Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. It’s a bit of a light batch after last week’s Cannes-fueled riches, but we’ve got new titles from Anne Hathaway, Robert DeNiro, Bruce Willis, Russell Crowe, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, and Catherine Zeta Jones, as well as a Cannes winner and one of our favorite docs of the year. Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments.
Lay the Favorite
The latest from director Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, Dangeous Liasons) got some of the most scathing reviews of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and while we’re willing to admit it’s a bit of a mess, it does have one important element in its favor: a terrific dizzy dame performance by a nearly unrecognizable Rebecca Hall, who proves an unexpectedly smashing screwball comedienne. The movie loses its way mostly by forcing her bubbly character into dull relationship melodrama stuff, and the trailer wisely focuses on the faster, bouncier elements of the picture. Not a great movie, but a decent trailer that showcases the picture’s strengths and buries its weaknesses.