This could be a busy weekend for movie goers. Interstellar is finally open, Disney is releasing Big Hero 6, and the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything is now in theaters. Even if Interstellar was at the top of your hype list this year, there's still a lot to look forward to through the end of December and into early next year. To find out what, you can check out the 11 best trailers we saw this week below.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
A good 13 years after Peter Jackson first brought us to Middle-earth, he's bringing us back for one final — and hopefully quite conclusive — journey. A final trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies just debuted this week, and it makes it very clear that there's an epic battle ahead of everyone. We're ready to see it. It's out December 17th.
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is back with Chappie, his next sci-fi film, this time about an intelligent robot being raised by a pair of gangsters. Oh, and those gangsters are played by members of the highly eccentric rap group Die Antwoord. It looks really interesting, with Blomkamp and his actors bringing a seriously unique character to its strange world. It'll open next year on March 6th.
Having not seen Despicable Me, I've been pretty confused about why everyone loves these Minions things, but the first trailer for their spinoff movie is meant to catch us all up in a pretty hilarious two-minute trip through time. It's hard to say how it'll manage across an entire feature, but it does pretty darn well here. It'll be in theaters July 10th.
This is more of a featurette than a trailer, but look: Girls is a really funny a thoughtful show, and I'm looking forward to its fourth season next year. It comes back January 11th.
Again, not quite a trailer, but Netflix has put together a very cool behind-the-scenes look at Marco Polo that's worth checking out. This show looks huge, and this video makes it pretty clear why people have been suggesting this is Netflix's attempt at a Game of Thrones. One thing's for sure: the locations definitely look epic.
A Most Violent Year
A Most Violent Year looks like it's working in the vein of classic crime dramas, and we have no complaints with that. It focuses on a couple, played by Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac, whose likely illicit business finds them in constant contention with New York cops. It opens December 31st.
Hardcore is everything terrible about first-person shooters turned into a movie — or, at least, a trailer for a movie that'll be finished if a crowdfunding campaign is completed. Hardcore is a feature-length action film shot in first person, showing you exactly what the protagonist sees, who he's shooting, and how he's killing them. On one hand, it's admirable how well it recreates the feeling of watching someone play a boring FPS. On the other hand, sometimes people really like watching other people play video games, so maybe this will be awesome for them?
The first teaser for The Gambler was all style and no substance, but fortunately the first trailer proper actually gives us a look at what this movie's going to be like — and it's looking a good bit better. The film has Mark Wahlberg playing a gambler who seems to get into some mess over some high-stakes bets and has to work his way out of them, presumably with more betting. It'll open December 19th.
World of Warcraft: Looking for Group
Valve did it first with Dota 2, and now Blizzard is doing it with WoW: having a documentary made around one of its game's nerdiest and more passionate fan bases. Looking for Group goes inside Blizzard and talks to the fans who have come together over its software. It appears that Blizzard more or less made this film, so it's worth remembering that this documentary is also a huge ad, even if it may still be a fun watch for fans. It'll debut online on November 8th.
Into The Woods
Here's the Into The Woods trailer that fans of Stephen Sondheim's musical have been waiting for: one that actually includes some music. The film has a huge, all-star cast, and it looks like it's doing a good job of adapting the fairy-tale mashup to screen. It opens on Christmas day.
This looks like it's going to be pretty great: Selma is a biopic about Martin Luther King, Jr., focusing on the voting rights movement and the march from Selma onward in protest. It looks really smart, compelling, and full of character, so you should definitely check it out. It'll be in theaters starting on Christmas day.