Upcoming Movies: Trailer Roundup

One of my favorite parts of the movie going experience is watching trailers for upcoming movies. Below is a list of trailers for movies that are currently on my radar. Check them out and let me know which ones interest you and why!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Release Date: December 15, 2017

Why: it’s Star Wars. Isn’t that enough? Im excited to find out more about what Luke has been doing since Return of the Jedi. Rey’s training. Kylo out for revenge. Snoke’s background. Chewie without Han. There’s a lot I want to see.

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Release date: December 20, 2017

Why: I am a huge fan of the original (Who isn’t?). Honestly, I’m nervous that this one is going to be a flop. Jumanji is a video game now instead of a board game…I get it. It’s 2017. Parts of the trailer did make me laugh. I’m on the fence. We’ll see.

Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.

Hostiles

Release Date: December 22, 2017

Why: I grew up watching westerns with my dad, so I have a soft spot for the genre. Both Christian Bale and Ben Foster were fantastic in 2007’s remake of 3:10 to Yuma and will now be together again in Hostiles. Done deal.

An embittered U.S. Cavalry officer reluctantly agrees to accompany a Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal lands in Montana.

The Post

Release Date: December 22, 2017

Why: This seems like an interesting period piece, based on a true story, and loaded with excellent actors. I’ve never seen a movie with Tom Hanks that wasn’t solid, although I did fall asleep during Cast Away. This movie could have modern political themes mixed in, given all the debate over “fake news” within the last year. If so, there could be some heated discussions taking place.

Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers — and very freedom — to help bring long-buried truths to light.

The Commuter

Release date: January 12, 2018

Why: While this does seems to be in the same vein of Neeson movies like Taken and Nonstop, it also seems like a great popcorn flick. Commuter most likely wont be groundbreaking but at least an entertaining action/thriller.

Insurance salesman Michael is on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding, and he is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for everyone on the train.

Den of Thieves

Release Date: January 19, 2018

Why: Gerald Butler has become the modern day action hero movie master with movies like Olympus Down, London Down, and most recently Geostorm. This movie looks like a game of “cat and mouse” on steroids. It will also be interesting to see how far the “cops without limits” goes. That’s a touchy subject right now.

An elite unit from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department squares off against a crew of successful thieves who plan a seemingly impossible heist — the city’s Federal Reserve Bank.

Marvel’s Black Panther

Release date: February 16, 2018

Why: The next Marvel blockbuster, Black Panther looks like it will be agreat addition to the franchise. Chadwick was great in Civil War and now we’ll get to see more of his side of the MCU.

Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) springs into action when an old enemy threatens the fate of his nation and the world.

Red Sparrow

Release date: March 2, 2018

Why: This sounds like Black Widow’s back story. Seriously though, I’m always up for a good spy/assassin thriller. Im also a fan of most of J-Law’s movies.

Prima ballerina Dominika Egorova faces a bleak and uncertain future after she suffers an injury that ends her career. She soon turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies as weapons. Egorova emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow after completing the sadistic training process. As she comes to terms with her new abilities, Dominika meets a CIA agent who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.

Death Wish

Release date: March 2, 2018

Why: A remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson film, played this time by Bruce Willis. This is Willis doing what he does best. Yippee ki-yay… Another fun popcorn flick.

Dr. Paul Kersey is an experienced trauma surgeon, a man who has spent his life saving the lives of people on the verge of death. But when his wife is killed and his daughter rendered comatose after a brutal home invasion, Kersey uses his unique skills to become the vigilante killer nicknamed “The Grim Reaper.”

Tomb Raider

Release date: March 16, 2018

Why:A reboot of the iconic video game character, Lara Croft, Tomb Raider is another movie I’m on the fence about it. Hopefully, I’m wrong, because I want it to be great. It’s based off the fantastic 2012 video game reboot of the same name.

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination — a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn’t be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown.

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Release Date: March 23, 2018

Why: Oh man I loved the first Pacific Rim. Giant monsters vs giant robots. You don’t even need a good story for that. It’s one of those movies you just turn your brain off for and roll with it. We’ll see how this does under a different director as Guillerimo Del Toro is only a producer this time around.

Rebellious pilot Jake Pentecost and his estranged sister must lead a brave new generation of fighters against otherworldly monsters that want to destroy humanity.

A Quiet Place

Release Date: April 6, 2018

Why: The fact that this not only stars but is also directed by John Krasinski is intriguing. It also seems like a unique take on a horror movie. Going in with an open mind.

If they can’t hear you, they can’t hunt you.

The New Mutants

Release date: April 13, 2018

Why: Eventually, Fox was going to have to introduce new X-Men stories. This is clearly going to be more in line with a horror movie than superhero action. Looks like they’re also looking to capitalize on Stranger Things fame with Charlie Heaton. Im not as familar with these characters, so my expectations are low.

Magik, Wolfsbane and other teenage mutants try to come to grips with their superpowers while staying at a secret facility.

Ready Player One

Release date: March 30, 2018

Why: Based on the hit novel, this movie looks like Tron mixed with every 80’s and early 90’s pop reference possible. The Delorean in the trailer was enough to sell me.

In 2045, the planet is on the brink of chaos and collapse, but people find salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he promises his immense fortune to the first person to discover a digital Easter egg that’s hidden somewhere in the OASIS. When young Wade Watts joins the contest, he finds himself becoming an unlikely hero in a reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical world of mystery, discovery and danger.

Rampage

Release Date: April 20, 2018

Why: Studios keep throwing money at Dwayne Johnson and he keeps making movies…no matter how ridiculous. Remember the old NES and arcade game? Yup. That’s what this is. Rampage will most likely be a fun, “train wreck” of a movie.

The military springs into action when three gigantic, mutated monsters embark on a path of destruction.