This past week has seen the release of several buzz-worthy trailers after a slow couple of weeks for movie fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the upcoming film slate. Featuring the second trailer of an Oscar frontrunner and a radical departure for a horror franchise, here’s a list of five trailers making the rounds this past week.
The Monuments Men (Trailer 2)
The second trailer for The Monuments Men has been making the rounds for about two weeks now, and it has been leading to significant if quiet buzz about one of the early frontrunners for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. Directed by George Clooney and starring Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, and John Goodman, The Monuments Men will be released on December 18 and is expected to be one of the holiday’s biggest critical hits.
Based on Robert M. Edsel’s nonfiction book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, Clooney’s The Monuments Men tells the story of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program — an allied group during World War II that was tasked with saving precious pieces of art and other culturally important items before Hitler could destroy them. But as World War II raced toward its conclusion, the members of the group found themselves in a race against time that would see them put their lives on the line to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture.
While The Monuments Men was an early frontrunner for Best Picture before any other Oscars hopefuls had seen a release, Clooney’s World War II historical drama has fallen somewhat to the wayside as 12 Years a Slave and Gravity have dominated Oscars talk in the early goings. Expect that to change as The Monuments Men’s December release date approaches. Clooney has amassed a strong track record as director, with films like The Ides of March and Good Night, and Good Luck, along with his Best Picture win in 2012 for producing Ben Affleck’s Argo.
(Update: The Monuments Men has been pushed back to February 2014 due to delays in special effects. This makes the film ineligible for this year’s Academy Awards.)
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (Trailer 1)
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is the latest in Paramount Pictures’s expansion of Oren Peli’s mega-popular Paranormal Activity franchise. Written and directed by Christopher Landon, who had a major hand in writing the previous three Paranormal films, and produced by Peli, The Marked Ones has gotten considerable attention for its cast of mostly Latino characters.
The Marked Ones begins at a party in Oxnard, California. When a woman dies in an apartment beneath the party, several partygoers venture down to investigate and discover items associated with black magic. When Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) begins showing signs of a strange force following him everywhere he goes, his loved ones attempt to save him.
While The Marked Ones maintains the found-footage style of filmmaking seen in the previous Paranormal films, the trailer reveals a look that appears to branch out considerably from the previous iterations, with less focus on stationary cameras and more liberal use of handheld, gritty visuals. Additionally, the film’s focus on a mostly Latino cast has drawn significant interest from industry onlookers who are curious to see whether it will translate to high ticket sales, given the demographic’s position as the No. 1 domestic movie-going audience; this is especially notable given the huge success of this summer’s Fast & Furious 6 when it comes to the demographic.
Thor: The Dark World (Trailer 1)
The first full-length trailer for Disney’s Thor: The Dark World has been available for more than a month now, but the trailer continues to rack up views and buzz en route to its release on November 8. Directed by Game of Thrones veteran Alan Taylor and bringing back the first film’s stars — Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston — along with newcomer Christopher Eccleston, Thor: The Dark World aims to be one of the biggest hits of November in what is slated to be a blockbuster month for both big-budget films and smaller Oscar hopefuls.
Thor: The Dark World takes place one year after the events of The Avengers as Thor (Hemsworth) battles to save the nine realms from a primeval race of dark elves led by Malekith (Eccleston). Confronted by a force even Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and the Asgardians can not overcome, Thor will be forced to reunite with Jane Foster (Portman) and someone he thought he’d never be on the same side with once again — Loki (Hiddleston).
The Grand Budapest (Trailer 1)
The Grand Budapest is the newest film from writer-director Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox). Featuring an all-star cast of Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, and a slew of other A-list talent, the comedy-drama is set for a release on March 7 from Fox Searchlight.
The Grand Budapest follows a hotel concierge named Gustave H. (Fiennes) who works at a legendary hotel and strikes up friendships with a variety of young employees — one of whom who soon grows to become his protege in 1920s Europe. Featuring Anderson’s trademark visual style and humor, The Grand Budapest looks to continue the art-house standout’s strong track record along with potential standout performances by the film’s long list of talented actors.
Non-Stop (Trailer 1)
Non-Stop has been making the rounds online for a little under a week, and ir has action-thriller fans excited with what appears to be a strong entry into the no-nonsense action genre. Directed by Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra and starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore, the Universal Pictures film is set to be released on February 28.
Taking place entirely on an international flight from New York to London, Non-Stop follows U.S. federal air marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) as he races to figure out who is threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes if he doesn’t receive a $150 million ransom. The situation grows increasingly complicated when the bank account associated with the ransom is found to be Marks’s causing the air marshal to be branded as the plane’s hijacker.
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