Crafting the perfect movie trailer is hard work. There must be enough intrigue to get the audience excited without revealing too much about the film’s plot points and key moments (even then, things don’t always work out perfectly). Because of the sheer volume of new movie trailers being released in a given week, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding them up and separating the good from the bad for you. Check out the latest must-see trailers below, whether you’re looking for action, horror, comedy, or something else.
It probably goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: Spoiler alert! Tread carefully, friends.
Note: All release dates are for the United States.
Before the release of Creed in 2015, you would have been forgiven for assuming the Rocky franchise was finished. After all, Sylvester Stallone is in his twilight, and boxing is not an old man’s game. Thanks to a solid script and direction from Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), and a talented cast,Creed outperformed expectations. Now Michael B. Jordan is back for another round as Adonis, this timeha fighting for his legacy, as the son of Russian behemoth Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) — who killed Donnie’s father, Apollo, in the ring inRocky IV— represents a deadlier and more intimidating threat than any before.
Release date: November 21
In 2010, director Jeff Malmberg burst onto the scene with a widely acclaimed documentary titled Marwencol. The film was about Mark Hogancamp, a man who lost major chunks of his memory following a brutal assault. With no money for therapy, Mark coped in a unique way — by creating a little model of a WWII-era Belgian city, with figurines representing friends, family, and even his attackers.
Director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump,Back to the Future) dramatizes the story inWelcome to Marwen, which stars Steve Carell as Hogancamp and a laundry list of big-name stars (Leslie Mann, Janelle Monae,Eiza Gonzlez, Gwendoline Christie) as the community members who inspire his art. It’s a curious concept for a movie, blending emotional scenes with surreal ones where the figurines come to life and battle.
Release date:Holiday 2018
WithZoe, director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy) offers a unique take on the tried-and-true android future concept, one that eschews big-picture science conspiracies in favor of telling a smaller, more personal story. Lea Seydoux and Ewan McGregor play scientists developing a love-bot android (Theo James) to be the perfect mate. Of course, the two get tangled up in their own romance, which becomes complicated when Cole’s (McGregor) algorithm tells Zoe (Seydoux) their relationship is doomed to fail. The stakes obviously aren’t as high here as in most sci-fi flicks, but the trailer has a bit of theHer charm to it.
Release date:July 20
You couldn’t come up with a more perfect pairing for some ass-kicking than Frank Grillo (Zero Dark Thirty) and Bruce Willis, who apparently hasn’t aged a day in the past 20 years. This rote-looking trailer introduces Jacob (Grillo) as a bank manager who feels guilty about a death that occurred during a robbery. He and Willis’ character team up to hunt down the robber, who’s in the middle of a violent crime spree. Of course, the guy also targets Jacob’s wife (Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo) and his daughter, making the duoeven madder. Turn your brain off and enjoy some good old-fashioned brutality.
Release date:August 31
Ah, here are the high sci-fi stakes. This thriller, headed directly to Netflix upon release, stars Maika Monroe (It Follows) as Julia, a “street-smart grifter” (yeah, this is actually how she’s described) who finds herself in over her head, trapped in an advanced smart house by Alex, a crazed inventor (Ed Skrein). The house has a mind of its own — and a voice too, thanks to Gary Oldman — and is hell-bent on running Alex’s diabolical tests, no matter how much pain is inflicted in the process.
Release date: June 29