A good trailer is a short film in and of itself — and sometimes the best of them bear little resemblance to the movie they’re allegedly advertising. Here are the grandest ones that came down the pile this year (even if some of the flicks they’re flacking for don’t come out until 2015).
MAX MAX: FURY ROAD
So many of us forgot this movie was even coming out until this clip dropped at Comic-Con. Hot damn.
THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
“There are no strings on me.” Spader4Lyfe
The amazing first teaser, with the paratroopers diving down on a fog-banked Godzilla came out in 2013, so it was ineligible. But this one ain’t too bad, either. Conjures all the fear and awe you’d expect.
GET ON UP
It’s the music, man. And the Chadwick Boseman dancing his ass off. We do have more funk in the trunk, thank you very much.
Keanu Reeves at his most Keanuiest. Also, lots of double-taps.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
The public’s proof of concept for what sounded incredibly iffy going in. (Marvel Comics space adventure? Um…okay.) Perhaps the first to sell its heroes as a “bunch of a-holes.”
EDGE OF TOMORROW
Slow-jamming the apocalypse.
Loony, funny, scary — with Michael Keaton playing the role of his career. After Mr. Mom, of course.
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
It’s possible that you don’t even need to see the movie — this is 180 seconds of biopic crack.
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Doesn’t give you a lot. But what it gives you is exactly what you need.
Shaggy-awesome in the best possible way.
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
That breathy, sultry version of “Crazy In Love” really hammers the naughty home.
Scary as shit, thankyouverymuch.
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Because monkeys on horseback with machine guns will always win. Always.
KNIGHT OF CUPS
Terrence Malick (and his wide-angle lens) putting Christian Bale through his Hollywood paces? Sold.
Small, contained, furious as hell.
Pulls off the amazing trick of showing you everything and nothing at the same time.
What if Scarlett Johansson was like Superman who had a fondness for guns?
We still have no idea what this movie’s about, but we are officially intrigued.
Zac Efron has found his calling.
The “family” is back, solving problems that can only be solved with lots of booty-shorts present.
Marc Bernardin is the Deputy Editor of Playboy.com. Just so you know: he will cut a fool if you make him late to a movie and, as a result, miss the trailers. Cut. A. Fool.