Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we go to our 20 year high school reunion with a documentary crew in tow, play “gotcha!” with the world, pick a fight with the wrong people in Texas, try and figure out what steampunk is really about before heading off to Comic-Con, and grow a tail while caring for an old lady.

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Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has had plenty of opportunities to win us over with his warmth, humor, and smarts in the TV spots and trailers released so far for Ant-Man. Now, in the final Ant-Man trailer, he serves up his most inspired idea yet. “I think our first move should be calling the Avengers,” he suggests when Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) warns him of the possibility of mass chaos.

Of course, we already know the Avengers won’t assemble on their behalf — otherwise, this movie would have “Avengers” in the title. Fortunately, it looks like Scott and Hank have a few other tricks up their sleeve. Watch the final Ant-Man trailer after the jump. Read More »

Queen of the Desert

After several documentaries, Werner Herzog returns to narrative features this year with Queen of the Desert. Nicole Kidman stars as Gertrude Bell, an English explorer sometimes described as the “female Lawrence of Arabia.” Along with the male Lawrence of Arabia (played here by Robert Pattinson), she helped shape the Middle East region as we know it today.

Now a new Queen of the Desert trailer has been released, and you can watch it after the jump. Damian Lewis and James Franco also star.

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Summer is already well underway, but summer camp is just getting started. Netflix has revealed the first full trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the eight-episode prequel that takes you back to two months before the events of the 2001 movie.

The video brings back a ton of Camp Firewood favorites, such as Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, and Janeane Garofalo, as well as new characters played by Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Jason Schwartzman, and more. And then there are some people who fall in between, like H. Jon Benjamin in non-can form, and Michael Showalter as Ronald Reagan. Watch the Wet Hot American Summer prequel trailer after the jump. Read More »

Tom at the Farm trailer

Young Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan made big waves in the past year with Mommy, and now an earlier picture from the director is finally getting a US release. Tom at the Farm hit festivals and other countries in 2013, but Amplify one recently picked it up for release in the States. They’ve cut a new promo for the film; check out the Tom at the Farm trailer below. Read More »

Rick and Morty S2 trailer

With robots, parallel universes, technology run dangerously rampant, and an excellent group of five characters to watch as things get weird, the first season of Rick and Morty was one of the best science fiction shows on TV. Created by Justin Roiland (who voices both lead characters) and Dan Harmon, the series is like a super-twisted version of Back to the Future in which Doc is drunk, cocky, and astonishingly brilliant, and Marty is a shy and cautious kid.

With all that established, I’m hoping the second season will be the best sci-fi show on TV, full stop. The first big Rick and Morty S2 trailer is here, and you can watch below to see how crazy things might get. Read More »

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Transporter Refueled second trailer

The Transporter is back, but this time it’s not Jason Statham behind the wheel. Instead, Ed Skrein has stepped into the role of a former special-ops mercenary Frank Martin, who ends up being thrust into danger at every turn thanks to his job transporting classified packages for questionable people, with no questions asked.

We’ve already seen the first trailer for the franchise sequel/reboot The Transporter Refueled, but now we get to see more of the story in a second trailer. This time Frank is interrupted during time with his father (Ray Stevenson) when one of his jobs gets him in deep with the wrong people. Watch the The Transporter Refueled second trailer below. Read More »

Staten Island Summer trailer

There are plenty of movies hitting the big screen this summer, but it looks like one of this season’s gems may not be in theaters. Netflix is releasing the indie comedy Staten Island Summer on the streaming service at the end of the month, and this looks like a hilarious coming-of-age comedy.

Saturday Night Live creator and showrunner Lorne Michaels produced the film that features a cavalcade of cameos from his own discoveries such as Fred Armisen, Will Forte, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan and Cecily Strong. But at the core of the story are two teens on the verge of figuring out adulthood. And you can see the amusing results of that in the first Staten Island Summer trailer after the jump. Read More »

Diary of a Teenage Girl UK trailer

After making a splash at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the indie sensation The Diary of a Teenage Girl is coming to theaters next month. The film may not have made our list of the Best of Sundance 2015, but it’s certainly one of those indies worth seeking out this summer.

Now a new trailer from across the pond has surfaced, showcasing a tale of sexual exploration and coming-of-age, driven stupendously by a breakthrough performance from Bel Powley. And coming through with outstanding supporting performances are Alexander Skarsgard and Kristen Wiig too. Watch The Diary of a Teenage Girl UK trailer below! Read More »