This is a good weekend for movies. Birdman, Dear White People, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya are all opening and are all worth your time, so choose wisely. As for what else you'll be spending your time watching? Below we've rounded up nine trailers from this week so you can see what's coming up ahead.
The Hunger Games — Mockingjay Part 1
This isn't quite a trailer but isn't quite a clip either. Either way, it's a moody look at Katniss' return to Return to District 12 in Mockingjay Part 1. As you'd expect, things are looking pretty bleak. The movie is in theaters November 21st.
Everyone who saw Chris Rock's new film premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month flipped out, to put it lightly, sparking a bidding war between studios that'll have it out in theaters this December. Written and directed by Rock, Top Five is about a comedy star trying to transition to being a serious actor, without much luck. It's produced by Jay Z, Kanye West, and Questlove, and, as though that wasn't enough talent, it costars a ton of incredible comedians.
Angelina Jolie's third film as director is Unbroken, which tells the story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who was captured during World War II after floating for over a month at sea. It's definitely being set up as an inspirational film, and it's increasingly looking like a strong one. It's out this Christmas.
Oh my god this looks adorable. Remember Disney's incredible short film Paperman? Its animation head is the director behind the upcoming short Feast. It'll be playing in front of Big Hero 6, so everyone out to see that when it's released on November 7th will get to see this too.
Microsoft has already all-but given up on creating original programming for its game console, but Sony is just about to get started. Powers, coming this winter, is its first series for the PlayStation 4. It's a cop drama in a world where villains have superpowers and the heroes don't. It's trying to look super intense, but uh… we all remember how Heroes turned out.
Dying of the Light
Dying of the Light hits every single plot point that you'd expect a CIA thriller to hit, but it's worth checking out just for the names involved. For one, it stars Nicolas Cage. And on top of that, it's written and directed by Paul Schrader, who you may know as the writer of Taxi Driver, the co-writer of Raging Bull, or, infamously, as the director of The Canyons. It's out December 5th.
This is supposed to be one of the best dramas of the year, and every trailer for Foxcatcher so far has made it clear why. The film looks deeply unsettling, and that's all aided by what's supposed to be an incredible performance by Steve Carell. It tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling champion Mark Schultz and his relationship with the increasingly unstable John du Pont. It'll be in theaters November 14th.
Why Don't You Play in Hell?
Why Don't You Play in Hell? looks like an insane B-movie action/comedy, and it may just be wild enough to pull it all off. The film is about a clash between two yakuza clans… and a filmmaking crew that wants to turn it all into a movie. It opens November 7th.
In the Heart of the Sea
Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea tells the story of the whaling ship that served as inspiration for Moby-Dick. Perhaps it should be no surprise, then, that the events aboard this ship turn fairly action packed. It'll be in theaters March 13th.