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Trailer Mash 07-27-12

Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei Wei is the superhero in the weekend's opening releases
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Richard Ayoade is best known in the UK as Moss, the super nerdy tech support guy in Graham Linehan's consistently funny sitcom The IT Crowd. He also directed Submarine, a sharp, hilarious and moving tribute to teenage love and the cinema of the French new wave. Right now he's working on The Double, a Hollywood comedy starring Jess Eisenberg and, as a co-creator of retro '70s horror parody Garth Merenghi, it is inconceivable that he will skip the opportunity for a reference or two to Roger Moore's bonkers oddity The Man Who Haunted Himself. Richard Ayoade is the funniest man in England you haven't heard of yet, and in The Watch it is his turn to join the Ben Stiller comedy players as the unknown entity alongside sleepy old Vince Vaughan, Jonah Hill and Stiller himself. Ayoade's timing could be better though, what with the movie having to change its name from Neighborhood Watch because of the shooting to death of Trayvon Martin, and the fact that on the evidence of this trailer it looks like an SNL skit that people you no longer recognize used to be famous for.



Magic Mike for ten year old girls, Step Up Revolution is an automatic period piece from the year nineteensparklydreamtyseven. That was the year it was decided that the best way to convey environmental messages to pre-pubescents is to have children perform dance gymnastics on top of cars.



Ai Wei Wei has the heft and demeanor of a fictional semi divine character, like someone from an ancient woodcut or a video fighting game. In reality he is far more important and powerful. The highest profile dissident Chinese artist Wei Wei is simultaneously the biggest thorn in the side of the Chinese government and, according to this trailer for Ai We Wei Never Sorry, the biggest patriot the country has going for it. An incredibly seductive presence from the twinkle in his eyes to his purring English accent, Wei Wei is someone you immediately want to know more about, which is exactly why his government wants him shut down.



Big Boys Gone Bananas is what happens when a sharp documentary maker is stopped from releasing his film by the people who are its subject, in this case the Dole banana empire. What happens is a sharp documentary maker will make a documentary about being stopped from releasing his film by the people who are its subject. Production values seemingly not as high as the ingeniously delivered moral indignation.



Everyone loves a happy ending and the story of Rodriguez, a long forgotten protest singer and his unlikely rehabilitation via a dedicated fan base in South Africa is how the one at the end of Searching for Sugar Man is arrived at. This must be the reason for the movie's enormous range of fans since the trailer itself is not screaming at you to buy a theater ticket.



The three things you can be sure of in life are death, taxes and Matthew McConaughey won't be wearing a shirt. But above that Magic Mike torso there is a face capable of expressing great sleaze and moral ambiguity. As far back as Dazed and Confused Matthew has been a self-contained unit, the go to fellow for morally vacant leads. This time he's taken it all the way as Killer Joe, a policeman who moonlights as an assassin. With a cast that includes Juno Temple, Gina Gershon and Thomas Haden Church, in a sweaty country setting choreographed by William Friedkin this could be the great guilty pleasure of the year, at least according to this trailer.