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The Escapist & Potentially Entertaining Films Of 2011

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 6, 2011 6:07 AM
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Tentpoles That Hopefully Are Fun, Indies That May Or May Not Be Quality, Etc.You could see our annual three sets of anticipated film features like this: the Most Anticipated is an earnest example of the films we're truly looking forward to the most in that year, with a few caveats listed within if you read closely (i.e., we're looking forward to it, but the writing might be on the wall). Then our Escapist, Popcorn piece is more like: these are the fun, entertaining films of the year that may or may not be good. For us and our taste, it's always a bit of a toss up and history shows that we're generally on the money in terms of how we'll feel about the eventual product (not because we're biased, but because we know our own taste, blah, blah, blah). That said, we always try and remain as positive as possible. Frankly, if you're going to make super-hero films, sci-fi action films, fantasy/adventure films, etc. we want them to be good as touchstones such as "The Dark Knight," "The Lord Of The Rings," "Inception," etc., but obviously those films set the bar a little higher than what your average film from these genres generally aim for.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Battle: Los Angeles' Features Less Footage, More Voiceover

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2010 4:56 AM
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Following the effectively moody first trailer for "Battle: Los Angeles" -- oops, sorry, "World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles" (we guess the title change is there to make sure that folks know shit is going to blow up real good) -- the film's marketers have opted to show less footage and deliver more voiceover in the decidedly less thrilling second spot for the film.

That Was Fast: New & Totally Different International Trailer For 'Battle: Los Angeles'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2010 3:59 AM
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We're not movie marketing experts or anything but something tells us it's probably not the best idea to start the rollout for your alien invasion flick on the same weekend another invasion alien flick hits theaters with a similar premise and directed by the same guys who did the visual effects work for your film. Just saying.

Watch: Mayhem and Shakey-Cam In First Trailer For 'Battle: Los Angeles'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 12, 2010 1:58 AM
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Alien invasion season is officially underway, with the release today of "Skyline," the first of a string of similarly-themed sci-fi pictures set to roll out over the next few years, from "Super 8" to "Battleship." To no one's great surprise, it turns out to be no good at all (seriously, it was a film starring Eric Balfour. What were you expecting? ERIC BALFOUR!), but a trailer's debuted at Apple for a film that, at one stage, was suing "Skyline" for suspicious similarities in its set-up and design.

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