There's a new Star Wars trailer and it's really, really great!
Alright, now that that's out of the way, what's everyone been seeing lately? I caught Everybody Wants Some!! when it opened in New York last weekend and found a lot to like about it. I'm particularly in love with its structure — the movie is essentially this condensed look at the college experience told over the course of four nights and four parties. There's no real plot; you're just spending time with a raucous group of characters, watching them mess up and learn. It's always stunning how well Richard Linklater can bounce between those wild moments and the quiet, intimate ones that reveal the most about his characters.
Anyway, you should go watch the Rogue One trailer now if you haven't already done that. There are nine trailers below that are worth checking out.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars hype is starting all over again, and if you watch this trailer, I doubt you'll have much of an issue getting onboard. I'll admit, the beginning of this teaser is a little rough: the first minute is all exposition, explaining who our main character is and what she'll be doing. But the second minute of this trailer — basically from the moment that wonderfully eerie alarm begins to sound — is stunning all on its own. The film looks absolutely gorgeous, and its battle sequences seem to be harsh in a way that we've never seen in Star Wars before. For me, they immediately called to mind Apocalypse Now's depiction of the Vietnam War. Rogue One comes out December 16th.
Steven Spielberg's next film is an adaptation of The BFG, Roald Dahl's classic about a girl who's carried away to a land of giants. This is the film's first full trailer, and it's really trying to play up the magical feeling of stepping into a strange new world. I have a hard time being as affected by computer-generated wonders, so I'm not totally sold on the movie just yet, but it's worth keeping in mind the names behind it. If anyone can make it work, it's Spielberg. The BFG enters theaters on on July 1st.
Swiss Army Man
Meet the most controversial film of Sundance 2016, one that had people walking out just minutes into its premiere screening. Swiss Army Man has Daniel Radcliffe playing a magical corpse that Paul Dano's character users to escape an island and return to the world. It looks bizarre and, at the very least, truly unique. And if you're wondering why, in certain ways, it looks so amazing, just know that it comes from the directing duo behind the Turn Down For What video. Swiss Army Man is coming out on June 17th.
Time Traveling Bong
I guess this is some sort of bizarre mashup of Bill & Ted and Hot Tub Time Machine, but also it's a three-part TV series and it stars Broad City's Ilana Glazer and Paul W. Downs. You can guess which day in April it comes out.
Juliette Binoche stars in this gorgeous film about the tense relationship between two women, as they wait together for a man — one's boyfriend, the other's son — to appear at a retreat. It's wonderful how this trailer slowly reveals what the two are keeping from each other, and largely without any words. It'll be out sometime this spring.
Evolution looks all at once strange, gorgeous, and super creepy. The film is about an island filled only with women and young boys, and some kind of weird medical procedure that's performed on the children. It opens in the UK on May 6th.
Batman: The Killing Joke
One of the best known Batman comics of all time is being turned into an animated film, and a first trailer for it was released this week. Even if you're not familiar with The Killing Joke, you may well recognize moments of this trailer as some of the more distinctive images that have floated out of the graphic novel and into pop culture. Mark Hamill is on board as the voice of the Joker. The film comes out this summer.
Grace and Frankie
Netflix is bringing back Grace and Frankie and its all-star cast — which includes Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, and Martin Sheen — for a second season. A trailer was released this week, and while I recognize this show may not sound like it's going to make waves the same way a Netflix series like House of Cards can, it's worth taking a look at what a cast of this caliber can do. Season 2 premieres all at once on May 6th.
David Brent: Life On The Road
Ricky Gervais is bringing back his classic character from The Office for another round of cringe-worthy interactions. I'll admit, I thought the cumin joke was pretty funny. It'll be in theaters in the UK in August.