Flixnerd Focus: Hot New Trailers

Flixnerd focuses on some hot new trailers for films coming your way in the months ahead. From “Oscar bait” to genre offerings, if the trailer’s hot you’ll find it here.

Flixnerd Focus: New Trailers

 

Insidious: Chapter 2

If you loved ‘The Conjuring’ and ‘Insidious,’ director James Wan’s next film is going to pique your interest.

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On September 13, Wan’s follow-up to ‘Insidious’ will strike fear into audiences. ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ picks up where the first film left us. It seems that the Lambert’s home wasn’t haunted…the family itself is.

Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring), Rose Byrne (28 Weeks Later), Lin Shaye, and Barbara Hershey all return for this second installment. A mysterious secret has inextricably linked the Lambert family to the other side known as “The Further” in this sequel to the 2010 chiller.

Click here to view the new trailer for ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ due in theaters on Friday, September 13.

Gravity

The new film from director Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men) stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Clooney plays astronaut Matt Kowalsky, who has been teamed on a mission in space with Bullock’s medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone.

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After an accident in Earth’s orbit, the pair must work together in order to survive adrift in space.

This trailer is difficult for me to watch, Flixnerds. It is so well done and tension-filled that it leaves me trying to catch my breath. Definitely “Oscar bait” for the director Cuaron if the film is as intense as it’s trailer.

Cuaron is famous among film fans for pulling off elaborate and long scenes with one amazing, edit-less shot. Look for potential Oscar noms for Director, Visual Effects, and Editing if nothing else.

Click here to experience the new trailer for ‘Gravity’ before the film debuts in theaters October 4.

 

Carrie

In 1976, director Brian De Palma delivered one of Hollywood’s legendarily scary movies. Featuring young up-and-coming stars like Sissy Spacek, Nancy Allen, Piper Laurie (who still creeps us out), and John Travolta, ‘Carrie’ went on to become a classic horror movie that still thrills generations of film fans.

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Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Carrie White (now played by Chloe Grace Moritz) is a shy, socially awkward teenager who suffers unending humiliation from her high school classmates. Blessed and cursed when she discovers her own telekinetic ability, Carrie unleashes vengeance on her tormentors at her fateful prom.

The original ‘Carrie’ is something of a Halloween staple for me, and a well-made remake appeals to my old school horror appetite. De Palma’s version hasn’t aged well, both in terms of the melodramatic acting and special effects.

With Julianne Moore as Carrie’s religiously fanatical mom and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ director Kimberly Pierce on board, this remake has good pedigree on paper. The trailer manages to cover very familiar territory to audiences, yet still be effective in drawing chills from the viewer.

Click here to view the new trailer for ‘Carrie’ which hits theaters October 18. If you don’t watch it, “they’re gonna laugh at you,” for sure this October.

 

The Counselor

Director Ridley Scott has assembled a diverse international cast of talent for a trip

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down through the dark, seedy side of life with ‘The Counselor.’

When attorney Michael Fassbender gets involved in trafficking drugs, his life spirals out of control. Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Fassbender make up one of 2013’s more interestingly eclectic casts.

With an original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men, The Road) and the considerable directing talents of Scott, ‘The Counselor’ ranks high on my list of films this fall. “Oscar bait” for Best Original Screenplay.

Ridley Scott last polarized audiences with ‘Prometheus’ and ‘The Counselor’ appears to be likely to do the same. Click here for the new trailer for ‘The Counselor.’

With Scott’s filmography, which includes: ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Alien,’ ‘Thelma and Louise,’ and ‘Gladiator’ among others, he has shown a fluidity in defying genre conventions and creating consistently great films. In Ridley Scott’s case, the director is bigger than the project.

When Ridley Scott puts out a movie, Flixnerds, you just go.

‘The Counselor’ arrives in theaters October 25.

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