Trailers to Watch If You’re Bored or Really Cool

Hi! I’m Kimberly, and I’m a trailer addict.

1. When theories clash …

Real-life couple Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany star in “Creation” as Emma and Charles Darwin respectively. The film takes us through Darwin’s life as he develops his groundbreaking theory of evolution and reconciles that with his wife’s faith in God.

From the looks of the trailer, especially the end, the romantic element shows the most promise. Also, John Collee (“Happy Feet” and “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”) penned the screenplay. His movies have been well-received so “Creation” has potential, despite “The Core” director at the helm.

Expected U.S. release date: TBD

2. May-December relationship

“An Education” has several things going for it. First, on IMDb.com, the film has received 119 votes for a total of 7.2 stars (out of 10). Second, best-selling author, Nick Hornby, wrote the script.

Third, movie studios held a bidding war for it, meaning it’s Oscar material. Fourth, it boasts of Emma Thompson (“Sense and Sensibility”), Alfred Molina (“Spider-man 2”) and Peter Sarsgaard (“Garden State”), among others.

Sarsgaard stars as a playboy who seduces a young girl (one-to-watch Carey Mulligan) into a life more exciting than her own. ‘An education’ apparently ensues.

Expected U.S. release date: Oct. 9, 2009 (limited)

3. No more clone-ing around

It’s kind of a stupid concept, but it’s got Bruce Willis, a bonafide action star and, more or less, chooser of solid films.

Those are my thoughts on “Surrogates,” a movie set in a time when people sit on “Minority Report”-esque chairs and live through their clones until someone starts killing the surrogates and the people by default.

The people behind the movie are the same ones who brought us “Terminator 3,” so think of it what you will.

Expected release date: Sept. 25, 2009

4. Anything but “High School Musical”

Bruce Willis stars in this movie as well, but this time, he plays a zany high school president. In this dark comedy, students start out investigating who stole the SATs, only to be sucked into something bigger than themselves. Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”) also joins the cast of “Assassination of a High School President,” which has an 8.1 rating on IMDb.com.

Expected U.S. release date: TBD

5. Orange you glad I didn’t say corn?

Based on a book by a former New York Times reporter, “The Informant!” is Steven Soderbergh’s take on a David vs. Goliath story, if David were dumb and Goliath made corn.

Matt Damon stars as Mark Whitacre in a script by “The Bourne Ultimatum” writer. Whitacre turns against his agricultural workplace to be an informant for the government. The movie, in true Soderbergh fashion, looks hilariously understated, to say the least.

As an aside, I love the use of orange in the trailer as well as the exclamation point in the movie’s title!

Expected U.S. release date: Oct. 9, 2009

6. Grrr … Argh …

What if we lived in a world crawling with zombies? “Zombieland” presents that alternate reality on the big screen with the following actors: Woody Harrelson (“North Country”), Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Jesse Eisenberg (“The Squid and the Whale”) and Emma Stone (“The House Bunny”).

“Zombieland” has been described as a comedy/horror flick, but from the looks of the trailer, I’d put the film in the comedy/action genre. IMDb.com also lists Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”) as a zombie. Talk about brilliant casting.Edit Post ‹ When you say nothing at all … — WordPress

Expected U.S. release date: Oct. 9, 2009

7. Four-wheel drive

I’m an Ellen Page fan (pre-Juno), so I’m going to see this movie irregardless. In Drew Barrymore’s (“Charlie’s Angels”) directorial debut, Page stars as a small hometown girl who joins a roller derby team to kickstart her life.

If the trailer is any indication, “Whip It!” is going to have a rockin’ soundtrack. Barrymore, Juliette Lewis (“Catch and Release”), Marcia Gay Harden (“Mystic River”) and rapper Eve co-star.

Expected U.S. release date: Oct. 9, 2009

8. Great weather we’ve been having, huh?

Burgers falling out of the sky would be awesome if it happened in real life, not so much in a movie, I think. But, who knows? This upcoming animated film could be the next “Up.”

I guess “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is based on a popular children’s book I’ve never heard of before. Nonetheless, comedic stars abound. Anna Faris (“Scary Movie”), Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”), Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”) and “SNL” vets Andy Samberg and Bill Hader all voice characters in the film.

Expected U.S. release date: Sept. 18, 2009

9. I always liked zippers

If you could have $1 million and all you had to do was push a button, would you do it? What if, in addition to being filthy rich, a person, somewhere in the world, died? Would you do it then?

That is exactly the dilemma Cameron Diaz (“Vanilla Sky”) and James Marsden (“Enchanted”) face in “The Box.” The film has elements that could work. First, it’s based on Richard Matheson’s short horror story. “I am Legend” was also grounded in his work. Second, the writer and director of “Donnie Darko” graces us with his presence yet again.

Expected U.S. release date: Oct. 30, 2009

10. Blood is thicker than water

Someone wrote that the mark of a good trailer is not if it will make you go see the movie, but if it will make you watch the trailer again. By that definition, “Brothers” is a good trailer.For me, it was so unexpectedly powerful that I pushed “play” again.

And with Natalie Portman (“Closer”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Zodiac”) and Tobey Maguire (“Spider-man”), the film doesn’t suffer from a lack of star power.

The trailer shows Portman mourning the loss of her husband (Maguire) in the war. She eventually falls for Maguire’s brother, played by Gyllenhaal. Then, by a cruel twist of fate, Maguire turns out to be alive and comes home, leaving everyone to deal with the aftermath of the affair and the war.

Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 4, 2009

Which one are you looking forward to the most?

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2 thoughts on “Trailers to Watch If You’re Bored or Really Cool

  1. While watching the previews for Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, I saw a trailer for “Gamer,” a film featuring Gerard Butler. And I have to say that even though it looks like a different version of the movie “Death Race,” it sucked me in. Now I have to wait six more months for it to come out.

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