New Movie Trailers: J.J. Abrams, Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Rachel McAdams, and More

Check out George Clooney play an assassin in his latest movie, The American. It appears to have the same tone as his previous films, Syriana and Michael Clayton, rather than an Ocean’s 11 feel. Expected U.S. release date: September 1, 2010

The Killer Inside Me moves us into darker, more violent territory. The adaptation of Jim Thompson’s crime novel introduces us to a sheriff (Oscar nominee Casey Affleck from Gone Baby Gone) who — surprise — is actually a psychopathic killer. Jessica Alba (Dark Angel) and Kate Hudson (Almost Famous) co-star. (I won’t list the spoiler  here, but you can find out Alba’s fate online.) Expected U.S. release date:  June 18, 2010 (limited)

If J.J. Abrams fans were worried he’d have nothing left to do after wrapping Lost, worry no more. Here’s a trailer for Super 8, which is strangely similar to a previous Abrams project, Cloverfield Expected U.S. release date: 2011

Romantic (Rachel McAdams, Katherine Heigl, etc.) and comedic movies (Jamie Lee Curtis and George Lopez) after the jump:

You Again is a comedy starring Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), whose world is turned upside down when she learns her brother is engaged to her high school arch nemesis (Odette Yustman from October Road). As it turns out, Yustman’s aunt (Sigourney Weaver) tortured Bell’s mom (Jamie Lee Curtis) in school, too. They all try to one-up each other as the wedding draws near. Betty White and Kristen Chenoweth (Glee) add to the hilarity. Expected U.S. release date: September 24, 2010

Easy A was just OK to me — till I found out who the director is Will Gluck. That name may not mean much to you (except sound like the sound chickens make), but he also directed Fired Up!, which I don’t think made the box office Top 10, but was one hilarious teen comedy. Easy A sells itself the same way and like I said, the director has me convinced that it might be worth the price. It also stars Emma Stone (House Bunny), who I think is one to watch.

Stone plays a high school nobody who becomes popular after she pretends to sleep with a guy friend at a party. After that, she gets more requests for “fake sex” but with the consequences that comes with real sex (aka a bad reputation). Teen stars, Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl), Amanda Bynes (She’s the Man), Cam Gigandet (Twilight), and acting heavyweights, Lisa Kudrow (Friends), Thomas Haden Church (Sideways), Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April), Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada) round out the cast. Expected U.S. release date: September 17, 2010

The Adjustment Bureau is another film I’m looking forward to. Matt Damon (The Bourne franchise) stars as a politician who falls in love with a ballerina, played by Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria). All seems to be going well until a couple of guys in coats and hats (i.e. John Slattery from Mad Men) approach Damon, claiming to rule over everyone’s destiny. They tell him that he was never supposed to meet Blunt and warn him to stay away from her. The romantic movie that this is, of course, Damon rebels and goes on the run with Blunt. Based on Philip Dick’s short story, the movie obviously poses a really beautiful question about choices and free will. I just hope it doesn’t sway over into sci-fi territory too much. Expected U.S. release date: September 17, 2010

Rio is animated film about birds (voiced by Anne Hathaway from Alice in Wonderland, Jesse Eisenberg from Adventureland, and comedian George Lopez) who go off on an adventure. It’s not by Pixar/Dreamworks, but hey, it could work … Expected U.S. release date: April 8, 2011

Real-life couple, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long (He’s Just Not That Into You) take their on-and-off romance to the big screen in Going the Distance. As per the title, they play a couple who try to make a long-distance relationship work. There’s great exchange of words in the beginning of the trailer and a funny extended scene at the end involving a table. As long as those aren’t the only good bits of the movie, we could have ourselves a winner. A winner of what, I don’t know, but Christina Applegate  (Samantha Who) as a co-star can’t hurt. Expected U.S. release date: August 27, 2010

When I first heard of Life as We Know It, I thought, “What a good plot.”  In a way, a guy and a girl forced to come together and raise their friends’ baby after their death and subsequent wishes may be a tried and tested formula, but on paper, it worked for me. Then, we have the trailer, which just passes as OK. I think at least the trailer would have worked if it had the right song to round it all together, but we have no such thing. Also, the chemistry between its stars, Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl, isn’t completely believable.  Personally, I think that’s probably because she had such epic love stories on Grey’s Anatomy that her on-screen romances fail to measure up. Expected U.S. release date: October 8, 2010

I must confess: I’ve watched the Morning Glory trailer over and over again. It’s partly because I like the song at the end, which is supposedly by Natasha Bedingfield but isn’t out yet, so I have to resort to hitting the play button. The other thing is it’s a great trailer, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Whether that’s a reflection of the actual movie or not remains to be seen. Glory stars Rachel McAdams (State of Play) as a TV producer of a morning show with Diane Keaton (Something’s Gotta Give) and Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones) as its hosts. Comedy ensues when Ford turns out to be far from cooperative. Expected U.S. release date: November 12, 2010

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