Trailer Roundup: 16/11/15

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November means the start of mainstream Oscar fare and holiday blockbusters. Lots of trailers have been coming out lately, so what better time to start a biweekly trailer roundup?

Admittedly, a few of these trailers will be a bit older because I’m still pretty jazzed up about them and don’t want to miss out on talking all about them… but here goes! A few of my favourite new trailers:

Operator

(November)- It seems a bit like Her, falling in love with the voice of technology, but it affects real people and isn’t so much looking to the future as analyzing our present needs. Regarded as one of the best movies to come out of SXSW this year, I’m looking forward to finding this in a theatre soon.

Nocturnal Animals

 (November 18)- This one looks like an edge of your seat psychological thriller, and after winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice film fest, it’s no wonder why. Amy Adams looks dynamic, calculating, and emotional all at once. There’s already lots of Oscar buzz on this one, and I can’t wait for this gripping, dramatic thriller to release. From the trailers, I can’t nail down what this one is about, so here’s a quick spoiler-free summary: woman, alone while her second husband is away, starts reading copy of an unpublished thriller by her estranged ex-husband. Sounds intriguing right?

Rules Don’t Apply

(November 23)- After a few years without bringing up Howard Hughes and his eccentricities, Hollywood’s decided to give it a go once more. This time, Warren Beatty is picking up the mantel and creating a much more fun, lighthearted production than The Aviator. Lily Collins stars in the classic trope of aspiring actress and muse, and up-and-comer Alden Ehrenreich is her driver. We’ll definitely have our rose-coloured glasses on for this one, but I’m looking forward to seeing Ehrenreich in a completely different role from Hail, Caesar.

Kill Command

(November 25)- If you like sci fi action movies that question AI technology, then this is for you. Personally, it feels like it’s been done before, and doesn’t seem to bring up anything new. That one of it’s shining recommendations is “Predator meets Terminator” doesn’t say much, unless you’re a James Cameron junkie. One good thing, it looks beautiful.

Pet

(December 2)- The captor/captive dynamic is turned on its head in this thriller. Initially it seems like the usual obsessive stalker fare, with Monahan pulling out all the stops, but as Ksenia Solo gets captured everything changes. It seems quite brutal, but I’m excited to see the twists and turns that are hinted at in the trailer.

Frank and Lola

 (December 9)- Another psychological thriller, this time with a big sexual component. Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots pair up as tumultuous lovers. He’s controlling and she’s an enigma, which makes for an intense pairing – especially once she cheats and his mistrust grows to an obsession. This is another film I’m really looking forward to seeing soon.

Assassin’s Creed

(December 21)- Finally there’s a trailer with more explanation of the Assassin’s Creed method for those who didn’t play the video game (or hear about it before now), plus we get to see more of Marion Cotillard’s role and a bunch more action. What can I say, I love Michael Fassbender and this looks like one of the first video game movies that I’ll actually enjoy.

Split

 (January 20)- M. Night Shyamalan may not be a big draw to the theatres anymore, but that doesn’t mean his ideas aren’t good (even if the execution needs some work). He does create a good feeling of tension – something this trailer did really well. Luckily, it seems they’re keeping any big twists under wraps for this one, hinting at a bigger picture without actually blowing it. Something all too rare nowadays. It has definitely captured my interest, and I can’t wait to see James McAvoy really go all in on this character.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

(January 27)- In case you thought Milla Jovovich and this ridiculous video game franchise was over… apparently it isn’t. Once again, they’re off on a quest to kill zombies and find a cure, but this time it’s the *~final chapter~* so hopefully they actually get it. The trailer looks like more over-the-top action, but also like they’ve revealed everything interesting about the actual movie. Ali Larter and Iain Glen (from Game of Thrones!) are back, so at least this won’t be all bad.

A Cure for Wellness

(February 17)- You’ll soon realize I love trailers that don’t give you much plot. They’ll show you some interesting scenes, maybe hint at what’s to come, but they don’t give anything away. That’s certainly true in this Gore Verbinski-directed psychological horror film. I can tell you it’s eerie, and it’ll certainly be tense, but otherwise… I’ve got nothing. And I’m.So.Ready.

The Boss Baby

(March 31)- I’m a sucker for good animated productions, but I can’t put my finger on this one yet. It looks like a fun movie that parents will enjoy as well as kids, and Alec Baldwin’s a good voice actor, but it doesn’t seem to have much energy behind it. I’ll have to wait and see in the next trailer.

November means the start of mainstream Oscar fare and holiday blockbusters. Lots of trailers have been coming out lately, so what better time to start a biweekly trailer roundup?

Admittedly, a few of these trailers will be a bit older because I’m still pretty jazzed up about them and don’t want to miss out on talking all about them… but here goes! A few of my favourite new trailers:

Operator

(November)- It seems a bit like Her, falling in love with the voice of technology, but it affects real people and isn’t so much looking to the future as analyzing our present needs. Regarded as one of the best movies to come out of SXSW this year, I’m looking forward to finding this in a theatre soon.
Anything I missed that you think is important? Let me know! Plus, tell me about any trailers that get you excited in the next two weeks by tweeting me @reviewsbylauren and maybe I’ll include them! Check back on November 29th for the next edition!

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