HBO’s The Deuce was one of my favorite new series this year. It wrapped up about a month ago, but I missed the finale by a week because I didn’t feel compelled to watch it right away — I assumed there were going to be more episodes, since the show was only seven episodes in and nowhere near a climax.
There’s a lot to like about the series, but the thing that stands out most to me is the absolute weirdest thing about it: how casually everything moves along, how little build-up and tension there is, and how the season just ended right as everything was starting to get interesting.
On one hand, I wonder if our trained need for a season to end on a climactic note is maybe just some ridiculous notion we should rid ourselves of, especially now that streaming enables us to wrap up one season and immediately get moving on the next. But on the other, I still have this unmet need to see where things inevitably go wrong — and The Deuce just has no interest in giving me that. The show is taking its time, and I’m still not totally sure where it’s going.
Check out seven trailers from this week below.
The Incredibles 2
Babies. Are they good? Is it funny when they do things they don’t understand? This first teaser for The Incredibles 2 doesn’t show all that much, and what it does show isn’t all that exciting. But still, it’s a sequel to one of Pixar’s most beloved films, so it’s hard not be interested in wherever this is going. The film comes out next year on June 15th.
A Wrinkle in Time
Disney put out its first full-length trailer for A Wrinkle in Time this week, and more than anything, it’s a look at the incredible worlds that Ava DuVernay’s film will venture through. The film’s landscapes look colorful, magical, and filled with strange creatures, and they seem like they could be a lot more interesting to explore than many of the sci-fi worlds we’ve revisited time and again. The film comes out March 9th.
Here’s another short teaser for Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film. It’s brief, but every second of it looks gorgeous. The film comes out on Christmas.
El Camino Christmas
Netflix has a new Christmas movie coming up about some people being held hostage in a convenience store. Inexplicably, Jessica Alba and Tim Allen are in it. I don’t know what’s happening anymore. It comes out December 8th.
The Final Year
HBO has a new documentary coming up that goes inside the Obama Administration during its last 12 months in office. The film seems to get a surprisingly intimate, behind-the-scenes look at a lot of the administration’s leaders, and at least from this trailer, it seems like a fascinating recognition of the humanity that lies behind the enormous policy decisions a president has to make. It’s also a nice reminder of what a functional executive branch looks like. The film comes out January 19th.
This trailer makes The Mercy seem a little saccharine and overly heartwarming, but the story behind this film is pretty fascinating. It’s about Donald Crowhurst, who in 1968 set off on a round-the-world boat race without any real training and then began falsifying his logs to make it look like he had taken the lead in the race. The film is directed by James Marsh, whose documentary Man on Wire takes a look at another man on a fool-headed and potentially deadly mission; although I think this movie’s vibe is a lot more like Marsh’s uplifting The Theory of Everything. The film comes out February 9th in the UK, but there doesn’t seem to be a US release planned just yet.
Best Friend From Heaven
This is one of the most painful things I have ever seen.