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 five favorite trailers of the week from everything we haven’t previously covered into a single post. Enjoy!
The Get Down (August 12 – Netflix)
Not many films can earn a spot in this feature with just a 30-second spot, but when you blend hip-hop with the distinct, extraordinary vision of Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) you get our full attention. Netflix has yet to have a massive original film release (Beasts of No Nation being the closest yet, and that title had a simultaneous release in theaters) that also earned critical acclaim (Ridiculous Six certainly doesn’t count), but this could win huge across the board.
Synopsis: The Get Down focuses on 1970s New York—broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped, dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them—except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGB to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk, and disco—as told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city and the world…forever.
Bad Moms (July 29)
It can’t be worse than Mother’s Day, right? Christina Applegate deserves a hit. She has a knack for comedy that often goes unnoticed due to the low quality of everything happening around her in the roles that should be keeping her among the most in-demand names in comedy (looking at you, Vacation). She’s surrounded by equally talented women here, so my hopes are high.
Synopsis: In this new comedy from the writers of The Hangover, Amy has a seemingly perfect life—a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However, she’s over-worked, over-committed, and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities—going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun, and self-indulgence—putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.
Sully (September 9)
Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks (finally) working together? I wish the material was more original than what we’re shown here, but this looks to be perfectly watchable awards season fare.
Synopsis: On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Why Him? (December 25)
We’ve seen this movie roughly 174 times before, but the pairing of Franco and Cranston is too promising to resist.
Synopsis: Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry, and Ned’s panic level, escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.
The 9th Life of Louis Drax (September 2)
This looks about as family-friendly as anything Alexandre Aja has ever made. That said, I’m not one-hundred percent sure what is happening here.
Synopsis: After surviving eight near-death accidents throughout his unlucky life, Louis Drax (Aiden Longworth) plunges off a steep cliff on his ninth birthday. While police investigate the cause of Louis’ near-fatal fall and the whereabouts of his violent father Peter (Aaron Paul), acclaimed neurologist Dr. Allan Pascal (Jamie Dornan) uses unorthodox techniques to try to tap into the boy’s unconscious mind and reveal the truth about the events that led to his condition. But as he’s drawn deeper and deeper into the mystery of Louis’ seeming ability to cheat death, the doctor finds himself falling for Louis’ mother, Natalie (Sarah Gadon). As new clues emerge in the case, a shocking revelation changes the fates of Louis Drax and everyone around him.