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Credit: Nacho Libre: Daniel Daza

Here are four new movie trailers, in various shades of funny:

Nacho Libre (June 2) I imagine that the film, like the trailer, will consist of little more than variations on the sight gag of Jack Black costumed as a masked Mexican wrestler (pictured). This could be the most patronizing movie of 2006, but the presence in the credits of director Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and screenwriter Mike White (School of Rock) gives me some faint hope.

Scary Movie 4 (April 14) If it ain’t broke… The formula seems to be working just fine here, with the invaluable Anna Faris, Leslie Nielsen, and franchise newbie Craig Bierko (doing a hilarious Tom Cruise imitation) spoofing such terrifying recent films as War of the Worlds, The Grudge, The Village, Saw, and Fahrenheit 9/11. Moviegoers often complain that all the good gags are in the trailer, but I’m betting there’s a lot more where these came from.

Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (March 3) Sure, I like Dave Chappelle as much as the next fan, and the comic appears to be at his loosest, improvisational, pre-meltdown best here, but in this trailer, I still wanted to see less of him as an emcee/prankster, and more of the incredible musical lineup he booked for his outdoor Brooklyn show in 2004, including the Fugees, Kanye West, Mos Def, Common, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu. Still, I guess we have to take whatever Chappelle we can get these days.

Find Me Guilty (March 17) When he picked up his honorary Oscar last year, veteran New York crime drama filmmaker Sidney Lumet (Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon) told the me and the other reporters backstage that Vin Diesel would shock us all with how good he is in the filmmaker’s next project, playing real-life mob defendant Jackie Dee DiNorscio, who represented himself against a team of 20 prosecutors in a massive Mob trial 20 years ago. Sure enough, Diesel is a shocker in this trailer. First of all, he has hair! Second, he’s funny! Actually, funny is kind of a shocker for Lumet, too; the closest he has ever been to comedy is the bleakly satirical Network. But the trailer makes this film, with its tagline ”Sometimes the best defense… is a little offensive,” look jaunty and fun. Cross your fingers.

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