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 get ornery about video games, crash some summer concerts, pass some handcrafted art off as originals for funsies, feel sorry for Marion Cotillard, and feel butterflies in our heart for young love set to a Belle & Sebastian tempo.

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‘Homeland’ Season 4 Trailer: Carrie’s Back

Homeland Season 4 trailer

There were plenty of big plot developments in the last season of Homeland, but some things never change. Based on the new Season 4 trailer, people are still trusting Carrie (Claire Danes) to be on her best behavior in sensitive situations, even though that has worked out well approximately zero times in the history of the show.

But then again, watching Carrie break all the rules has always been part of the fun. Watch the first action-packed, drama-filled Homeland Season 4 trailer — and get details on the premiere — after the jump. (If you’re not caught up, be warned that spoilers follow.)

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When Marnie Was there Japanese trailer

The first trailer for the new Studio Ghibli movie When Marnie Was There was barely a trailer at all. Rather, it was more of a music video for the film’s primary song, by Priscilla Ahn. Now we’ve got a proper look at the film, in HD, via the When Marnie Was There Japanese trailer. This sets up a great deal of the story of a young girl who makes her first true friend. The only complication is that Marnie has her own unique situation.

At least, we think the trailer sets up that story. None of the dialogue is in English, so we have to rely upon an understanding of the source novel, and the exemplary visual storytelling in the footage. Being a Ghibli film — in this case, one directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty) — the animation and storytelling look to be wonderfully refined and elegant. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Mommy trailer

Like any film festival, Cannes has its share of hits, misses, and polarizing oddities that manage to be both hits and misses. But one of the few out-and-out successes this year was Xavier Dolan‘s Mommy. It inspired a flood of glowing reviews, and it charmed festivalgoers all the way to the Cannes jury prize.

Now the first Mommy trailer has arrived to show the rest of the world what’s been missing. Anne Dorval stars as Die, the widowed mom to troubled teen Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon). Suzanne Clément plays a mysterious neighbor who helpfully steps in. Watch the video after the jump.

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The One I Love trailer

At first glance, Sundance drama The One I Love seems ordinary in every way. Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass play a pretty typical couple whose marriage is suffering from pretty typical problems, like boredom and resentment. Then their couples counselor prescribes a romantic getaway, and things take a turn for the bizarre.

To say more would be venturing into spoiler territory, but you can at least get a sense of the off-kilter tone with the first The One I Love trailer. Watch it after the jump.

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annabelle trailer

The doll Annabelle seen in The Conjuring had a life — or an existence, at least — before the events of that film. Now the doll gets her own on-screen origin story in Annabelle. The film version of the doll is based on a case investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren in which a college student was beset by a demon that was manipulating the doll. We don’t know if that’s really the story in this film, but the first Annabelle trailer gives the doll its own condensed “birth” as an object of evil. Read More »

Ouija trailer

We were just talking about board games being made into movies, and now here’s the trailer for Ouija. The horror film is based on Hasbro’s “spirit board” game, which allows people to interact with spirits via a board marked with letters, numbers, and words like “yes” and “no,” and a small planchette which is “guided” by spirits to spell out statements on the board. And while you may be surprised by this story concept, when someone in the film uses a Ouija board, they get in touch with something that turns out to be dangerous. Watch the Ouija trailer below. Read More »

Laggies trailer

Dramas about overeducated, underemployed 20somethings in the throes of a quarterlife crisis are a dime a dozen on the indie film circuit. But Laggies seems worth a look anyway, if only because of the names attached.

Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister) directed the coming-of-age tale, which follows an aimless 28-year-old (Keira Knightley). When her anxieties about impending adulthood come to a head, she runs off to move in with a 16-year-old girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and her single dad (Sam Rockwell). The first Laggies trailer has just arrived, and you can check it out after the jump.

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