Fantastic 4

Director Josh Trank Starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson

Just in case you didn’t know, like most of us up until recently, there’s a reboot of the Fantastic Four coming, and it’s flown so far under the radar it’s gotten barely any press until now.

Another narrator, this time speaking on human intrigue and discovery along with shots of our four heroes, all coming from very different ways of life. The narrator speaks of responsibility, consequence and sacrifice as we see the Fantastic Four and the accident that created them, but what that accident is is another mystery for humankind to discover, and what the consequences are is unknown to us and them.

It seems on the surface to be just a trailer, neither good nor bad. But thinking on it I’ve noticed the narration is interesting as it sets what will probably be a distinctive tone, and we do get clear shots of our heroes and a glimpse of what brings them together, which will probably cause the events of the entire film. There’s just enough left out to leave us wondering as to the nature of the film but because they’re so familiar you can probably guess it. So after mulling it over I say it’s not too bad.

7 of 10

Get Hard

Director Etan Cohan Starring Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie, Edwina Findley, Craig T. Nelson, T.I, Dan Bakkedahl, Gary Own, Jay Pharoah

Will Ferrell returns as Will Ferrell playing Will Ferrell in a Will Ferrell film. If you loved him in everything he’s ever done get ready to see that same performance for the upteenth time in Get Hard.

Ferrell is simple, ignorant and clueless, just like every other time, only this time he’s a rich business going to prison for fraud and embezzlement. He’s got thirty days to harden up before he goes to prison, so he employs car-washer Kevin Hart to toughen him up. And hilarity ensures, I think.

He’s getting pepper-sprayed, sad-dogging and screaming through a simulated prison riot. Before long he’s integrating himself into a stereotypical gangster life, made all the more funny because he’s white… I think.

Ok, so I actually don’t mind Will Ferrell, but you can watch the same act only so many times before it gets old. Having said that the film’s comedy may not come from him but from Hart, the two look to have some decent chemistry, though the quality of the comedy remains to be seen. Overall it’s a decent sell for what could be an average-at-best comedy.

6 of 10

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Director Steve Pink Starring Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clarke Duke, Adam Scott, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Christine Bently, Kellee Stewart, Jessica Paré

So the story of a hot tub with time travel capabilities has a sequel. Just let that sink in.

Following the events of the previous film our four heroes have since exploited their knowledge of the future to make themselves wealthy and successful. There most recent trip, however, has sent them into the future, where they’ve all fallen on hard times. Now they’re pinballing through time trying to fix things before they happen and dealing with the alternate-timeline consequences that go along with changing history. It’s not exactly Stephen Hawking’s research into time but it’ll do for some cheap entertainment.

Of all the film concepts that could warrant a sequel this is not one of them. This entire film, from the title onward, reeks of stupidity and should not exist. It won’t be a critical masterpiece but that’s not what they’re going for; Chris Robinson and co. have made it work. And this trailer, though a little mundane, does do a good sell of what the stupidest ideas ever brought to life.

7 of 10

True Story

Director Rupert Goold Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, Gretchen Mol, Betty Gilpin, John Sharian, Robert Stanton, Maria Dizzia, Genevieve Angelson, Dana Eskelson, Joel Garland, Rebecca Henderson, Charlotte Driscoll

Ladies and gentlemen I present the latest instalment in the long running series of films based on real events with so much poetic licence you have to ask why they market it as “real events” in the first place.

Looking very loosely based on a true story, Jonah Hill has just lost his job with the New York Times for taking liberties with an article. After which he’s contacted to comment on a parricide killer played by James Franco, who was claiming to be Hill when arrested. Hill feels like an outcast and not the man he’s supposed to be, two traits he has in common with Franco, but while Hill sees him as a way to redeem himself for his earlier misstep Franco’s motives are questionable. He’s painted as mysterious and seemingly obsessive, and to everybody else it’s obvious what he’s doing but it’s going to take some serious hurting before Hill sees this.

It’s like Jonah Hill just woke up one day and decided he could act. I really like this trailer, as we can see where it’s headed but how we’re going to get there is not so obvious. Hill and Franco look to be a formidable team, their interactions helping to build the suspense while that music swells more and more. I’ll be checking this one out thanks to this trailer.

8 of 10

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