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 investigate what goes bump in the night, get into the Christmas spirit by sidling up to one strange Ewok holiday party, check in with the fine folks of Afghanistan, go on one of the most bizarre races known to man, and check out yet another new film starring James Franco.

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