TEASER: "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"

Right on schedule, here's the first look at the concluding chapter of The Hobbit trilogy. All I can say about it is that I hope it's better than the first two (I always thought Return of the King was the best entry in the original LOTR series), but I don't have a lot of faith in it. I still think there was way too much filler and fat on this "trilogy" because it never needed to be three films in the first place. Five Armies is coming out Dec. 17th.

TEASER: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1"

Finally, the real first teaser for Mockingjay- Part 1 shows up. It's about time too, because I was just getting fed up with all those stupid fake ads they were doing for it. Not that you can really see much more from this minute long tease- just that Julianne Moore shows up and Philip Seymour Hoffman is still around, having just completed the scenes for this, his final film, before his death. Coming out in November, as always.

COMIC-CON FIRST LOOK: "Mad Max: Fury Road"

I don't know if there was any real interest in another Mad Max movie after all these years, but even if there wasn't, this trailer looks pretty awesome, right? George Miller, director of the original films, is back to helm this new one starring Tom Hardy (presumably as the titular character, although I'm not sure if it's a prequel or what) and Charlize Theron in the apocalyptic future of old. I never thought anything could top that chase scene from The Road Warrior, but it sure looks like they're going to try in this. Fury Road's coming out next summer.

FIRST LOOK: Ben Affleck as Batman

Since Comic-Con's happening right now, the studios are putting out sneaks and teases for their fanboy related projects coming up, and here's the Batfleck one everyone's talking about.

So there you go. I have literally no reaction to this picture though. They went back to the small ears and a mask where he can't turn his head, but other than that it's pretty boring. We all know what the limited Ben Affleck will be like as Bruce Wayne/Batman, so I can't get excited over whether or not he has a better chin for the mask than the other Batmans did. Sorry.

TRAILER: "Hot Tub Time Machine 2"

Kind of amazing that Hot Tub Time Machine got a sequel in the first place, isn't it? The sleeper/cult sci-fi comedy from 2010 got most of the cast back except for arguably, the most important member in John Cusack. Think that'll hurt the movie? Hard to tell. It looks pretty nutty and since it's the same director and writer as the first one, it'll probably be more or less what fans of the first want to see again. It's coming out on Christmas Day.

TRAILER: "Fifty Shades of Grey"

Expect this to be a huge hit next February, given how insanely popular the books were. I don't know, it looks kinda cheesy to me. I do like Jamie Dornan (he plays the creepy serial killer on The Fall), but here he just looks a million times tamer. You probably think that's a good thing, since he's actually not supposed to be a killer in this one, but he is supposed to have an intimidating, more dangerous look about him. I don't see it in this. Also, the whole touch of having Beyonce's re-mixed version of "Crazy in Love" playing over the trailer makes it seem extra marketed. This is just phony sensuality for a broad audience, not true eroticism (which actually makes it pretty close to the books I guess, given how trashy they were).

TRAILER: "Whiplash"

Finally, the movie that got the biggest reaction out of Sundance has a trailer out, and is set for release on October 10th. Have to say, it does look pretty great. Whiplash also stirred up Oscar buzz way back in January for J.K. Simmons as the sadistic music teacher you see here. Miles Teller looks good too as the student (his most significant performance so far was in last year's teen drama The Spectacular Now). Can't wait to see this one.

Blu-Ray Pick of the Week: "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957)

One of the great courtroom drama mysteries is out on blu-ray this week. This is a Billy Wilder essential (one of my all time favorite directors) with an all-star cast consisting of Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Marlene Dietrich and Tyrone Power. With that much star power on the screen you've got to check it out, right? Based on an Agatha Christie story (usually considered the best ever film adaptation of one of her works) and featuring the great Marlene Dietrich's best ever performance, this is a can't miss classic from the 1950's.

Original 1957 Trailer:

TRAILER: "Dear White People"

Another Sundance hit, from newcomer Justin Simien, who wrote and directed this satire about racial politics in the present day (which already makes it a refreshing take on the topic, since most movies about racism stay squarely focused on the long ago past). It got great reviews out of the festival and is coming out October 17th, so keep an eye out for this one, which is bound to garner a lot of press in the fall, be it due to controversy or praise.