The first few months of the year aren't the best time for new movies, so recently I've been watching some older ones. One of those was Stanley Kubrick's The Killing, a 1956 crime drama about an elaborate, Ocean's Eleven-style heist.
The film is dated in quite a few ways (its women get some particularly horrid lines), but there are some wonderful things the movie does with structure. The story constantly skips around, rewinds time, and checks back in with different characters — it's the kind of thing you'd expect Tarantino to do, just 40 years earlier.
You can check out seven trailers from this week below.
The Handmaid’s Tale
With only a month to go before The Handmaid's Tale starts streaming, Hulu has finally put out more than a short teaser for it. This two-minute trailer sets up the series's uncomfortably familiar premise before, like all the teasers that came earlier, wooing us with gorgeous visuals and the promise of a rebellious Elisabeth Moss. The show premieres on Hulu April 26th, with new episodes running weekly.
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Netflix is resurrecting Mystery Science Theater 3000, and it's bringing some famous and fairly nerdy faces on board for the relaunch, including Felicia Day, Jonah Ray, and Patton Oswalt. It's not clear exactly how many episodes Netflix has in store, but they're coming on April 14th.
Fargo's coming back for another season on FX, and this year's big star is Ewan McGregor, who's playing two roles. It looks like the formula of strange characters, folksy mannerisms, and unsolved murders that made the show a success in prior seasons is all still there. The new season starts up on April 19th.
Casting JonBenet is an eerie mix of documentary and drama that's already drawn some great reviews. It's hard to really get a sense for how this film works from just this trailer, but it seems to be doing something interesting and emotional with the form and its examination of JonBenet Ramsey's unsolved murder. The film comes to Netflix on April 28th.
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On
Rashida Jones and the production team behind Hot Girls Wanted follow up their 2015 documentary on women's treatment in the porn industry with this six-episode series that expands its scope to explore the relationship between the industry and its viewers. This trailer contains exactly as much near-nudity as you would expect, so please do not click play if you’re in a Starbucks. It's out April 21st.
Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie
I don't know why "A Netflix Mystery Movie" is appended to the title, but it certainly plays in to just how ridiculous Handsome looks. The film stars Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin, who also directed and co-wrote the script. The film seems to be simple of setup and production, and it might just make up for that with Garlin's humor. It comes out May 5th.
Netflix has picked up an adaption of the hit manga Death Note, and it looks pretty wild in ways that could be very good or very bad — though the casting of white leads in a Japanese story already seems to have fans discouraged. The film comes to Netflix on August 25th.