5 Must-See TV and Movie Trailers: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ and More

It’s never easy waiting for movie and TV premieres. We’re a culture of instant gratification, and waiting months (and sometimes years) for a release goes against every facet of that. Thankfully, Hollywood is never shy about inundating us with trailers to sate our collective appetite. This week’s teasers feature a first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s latest transformative role, a superhero movie that isn’t Civil War, and plenty more! Let’s dive right in, shall we?

1. Snowden

Government surveillance is recognized as the seminal political issue of post-9/11 America, and Hollywood hasn’t been slow in profiling that culture. In 2013, Benedict Cumberbatch starred as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate. A year later, we saw Citizenfour profile Edward Snowden in a stunning documentary. Next up is Snowden, a biopic about the titular CIA analyst who originally leaked the reams of classified data about illegal surveillance to the public.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the man himself, doing his best to capture everything from Snowden’s mannerisms to his various vocal ticks. In small doses, the acting choices admittedly feel a tad cheesy, but perhaps over the course of an entire film it won’t seem so out of place. Regardless, it’ll be a landmark movie for what’s become a hot-button issue with the American populous.

2. Wet Hot America Summer – Ten Years Later

When Wet Hot American Summer first debuted in 2001, it featured a cast that would later become some of comedy’s most prolific actors. It’s a list that included the likes of Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, and H. Jon Benjamin. The cast reassembled in 2015 for a Netflix miniseries, reuniting the original cast and writing team for eight episodes. Netflix won’t be stopping there though, having just picked up the series for another season, titled 10 Years Later. Take a peek at the teaser above, and make it your beeswax to tune in when it hits the streaming service in 2017.

3. X-Men: Apocalypse

Captain America: Civil War isn’t the only comic book movie releasing in May. X-Men Apocalypse is the latest from 20th Century Fox’s mutant mastermind, Bryan Singer. Acting as a timeline reset of the main X-Men story thread, it takes us back to the younger years of Charles Xavier and company, retconning much of Singer’s original arc from the first three films in the franchise. It won’t be any less entertaining, and with the talent of Oscar Isaac on board to play our titular villain, it promises to be yet another incredible X-Men movie from the director who started it all back in 2000.

4. Houdini & Doyle

FOX has been doubling down on sci-fi/fantasy adaptations of iconic characters lately, having struck gold with the likes of Sleepy Hollow and Lucifer. Next in line is Houdini & Doyle, a series centered around one of the most powerful friendships of the 20th century. The former was a renown skeptic, whose life’s mission was centered around debunking alleged psychics. The latter, despite creating the most critical-minded character in all of literature in Sherlock Holmes, was a believer in all things occult and supernatural. It was only a matter of time before someone translated that dynamic into a buddy cop TV series. We’re just glad that FOX has proven themselves capable with this genre recently, otherwise we could have had a problem here.

5. Kubo and the Two Strings

We’ve been following the progress of Kubo and the Two Strings for awhile now. The latest from LAIKA’s animation studio looks to be more of the same from the legendary outfit, having given us ParaNorman, Coraline, and The Boxtrolls. The stop-motion masters will be diving into feudal Japan with a fantasy twist this time around, and the latest trailer shows us all the spectacular visual elements that have come to define the LAIKA brand. Trust us when we say: You’re not going to want to miss this one when it hits theaters this August.

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