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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Gamer,' 'Extract' & More

Evan Crean Evan Crean
August 31st, 2009 11:11am EDT
GamerQuentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" is my recommendation for the must-see movie of the summer. Anyone who has an appreciation for Tarantino's films will love this WWII epic.

Divided into chapters like his other directorial work, this story follows a much more linear path than earlier movies, but it still reflects his unique style and flair. Musically "Inglourious Basterds" feels like one part spaghetti western, one part 80s rock ballad, elevating the intensity of emotions and violence in a number of scenes.

As Lt. Aldo Raine, Brad Pitt is a crude, ruthless, brutally honest laugh-riot, spouting off some hilarious one-liners. Christoph Waltz, who plays Col. Hans Landa, is the perfect foil for Raine; smooth, sophisticated, and oozing a twisted kindness despite the nature of his work.

Showcasing the talent of directing teams, this week promises the release of three films directed by two person teams. Coming to theaters are "Gamer," "Extract," "Carriers," "All About Steve," and "No Impact Man: The Documentary."



In a bleak future, humans can control other humans in a large-scale online gaming world where players fight to the death. A star character from the first-person shooting game "Slayers" seeks to free himself from the game's control and to take out the game's evil architect.

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the twisted minds that brought us the "Crank" series, write and direct this grim futuristic tale. Gerard Butler stars the game's most successful character fighting for survival against its designer played by Michael C. Hall of television's "Dexter."

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Moviegoers that crave stories which take place in a dark, not-so-distant future where humanity takes a backseat to entertainment, will most likely indulge in "Gamer." From the trailer, it seems those who can appreciate mindless, violent action movies like "Crank" and "Death Race" are the very same people who will be entertained by this film.

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The manager of a flower extract manufacturing plant tries to stay afloat despite a variety of personal and professional problems like a potentially adulterous wife, an attractive new temp, and employees that are attempting to take advantage of him.

He gave oppressed cubicle dwellers a chance to rebel in his 1999 surprise hit "Office Space," and now writer/director Mike Judge returns to workplace comedy with "Extract." Portraying the troubled head honcho is "Arrested Development's" Jason Bateman. Bateman is supported by Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, Mila Kunis, and J.K. Simmons.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Office workers of the world who united in support of "Office Space" will no doubt want to see Mike Judge's new work-themed comedy. Fans of his cartoon creations "King Of The Hill" and "Beavis And Butthead," should appreciate the same brand of irreverent humor which can be seen in the trailer for "Extract."





Four young people are racing across the United States, in a last ditch effort to avoid a viral pandemic. Over the span of several days, they face difficult ethical decisions; the ultimate result of those decisions will determine their survival.

After making a few shorts, brothers Àlex Pastor and David Pastor write and direct their first feature length project with "Carriers." Chris Pine, now famous for his role as Kirk in the summer's new "Star Trek" reboot, stars as one of the film's protagonists.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Audiences that flock to combination horror/thriller type movies would be inclined to check this movie out. Viewers who get a certain thrill out of watching a group of young people trying to desperately trying to outrun a mysterious deadly force will be glued to the screen with "Carriers."



ALL ABOUT STEVE

After Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock) goes out on a date with a CNN cameraman (Bradley Cooper), the clever crossword puzzle maker decides he is the only one for her. As she chases him around the country alienating him, she discovers a crew of misfits who appreciate her eccentricity.

With experience primarily in shorts and television, Phil Trail makes his film directing debut with this quirky romantic comedy. Kim Baker, who penned Robin Williams' 2007 film "License to Wed," wrote the screenplay for "All About Steve."

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Women that think Bradley Cooper is dreamy will want to check this one out. Anyone who likes a nontraditional romantic comedy will enjoy the role reversal of this movie, with the nerdy woman hopelessly chasing after the man.






This documentary follows a family from Manhattan trying to give up its high consumption lifestyle to achieve no net environmental impact for 1 year.

Documentary directors Laura Cabbert and Justin Schein team up for this eco-friendly look at family life. In the past, Schein has worked as a cinematographer in reality television, specifically for the MTV show "True Life."

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Environmentally conscious individuals would be the most interested in seeing this movie. They will want to see how the family strives to reduce its carbon footprint on society, and more importantly how successful or unsuccessful the family is at accomplishing its goal.




Evan Crean
Story by Starpulse contributing writer Evan Crean, a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with a practically photographic memory of actors and directors. Get a first look at the movies premiering each week, which which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent and which ones aren't worth your time.