The Prime Offenders and Outstanding Examples of the best and worst of movie trailers

The following trailers now showing at your local theater have been rated Prime Offenders or Outstanding Examples and have been approved for all readers


The Negotiator (Warner Bros.): A gripping, slam-bang clip that’s spoiled in the end when it reveals a key turning point involving stars Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. (Unlike the preview, we won’t ruin it for you.)

Pleasantville (New Line): The lengthy clip for this comedy, about two kids (Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon) thrust into the black-and-white world of a ’50s TV show, seems to leave none of the film’s colorful gimmicks to the imagination.

Mighty Joe Young (Disney): Unlike Godzilla‘s witty teasers, which built anticipation by withholding shots of the whole monster, Young‘s preview shows the overgrown monkey being captured, escaping from the zoo, and running rampant through the city. What’s left for the film?


There’s Something About Mary (Twentieth Century Fox): The snappy and funny preview for the Farrelly brothers’ latest romp follows comedy’s golden rule: Leave ’em wanting more.

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (Sony): A spooky, moody teaser starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, it hooks you without revealing any real footage.

Small Soldiers (DreamWorks): Crammed with nifty F/X shots, this clip explains the premise and throws in a few witty sight gags without giving away the story.