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The Preview Review: May 28 – June 1, 2007

MPAA Preview

This is the very first edition of The Preview Review.  Here at FilmCrunch, we are tired of being deceived by flawless movie trailers for films that, in the end, are better left out of theaters and away from audiences.  In other words, the best-looking trailers often beget the worst-made films.  This weekly exposé will attempt to flush out those elements that make good previews go bad, and hopefully we’ll uncover a few coming attractions worth a second look.

See the newest trailer reviews after the jump.

Brothers Solomon

The Brothers Solomon
Mr. Show alum Bob Odenkirk directs this upcoming film about two brothers who, to grant their dying father’s wish, decide to somehow have a child. 

Alright, alright – Let’s Go to Prison didn’t quite live up to its potential, but I’m not ready to blame Odenkirk.  The screenplay was penned by Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon (did you see Night at the Museum?!) and really didn’t exercise Odenkirk’s directing potential.  The Brothers Soloman is written by Will Forte of SNL fame, which means there’s a good chance we’ll be following a story that will be interesting for five minutes and forgotten after a commercial break. 


: This is not where Odenkirk will find his groove.  The trailer foreshadows an oddly irreverent film upheld by a few great laughs, but with only mediocre comedic value.  Bob, when are you and David Cross going to put something together?

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    Joshua family pic

    Documentary filmmaker George Ratliff co-writes and directs this eerie psychological thriller about a disturbed 10-year-old and the family he tears apart.

    I must say, these kinds of movies often make me cringe – there is nothing more obnoxious than a hyper-intelligent child with malicious intentions.  It’s been done.  It’s never believable.  But despite these preconceptions, this film could actually be intriguing.  First of all, it stars Sam Rockwell, one of the most charismatic, natural actors to grace the screen.  Secondly, the trailer doesn’t allude to some level of wickedness in which the child is wielding a knife or swearing – a decision that could keep the film within the realm of plausibility.


    : Where Joshua succeeds in performance and story will be overshadowed by the overused cliché that a child raised in a normal, loving home will turn on his family and become someone to fear.

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    Canadian Andrew Currie co-writes and directs this indie flick about 1950s middle-class suburbia in a world where zombies are kept as slaves.

    Now, this movie has potential!  Apparently riding the heels of Shawn of the Dead, Fido seems to continue with the idea that zombies and comedy equal big laughs.  Of course, nothing can be truly said before the film is in wide release and audiences and critics weigh in, but the trailer looks like a microcosm of the 91-minute feature, showing the outrageous concept without blowing its wad with all the funny moments. 


    : Fido will be a charming, witty, cult-comedy gem.  This preview just shot it to the top of my to-see list.  Look for it this summer – hopefully, in a theater near you.

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