New trailers: Mockingjay Part 2, Spectre, The Good Dinosaur, and more
All the shows and movies you should be looking out for
Comic-Con may be over, but big trailers continue to role out in its wake. Look below for previews of what are going to be some of the most popular films coming out before the end of the year — and then look below all of those for some titles that look great, even if they're not going to sell quite as many tickets. This week, there are 10 in total to check out.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Mockingjay Part 2 is going to be one of the biggest movies of the year, and Lionsgate knows it. Its first trailer has famous faces, moving speeches, incredible outfits, and basically everything else you could ask for from a Hunger Games movie. It's a suitably epic look at the final film, which comes out on November 20th.
James Bond's next adventure is appropriately action packed... but also surprisingly calm? This trailer is actually kind of quiet and carefully paced. Sure, it's throwing in what I have to imagine is a shot from literally every action scene in the movie — cars, helicopters, explosions, gunshots, et cetera — but it all moves along at a pace that lets you see it unfold. And, more importantly, it gives some impression that Spectre will be about interesting people and events, and not just big explosions. It's scheduled for release on November 6th.
The Good Dinosaur
Pixar's second movie of the year is The Good Dinosaur, and it looks like it should be as charming of a film as we're used to seeing Pixar put out. That said, I have some initial reservations from this trailer, mostly related to the soaring, overly emotional Of Monsters and Men soundtrack. If this movie is really using the same careful, dialogue-free interactions as Wall-E, why not play those up rather than hiding it behind music? Presumably, we'll get a better look at that soon. The film comes out on November 25th.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
This new trailer for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials makes the film seem like one massive chase and escape sequence. That's probably at least somewhat accurate, given the series' conceit, but you may find the nonstop action a bit overwhelming. Clearly, this is going to be a lot more expansive than the first film. It's out September 18th.
I'm already sold. The Revenant is Alejandro González Iñárritu's followup to the brilliant and Oscar-winning Birdman, and it looks like his new film will be just as gorgeous and dreamy but in an entirely different way. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in a story that's seemingly about surviving in brutally beautiful tundras. It's out on Christmas.
Of the crime anthologies to debut last year, Fargo certainly came up short when it came to grabbing the public's attention. But its first season was still a hit with critics, and its second season looks like it's on the right path. This first trailer has plenty of small-town charm and a 1970s energy that it seems to thrive off of. The show starts up again sometime in October.
I don't know, maybe this will actually be amazing. Jesse Eisenberg's constant sense of wonder at what he's capable of in American Ultra basically mirrors what we're all feeling, and that could make for some ridiculous comedy. Kristen Stewart seems to be doing just the same. It's out August 21st.
Perhaps this is the inevitable conclusion of our love for long takes: Victoria is supposed to be entirely shot in a single continuous take running over two hours long. It's a heist thriller, and really, who cares how good it is? You're kinda just going to watch it for the spectacle. It's supposed to come out in the US either later this summer or in early fall.
Peter Sarsgaard plays Stanley Milgram in this take on his infamous experiments on obedience. The trailer opens on his shock experiments, and even this fictional version is hard to watch. Sarsgaard plays his character as smooth and smug as ever — it looks like it should be a compelling watch. The film is out October 16th.
Man with a Movie Camera
One of the most important and influential works in cinema history is returning to theaters after being restored in 2K. This new version of Man with a Movie Camera is supposed to be sourced from one of the only — if not the only — remaining full prints of the film, which has become famous for its innovative editing and frenetic portrayal of a city in motion. Screenings begin in the UK on July 31st.