As usual, this summer season looks to be stuffed with massively hyped, massively budgeted blockbusters, from May’s The Avengers to August’s The Expendables 2. Whenever you tire of glossy, expensive explosions in IMAX 3D, however — and at some point you will — there are plenty of other smaller movies on the calendar that could be worth a look.

After the jump, we have trailers for Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy‘s Victorian-era sex comedy (yes, really) Hysteria, Noel Clarke’s sci-fi thriller Storage 24, and the latest installment of Fox’s kid-friendly Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, Dog Days. Watch after the jump.

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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules’ Trailer

Almost exactly a year after the release of the first film, Fox is set to deliver Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules. The sequel to Diary of a Wimpy Kid is based on the second book in the series by Jeff Kinney that chronicles the life of middle-school student Greg Heffley through cartoons and text. Watch the trailer for the live-action adaptation after the break. Read More »

Astro Boy Gets New Director

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Imagi Studios has a lot to prove in my opinion.

They royally sucked the life out of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with last year’s TMNT. I mean, that old Saturday Morning computer animated kids’ show, ReBoot, is still exponentially more badass than TMNT, which had for source material one of the most freeing, original and well known kids’ properties of our time. And given, I know I wasn’t the film’s target demo, but still.

If I had a kid or knew if I had nephews I wouldn’t let him/her watch that movie; it’s that bad for the imagination and for the eyes. Imagi made the first animated Ninja Turtles movie seem like a slack promo film that some depressed 50-year-old dude has to sit through at a toy buyer’s convention while he dreams about the honey bun in the snack machine. And the can’t-be-bothered critics who wrote, “Well, the rain is startlingly realistic,” obviously got April O’Neil about as much as Imagi and the Weinstein Co. Yes, I rank it below the Turtles-go-to-Ancient-Japan threequel. Sure, that movie was greedy and brain dead, but not an offense to living.

[Cue /Film in-house cheerleaders saying, "Gooooo Imagi!"]

So, today it was announced that Astro Boy, Imagi’s next flick due in 2009, has a new director, David Bowers, to replace the original one, Colin Brady (upcoming The Smurfs). No word as of yet on why Brady is out. Bowers has a pretty deep resume, having had a hand in animation ranging from Who Framed Roger Rabbit to Chicken Run. But Astro Boy, based on what’s been released thus far, still looks like another bargain bin $40 million uninspired agenda that needs to hit a lucky mainstream double with kids and anime fans across the world to please investors. This movie’s future reeks of being one of those weird “looks like unfulfilled tripe but I’ll still download it with a bazillion others” bit torrent phenoms. Hope I’m wrong.

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