You can always tell when summer is definitively drawing to a close: the trailers start showing up for films that won't be coming out until next year. Here's a few looks in advance, plus one that's a little closer to home.
The Last Stand (opening January 18, 2013)
The Details: With the exception of small parts in both The Expendables movies, this is Arnold Schwarzenegger's proper return to filmmaking after the end of his political career. Ahnuld plays -- why not? -- the sheriff of a sleepy southern California desert town. When an escaped drug cartel leader makes a run for the border, his explosive convoy runs straight through Schwarzenegger's town, and he gathers a posse to stop him. Forest Whitaker and Genesis Rodriguez play the FBI agents in charge. Peter Stormare, Johnny Knoxville, Luis Guzman (Yes!) and Harry Dean Stanton (YES!!!) fill out the cast. Korean director Jee-woon Kim makes his North American film debut.
The Trailer: A good old-fashioned action film trailer, all bullets flying, cars crashing and fireballs exploding, intercut with people talking intently on cell phones. Looks like the townspeople will be providing most of the comic relief, although Arnold tosses off a few of his patented quips as well.
The Buzz: This looks like a mix of Walking Tall, High Noon and a touch of No Country for Old Men. I like that Arnold is explicitly acknowledging his advancing age before the cans of whup-ass get opened, too. You know this is gonna do big business.