We love to share movie trailers. Aside from music videos, album trailers, tour teasers, and all the other video content bands typically supply us with, movie trailers are probably the thing we watch the most online. You may have noticed a few news posts with trailers in recent weeks, and you will no doubt see many more in the weeks and months ahead, but if we made a new post for every trailer that hit our inboxes we would never have time to post about anything else. So, to simplify your life and ours, we’ve compiled our 5 favorite trailers of the week from everything we haven’t previously covered into a single post. Enjoy!
The Accountant (Limited release 9/23, wide 10/14)
Affleck as an assassin? Sold.
Synopsis: Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.
Don’t Breathe (In theaters 8/26)
We’re both scared and intrigued.
Synopsis: SXSW hit Don’t Breathe has more in common with the wave of brutal European horror movies that began arriving in the early ‘00s than your typical American studio-released film. This is unapologetically mean-spirited filmmaking that seeks to punish its characters and push the audience into unpleasant corners. Whether you embrace the darkness and let this gore-lubricated rollercoaster take you for a ride or turn away in disgust is between you and your movie God. Alvarez isn’t kidding around and he’s not aiming to please the casual horror fan. He wants to rattle the veterans.
Don’t Think Twice (In theaters 7/22)
Birbiglia is quickly becoming a modern Woody Allen. His approach to capturing the human experience, not to mention the city of New York, is wholly unique to him and his imagination. We need more of it. The world needs more of it.
Synopsis: Don’t Think Twice is Birbiglia’s follow-up to 2012’s Sleepwalk With Me, a scrappy, charming and brutally autobiographical look at his struggle to become a stand-up comedian. Birbiglia’s honesty about himself and his obsessions made his debut a winning film, but he’s grown by leaps and bounds as a storyteller. Don’t Think Twice is a better film in every way: more confidently directed, more agonizing in its drama, and much, much funnier. You don’t have to enjoy improv comedy to dig the work the performers pull off here. In fact, the contrast between their on-stage work and their after-hours goofing off in apartments and bars is a key part of the film. When does a comedian turn off and how much of their humor is a defense mechanism?
Personal Shopper (Release TBD)
Kristen Stewart has come a long way since The Twilight Saga, but we’re still not sold on this film, which premiered to mixed reviews at Cannes Film Festival earlier this week. Commentary on media and celebrity is one thing, but texting a ghost? It’s ugh…Something.
Synopsis: Maureen, mid-20s, has a job she hates: seeing to the wardrobe of a media celebrity. She couldn’t find anything better to pay for her stay in Paris. And wait. Wait for a sign from the spirit of her twin brother, who died a few months earlier. Until then, her life will stay on hold.
The Purge: Election Year (In theaters July 3)
We definitely didn’t ask for a third Purge film, but this trailer has us more curious than we would care to admit.
Synopsis: It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn…or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.