THE 15:17 TO PARIS Trailer

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Just watched the entire trailer for The 15:17 to Paris, Clint Eastwood’s historical drama about the 2015 Thalys Train Attack in France. It looks really good – filled with Eastwood’s talent for creating tension in scenes and shots. But what has me the most intrigued by the film is that the main characters will be played by the three young American men (two of whom were U.S. military) who actually subdued the would-be Islamist killer.

Based on what I’ve seen in the trailer, these three heroes have some acting chops. I’ll reserve my whole judgment until I see the entire film, however.

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JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Trailer 1

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The first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was dropped last week, and it’s a mixed bag. A lot of people online are comparing the tone to Jurassic Park III, which was more of a monster movie and lacked the awe-inspiring scenes of the previous films. I think that’s a pretty apt description. The director, J.A. Bayona, is known for horror projects like The Orphanage and Penny Dreadful. But he also directed the epic The Impossible as well as the fairytale-esque A Monster Calls (which I still would like to see). So this could go either way. It’s a definite darker tone to be sure.

MARY MAGDALENE Trailer 1

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The first trailer for Mary Magdalene was released this week. The success of The Passion of the Christ over ten years ago really paved the way for mainstream biblical epics in Hollywood, though some of them have been sucker-punches (Exodus: Gods and Kings and Noah come to mind). This one looks like it could go either way. I like the grittier, realistic approach (which I lauded the excellent Risen for), but Joaquin Phoenix plays a very peculiar Jesus. Probably because Phoenix is just a peculiar man.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Trailer 1

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“Fun is not something one considers when balancing the universe. But this does put a smile on my face.”

It’s finally here! The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War – the film that signals the beginning of the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. The culmination of all the hints, winks and nods to the big bad Thanos across quite a few films. It all comes down to this. From this trailer, the film looks good. Definitely looking forward to it.

There is one thing that bothers me just a little: Thanos doesn’t have his trademark armor and headgear. He looks like a purple Arnold Schwarzenegger without it. Every other appearance he’s made in the MCU has been in that armor. It’s just an odd choice. Hoping that there’s some kind of explanation in the story.