The best new movie trailers: ‘Buster Scruggs,’ ‘Missing Link,’ ‘Mowgli’ and more

Rick Marshall

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.

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are bringing their latest project to Netflix, and the Western anthology looks better with every look we get at it. The film is comprised of six stories set in the American frontier, woven together with the sort of unique storytelling voice the Coen brothers are known for. Tim Blake Nelson plays the titular musician and gunfighter Buster Scruggs, and the ensemble cast includes James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits, Clancy Brown, and Stephen Root, among other familiar faces. The film will have a limited theatrical release this month, kicking off November 9, before debuting on Netflix.

Release date: November 16


Ridesharing services are quickly becoming the hot new subject for movies across various genres, and now we have a new indie comedy — or maybe a drama, it’s hard to tell — about a stay-at-home father who attempts to re-enter the workforce, only to find his age playing against him in the modern digital environment. He decides to become a driver for a hip new ride-share service, DriverX, and finds himself “drawn into a sex, alcohol, and Tinder-fueled night world where the next person to get in your car could be anyone: Your new best friend, your worst nightmare, or maybe even your next lover.”

Release date: November 30

‘Missing Link’

The perennially under-appreciated (as far as Academy Awards go) stop-motion animation studio Laika has another film hitting theaters in 2019, and like Kubo and the Two StringsBoxtrollsParaNorman, and Coraline before it, it looks absolutely beautiful. Missing Link follows a massive, fur-covered character (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) who is, well … the “missing link” between humans and their ancestors. Tired of living a solitary life, he sets out with a famous explorer who’s been hunting for him to find his long-lost relatives. As one might expect, crazy hijinks and epic adventures ensue. Along with Galifianakis, the film’s voice cast includes Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Timothy Olyphant, and Emma Thompson, and it looks as meticulously crafted as the rest of Laika’s films, which always earn Oscar nominations, but seem to always come up short to the Disney monolith. Could this be the film that finally brings home gold for the studio?

Release date: April 12, 2019

‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’

There was a point in 2015 when two movies based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book were being developed simultaneously — one a Disney production with Jon Favreau behind the camera, and the other a darker adaptation directed by actor-turned-director Andy Serkis. The former was a box-office blockbuster, while the latter was (perhaps wisely) held back a few years to put some time between its release and that of Disney’s feature. The first full-length trailer for Mowgli has arrived, though, and it does look to be a darker spin on the source material, with some elements that cover plot points outside the Disney version of the story. The film will have a limited theatrical debut in late November before premiering on Netflix the following month.

Release date: December 7

‘Mortal Engines’

Every look we get at this adaptation of Philip Reeve’s book of the same name is better than the last one, and it’s shaping up to be an impressive visual effects spectacle — which is exactly what you expect from a film directed by Christian Rivers, a former VFX supervisor and storyboard artist for Peter Jackson’s Weta company. The film’s script was co-written by Jackson, so this feature is filled with potential for a great cinematic experience. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which humanity lives on roaming “predator cities” that roll across the continents, capturing and consuming smaller cities. When a low-ranking engineer for London, one of the biggest cities of them all, crosses paths with a masked fugitive with a vendetta against the city, their adventure has far-reaching implications for the future. It’s difficult not to be excited about this one.

Release date: December 14