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!
Pete’s Dragon (August 12)
I must confess that the source material for this film happens to be among my favorite stories of all time, so I may be completely bias when I say that this is among my most anticipated films for the entire year. David Lowery delivered cinematic poetry with Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and I could not be more excited to see how he brings this classic tale to life.
Synopsis: For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.
Denial (October 7 – VOD)
Promotion for awards season is starting a little early this year, eh?
Synopsis: Based on the acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award-winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust happened.
All Eyez On Me (Fall 2016)
Not sure this looks like the next Straight Outta Compton just yet, but with so little information known about the film (including its actual release date), it’d be wrong to make any final judgments this early on. Tupac deserves a great biopic.
Synopsis: No official synopsis has surfaced, but the film will presumably cover the life and murder of rap legend Tupac (2Pac) Shakur.
Morris From America (July 7 DirectTV VOD, theatrical on August 19)
This is one of my favorite films of the year. The trailer arriving just in time for Father’s Day is no coincidence, but do not go into this thinking Craig Robinson is the star. Newcomer Markees Christmas is a screen favorite in the making.
Synopsis: A heartwarming and crowd-pleasing coming-of-age comedy with a unique spin, Morris from America centers on Morris Gentry (Markees Christmas, in an incredible breakout performance) a 13-year-old who has just relocated with his single father, Curtis (Craig Robinson) to Heidelberg, Germany. Morris, who fancies himself the next Notorious B.I.G., is a complete fish-out-of-water—a budding hip-hop star in an EDM world. To complicate matters further, Morris quickly falls hard for his cool, rebellious, 15-year-old classmate Katrin. Morris sets out against all odds to take the hip-hop world by storm and win the girl of his dreams.
Kevin Hart: What Now? (October 14)
Personal preferences aside, Kevin Hart is the biggest standup comedian in the world right now. Louis CK and Amy Schumer may be filling arenas across the country, but Kevin Hart is filling stadiums. That is practically unheard of in the world of comedy. He’s reached a level of fame and recognition that has previously only been experienced by a handful of comedians, including Richard Pryor and Steve Martin. What Now is capturing a truly unique moment for the world of stand-up as a whole, and I for one will be among the first in line to see it unfold on the big screen.
Synopsis: Comedic rock star Kevin Hart (Ride Along, Get Hard, Central Intelligence) follows up his 2013 hit stand-up concert movie Let Me Explain, which grossed $32 million domestically and became the third-highest live stand-up comedy movie of all time. Hart takes center stage in this groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance of What Now?—filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field—marking the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.