Interstellar movie poster

Kingsman: The Secret Service #2

Official Synopsis: Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

The biggest surprise for me from this trailer was learning that Samuel L. Jackson was the villain of this movie.  The previous trailer didn’t give that impression.  In other news, the action and special effects look pretty good. With actors like Colin Firth, Michael Caine, and Samuel L. Jackson, I’m hoping this is one of the better films this fall.

Kingsman: The Secret Service opens in US theaters October 24, 2014, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Michael Caine, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Kingsman: The Secret Service movie poster

Jupiter Ascending #3

Official Synopsis: Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

I have one thing to say about this movie: it looks gorgeous!  The Wachowskis have proven they know how to make a movie look pretty and Jupiter Ascending looks to be no different.  I can understand why the film has been delayed for so long if the time was spent on the visuals (it was originally supposed to come out this past July).

Jupiter Ascending, written and directed by the Wachowskis and staring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Eddie Redmayne, and Terry Gilliam, hits US theaters February 6, 2015.

Jupiter Ascending movie poster

The Good Lie – International Trailer

Official Synopsis: They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.” Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety.  Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America.

It has been a long time since I have seen a Reese Witherspoon film.  I missed the trailer for this movie that was released during the summer, but I’m glad I caught this one before it’s release.  I am a fan of The Blindside, so having one of its executive producers be a part of this film is great.  I probably won’t see it in the theaters, but I will definitely check out The Good Lie when it gets released on home video.

The Good Lie will be in US theaters this Friday, October 3, 2014.  Directed by Philippe Falardeau, it stars Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Corey Stoll, Sarah Baker, and Kuoth Wiel.

The Good Lie movie poster

Inherent Vice

Official Synopsis: When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.

This movie just looks like a ton of fun.  I’m not quite sure what to make of it yet, but it just screams “insanity.” And I like it.

Inherent Vice hits US theaters on January 9, 2015.  It stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, and musician Joanna Newsom, and is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Inherent Vice movie poster

Tak3n

Official Synopsis: Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

I like how Tak3n isn’t following the same formula as the two previous movies.  Taken was great, Taken 2 was good, but it was the same basic premise as the first.  However, this is something different (kind of).  We will also get more of Bryan Mills’ background and how he acquired his “set of skills.” As a fan of Liam Neeson and the Taken movies, I can’t wait for this one.

“Good Luck.”  That sent chills down my spine.

Tak3n shoots into US theaters January 9, 2015.  It is directed by Oliver Megaton and stars Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Famke Janssen, and Maggie Grace.

Tak3n movie poster


Stop by tomorrow and take a guess at this week’s Movie Whose Line. Which of these movies are you most looking forward to?

Trailer Round-Up 6/3/2014

Once again I have allowed several new trailers accumulate over the last few weeks.  Time for another Trailer Round-Up!  In this TRU, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar gets a full trailer, Lucy and Hercules (both part of my last TRU) get second trailers, Samuel L. Jackson works with some Brits, we get a look at Disney’s next animated feature film, and Tiny Fey and Jason Bateman tackle a more serious film.  To jump to a specific trailer, click on it’s link below.

Interstellar

Synopsis: Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

I am a huge Christopher Nolan fan.  So far (I haven’t seen all of his works… yet) I have liked, if not loved, his movies.  And the fact he is doing a science-fiction movie is icing on the cake.  This trailer does a great job of not revealing too much but still getting me intrigued.  Plus with actors like Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Michael Caine, this movie is a must see for me .

Interstellar blasts into theaters November 7, 2014.  Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, it stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy, Casey Affleck, Timothee Chalamet, David Oyelowo, David Gyasi, and Michael Caine.

Lucy #2

Official Synopsis: From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Much like the first Lucy trailer, this trailer shows off her powers (obviously, since that is the central focus of the film it seems).  I mentioned that I was worried about her becoming too powerful, but it seems like that may be addressed in the film.  At several points, more towards the end of the trailer, we see what looks like Lucy falling apart Dark Phoenix-style and if I remember she comments about losing her human emotions in the first trailer.  So maybe I’m worrying over nothing.

Lucy stars Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-Sik, and Amr Waked.  It’s directed by Luc Besson and will be in theaters August 8, 2014.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Official Synopsis: Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Another movie with Michael Caine.  That dude really gets around.  Anyway, this movie looks pretty funny.  Taron Egerton seems to be fairly new to film, but he appears to be a humorous actor.  Hopefully he can also pull off the action needed for this film.  Colin Firth, Michael Caine, and Samuel L. Jackson, on the other hand, I know can pull off both comedy and action so no worries there.

Kingsman: The Secret Service opens in theaters October 24, 2014, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Michael Caine, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Big Hero 6

Official Synopsis: With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).

Out of all the movies in this TRU, this is probably the one I am most excited for.  Not only is it Disney, not only is it Marvel, but it is Disney making a Marvel movie.  When I first heard Disney was going to make a Big Hero 6 movie, I thought it was going to be a straight to DVD release.  Instead, it is getting a full blown theatrical treatment, which is AMAZING!  What would be really cool is if Big Hero 6 existed inside Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.  It wouldn’t take much, at the very least a simple mention of an event from one of the Marvel movies or a poster of one of the Avengers in a bedroom, or even a quick voice cameo from Robert Downey, Jr. or another actor from the Marvel films.  How cool would that be?

Big Hero 6 hits theaters November 7, 2014 and is directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams.

This Is Where I Leave You

Official Synopsis: When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide— driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

It’s great to see Tina Fey and Jason Bateman, two hilarious comedic actors, do a film together.  This looks to be a more serious movie for both of them, but I think they can pull it off.  In serious movies with funny undertones, it can be difficult to balance the humor with the seriousness, so it will be interesting to see how this film does.  Plus it looks like there is a strong supporting cast, so this movie has a lot going for it.

Based on the novel written by Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I Leave You goes to theaters September 12, 2014, staring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, and Jane Fonda and directed by Shawn Levy.

Hercules #2

Official Synopsis: Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend… Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.

I’m torn on how I feel about this movie.  On one hand, Dwayne Johnson is probably my favorite actor right now, and on the other hand it looks like it’s retreading material that has been seen many times before and could end up very cliche.  Unless I hear great things about Hercules when it’s in theaters,  I may just wait for this to come out on home video.

Hercules hits theaters July 25, 2014.  Directed by Brett Ratner, it stars Dwayne Johnson, Irina Shayk, Ian McShane, John Hurt, and Robert Maillet.