TRAILER: X-Men: Days Of Future Past

The X-MEN films went through the ringer after X3. Was it a shit show? Kinda, but there's always room for redemption. Fast forward to this summer's WOLVERINE, and more importantly, the end credits scene connecting it to this film, and I think redemption is coming. On the one hand, this flick is ambitious as far as characters go, arguably too ambitious but we won't know until it hits theaters. I have the utmost faith and high hopes for this installment. Brian Singer started our X-Men adventure, and I'm sure he's well aware of the sour taste X3 left in our mouths. This looks like a step in the right direction. That said, Matthew Vaughn's FIRST CLASS was a near perfect take on the franchise and though I'd have rather seen him behind the camera, I won't give up on Singer just yet. The hype is there. The story is there. The cast is definitely there. Let's hope the end result is something epic in nature.

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TRAILER: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I like it. Cap, for me, was never that great a character until I saw him stand off against Thanos in THE INFINITY GAUNTLET. That changed everything. I didn't care for the war backdrop of the first film, and I've never enjoyed the Red Skull as a villain, and I felt Cap took the backseat in THE AVENGERS because he really needed to get with the times. This flick has him learning that things have changed, and I'm loving what I'm seeing here. I hope (and pray) that this is the Cap flick (and moment) we've been waiting for.

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TRAILER: Wolf Creek 2

If you have yet to experience the Aussie Horror trip, WOLF CREEK, you've done yourself a serious injustice and should rectify it accordingly. If you have seen it, then you'll love the fact that Mick's back and looks better than ever. I watched WOLF CREEK a few weeks ago, and it still holds up beautifully. This new one looks quite a bit different by way of tone (Mick seems to be everywhere killing everyone, rather than slithering about the shadows innocuously), let's just hope they don't go too overboard with his antics. Either way, I'm looking forward to this one.

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TRAILER: I, Frankenstein

There's been whispers about this one for years now, but I wasn't expecting much. Good thing. As the trailer played I thought to myself, damn this looks like UNDERWORLD, and then the tag 'from the producers of Underworld' popped up (and of course seeing Bill Nighy just made me grin). It feels like there could have been potential, but they decided to play it safe instead (it's PG-13). I'll still watch it, but my expectations remain low.

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TRAILER: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

It's rather sad to see this trailer come out the day after Tom Clancy's passing (may he rest in peace), but it looks good, in a reboot/Casino Royale sort of way. I like Chris Pine, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with some Kevin Costner action either. However, is it me, or did they show the entire film in this trailer? I don't recall the older Jack Ryan movies (I saw them, I just don't remember them), but as long as there's still a surprise or two left to see, I'm thinking this will be a slick thriller.

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TRAILER: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

THE LORD OF THE RINGS will forever cast an enormous shadow over any and all fantasy films to come after it, especially any that take place in Middle Earth. This was the greatest enemy of THE HOBBIT, but despite the many roadblocks on it's path, I really enjoyed the movie. But this, this looks fantastic, and has roused the excitement I felt for the original trilogy. Looking good, Peter Jackson, looking good.

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