The trailers for Storage 24 get better each time. The one released earlier this month was a vast improvement over the generic-looking one we got this summer, and now a red-band version has come along to further up the ante through the power of blood and gore.

The Brit horror flick centers around four attractive young people (Noel Clarke, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Colin O’Donoghue, and Laura Haddock) stuck in a storage facility when a military plane crash wreaks havoc on the city’s systems. What starts as a minor annoyance becomes a life-or-death situation, however, when they realize that a nasty alien creature is trapped inside with them. Watch the NSFW trailer after the jump.

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Need a break from the year-end onslaught of prestigious Oscar dramas? Magnet Releasing may have just the genre palate cleanser for you. Directed by Johannes RobertsStorage 24 follows four Londoners (Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Colin O’Donoghue, Laura Haddock, and Doctor Who‘s Noel Clarke) who get trapped in a storage facility when a military plane crash shuts down the city’s power. Problem is, they’re not the only ones caught inside. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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There are lots of people who know lots of things about J.J. AbramsStar Trek 2, but no one is talking. Actually, scratch that. A lot of people are talking a lot. They’ll talk about Star Trek 2 until the cows come home. They just won’t give any specifics.

Chris Pine will talk all day about the feel of the action scenes, or how he relates to Benedict Cumberbatch‘s character, but not with specifics. Co-star Noel Clarke said he knows the title of the film, but isn’t saying. Co-writer and producer Alex Kurtzman teased at Captain Kirk’s problem with responsibility but not much else and Roberto Orci said there’s a one in four chance the title won’t use the words “Star Trek” at all.

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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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Whether the world really needs another Romeo and Juliet adaptation is up for debate, but Carlos Carlei‘s upcoming film boasts some intriguing talent, at least. The script comes from Gosford Park and Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes, while young up-and-comers like Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Ed Westwick, and Kodi Smit-McPhee are lined up to star.

The latest addition to the project is the always welcome Paul Giamatti, who’s set to play Friar Laurence. A confidant to both Romeo and Juliet, the character plays a key role in the star-crossed lovers’ fates. Shooting on the film, which is rather discouragingly being described as “Romeo and Juliet for the Twilight generation,” is slated to begin this month in Italy. [Variety]

After the jump, Dr. John Watson and the Earl of Grantham book big-screen gigs.

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Noel Clarke Joins ‘Star Trek’ Sequel

Briefly: Details remain skimpy on J.J Abrams‘ sequel to Star Trek, though the film should be shooting soon. But we’ve got one more name to add to the roster of new actors, which also includes Alice Eve and Peter Weller. Noel Clarke, the high-profile British writer/director/actor perhaps best known in the US for playing Mickey Smith in Doctor Who, has joined the cast.

Variety says he’ll play “a family man with a wife and young daughter,” which doesn’t tell us much at all about his role. I’m sure some will speculate that he’ll play as part of a flashback to Uhura’s past, but that seems like such obvious speculation that it can’t possibly be correct.

We’ll probably have to wait for a trailer to get a really good idea of what the film is all about. The Star Trek sequel will be post-converted to 3D and released on May 17, 2013.

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: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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