Although the 3D animated pic Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and the gritty cops & robbers drama The Town could not be more different, both look to be a hit with moviegoers when they arrive within a week’s time of one another this September.

Legend of the Guardians is based off the children’s fantasy book series by Kathryn Lasky and revolves around Soren, a young owl who must seek the aid of the famous guardians when he and his fellow owlets incur the wrath of the vicious Pure Ones (they’re owls too, see ;-) ).

The film features voice performances from some pretty solid names, including Helen Mirren, Sam Neil, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, and Hugo Weaving – alongside younger stars like Abbie Cornish and Emilie de Ravin.  300‘s Zach Snyder directed the flick, which was also produced by his wife, Deborah.

Three new TV spots have been unveiled for Legend of the Guardians, which showcase the film’s impressive animation style and colorful visual composition.  Snyder may not be the most personal auteur working in the movie business, but he certainly knows how to create some truly beautiful imagery in the digital age of cinema.

See what I mean by watching the TV spots below:

The Town

Ben Affleck is back in the director’s chair for another Boston-set crime drama with The Town.  Affleck stars as Doug MacRay, the ruthless leader of a gang of bank robbers who falls for Claire Keesey (played by Rebecca Hall) – a bank manager that he and his cronies took hostage on their last job.

Doug develops an intimate relationship with Claire and soon finds himself wanting to leave his life of crime behind – of course, that is easier said than done, especially now that F.B.I. agent Adam Frawley (Jon Hamm) is looking to take Doug and his partners-in-crime down for good.

The first trailer for The Town portrayed the film as riveting crime drama in the vein of The Departed – judging by this new collection of TV spots, the comparison seems quite justifiable.  Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone was a surprisingly well-made film, so that bodes well for his followup.

Watch the 5 new TV spots for The Town below:

The Town will arrive in regular theaters in the U.S. on September 17th, 2010.  Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole will hit 2D & 3D theaters a week later on September 24th.

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