Trailer Thursdays: Aliens, Devil DJs and a 12-Step Program

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Welcome to Trailer Thursday, where we help you decide what to do with your Friday night. Here’s what’s coming out tomorrow.


Tom Cruise is stationed on an alien-ravaged Earth, circa 2071 Shenanigans ensue. Morgan Freeman.

See it if:

- You just love Tom Cruise movies where he plays a hero named Jack.
- You want to see a pretty movie. Even critics who didn't love the plot or the acting think the film is gorgeous.
- You're a sucker for post-apocalyptic movies. If you are, by the way, get excited: Judging by the movies that are slated for release for the rest of 2013, we're about to enter the Year of a Thousand Apocalypses (World War Z, After Earth, This is the End, Elysium, Catching Fire, The Smurfs 2).

Home Run

A professional baseball player has to return to his tiny hometown to go through an eight-week rehab program if he wants to keep his fancy job. He also ends up coaching a misfit Little League team. I'm guessing there are valuable life lessons and some homespun wisdom involved.

See it if:

- You love Lifetime movies.

The Lords of Salem

A radio DJ in Salem, Mass., receives a mysterious record that plays backwards and recounts horrible violence. When the DJ plays it on air (because of course she does), it plays like a normal record and becomes a massive local hit. Soon, the "band" responsible comes to town.

See it if:

- You've enjoyed Rob Zombie's other fare, such as Halloween, House of 1000 Corpses, and that Woolite commercial.
- You feel smart when you spot in-jokes or sly references in movies (guilty as charged). I saw at least four references to other horror movies just in that clip, and the cast features actors from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, They Live, Dawn of the Dead and The Hills Have Eyes, among others.