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!
Blue Jay (October 7)
This is an obvious must-see. No further commentary needed.
Synopsis: Former high school sweethearts Jim (Mark Duplass) and Amanda (Sarah Paulson) have been out of touch for more than 20 years, but by sheer coincidence, they run into each other at a grocery store back in their alpine hometown of Crestline, California. Jim’s mother has died and he’s here to put her house on the market. Amanda is visiting her pregnant sister. They get to talking—first over coffee, then over beer and jelly beans. Before they know it they’re at Jim’s mother’s house, where everything sends them spiraling back into the past. Jim and Amanda’s lives have taken different directions, yet here they are, reconnecting like nothing has changed. Alex Lehmann’s feature debut is a tender, wise chamber drama about finding yourself adrift in mid-life, longing for something essential that you fear has been lost.
The Whole Truth (October 21)
This looks more like the trailer for a fall TV premiere than a feature-length drama, but I’m on board for anything Reeves agrees to appear in. That said, this looks a little bland.
Synopsis: Defense attorney Richard Ramsay (Keanu Reeves) takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter (Renée Zellweger), that he will keep her son Mike (Gabriel Basso) out of prison. Charged with murdering his father, Mike initially confesses to the crime, but as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence about the kind of man that Boone Lassiter (Jim Belushi) really was comes to light. While Ramsay uses the evidence to get his client acquitted, his new colleague Janelle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) tries to dig deeper and begins to realize that the whole truth is something she alone can uncover.
Bad Santa 2 (November 23)
I spent many years arguing the need for another Bad Santa movie, and so far every trailer for this film makes me regret that decision. I think I may have to apologize in whatever small role of digital influence I played in getting this made. Sorry, America. I’m sorry.
Synopsis: Bad Santa 2 returns Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton to the screen as America’s favorite anti-hero, Willie Soke. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (Tony Cox), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is ‘the kid’—chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly), a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie’s sliver of humanity.
Coming Through The Rye (October 14)
The world needs more movies about J.D. Salinger. Maybe I’m the only one who feels this way, but the fact this exists leads me to believe I’m not wrong.
Synopsis: Based on the filmmaker’s true story, 16-year-old Jamie Schwartz is desperate to be a worldly adolescent. After stumbling through a series of disastrous relationships at boarding school, he runs away. Joined by a local town girl he travels to the mountains of New Hampshhire to search for J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.
The Windmill (December 9)
Every Halloween we get at least one movie about tourists encountering their fate, and this year that movie is The Windmill. Count me in.
Synopsis: A group of unsuspecting tourists awaken a mysterious evil while on a trip through the Dutch countryside.