The STV Trailer Park: with The Campaign, Ted, Killer Joe and Resident Evil: Retribution

With Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis – oh, come on, you know how to pronounce his name by now – teaming up for a comedy about two buffoonish politicians clashing during a campaign, surely this can’t fail?

Hopefully not, though Ferrell’s ‘loud surreal exclamations’ routine doesn’t seem as sharp as it once once. Mind you, his character does seem largely informed by his famously spot-on George W Bush impersonation, so he’s definitely in his comfort zone here.

More intriguing is Galifianakis, who strips down to the facial hair to a moustache and seems to be in quite a different role than perhaps expected as the effete outsider who – though perhaps not perfect – at least by the looks of this trailer is the only one not laying the smackdown to teeny tinies.

The Campaign is directed by Jay Roach, who handled duties for the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents series, so there should be a popular appeal beyond those usually fascinated by the minutiae of local politics. (Well, you'd certainly hope anyway.) (Release date: September 28)

Be warned, cover your ears and eyes if easily offended for this next offering. Ted may concern a grown man dealing with “the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood dream”, but when the film marks the big-screen directorial debut of Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane you should know that you’re going to have something a bit more twisted than that innocent-sounding plot-line suggests.

And sure enough the title character is a cussing, boozing, drug-taking layabout (voiced by Macfarlane) who seems to work marvellously when buddied up against another astute comedic performance by Mark Wahlberg. With Mila Kunis as the girl who comes between them, this could be one of the most laugh-out-loud movies of the summer.  (Release date: August 1)

Taking a decidedly wayward turn, now for something very definitely not of a humorous bent. Opening next month’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, Killer Joe sees Matthew McConaughey in a dark role that may forever change your perception of the usually cheerful and gregarious (and topless) actor.

Here he plays a hit man hired by Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) to take care of his evil mother so he can claim her life insurance. Things presumably go awry from there... Directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection), this has been awarded the rarely awarded adult NC-17 certificate in the US – meaning it might not always make for easy viewing – and this promises to be a film that's not so easily forgettable as most fodder is nowadays. (Release date: June 29)

Speaking of which... Resident Evil: Retribution, really? As though the last one wasn’t lame enough, here we are again with the umpteenth continuation of the computer game adaptation. It’s hard to know where to start with a series where even the first film was a disappointment –  things going rapidly downhill from there – but I guess Milla Jovovich has to pay the bills somehow, and it ain't going to be from a sequel to that flop The Three Musketeers movie last year. (Release date: September 28)

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