Trailer Watch: ‘Suffragette’, ‘Ted 2′, ’99 Homes’ & ‘Paper Towns’ 0 19

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It’s Trailer Watch time once more, where we collate all the major trailers of the day into one easily digestible dose! Today we present: Suffragette, Ted 2, 99 Homes and Paper Towns. So let’s get to it, shall we?

First off we have the new trailer for Suffragette, the historical drama which centres on those involved in the British women’s revolutionary suffragette movement in the late 19th and early 20th century, which secured the right for women to vote equally. It has a prestigious cast including Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Kristin Scott Thomas, Helena Bunham Carter, Ben Wishaw, Romola Garai and Brendan Gleeson.

Check out the new trailer below:

It’s just been announced that Suffragette will open the London Film Festival this year. It’s set for general UK release on October 30th thereafter.

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Next up we have the new red band trailer for Ted 2, the sequel to the hugely successful raunchy comedy from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. This time the plot follows the newly married Ted who, in order to be able to have a baby with his new wife, has to prove in a court of law that he’s a real person. Mark Wahlberg is also back as Ted’s “Thunder Buddy for Life,” and joining in on the fun this time includes Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson.

Watch the new, very NSFW trailer below:

Ted 2 hits cinemas on July 10th.

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Moving on we have the first trailer for the hugely anticipated drama 99 Homes, starring former Spider-Man (sorry dude!) Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern. It’s about a father (Garfield) who struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker (Shannon) who’s the source of his frustration. It comes to us from director writer-director Ramin Bahrani, who has received critical acclaim in the past for the likes of Chop Shop and Goodbye Solo.

Check out the tense trailer below:

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Finally we have the second trailer for Paper Towns, a teen-centric romantic mystery based on the best-selling book by John Green, the author of the massively successful The Fault In Our Stars (itself adapted into a critically acclaimed weepy), and featuring rising stars Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff. The plot follows a young man and his friends who embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door. It’s directed by Robot & Frank’s Jake Schreier.

Watch the trailer below:

Paper Towns is released in the UK on August 21st.

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Which of these films are you looking forward to most?

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I'm a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 10 years of experience writing for various different reputable online and print publications. In addition to my running, editing and writing for Thoughts On Film, I am also the film critic for The National, the newspaper that supports an independent Scotland, covering the weekly film releases, film festivals and film-related features. I have a passion for all types of cinema, and have a particular love for foreign language film, especially South Korean and Japanese cinema. Favourite films include The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Movie Review 0 21

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This review was previously published in The National newspaper.

While Marvel continues to play around in the more colourful side of the superhero field, DC now has its sights set firmly on the dark with this lumbering but nevertheless stylishly gritty and unabashedly theatrical franchise starter.

After some flashbacks that quickly establishes Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) as part of the same world, we pick up 18 months after the events of Man of Steel with Metropolis recovering from the damage done by Superman bringing down half the city (resulting in the deaths of many thousands of citizens) during his fight to defeat General Zod.

In the aftermath, the governmental powers-that-be are trying to make sense of what happened and what that means going forward. Some still see Superman as an empowered saviour figure, while many others view him as an all-powerful alien threat that simply can’t be allowed to go unaccountable for his actions.

Chief among them is Bruce Wayne who is convinced that Superman is a threat that cannot be tolerated. As the Son of Krypton and the Bat of Gotham prepare to do battle, a new threat begins to emerge.

Director Zack Snyder’s behemoth versus behemoth match-up is the very definition of a mixed bag superhero blockbuster, as ambitious and unrelenting in its world-building and stylised action as it is po-faced and ham-fisted in how it approaches its underlying themes and juggling of the titular superhero worlds.

It’s pleasing to see past actions – such as the eye-watering death toll at the end of Man of Steel – dealt with head on here. While not always convincing, that attempt at a moral underpinning makes it feel part of a bigger entity with overarching dilemmas rather than a throwaway piece on its own.

The characters themselves are less defined by the script – which is often clumsy to say the least – as they are by the actors, most of whom elevate the material. Cavill still fits the bit well as Clark Kent/Superman, now having to deal with the fact that a lot of people not only blame him for what happened but see him as humanity’s potential downfall rather than its hero.

Affleck firmly puts the naysayers in their place as the character of Batman fits him like a tailor-made superhero outfit; importantly he’s just as convincing as the billionaire playboy as he is the black-suited hero now world weary after two decades of fighting crime on the streets of Gotham.

However, it’s Gal Gadot who is the real ace up the film’s sleeve, exhibiting real presence as Wonder Woman. It’s hard to imagine this is the very first time she’s been portrayed on the big-screen in live-action form and with relatively little screen-time and even fewer words gives great hope for her upcoming solo outing.

It’s only Jesse Eisenberg who lets things down on the cast side of things with a rather overbearing and annoyingly twitchy performance as shady businessman and one of Superman’s most famous foes, Lex Luthor. The action ranges in quality as much as it does in type; for every well-executed sequence of bone-crunching hand-to-hand combat or exhibiting of superpowers there’s a muddled car chase or lackadaisical over-reliance on the kind of one-upmanship CGI carnage found in so many of today’s Hollywood blockbusters.

But in the end, of course, this is all about kicking off the Justice League – essentially DC Comics’ darker and more dramatically super-powered equivalent to The Avengers. The hinting at what’s to come in that respect – while exciting in principal and sure to send a wave of gleeful anticipation through diehard comic fans – is quite awkwardly handled here. The film irritatingly feels far more interested in what’s to come rather than what’s happening in the moment.

Was it even possible that a film that pits together the two titans (certainly most well-known) of the superhero world was ever going to live up to the hype? Evidently not. But while it’s far from the sort of mighty blockbuster that one might be hoping for, there’s still something inherently exciting in seeing these two finally standing face-to-face.

Watch: New Trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ 0 27

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If you’re at all interested in Star Wars (which if you’re reading this, the chances are pretty high) then you’ve no doubt already watched the new trailer for The Force Awakens. Probably many times.

However, if you happen not to have watched it yet or are only a casual viewer looking to see what all the fuss is about then we’ve got it right here for your viewing pleasure.

We’ve already had trailers and teasers that are basically fan-service but this one, while still not giving much away in terms of plot, is a much more general trailer – it premiered during an American football game last night – looking to get people excited who maybe haven’t already booked their tickets the moment they went on sale yesterday.

Anyway, without further ado check out the new trailer for what is set to be the biggest film of the year:

Also check out the new, very crowded poster:

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The Force Awakens features a cast of newcomers to the Star Wars universe including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega (Attack the Block), Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie and Adam Driver, as well as returning favourites like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. It’s directed by the one-and-only J.J. Abrams.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in the UK on December 17th and in the US on December 18th. You can book your tickets already!