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Happy Death Day – Enthusiastic Exploration of Groundhog Day Concept as a Horror Comedy!

Happy Death Day – Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) – Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

When I sat down to watch Happy Death Day, I was hoping for the best. After all the recurring day trope has provided some interesting and entertaining movies and several brilliant episodes of otherwise not so great TV shows.

What I wasn’t expecting was a genuinely clever series of variations on a theme that yielded some wildly divergent variations and a few really subtle ones. Also, plenty of wit and some great laughs.

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Sweet Jaeger Teaser: Pacific Rim: Uprising!

Just in case Pacific Rim didn’t exactly make it clear what a Jaeger was, this teaser for Pacific Rim: Uprising goes a bit more deeply into the subject. Of course, its a promotional clip for gojaeger.com…

Pacific Rim: Uprising stars stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny and Jing Tian – with Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman returning to their roles from the first film.

Pacific Rim: Uprising will be in theaters on February 23, 2018.

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Elegantly Grotesque Trailer: The Snowman!

‘You could have saved them. I gave you all the clues,’ reads a note that appears early on in the first trailer for The Snowman – based on the bestselling mystery novel by Jo Nesbo.

When a woman is killed at first snow, Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) fears it marks the return of a notorious serial killer.

The trailer is unsettling in its sere elegant grotesqueness (a snowman near the end is particularly unnerving).

The Snowman will be in theaters on October 20th.

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Despicable Me 3 – Reliable Fun!

(L to R) Gru (STEVE CARELL) faces off against Balthazar Bratt (TREY PARKER) in “Despicable Me 3.”

After reinventing itself for Despicable Me 2, with Gru becoming a good guy and finding love, DM3 introduces soap and superhero trope the twin brother and adds a villain who styles himself after the ‘80s kids show he starred in before adolescence got it cancelled.

The Minions, of course, are back in the way they are best used – short, sweet, frequently inspired scenes that play counterpoint to the main story.

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Dignity Trailer: Pitch Perfect 3!

After the two delightful bits of froth that were the first two Pitch Perfect movies, the third in the series finds the Bellas out in the real world after graduation – and and finding real life to be a lot less fun than the aca-awesome days in college.

What to do? What to do?

The teaser trailer for Pitch Perfect 3 offers a look at how the former Bellas choose to deal with that question – and it looks like an intriguing variation on what has gone before.

Pitch Perfect 3 opens on December 22nd.

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The Mummy Is the Best Part of The Mummy!

SOFIA BOUTELLA as Ahmanet – “The Mummy.” Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

The Mummy – the first entry in what Universal Pictures is calling Dark Universe – gives the new universe a pretty shaky start.

Despite Alex Kurtzman showing some skill at juggling character and plot arcs, and keeping things moving forward at a good pace, he can’t overcome the clunky script (six writers involved at story and script levels), lack of genuinely witty banter and a horrendous misuse of Tom Cruise.

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