Another gaggle of fresh previews this week featuring wizards, robots, and French school teachers. Here we go:
Angels and Demons - Tom Hanks returns to the role of Robert Langdon in this prequel to The Da Vinci Code based on the novel by Dan Brown. This time he is on the trail of an ancient secret organization called The Illuminati in an attempt to prevent a terrorist act against The Vatican. This teaser trailer doesn't give much to go on, but I'm sure fans of the books are getting all tingly.
The Class - Francois Begaudeau, who wrote the screenplay and the novel on which this film is based, also stars in this French-language film as a teacher trying to reach a group of mult-ethnic students in a Parisian high school. Comparisons to To Sir With Love seem inevitable, but this looks like it could be worth a look.
The Day the Earth Stood Still - (extended international trailer) - More Keanu, more devastation and more Gort in this extended trailer. I'm torn here by the fact that this remake doesn't seem to get the idea of the 1951 original but still manages to look pretty cool on its own.
Gran Torino - Clint Eastwood stars in and directs this story of a veteran of the Korean War coming to terms with his predjudices and the Asian family that has moved in next door. The question on everyone's mind is can Eastwood still play the tough guy at 78? I would have to say yes.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Everyone jokes about how the Harry Potter cast is getting too old to be playing their roles. For the most part I think they're still believable, though in this trailer Tom Felton who plays Draco Malfoy is a little hard to believe.
Hotel For Dogs - Second trailer for this family film about five kids who rescue a group of stray dogs and keep them in an abandoned house. May have some appeal for the young 'uns, but it doesn't strike me as anything special.
Danny Boyle's new film is set in India and deals with a young man who wins big on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?, though his motivation for competing on the show is so he can snag the attention of the woman he feels he is destined to be with. Boyle is moving away from the zombies and spaceships and getting back to a more character driven story like Trainspotting. Looking forward to this one.
Special - I mentioned this one in Trailer Park a long time ago, but it looks like this indie comedy starring Michael Rapaport is finally getting a limited U.S. release on November 21. Rapaport plays a lonely metermaid whose use of an experimental prescription drug makes him think he is a super hero.
Timecrimes - I love a good time travel film (anyone else see Primer?) and this Spanish-language film fits the bill nicely. You can't really tell just from the trailer what's going on but beware that the summary on IMDB sounds like it's giving away too much, but in either case this looks interesting.
New this week on AOL Moviefone:
- The Unborn - A young woman is stalked by a malevolent spirit.
- Transporter 3 - Second trailer for the third installment of the action series starring Jason Statham.
- Princess of Nebraska - Character study of a young woman who finds herself pregnant with the child of a man who she learns has been having an affair with another man.
- Soul Men - Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson star as soul singers reluctantly reuniting for the first time in twenty years to perform at a tribute to their former band leader.Check it out:
- The Haunting in Connecticut - Virginia Madsen stars as the mother of a family who experience supernatural incidents in their new home which they learn was once a mortuary.
- Push - In a world where people with super human mental powers are hunted by the government, a telekinetic and a precognitive join forces to make the world a safer place for their kind. Here's the preview:
- Defiance - Trailer No. 2 - Four Jewish brothers struggle to escape Nazi occupied Poland.
- Revolutionary Road - Titanic stars Leonardo DiCario and Kate Winslet join forces once again for a tale of a young couple trying to find fulfillment in an age of conformity.
- The Elephant King - Two estranged brothers who are dissatisfied with their lives reunite in Thailand.
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Based on a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who ages in reverse.
- The First Basket - Documentary exploring the Jewish history of basketball.
- The Dukes - A doo wop group who were big in the 1960s can't make ends meet today and stumble across a chance to make the heist of a lifetime.
- How About You - In this comedy an irresponsible woman is suddenly left in charge of a retirement home.
- Bride Wars - Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson are lifelong friends who suddenly learn they've scheduled their wedding on the same day.
- My Bloody Valentine - 3-D remake of the not so classic slasher flick.
- Fuel - Documentary exploring the benefits of alternative fuel sources.