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.
What if your dreams actually came true? If you’re Michael Peña, that’s a very bad thing. The first trailer for Extinction shows Peña’s serious side as he battles prophetic nightmares ahead of an invasion that follows in the not-too-distant future. Also starring Lizzy Caplan (Party Down, Masters of Sex) and Luke Cage‘s Mike Colter, Netflix’s latest creature feature looks like a fun enough romp to mark it on your calendars.
Release date: July 27
It worked for Paddington, right? Disney’s latest live-action attempt to drill for our childhood memories arrives in a little under a month, and the latest trailer shows the now grown-up Christopher Robbin (Ewan McGregor) out on the town with his best old friend, Winnie the Pooh. Directed by Mark Forster (Stranger Than Fiction, Finding Neverland), the new film offers some impressive CG re-creations of our old buddies, and perhaps just as importantly, stellar work from insanely prolific voice actor Jim Cummings that sounds strikingly like the original Pooh (voiced by the late Sterling Holloway). You’re not likely to see groundbreaking filmmaking here, but those looking for nostalgic feels from their favorite talking teddy will likely be satisfied this August.
Release date: August 3
If Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster isn’t the weirdest studio-distributed film ever made, it’s high on the list. The teaser trailer for Lanthimos’ latest film, The Favourite, seems to take on the bizarro mantle from The Lobster in full effect. The film follows Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) in 18th-century England and also stars Rachel Weisz as Anne’s close friend and apparent puppet master, as well as Emma Stone in a delightfully incognito role. The Favourite seems likely to be as confusing and intriguing as Lanthimos’ other works. And isn’t that half the fun?
Release date: November 23
We don’t normally dip into documentaries, but General Magic looks too perfect not to talk about here. Telling the story behind the first major venture from some of the most brilliant minds in technology, this film about “the most important company to come out of Silicon Valley that nobody’s ever heard of” looks to reveal what happens when really intelligent people dream big, fail hard, and learn well from their mistakes.
Release date: July 26
‘Mary Queen of Scots’
We’ve saved the most intriguing for last in Mary Queen of Scots, a much more serious look at female monarchy than what we see in The Favourite. Starring two compelling leading ladies in Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan — one a cemented superstar and the other on her way to being one — the film tells the story of two powerful leaders in 16th-century Europe as they attempt to make peace, and later descend into war. The film looks exquisitely shot, brilliantly acted, and should likely be high on the list for anyone into well-made period pieces.
Release date: December 7