Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get snarky and cheat on our wives with Danny Huston, see if the world really will end on December 21st, see cosplay at its finest (or lowest), get enchanted by black and white, and make a run for the border. 

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Have you spent the last 18 years wondering what happened to Pauly Shore‘s character after the events of In the Army Now? Well, too bad, because he plans to tell you anyway. Also after the jump:

  • Hatchet 3 rounds out its cast with several horror movie stalwarts
  • Piranha 3DD releases a hilarious making-of video on Funny or Die
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger slips details about his Expendables 2 shoot
  • Should a possible Men in Black 4 be called People in Black?
  • Star Trek 2 will bring back a small supporting character
  • Timo Vuorensola will further explore the world of Iron Sky

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Good news for those eager to find out exactly why Benicio del Toro is picking on Blake Lively in that first image from Savages: Universal has just shifted the opening date for Oliver Stone‘s latest from September 28 to July 6. Savages is the only film currently scheduled to go up against Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, which hits three days before on Tuesday, July 3. It’s a bold move on the studio’s part, but it may also be a smart one — Savages could be ideal counter-programming to the comedies, actioners, and superhero flicks due out around the same time this summer.

Based on a book by Don Winslow, Savages stars Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson as a pair of small-time pot dealers who get roped into working for a Mexican cartel that kidnaps their shared girlfriend (Lively). The impressive cast also includes Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Demián Bichir, and Emile Hirsch.

After the jump, new release dates for Clint Eastwood’s Trouble With the Curve, Drafthouse Films’ The FP, and lesser known Oscar nominees Bullhead (also from Drafthouse Films) and Chico & Rita.

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The superhero-supervillain showdown is a staple of any costumed-hero flick, but writer/director Jason Trost‘s indie thriller Vs takes it to a whole new level by expanding that central conflict and mixing in an element of horror. Described as “Kick-Ass meets Saw,” Vs revolves around a quartet of young superheroes who are forced by their archnemesis Rickshaw (James Remar) to pass a series of deadly tests, lest he destroy the 100 innocent civilians he’s kidnapped. Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Sean Whalen, Nick Principe, Sophie Merkley, and Trost also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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