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Weekly Trailer Report: ‘The Mortal Instruments,’ ‘Oz,’ ‘Europa’ and More

A little bit of this, a little bit of that, and before you know it, Friday’s here again and we’ve whipped up a special trailer report, just for you.

A dramatic new vintage trailer for the Lindsay Lohan starrer “The Canyons,” a riotous drinking romp with “21 and Over” and a tender father and son drama “In Our Nature.”

Fantasy and adventure turn in a strong showing this week, with the mysterious space jaunt “Europa,” a new trailer for the James Franco film “Oz the Great and Powerful” and a new alien infiltration film from the mind of Twilight scribe Stephenie Meyer, “The Host.”

Horror rears its ugly head with a massive collaboration, “The ABCs of Death,” as well as the afterlife inspired “Hellgate,” bringing up the rear is the shocking prison drama “K-11.”

The hodge podge of leftovers includes an animated film about a cat seeking religion, “The Rabbi’s Cat,” as well as a documentary exploring the nature of young love, “Only the Young.”

‘Oz the Great and Powerful’

A fantastical exploration into the origin of the Wizard of Oz, and the struggles he faces in uniting the land of Oz.
James Franco, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz
Release Date:
March 8, 2013

’21 and Over’

Two friends seek to give their friend the birthday party of a lifetime, on the eve of his medical entrance exam.
Miles Teller, Justin Chon and Skylar Astin
TV Release Date:
March 1, 2013

‘The Host’

This drama follows a romance between a young man and a girl inhabited by an alien life force.
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger and Max Irons
Release Date:
March 29, 2013


Little is known about this mysterious film, but we do know it centers on a cadre of astronauts sent to Jupiter’s icy moon.
Starring: Christian Camargo, Sharlto Copley and Michael Nyqvist
Release Date: 2013

‘The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones’

A young girl’s life is destroyed when her mother is taken from her, opening her eyes to a whole new fantastical world where she may hold the power to save humanity.
Starring: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Release Date: Aug. 23, 2013

‘In Our Nature’

In this drama, a father and son struggle to reconcile the past, over a long weekend with their new lovers.
Starring: Jena Malone, Gabrielle Union, John Slattery and Zach Gilford
Release Date: Dec. 7, 2012

‘The Canyons’

From the minds of Paul Schrader and Bret Easton Ellis comes a tale of sex, drugs and youth, set in Los Angeles. This second trailer for the film is campy, through and through.
Lindsay Lohan, James Deen and Gus Van Sant
Release Date:

‘The Rabbi’s Cat’

An animated adventure that follows the exploits of a 1920s talking cat who wishes to convert to Judaism.
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Hafsia Herzi and Mohamed Fellag
Release Date: Dec. 14, 2012

‘The ABCs of Death’

NSFW: A horror film from 26 different writers and directors that explores the violence and gruesome nature of the alphabet of death and destruction.
Starring: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Iván González and Kyra Zagorsky
Release Date: March 8, 2013


A businessman’s life is shattered when his family is torn from him, and he finds himself seemingly trapped between two worlds.
Starring: Liz Burnette, Cary Elwes, William Hurt and John Henbest
Release Date: TBD


After coming off a drug and alcohol high, a record producer finds himself in a section of the Los Angeles prison reserved for transsexuals in this dramatic thriller.
Starring: Goran Visnjic, Kate del Castillo and D.B. Sweeney
Release Date: TBD

‘Only the Young’

A documentary centering on three different teenagers and their romantic yearnings.
Starring: Kristen Cheriegate, Kevin Conway and Skye Elmore
Release Date: TBD

Categories: Columns, Trailer Roundup

Tags: 21 and Over, Europa, Hellgate, In our Nature, K-11, Only the Young, Oz: The Great and Powerful, The ABCs of death, The Canyons, The Host, The Rabbi's Cat

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