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.
A note: All release dates are for the United States.
It only took 14 years, but the Incredibles are finally returning to the silver screen. Brad Bird’s famous super family might not be fearing for their lives anymore, but life has become a bit mundane for the Parrs. When an opportunity arises for Mrs. Incredible/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) to take the spotlight in a mysterious campaign aimed at returning “supers” to their former glory, Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) is forced into the role of homemaker, where he struggles to deal with teenage Violet (Sarah Vowell), excitable youngster Dash (Huck Milner), and baby Jack-Jack, whose cadre of superpowers is beginning to take shape. At least fan-favorite Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) is around to help!
Release date: June 15
Dwayne Johnson’s reign of box-office dominance (see: Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle for the latest proof) looks to continue with Rampage. Loosely based on the iconic 1986 Midway arcade game, which had players use a giant gorilla (George), wolf (Ralph), and crocodile (Lizzie) to demolish cities and defend against military onslaughts, the movie stars Johnson as a primatologist who shares a bond with George. A series of mysterious capsules impact the earth and infect George (and Ralph and Lizzie) with biomutagens, causing him to grow immensely and develop increased aggression. The trailer features some lame one-liners and some awesome monster-versus-monster action, which is pretty much as expected.
Release date: April 12
Real-life couple Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix portray Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ, respectively, in this biblical drama. Magdalene is a divisive figure who served as one of Christ’s disciples, and has often been decried (via association) as a prostitute or lecherous woman despite no direct textual evidence in the Bible. The trailer takes on a fairly joyous tone — or, at least, the music would seem to indicate as much — as Mary prepares for the inevitable departure of Christ, and tries to learn more about his experience on Earth. Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) provides support, and this also happens to be the final film scored by celebrated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson before his recent death.
Release date: March 30
‘Ready Player One’
This isn’t the first trailer we’ve shared for Ready Player One, but it’s been a slow week for trailers (and besides, it looks very interesting). As before, protagonist Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) enters the virtual reality environment called the OASIS in search of salvation by way of Anorak’s Game, a competition dreamed up by OASIS’ late creator that will crown its new king. The trailer — underscored by a haunting rendition of Pure Imagination (from Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory) — is an absolute trip, rapidly swapping between real life, where Wade is on the run from big-bad businessman Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), and the OASIS, where pop culture references abound and the uncanny valley is in full effect. A star-studded supporting cast includes Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Simon Pegg, and T.J. Miller.
Release date: March 29
Don’t reach, young blood! Uncle Drew, the faux-geriatric star of a series of Pepsi commercials that went viral a few years back, has returned to put the smack down on some whippersnappers once again. This time around, Drew (Kyrie Irving) is coaxed back into competition by Dax (Lil Rel Howery) for a 50th anniversary tournament at streetball haven Rucker Park. To capture the crown, the bygone baller must make the rounds and recruit some old friends — played with gusto by basketball legends Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Lisa Leslie, Reggie Miller, and more — to get buckets and defeat the competition, led by an especially annoying Nick Kroll.
Release date: June 29