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Trailer of the Week – Up in The Air

The Xmas release Up in the Air finds George Clooney paired with Juno director Ivan Reitman for a dark satire of corporate America. The trailer is light on plot, heavy on atmosphere. Combine that approach with some earnest Clooney narration — instructing viewers to fit the contents of their lives into a backpack — and you’ve end up with the suburban ennui of a Magnolia or an American Beauty in miniature. A series of scenes reveal Clooney as corporate downsizer alone in hotel rooms and offices, before gradually expanding to include his coworkers and loved ones (played by Jason Bateman, J.K. Simmons, and Zach Galifianakis). Wordless moments (like Simmons showing Clooney a photo of some children or our hero arriving in the snow at the home of girlfriend Vera Farmiga) speak volumes. 

 

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