(Cameron Diaz in The Counselor)

There’s plenty of outrage in the air after this week’s announcement that Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel 2 movie. The supporters are reminding us that Heath Ledger was an unpopular choice as The Joker. The detractors are reminding us that Ben was the worst superhero ever in Daredevil (well, on par with his wife Jennifer Garner as Elektra and Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern. *shivers*).

So maybe I’ll be skipping Man of Steel 2…which reminds me that I also skipped Man of Steel 1. But I will NOT be skipping a few other films coming soon. Today the latest Simon Pegg x Edgar Wright vehicle The World’s End hits theaters and I keep hearing it’s completely awesome…even better than their classic zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead! So I’ll try to see that after all this VMA fuss is over.

But what I’m really looking forward to is…
The Counselor, out on Oct. 25. Ridley Scott (Alien, Prometheus) has teamed up with writer Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men) for this crime thriller about a lawyer who starts dabbling in drug dealing….obviously that’s not going to end well for the lawyer (Michael Fassbender), his wife (Penelope Cruz), or his partners Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem in another crazy hairdo, and Cameron Diaz (looking like the white Griselda Blanco with a full body cheetah-print tattoo). Just don’t let this be trash like that Olivier Stone bomb, Savages. UGH.
Watch the latest trailer….

More movies to put on your must-see list…
The Grandmaster: can it top Ip Man 1 and 2?
And the ultimate urban dirt-bike rider documentary: 12 O’Clock
Check out more previews, after the jump

The Grandmaster: Wong-Kar Wai (director of trippy gorgeous Hong Kong flicks like In The Mood For Love, Chungking Express, etc) takes on the mythology of Ip Man, the real life kung fu master who taught Bruce Lee. Starring Tony Leung, who is the dreamiest tough guy in all Chinese film, imho…as well as House of Flying Dagger‘s Ziyi Zhang doing some hardcore fighting. The film has already come out in Asia, but we will finally get to see it here on Aug. 30th. The director broke down some special scenes with Vulture, and this new trailer (above) features narration by RZA and the song “Rivers of Blood” by RZA and Raekwon.
But honestly…if you haven’t seen the official, non-hip hop trailer yet…watch this:

I’ve been hearing raves about a documentary called 12 O’Clock Boys ever since it screened at SXSW earlier this year, and now it finally got picked up for distribution by Oscilloscope (the company co-founded by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch RIP). The doc, directed by Lotfy Nathan, follows a crew of die-hard, battle scarred, inner city dirt-bike riders in Baltimore. And as a gal who was fully obsessed with dirt-bikes and street riding in my past life…you can see why this is near and dear to my heart. Can’t wait to finally see this in 2014!

Is there anything that you’re looking forward to seeing in the theaters that I need to put on my list?

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