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.
‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’
The Fallen Kingdom trailer (thankfully) takes a new approach when it comes to the Jurassic Park franchise. Here, Owen (Chris Pratt) is convinced by Claire (Bryce Dallas-Howard) to return to the ill-fated island with a volcanic eruption imminent. Blue (the raptor Owen “raised” in Jurassic World) is also still around. There’s an endangered species angle here that’s fairly intriguing, pitting those who would happily see the dinosaurs re-enter extinction against those who believe they deserve protection and a chance to survive. “Life cannot be contained,” says Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm, and the trailer backs up that claim, leaning heavily on action-packed scenes with both humans and dinos racing against the volcanic clock.
Release date: June 22, 2018
‘You Were Never Really Here’
Joaquin Phoenix is fairly selective about his roles. The acclaimed actor, 43, has had some disappointments to be sure (the extremely odd I’m Still Here comes to mind), but as evidenced by films like Gladiator and Her, the man is undoubtedly a master at his craft. If he deigns to do what looks like a color-by-numbers, Taken-style action flick, we’re very curious to see where it goes. The trailer for You Were Never Really Here shows Phoenix as some sort of hammer-wielding hit man contracted to rescue the daughter of a wealthy client. Obviously, things don’t quite go as planned, and it appears there might be a larger conspiracy at play. The film — produced by Amazon Studios — won Best Screenplay (and Phoenix Best Actor) at Cannes 2017.
Release date: April 6, 2018
‘Please Stand By’
Rarely do films approach the subjects of mental illness or disability with tact, but Please Stand By looks to be a welcome exception. Dakota Fanning (Signs) plays Wendy, a 20-something woman on the autism spectrum who escapes from her group home in hopes of entering her Star Trek script into a competition. The Magnolia Pictures production isn’t going to see a massive Hollywood release or break any box office records, but it looks undeniably sincere. An incredible supporting cast includes Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine) as Wendy’s caregiver, Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as her Cinnabon co-worker, Alice Eve as Wendy’s sister, and Patton Oswalt as a friendly, multilingual police officer.
Release date: January 26, 2018
‘7 Days in Entebbe’
Daniel Brühl (Captain America: Civil War) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) star in this British crime thriller from Robocop (2014) director José Padilha. The film is based on the events of Operation Entebbe, in which two Palestinian activists (Brühl and Pike) hijacked an Air France plane — carrying mostly Israeli passengers — touching off a hostage-rescue situation at Uganda’s Entebbe Airport. In the trailer, the Israeli government works to act quickly and carefully in hopes of resolving the situation peacefully. The film’s two stars both have serious acting chops, and we’re hoping they get to show them off here. Eddie Marsan (The World’s End) appears as well.
Release date: March 2018