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 Beguiled (June 30)
This is not a reboot of the other film of the same name, but they are based on the same book. The only thing that sells me here is Sophia Coppola, and even that leaves me on the fence. This will either be a tense drama or a dull slog, but it will probably be hard to convinces the filmmaker’s core fans it is anything short of gold.
Synopsis: n atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.
The Mummy (June 9)
It is still hard to believe this is a real movie and that Tom Cruise – the Tom Cruise – said yes to being its star. What attracts him to this material? Fifteen years ago, was Tom Cruise jealous of Brendan Fraser? For some reason, I hope so.
Synopsis: Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in the modern era, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
Once Upon A Time in Venice (June 16)
Is it hard to write great roles for Bruce Willis? This is a serious question. Of all the legends still walking this Earth, it seems to me Bruce Willis has been boxed into a certain action trop worse than most. His career is dangerously nearing Steven Segal territory, but still – this doesn’t look terrible. It’s like John Wick, sort of.
Synopsis: Steve Ford (Bruce Willis) is a down but not out L.A based Private Investigator whose professional and personal worlds collide after his loving pet Buddy is stolen by a notorious gang. A series of crazy circumstances find him doing the gang’s bidding, while being chased by two vengeful Samoan brothers, a loan shark’s goons, and a few other shady characters. They say a dog is a man’s best friend, and Steve shows how far a man will go to be reunited with him.
Alien: Covenant (May 19)
This is a prelude to Alien: Covenant. It spoils nothing and is absolutely essential to maximizing your Covenant experience. Don’t miss out.
Synopsis The Crossing, an official prologue short to Alien: Covenant, reveals what happened to crew members Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and the synthetic David after the events of Prometheus. Set aboard an abandoned Engineer vessel, Dr. Shaw repairs David as they continue their search for humanity’s creators.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Risk (May 5)
Laura Poitras is one of the best documentarians who in the history of cinema. I’ve seen this one already and let me tell you – it’s great. Review Friday.
Synopsis: Filmed over six years including through the 2016 presidential election and up to the present moment, Risk takes viewers closer than they have ever been before to Julian Assange and those who surround him. With unprecedented access, Poitras give us the WikiLeaks story from the inside, allowing viewers to understand our current era of massive leaks, headline-grabbing news, and the revolutionary impact of the internet on global politics. Risk is a portrait of power, principles, betrayal, and sacrifice when the stakes could not be any higher. It is a first-person geopolitical thriller told from the perspective of a filmmaker immersed in the worlds of state surveillance and the cypherpunk movement. Risk confirms Poitras’ directorial ability to record history as it unfolds on camera, and craft narratives at the highest level.