The Wachowskis aside, this week is almost entirely about two things: comedies and documentaries. It's a pretty great mix, especially looking at how opposed they are. For the most part, these are comedies with absurd humor, and these are documentaries focusing on a handful of deeply serious subjects. Between them, there's a whole lot to be interested in. You can check out this week's 14 best trailers below.
There are a lot of reasons to be wary about anything coming from the Wachowskis, but I'd be surprised if anyone who loves The Matrix isn't still holding out hope for what they can do. That makes this first trailer for Sense8 some good news. It's wild. It's sprawling. It's mixing myth, science fiction, and martial arts. And it looks cool. It's out on Netflix beginning June 5th.
After more than 30 years, National Lampoon's Vacation is getting a reboot / continuation, and its first trailer arrived this week. Chevy Chase cameos, but this time around Ed Helms and Christina Applegate are the stars. The trailer certainly has its moments, including one wonderfully meta discussion. It'll be out July 29th.
Magic Mike XXL
I didn't see the first Magic Mike, but the trailer for its sequel is so ridiculous and funny that I have to assume I'm missing out. Seriously, don't skip this. It'll be out July 1st.
This doesn't seem like the smartest comedy in the world, but it puts some great comedians in a situation to have a lot of fun. Absolutely Anything has a group of aliens, voiced by members of Monty Python, granting Simon Pegg's character the ability to make anything he wants come true. There's also a dog voiced by Robin Williams. It comes out in the UK on August 14th.
Of course we're going to be interested when Ian McKellen is playing Sherlock Holmes. This new trailer dives into the film's interesting premise: that Holmes is dealing with the grand impression everyone has of him because of Watson's stories. That said, you might want to stop watching about halfway through — it seems like this trailer might cover a lot of the movie. It'll be out in the US on July 17th.
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
If there's one must-watch trailer this week, it's got to be this one. Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet is a gorgeous animated film that flows through a number of different styles and original music as it tells the story of a young girl and her friendship with a man imprisoned for his poetry, all based on Gibran's work. Quvenzhané Wallis and Liam Neeson are the voice-acting stars, and it's directed by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King. The Prophet will be out August 7th.
This is what Hugh Jackman does when he isn't wearing Adamantium claws. The documentary Dukale's Dream follows Jackman as he visits coffee farmers in Ethiopia, investigating how fair-trade beans can help reduce global poverty. It'll be in some theaters June 5th and on-demand July 14th.
The Nightmare is a documentary, but it might be as scary as any horror film. The movie looks at people who suffer from sleep paralysis and find themselves stuck in nightmares as they lay somewhere between being asleep and awake. It looks surprisingly frightening, and it'll be in theaters and on-demand starting June 5th.
An Open Secret
Even in the little that it dives into in this two-minute trailer, An Open Secret is chilling. The documentary dives into the many allegations of sexual abuse of Hollywood child stars. It opens in the US on June 5th.
The Look of Silence
Joshua Oppenheimer’s followup to The Act of Killing, his 2012 documentary about the 1965 Indonesian genocide, continues the story with a look at a man who is now addressing his brother's killers. The Look of Silence already seems like it's bound to be just as powerful of a documentary. It'll be out July 17th.
The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's founding, and Netflix is taking a look back with a documentary about bandleader Bob Weir. The documentary is supposed to be more than a fun trip back through a cultural phenomenon — it dives into the friendship between Weir and bandmate Jerry Garcia as well. It'll be out two weeks from now, on May 22nd.
Jack Black and Tim Robbins star in HBO's newest comedy. The Brink has them playing inept, inappropriate, and generally ridiculous government officials dealing a political crisis in Pakistan. It certainly looks like they're running with the setup in as wild of a way possible. The show premieres June 21st.
Unexpected got good reviews out of Sundance, and now it's head to theaters in July. The film focuses on two women, a teacher and her student, who both get pregnant... unexpectedly. The film is a comedy, but it's also about how two people in two very different places in their lives deal with the prospect of becoming a mother. It'll be out July 24th.
The Little Death
It's hard to be more of a sex comedy than this. The Little Death is a comedy about five couples and their sexual issues, encounters, and private desires. Is there a bigger story to this movie? Who knows. Click if you want some tastefully shot sex humor. It'll be out and on-demand starting June 26th.