There’s plenty of stuff to make fun of in the Fast and Furious franchise. I’m just not sure I want Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the men behind such toxically unfunny spoofs as Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, and The Starving Games, telling the jokes. Nonetheless, here comes Superfast!, Friedberg and Seltzer’s lampoon of the seven Fast films starring Vin Diesel, the late Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, and an inordinate amount of baby oil. (And, yes, there’s a baby oil joke right in the trailer.)
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With the arrival of the first U.S. trailer, we can now add Eva to the list of movies following the recent A.I. trend. Originally released internationally back in 2011 (yeah, wow), Eva stars Daniel Brühl as a cybernetic engineer tasked with giving robots real emotions. Apparently he’s never seen A.I. or Her or I, Robot or…well, you get the point. Eva takes place in an alternate future where these movies don’t exist, so playing God with robot feelings seems like an okay idea until it’s not.
As if you needed another reason to be annoyed by white male privilege and spoiled rich kids, the first trailer for The Riot Club has arrived. The film unites two male stars from two big YA movie franchises—Sam Claflin from The Hunger Games and Max Irons from Divergent—which should be an attractive draw for the younger female audience. And to appeal to the more discerning movie-goer, The Riot Club comes from director Lone Scherfig, who previously helmed An Education.
I really want to see While We’re Young and I’m terrified to see it at the same time. I love writer/director Noah Baumbach (he’s the guy who made The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, and Frances Ha), and I can really relate to the premise of an older, childless married couple trying to recapture their youth. But I think I might relate to that premise a little too strongly.
The first trailer for Love and Mercy has arrived, in which Paul Dano and John Cusack take on the role of music legend and Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson. Love and Mercy generated some positive word of mouth on the festival circuit last year, and since then, we’ve been anticipating the release of this biopic, which promises great performances from both Dano and Cusack in this intimate story about Wilson’s triumphs and struggles.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent (which the real, actual title of this film) has been bombarding us with trailers for so long that it feels like the movie should have come out by now. But alas, the next chapter in this young adult dystopian romantic action series is still a month away and Summit has released the final Insurgent trailer. To their credit, this is easily the most effective preview they’ve cut so far, even if it seems like it’s in an alien language to the people who skipped Divergent.
If the prospect of a new live-action version of Cinderella wasn’t enticing enough, the new Disney film is opening with a special added attraction: “Frozen Fever,” a short sequel to Frozen, the most popular movie (and most dastardly earworm) of 2013. And here I thought “Frozen fever” was a mental illness that made kids sing “Let It Go” over and over again until their parents begged for the sweet release of death. My mistake.
In addition to the outstanding upcoming indie thriller Faults, Mary Elizabeth Winstead also appears in Alex of Venice, the directorial debut from Chris Messina (you cannot throw a rock in the indie world without hitting that guy). The first trailer for the new indie drama has arrived, in which Winstead plays a mother whose husband decides to take a break from his family, leaving her confused and adrift.
We know Simon Pegg best for his more comedic roles, but he’s occasionally shown us a bit of his darker side, most recently with his particularly cynical role in Edgar Wright’s The World’s End. But his new film, Kill Me Three Times, takes Pegg full throttle to the dark side as a hitman rocking a pretty sweet mustache and toting a huge gun. The new red band trailer spares no bloody expense in illustrating this darkly comedic tale of violence and plots gone awry.
A new drama starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana doesn’t really sound like something you might see from J.J. Abrams’ production company, which isn’t a bad thing. The first trailer for Infinitely Polar Bear, produced by Bad Robot, has been released, and promises yet another stirring and poignant performance from Ruffalo as a father struggling with manic depression.