As always, this is one of the biggest weeks of the year for movies. That's because Sundance has been going on, and 46,000 or so people have flocked to Utah to see movies that will with certainty become some of this year's hottest releases before anyone else. We've been covering the show all week long, and if you want to catch up, here's the place to start. The trailers below aren't for Sundance films — those'll arrive throughout the year — but there's still a mixture of great new trailers and some bigger, flashier, and weirder stuff coming out over the spring and summer. There's nine below.
The Angry Birds Movie
I try to remain positive while writing about trailers each week. No one wants to read a dozen grumpy paragraphs about movies (related: do you all even read these?), and there's usually something interesting to pull out about each film, otherwise I wouldn't even bother putting them here. But sometimes a movie is just too big to ignore. So with that all said, here it is: the full trailer for The Angry Birds Movie. To all the parents of young children out there, I wish you luck. It's out (in 3D!) on May 20th.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
Promos are ramping up for Allegiant ahead of its release a little under two months from now, and this new one brings with it... well, a six-year-old song from the leader of Sigur Rós. And honestly, I think I'm feeling it? The movie's out on March 18th, and the final entry arrives a little over a year after that.
Ellen Page stars in one of Viceland's first TV series, which has her traveling from country to country to explore LGBTQ cultures around the globe. Gaycation looks like both a celebration of the vibrant people and events in the LGBTQ community and a hard look at the violence and bigotry that persists against it. It'll start on March 2nd.
Kubo and the Two Strings
You're going to want to watch this one. Kubo and the Two Strings is the latest crazy-gorgeous stop-motion animated picture from Laika, the studio behind Coraline and, most recently, The Boxtrolls, and it looks like it could be wonderful little adventure. Maybe it's the George Harrison cover or maybe it's that super creepy masked duo, but I'm into this. It'll be out on August 19th.
This trailer for Disorder gets super tense while telling you next to nothing about what's actually going on in a wonderful way. A security guard for a wealthy employer starts to sense that something is amiss... and then things clearly get amiss. It'll be out in the UK on March 25th, but there's no US release date yet.
I'm not sure when this became a thing, but there's definitely a certain vibe that slightly off-color animated cartoons have picked up and I'd swear that basically all of them are using it. Think Archer, Frisky Dingo, and the like — similar audio style, similar pacing. Admittedly, I have not actually watched any of them and could be way off on this assessment, but I am convinced that they're all the same. HBO's Animals feels like another comedy in that vein. It comes from the Duplass Brothers and has an amazing and extensive list of guest stars that may well be enough to get you watching. It starts February 5th.
One of the great risks of covering mass quantities of movie trailers on the internet is that you occasionally run across fake/parody/satire trailers that you could possibly mistake as real. Usually it's not that hard to tell the difference! But right now, I can (semi-)honestly tell you that I don't know if this trailer is real or not. The internet says it is, though I'm not going to put the effort into confirming that. I think you'll understand why once you click play. It'll be in theaters, supposedly, on August 5th.
It should go without saying, but we do not need any more "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" in our lives let alone in our children's movie trailers. But this is the world, as it stands, in early 2016. Also Justin Timberlake is in this movie, and I do like the acoustics joke. Trolls will be out November 4th.
Cemetery of Splendor
I'm not entirely sure what's going on in Cemetery of Splendor, but I definitely want to know more. The film is supposed to be about soldiers who come down with a mysterious illness and are being treated at a clinic built on a site where, uh, dead kings' spirits might be stealing their energy? It sounds great. The film comes from Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who you might know from the similarly strange, eerie, and meditative Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. This new one is out March 4th.