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Weekly Trailer Report: ‘World War Z,’ ‘Warm Bodies’ and More

The weekly trailer report is here, and with it, a host of new movies to excite your eyeballs and brain cells.

A few big budget blockbusters, including the Brad Pitt zombie outbreak film “World War Z,” and the continuation of Channing Tatum’s star power takeover in “G.I. Joe Retaliation,” hit the airwaves. Also up is the latest Steven Soderbergh film about the dangers of psychiatry and medication, “Side Effects.”

Action makes a strong showing with Andy Garcia as an ex-CIA operative on a dark mission in “A Dark Truth,” and Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the screen as a sheriff up against a hostile drug lord in “The Last Stand.” There’s plenty of horror for the shock enthusiasts among us, including a Santa Claus killer in “Silent Night,” Elijah Wood making an appearance as a slasher in “Maniac” and a case of creepy kids ruining a couple’s vacation in “Come Out and Play.”

The much lauded documentary “West of Memphis” gets a trailer, and smaller indie gems such as the zombie love story with a twist, “Warm Bodies,” the dark murder romantic comedy “Country Cottage,” the biopic about the life of a Brazilian soccer star, “Heleno,” and the quirky film about an Italian horror film sound effects producer, “Berberian Sound Studio,” flourish.

As always, we want to hear what gets your pulse pounding, so let us know which of these films excites you.

‘Warm Bodies’

When a zombie falls in love with a girl, their romance may shake up the undead world in a way that’s never been seen before.
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich
Release Date: Feb. 1, 2013

‘Jurassic Park 3D’

The 20th anniversary of “Jurassic Park” sees the film about a dinosaur theme park gone wrong with a 3-D release!
Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum
Release Date: April 5, 2013

‘World War Z’

A United Nations employee struggles in his attempts to stop a violent zombie outbreak across the globe.
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and David Morse
Release Date: June 21, 2013

‘Side Effects’

In this thriller from director Steven Soderbergh, a married couple deals with the fallout of the wife’s prescription drug problem as the husband is released from jail.
Starring: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Jude Law
Release Date: Feb. 8, 2013

‘G.I. Joe Retaliation’

The G.I. Joes are at it again in their battle against Cobra, but also face extreme measures from within their own government.
Starring: Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson and Ray Park
Release Date: March 29, 2013

‘The Last Stand’

A sheriff and his staff are all that stand between an escaped drug warlord and freedom.
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eduardo Noriega and Forest Whitaker
Release Date: Jan. 18, 2013


NSFW: A horror film revolving around the quiet owner of a mannequin shop and a beautiful young artist who seeks his assistance and unwittingly unleashes his urge to kill.
Starring: Elijah Wood, America Olivo and Liane Balaban
Release Date: Dec. 26, 2012

‘A Dark Truth’

An ex-CIA operative is called back into duty when an explosive secret is uncovered in Ecuador.
Starring: Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria and Forest Whitaker
Release Date: Jan 4, 2013


A dramatic biopic revolving around the life of tragic soccer star Heleno de Freitas.
Starring: Rodrigo Santoro, Priscila Assum and Othon Bastos
Release Date: Dec. 7, 2012

‘Cottage Country’

An intended country proposal gone wrong leads to murder in this dark comedy.
Malin Åkerman, Lucy Punch and Tyler Labine
Release Date:

‘Silent Night’

A serial killer Santa is on the loose in a small Midwestern town, much to the chagrin of local law enforcement.
Starring: Jaime King, Malcolm McDowell and Ellen Wong
Release Date: Nov. 30, 2012

‘Escape from Planet Earth’

An animated adventure that finds an alien astronaut in deep trouble when he responds to an SOS from a hostile planet.
Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker and James Gandolfini
TV Release Date:
Feb. 14, 2013

‘West of Memphis’

A documentary exploration of the mishandling of the case against the West Memphis Three.
Starring: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols and Jessie Misskelley
Release Date:
Dec. 25, 2012

‘Come Out and Play’

A horror thriller that tracks a couple on vacation who visit a strange island and face terrifying consequences.
Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Vinessa Shaw
Release Date:

‘Berberian Sound Studio’

In this horror comedy, life begins to imitate art as a sound engineers works on the sound effects for an Italian horror film.
Tonia Sotiropoulou, Toby Jones and Susanna Cappellaro
Release Date:

Categories: Columns, Trailer Roundup

Tags: A Dark Truth, Berberian sound studio, Come Out and Play, Country Cottage, Escape from Planet Earth, Heleno, Maniac, Silent Night, The Last Stand, West of Memphis, World war z

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