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Movie Preview: Watch the Trailers for Hyde Park on the Hudson and The Great Gatsby Movies

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Memorial Day: For the pop-culture fanatic, it means more than just parades and barbecues. Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the big summer movie season (though it creeps up earlier and earlier each year, hence The Avengers‘ early-May release and even John Carter’s March debut). As the blockbusters start to roll out, movie studios want to make sure that their big, splashy trailers for upcoming flicks go out with them.

Most notable to our area: The trailer for Hyde Park on Hudson, which takes place in the Hudson Valley and stars Valley resident Bill Murray. I saw this one in front of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (also starring Murray), which broke limited-release box office records. Anyway, check out Murray’s FDR accent below:

(My favorite part of the whole thing? “They just left Beacon!”) The trailer had Moviefone.com wondering if an Oscar is in the cards for Murray, but I’m not sure if his performance seems showy enough. Still, he hasn’t been nominated since 2004’s Lost in Translation — his only nomination so far, and he lost to Sean Penn in Mystic River — so he might be due. What do you think?

Our next big trailer doesn’t take place in our area, but rather, a New York suburb to the southeast. If you feel like taking a trip to Jazz Age Long Island, check out Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby (which I saw paired with, of all things, Men in Black III).

It’s often said that it’s impossible to make a good movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby, but I think this one might be over-the-top enough to come close. (I mean, is that a zebra in the pool?) I regret not springing for the 3D screening of Men in Black so I could see the confetti spray out at me in the audience. What do you think — too much?

Anyone else see any good trailers this weekend? Let me know in the comments.

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