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 introduce you to Mega Ran, fly across the ocean to solve a teenage suicide, discover our bodies ourselves, anxiously await our violent husband in a police station, and have our minds melted with special effects.

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Wetlands trailer

Here’s what you need to know about Wetlands: Carla Juri, who plays the central character, is terrific in it. She gives one of the most magnetic performances I’ve seen all year; she’s captivating to watch, no matter what goes on in the film. And Wetlands definitely tries to push buttons. Juri plays a young woman who has slightly more exaggerated relationship with sex and her body than most people. She’s given to flights of fancy, and impulsive behavior. After she suffers an intimate and unusual injury she’s put in a position where many of her simmering problems come to the surface. Check out the Wetlands trailer below. (Technically this isn’t a red-band trailer, but you should probably approach it as if it were.)

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Community - Season 6 trailer

At one point, “six seasons and a movie” sounded like an amusingly preposterous goal. After all, Community that found itself on the brink of cancellation every single year. But now the first half of the prophecy is about to be fulfilled thanks to Yahoo, and Yahoo would really like to remind you of that fact. Especially that last part.

The first Community Season 6 trailer has hit, and while it’s light on new footage it’s heavy on the hype. According to the video, this new season will be “better, stronger, faster.” Watch it after the jump.

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New babadook trailer

The Babadook is a lean and mean horror film out of Australia, and this new Babadook trailer is just perfect. The film was one of the best at Sundance this year, and remains one of my favorites of the year so far.

The story centers on Amelia, a widowed mother, and her troubled young son Samuel. The kid is spinning out of control, and his mom is at her wits’ end. A strange storybook provides a focal point for Sam’s nightmarish hallucinations, and things get intense as Sam’s visions start to connect with Amelia’s own fears.

Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman are simply terrific in the two lead roles, and writer/director Jennifer Kent has cooked up a story that is shockingly scary and built on solid characters. Take the shocks out of this movie and you’d still have a great story. With them in, The Babadook is the must-see horror film of 2014. Watch the trailer below. Read More »

Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby splitscreen trailer

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is an unusual film. In its original form, it is really two movies, subtitled Him and Her, following characters played by James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain as they each experience two sides of a tumultuous relationship. But the project will first hit theaters in the US as a single-version film subtitled Them, which weaves together the two viewpoints. (And, in doing so, necessarily discards some of each experience.) This new Hong Kong trailer shows the split film in a way we haven’t quite seen in other trailers; check out the new The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby splitscreen trailer below. Read More »

Rudderless

The first Rudderless trailer and poster are here. Directed by William H. Macy, making his feature debut, the film stars Billy Crudup as Sam, a father who loses his son. Racked with depression, Sam eventually finds solace in his son’s original music. He performs the songs at an open mic, and eventually becomes popular because of the music. This creates quite the moral dilemma, as Sam is reaping the rewards of son’s genius without giving credit. From there, the film takes a dark twist that changes everything entirely.

Rudderless premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year and I wrote a review which you can read here. It’s an uneven, but very interesting film with great music and performances by Crudup and co-stars Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne and Felicity Huffman. It’ll hit theaters and VOD on October 17 and now you can see it for yourself. The Rudderless trailer and poster are below. Read More »

Revenge of the Green Dragons trailer

Martin Scorsese has lent his name to a new tale of gangs of New York. Revenge of the Green Dragons follows two brothers who join a Chinese gang in New York during the ’80s. Based on a New Yorker article by Frederick Dannen, the film is directly inspired by tales of ’80s and ’90s Asian-American gangs in the city. The movie is directed by Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo; Lau previously made Infernal Affairs, which Martin Scorsese remade as The Departed. (Hence Scorsese’s participation as an exec producer here.) Watch the Revenge of the Green Dragons trailer below. Read More »

Sinister Six concept art

With The Amazing Spider-Man 3 pushed back to 2018, the villain-heavy spinoff Sinister Six is now set to be the next entry in the franchise. And so Sony is getting down to the business of setting it up.

A featurette included on the Target exclusive edition of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 offers our first taste of Sinister Six, including some very intriguing bits of concept art. Check it out after the jump.

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