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TRAILER MIX: GANGSTER SQUAD

The trailer for "Gangster Squad" isn't selling nostalgia so much as retrograde, standard-issue images of masculinity.
  • By R. Kurt Osenlund
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  • May 15, 2012 8:55 AM
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TRAILER MIX: RUBY SPARKS

Trumpeting the long-awaited sophomore effort of "Little Miss Sunshine" creators Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the trailer for "Ruby Sparks" tackles that age-old challenge of visualizing the tribulations of a writer, which are inherently and notoriously un-cinematic.
  • By R. Kurt Osenlund
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  • May 8, 2012 8:55 AM
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BONUS TRAILER MIX: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

At the end of "The Dark Knight," Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) had to explain to his son why Batman (Christian Bale) was being willfully chased by police—disgracing himself and abandoning his post for the greater good of Gotham. The new trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises" zeroes in on the sleepy void that abandonment left behind.
  • By R. Kurt Osenlund
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  • May 2, 2012 12:30 PM
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TRAILER MIX: MAGIC MIKE vs. COYOTE UGLY

Films that showcase nightlife as a business have a way of settling into their guilt, reminding us that parties have moral consequences despite being the main attraction (think "54," which uses a whole institution to symbolize nightlife's rise and fall).
  • By R. Kurt Osenlund
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  • May 1, 2012 8:59 AM
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TRAILER MIX: LOOPER

Sometimes a trailer's ability to sell a novel concept can make you forget its otherwise ordinary construction.
  • By R. Kurt Osenlund
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  • April 17, 2012 9:00 AM
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