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New trailers: It, Justice League, Game of Thrones, and more

New trailers: It, Justice League, Game of Thrones, and more

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I can't resist films that look as gorgeous and intimate as By The Sea. So even though it didn't get all-that-great reviews when it came out a little over a year ago, I had to watch it now that it's streaming on HBO.

The cinematography is just wonderful. And the film sets up a fascinating dynamic where one couple spends half the movie spying on another couple, letting you see two stories at once, all while the threat of the snoopers getting caught creates more and more tension.

It's one of the smartest things Angelina Jolie does with the movie. And while there's certainly room for criticism, it very much makes me want to see her do more quiet films like this — there's something fantastic about Jolie being able to singlehandedly give her projects a powerhouse writer, director, and star.

Check out 11 trailers from this week below.

It

A first trailer came out this week for the new adaptation of Stephen King's It, and the film looks almost uncomfortably gorgeous. Even if you're not usually a horror fan — and I'm not — it's worth watching just to see how they're making bright, colorful things come off so creepy. It's out September 8th.

Justice League

In Justice League, Zack Snyder asks the timeless question: can Aquaman be cool? It remains to be seen, but there's a heavy rock cover of "Come Together" that's supposed to make us think the answer is yes. It comes out November 17th.

Game of Thrones

This trailer isn't very revealing, but it's perfectly designed to get Game of Thrones fans pumped for the next season. The show returns July 16th.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

If nothing else, this movie is going to be amazing to look at. Luc Besson — the director behind The Fifth Element — returns to sci-fi epics this summer with Valerian. It looks colorful, huge, strange, and maybe very fun. The film comes out July 21st.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

No one wanted a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, but unfortunately, one is dearly needed. The destructive effects of climate change are becoming ever clearer, and while the world is moving toward a cleaner future, there's still far too much resistance; not too surprisingly, the documentary seems to find an obvious villain in President Trump and his regressive environmental policies. The film comes out July 28th.

Paris Can Wait

Eleanor Coppola has directed plenty of documentaries over the years, but for the first time here, she's stepped behind the camera to direct a feature film (which she also wrote). Paris Can Wait has a simple premise, but it looks funny and charming and has already received some warm reviews. It comes out May 12th.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Marvel put out a second trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming this week, and this time, it's really playing up the dynamic between Peter and Tony Stark — who, if everyone's being honest, may be enough of a draw on his own to get people into theaters. The film comes out July 7th.

War for the Planet of the Apes

The Planet of the Apes franchise is on a roll, and director Matt Reeves (who also did Cloverfield) has returned for another one. War looks like the biggest, most action-packed entry yet, but it also looks like it's still maintaining the beautiful scenery and focus on ethical quandaries that made the past entries more than just another summer movie. This one comes July 14th.

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary 

Chasing Trane explores the life and music of jazz legend John Coltrane, and it gets some big names involved to lend a hand. Denzel Washington reads Coltrane's words, and interviewees include Bill Clinton, Cornel West, and Common, among others. It comes out April 14th. 

A Ghost Story

My colleague Chris Plante had some great things to say about A Ghost Story after watching it at Sundance. He also had some not-so-nice things to say about its trailer, which apparently spoils part of the movie. I leave the choice of watching it up to you — as someone who has no idea what happens in this movie, I'm not entirely sure what I just watched, but I definitely know that I liked it. The film comes out July 7th.

War Machine

War Machine is one of the splashier movies Netflix has coming up: for one, it stars Brad Pitt. But it's also a satirical look at the United States' work in Afghanistan, and this trailer shows the film's willingness to be direct about the army's failings. It comes out May 26th.

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Rihanna’s headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Apple Music’s set to sponsor the Halftime Show next February, and it’s starting out strong with a performance from Rihanna. I honestly can’t remember which company sponsored the Halftime Show before Pepsi, so it’ll be nice to see how Apple handles the show for Super Bowl LVII.


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Starlink is growing.

The Elon Musk-owned satellite internet service, which covers all seven continents including Antarctica, has now made over 1 million user terminals. Musk has big plans for the service, which he hopes to expand to cruise ships, planes, and even school buses.

Musk recently said he’ll sidestep sanctions to activate the service in Iran, where the government put restrictions on communications due to mass protests. He followed through on his promise to bring Starlink to Ukraine at the start of Russia’s invasion, so we’ll have to wait and see if he manages to bring the service to Iran as well.


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Emma RothSep 25
We might not get another Apple event this year.

While Apple was initially expected to hold an event to launch its rumored M2-equipped Macs and iPads in October, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicts Apple will announce its new devices in a series of press releases, website updates, and media briefings instead.

I know that it probably takes a lot of work to put these polished events together, but if Apple does pass on it this year, I will kind of miss vibing to the livestream’s music and seeing all the new products get presented.


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California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes the state’s “BitLicense” law.

The bill, called the Digital Financial Assets Law, would establish a regulatory framework for companies that transact with cryptocurrency in the state, similar to New York’s BitLicense system. In a statement, Newsom says it’s “premature to lock a licensing structure” and that implementing such a program is a “costly undertaking:”

A more flexible approach is needed to ensure regulatory oversight can keep up with rapidly evolving technology and use cases, and is tailored with the proper tools to address trends and mitigate consumer harm.


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Look at this Thing.

At its Tudum event today, Netflix showed off a new clip from the Tim Burton series Wednesday, which focused on a very important character: the sentient hand known as Thing. The full series starts streaming on November 23rd.


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Get ready for some Netflix news.

At 1PM ET today Netflix is streaming its second annual Tudum event, where you can expect to hear news about and see trailers from its biggest franchises, including The Witcher and Bridgerton. I’ll be covering the event live alongside my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore, and you can also watch along at the link below. There will be lots of expected names during the stream, but I have my fingers crossed for a new season of Hemlock Grove.


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Tom WarrenSep 23
Has the Windows 11 2022 Update made your gaming PC stutter?

Nvidia GPU owners have been complaining of stuttering and poor frame rates with the latest Windows 11 update, but thankfully there’s a fix. Nvidia has identified an issue with its GeForce Experience overlay and the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). A fix is available in beta from Nvidia’s website.