I always get to movie theaters pretty excessively early to make sure that I get a good seat, which means that I end up watching way more pre-show ads than anyone really ought to. The occasional quizzes that pop up during these have always been one of my favorite parts — one of my least favorite parts, too. On one hand, they keep you occupied for the 30 seconds they're up on screen. On the other, the questions are usually way too simple to be any fun. The typical question is usually along the lines of, "In which of these films does Will Smith investigate a head trauma crisis in football? A. Men in Black, B. I, Robot, C. Bad Boys, D. Concussion.
But I've finally found a theater that does quizzes the right way. Or at least, in a painful, stupidly challenging way. If you arrive early to a movie at BAM in Brooklyn, you'll be treated to insane, deeply nerdy, and often mostly impossible to answer questions like, "Which of these French New Wave directors did not write for Cahiers du Cinéma?" or "Which of these directors was considered for [1970s film you've never heard of]?" I have gotten zero of the questions right, and I love it.
And just like in a movie theater, we're going to move from quizzes straight into trailers. Here are 11 trailers from this week worth watching.
Even if you're not normally into X-Men, this new trailer for Apocalypse might just catch your attention with what's essentially two and a half minutes of wild visuals. It's all colorful, varied, energetic, and appropriately epic. Apocalypse is out on May 27th.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ellie Kemper's irreverent sitcom is about to return for a second season. Netflix put out a first look at Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 2 this week, and, as someone who's never actually seen this show, I have to say it looks pretty fantastic, with a lot of energy and the kind of quick pace that made 30 Rock so fun to watch. The show returns April 15th.
The Legend of Tarzan
Tarzan is being turned into an action movie of epic proportions, and this new trailer for it sometimes makes that seem really cool (see: stampede of buffalo through a British colony) and really not ("My husband is no normal man"). Either way, it seems like there'll be some very GIFable moments. It's out on July 1st.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Tim Burton is adapting the popular YA novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children for his next film, and a first trailer for it came out this week. It looks appropriately Burton-y and magical for a movie about kids with strange powers. This trailer mostly sticks to the fun parts of the concept, only teasing the book's much darker twists at the very end. It'll be out on September 30th.
Queen of the Desert
Werner Herzog put Nicole Kidman and James Franco in a desert, which is really everything you need to know about why this film should be fantastic (okay, it has mostly awful reviews so far). Kidman stars as British explorer Gertrude Bell, as she travels the Middle East in the early 1900s, bumping into figures like Lawrence of Arabia, played here by Robert Pattinson. It looks like a release date hasn't been set.
I love this trailer for Neon Bull for how dramatically different is from everything else this week. It's a quiet, pleasingly shot drama about a type of Brazilian bullfighting, and a man who wants to escape from that work to design clothing. It's gotten some great reviews out of film festivals, and now it seems to be moving toward a wider release; there doesn't appear to be a date just yet.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
A distinctly R-rated trailer for The Lonely Island's Popstar came out last week, and this week the film is returning in a much cleaner version. It might actually be funnier for that reason — it makes the movie look kind of like what would happen if you gave the trio an extremely long SNL digital short; which is to say, some good things and some not so good things. It'll be out June 3rd.
Okay, the thing is, a movie about Kevin Hart and The Rock hanging out is actually a great idea. It's out June 17th.
Seth Rogen's newest movie is an animated comedy named after a dick joke. Perhaps it's only weird that it's taken this long for that sentence to be written, but anyway, it's 2016 and we finally have Seth Rogen's Sausage Party. What's most surprising here is that, in this first trailer, at least, the entire plot isn't one overt dick joke — it's actually a kind of reasonable plot about anthropomorphized food. Also a zillion comedians are involved voicing the characters, including Kristen Wiig and Paul Rudd. It's out on August 12th.
Honestly, I'm bullish on Storks. It's out in September.
The following is a direct transcript from this trailer:
This work of art comes out on August 12th, the same date as Sausage Party. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
In the arena, there is no law.
Racing is a bloodsport.
If you lose, you die.
[SICK METAL TUNE BEGINS TO PLAY.]