Take 5: The Best Movie Trailers Of The Week (August 21)

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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!

Girl Asleep (September 23)

Coming-of-age storytelling by way of Wes Anderson style visual cues. Consider me sold.

Synopsis: In this vibrant portrayal of Australian adolescence, Greta Driscoll’s bubble of obscure loserdom is burst when her parents throw her a surprise 15th birthday party and invite the whole school! Perfectly content being a wallflower, suddenly Greta’s flung far from her comfort zone into a distant, parallel place—a strange world that’s a little frightening and a lot weird, but only there can she find herself. Equal measures Wes Anderson and Lewis Carroll, Girl Asleep is an enchanting journey into the absurd – and sometimes scary – depths of the teenage mind.

American Honey (September 30)

This is the kind of trailer we get whenever a new ‘indie voice’ begins to rise on the national stage. I have no idea what is happening, but the colors and creativity found in the editing definitely have my attention. This is either going to be something special or something immediately forgettable.

Synopsis: Star (Sasha Lane), an adolescent girl from a troubled home, runs away with a traveling sales crew who drive across the American Midwest selling subscriptions door to door. Finding her feet in this gang of teenagers, one of whom is Jake (Shia LaBeouf), she soon gets into the group’s lifestyle of hard-partying nights, law-bending days, and young love.

Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania (Spring 2017)

Um…What? Surf’s Up was nowhere near a blockbuster success, but even if it was—how does a movie about surfing penguins turn into a film about wrestling featuring the voices of the game’s biggest stars? I don’t know the answer, but something about the footage above scratches that part of my brain that cannot help wanting to see what unfolds with this baffling and utterly bizarre idea.

Synopsis: Cody Maverick, hungry for a new challenge, convinces an infamous big-wave-riding crew known as The Hang 5—voiced by WWE Superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, WWE Diva Paige and Mr. McMahon—to let him join them on their journey to a mysterious surf spot known as The Trenches, where, legend has it, they’ll find the biggest waves in the world. Cody soon discovers that the life he left behind might be more heroic than what any death-defying wave has to offer.

Under The Shadow (October 7)

Could this be The Babadook 2016 (by way of 1988)? I hope so.

Synopsis: Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and her family live amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war, a period known as The War of the Cities. Accused of subversion by the post-Revolution government and blacklisted from medical college, she falls into a state of malaise. With Tehran under the constant threat of aerial bombardment, her husband (Bobby Naderi) is drafted and sent to the frontlines by the army, leaving Shideh all alone to protect their young daughter, Dorsa (Avin Manshadi). Soon after he leaves, a missile hits their apartment building and while failing to explode, a neighbor dies under mysterious circumstances and Dorsa’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic. Shideh finds herself slowly drawn into the ensuing turmoil, struggling to cling onto what is real and what is not. Searching for answers, she learns from a superstitious neighbor that the cursed missile might have brought with it Djinn—malevolent Middle-Eastern spirits that travel on the wind. Convinced that a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess Dorsa, Shideh has no choice but to confront these forces if she is to save her daughter and herself.

Do Not Resist (September 30)

The urgency of a documentary like this cannot be overstated. The images above are enough to make you uneasy, and more than enough to sell me on seeing this as soon as possible.

Synopsis: Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer Craig Atkinson offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action—from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments—before exploring where controversial new technologies including predictive policing algorithms could lead the field next.