April 25, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

From a 15-foot-tall Hulk to a fitter-than-ever Demi Moore, this summer’s movies will be full of special effects. For now, the only place to get a glimpse at such movie marvels (along with laughs, action, and all the other non-air-conditioning reasons to hit the theater) is in their trailers. From ”Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” to ”American Wedding,” EW.com takes a critical look at some of the newest three-minute epics.

”Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde” (July 2)
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Premise Armed with a Harvard Law degree and a French manicure, Reese Witherspoon’s Elle Woods goes to Washington (wearing Jackie O. pink, natch) to lobby against animal testing of her beloved cosmetics.
Slogan ”There are those who make the law — and those who make it look good.”
Percentage of plot revealed in trailer 80
Verdict Yeah, we get it: Elle likes to wear pink. With the first ”Legally Blonde” airing roughly 50 times a day on cable, this trailer suffers from franchise overexposure. Nonetheless, Witherspoon is adorable as Elle, and there are enough laughs (such as when she presents a pink, scented bill to Congress) to suggest that ”Blonde 2” will offer a welcome diversion from the summer’s fanboy blockbusters. B

”S.W.A.T.” (Aug. 8)
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Premise Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, and Michelle Rodriguez play badass special weapons and tactics (S.W.A.T.) officers in a film inspired by a ’70s TV show we’re too young or clueless to remember. The movie’s plot revolves around a captured drug lord — not that we learned that from the trailer.
Slogan ”Even cops dial 9-1-1.”
Percentage of plot revealed Zilch
Verdict Hard to say. ”S.W.A.T.”’s trailer — a series of jump cuts showing the elite cops kicking in doors, riding in helicopters, drinking beers, etc. — reveals very little about the film. And Farrell’s rakish charm — surely the flick’s key selling point — is hardly on display in shots of him marching grim-faced in uniform. C

”Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” (July 2)
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Premise Arnold’s Terminator is back (as he so often promised), and he’s the good guy again, protecting John Connor (Nick Stahl) from an evil Terminatrix (Kristanna Loken). Oh yeah, and the end of the world is imminent.
Slogan ”Our last hope in the war against the machines will be one of them.”
Percentage of plot revealed in trailer 10
Verdict It’s hard not to be suspicious of a ”Terminator” movie made without mastermind James Cameron; it’s like a ”Star Wars” film without George Lucas on board (on second thought, maybe THAT wouldn’t be so bad). And early glimpses of ”T3” have been unimpressive — changing Arnie’s slogan to ”She’ll be back”? But with its meaty shots of a full-metal-jacketed army of Terminators, and nifty Terminatrix action (she does a Linda Blair-like reversal trick with her legs), the latest trailer is an encouraging sign of life for a long-abandoned saga. B

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