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Trailer Watch: Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The trailer for Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was attached to The Wolverine last weekend, and I was pretty impressed by the tone of the film. A remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye film of the same name (based on a James Thurber short story), the film centers around a repressed dude (Stiller) with a big imagination, and blah blah. Character drama and special effects ensue.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty co-stars Kristen Wiig, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Penn, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, and Shirley MacLaine, and it opens on Christmas Day.

Trailer Watch: 12 Years a Slave theatrical trailer

You know it’s late summer when the trailers for dramatic films start trickling out. Today, thanks to, we’ve got the trailer for Hunger and Shame director Steve McQueen’s latest, 12 Years a Slave. Telling the true story of  Solomon Northup (the always-fantastic Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. (Before clicking “Play,” the faint of heart among you may want to be assured that this green band trailer doesn’t show anything particularly hard to look at.)

Alongside Ejiofor are is an amazing cast: McQueen mainstay Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfre Woodard, Michael Kenneth Williams, Sarah Paulson, and Brad Pitt. McQueen directs from a script by John Ridley. The film hits US theaters in October.

Trailer Watch: Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster

Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi star in the “true story” (exaggerated and/or largely fabricated) of Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man, the man best known today as the dude who trained Bruce Lee.

It came out in China back in January, and it’s finally schedule to hit American theaters this August. Check it out:

Trailer Watch: Spike Lee’s Oldboy

FilmDistrict has released a Red Band trailer for Oldboy to Yahoo! Movies. Based on the manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya, the film, which was previously adapted by Chan Woon Park, is “a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.”

The original film has a lot of its fans feeling like this re-adaptation is pointless, but I wasn’t in love with it, myself. There are a few small(?) differences that people who have seen the original will notice — perhaps from the manga, perhaps new to this film — I wouldn’t know. But between that and the suitably bleak tone, I think there’s a chance this could be worthwhile.

Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley co-star in the Spike Lee film (apparently he doesn’t make joints anymore?), from a screenplay by Mark Protosevich (The Cell). The film is out on October 25.