Another week, another round of movie trailers, though Captain America: Civil War is dominating the press these days, it’s not all superheroes. I mean, don’t get me wrong, we’re still talking X-Men: Apocalypse today, but we’ve also got the new drama about the life of Edward Snowden, a Western starring a Hemsworth brother, Key & Peele played by cats, and more.
Check out some of the best trailers of the week below.
Oliver Stone, never one to shy away from the political in his cinema (he made JFK, Nixon and W), takes a dive into the story of the most famous whistleblower in American history with this biopic. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the title role of the master programmer who exposed the NSA’s massive history of spaying on Americans, and it’s going to be very interesting to see how this plays. Making biopics about living people is always tricky, but it’s especially tricky when you’re talking about someone whose life has already been so thoroughly picked over. If nothing else, this will be Thinkpiece Heaven after its release.
Sometimes it seems like there are no more Stephen King stories left to adapt, but longtime fan John Cusack (who also made 1408) isn’t giving up. He’s been trying to adapt this particular King novel – which tells the story of a zombie epidemic that breaks out after a mysterious cell phone malfunction – for years, and it’s finally on the way. It looks appropriately intense, and having Samuel L. Jackson along for the ride never hurts.
We’ve already talked plenty about the latest outing for Marvel’s mutant superteam, but the final trailer adds a new layer of intensity, particularly when you consider the tease of one final addition to the team. After Civil War ends, we move on to this.
Key & Peele’s first feature film opened today, and to celebrate this week they unveiled a new version of their trailer in which every character is played by a cat. It’s nothing more than a novelty, but it’s the kind of novelty only they could come up with. They know how silly they can get, and they embrace it every time.
Liam Hemsworth gets his Western on in this film about a Texas Ranger tasked with taking down an apparently violent cult leader (Woody Harrelson). I’ll take an opportunity to watch Harrelson in this kind of role, and though we may not know the full extent of his cowboy prowess just yet, Hemsworth has just the right look to pull something like this off.
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I have gushed more than once over how excited I am that Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) is returning to the realm of crime comedy with this flick, and now it gets even more exciting with a cool retro trailer. This has the potential to be my favorite movie of the year.