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Weekly Trailer Report: ‘Despicable Me 2,’ ‘Quartet’ & More

This is a grab bag week: a little romance, a little quirk, a little action and plenty of movies to whet your appetite for the coming months.

We got a look at the zippy characters in the upcoming “Despicable Me 2,” as well as a look at the opera singer comedy directed by Dustin Hoffman, “Quartet.”

Not to be outdone, there’s a trailer for teen high school comedy “Struck by Lightning,” the Army drama starring Bow Wow, “Allegiance,” the action thriller “Bullet to the Head,” and the Indian magical realism film “Midnight’s Children.” Werewolves abound in the Brit laugher “Love Bite,” we take a turn for the very weird with “John Dies at the End,” animated family film “Delhi Safari” tugs at the heartstrings while indie rom com “Finding Joy” gives us a happy feeling, while the quirky independent “Sassy Pants” shows us the softer side of growing up.

Documentaries make a strong showing with a look at the plight of those in the Western Sahara with “Sons of the Clouds,” a doc about the Australian musician Ben Lee, “Catch My Disease,” and we learn more about the world of pro skateboarding with “Waiting for Lightning.”

There’s plenty of gems here, so check them all out and let us know what makes your short list, in the comments below!

‘Despicable Me 2′

While the plot is unknown at this time, those quirky little minions sure make a ruckus in this new trailer!
Starring: Steve Carell, Al Pacino and Kristen Wiig
Release Date: July 3, 2013

‘Quartet’

Dustin Hoffman directs this comedy revolving around a home for retired opera singers, the outlandish characters who live there and the lengths they will go to save their home.
Starring: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon and Billy Connolly
Release Date: Jan. 4, 2013

‘Struck by Lightning’

In this quirky comedy, a young high school student is determined to become a literary star and blackmails his classmates into writing for his school literary journal.
Starring:
Chris Colfer, Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks and Sarah Hyland
Release Date:
Jan. 13, 2013

‘Allegiance’

In this Army drama, a man must choose between helping a fellow soldier go AWOL or his loyalties to his country and his fiance.
Starring: Aidan Quinn, Bow Wow and Seth Gabel
Release Date: TBD

‘Sons of the Clouds’

A documentary look at the marginalized people living in the Western Sahara, helmed by actor Javier Bardem.
Starring:
Javier Bardem, Elena Anaya and Carlos Bardem
Release Date:
TBD

‘John Dies at the End’

In this strange mind-bender, an unlikely duo seeks to stop the known universe from falling apart at the seams thanks to a new kind of drug that alters time and space.
Starring:
Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes and Paul Giamatti
Release Date:
Jan. 25, 2013

‘Midnight’s Children’

A pair of boys born within moments of India gaining freedom are switched at birth, changing their destiny and the future of India forever.
Starring: Satya Bhabha, Shahana Goswami and Rajat Kapoor
Release Date: Nov. 2, 2012

‘Love Bite’

This zany British comedy finds a werewolf on the loose as young lads look for love.
Starring:
Jessica Szohr, Ed Speleers and Timothy Spall
Release Date:
TBD

‘Delhi Safari’

An animated adventure that follows jungle animals in an attempt to save their jungle.
Starring:
Christopher Lloyd, Cary Elwes and Tom Kenny
TV Release Date:
Dec. 7, 2012

‘Bullet to the Head’

In this action thriller, a cop and a hitman form an unlikely alliance in order to bring down a mutual enemy.
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa and Christian Slater
Release Date:
Feb. 1, 2013

‘Ben Lee: Catch My Disease’

A documentary that takes a look at the success and stardom of Australian singer Ben Lee.
Starring: Ben Lee, Zooey Deschanel, Claire Danes and Ione Skye
DVD Release Date: Nov. 6, 2012

‘Finding Joy’

A comedy drama in which a young man loses everything only to find out that love and family matter more than he thought.
Starring:
Josh Cooke, Liane Balaban and Barry Bostwick
Release Date:
TBD

‘Waiting for Lightning’

A documentary that focuses in on the life and work of professional skateboarder Danny Way, including his attempt to jump the Great Wall of China.
Starring:
Crystal Ackley, Mike Blabc and Ken Block
Release Date:
Dec. 7, 2012

‘Sassy Pants’

A teenager who has been homeschooled her whole life breaks away from her overprotective mother and sets out on a quest to find herself.
Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Anna Gunn and Ashley Rickards
Release Date: Oct. 26, 2012


Categories: Trailer Roundup

Tags: Allegiance, Bullet to the Head, Catch My Disease, Delhi Safari, Despicable Me 2, Love Bite, Midnight's Children, Quartet, Sons of the Clouds, Struck by Lightning, Waiting for Lightning