5 Must-See TV and Movie Trailers: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and More

Trailers are as much a part of the movie-going experience nowadays as the films themselves. There’s something incomparably exciting about seeing what amounts to a 2-minute sizzle reel of a release’s best scenes. It’s why trailer culture has proliferated into what it is today, and makes it so even the release date of a short teaser is a day to look forward to. In the spirit of these, our team gathers together the best the internet has to offer, delivering all the trailers and teasers you can possibly handle in one place every week.

1. Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond came under a fair deal of fire when its first trailer released. Director Justin Lin is more known for his work in the Fast and Furious franchise than his sci-fi acumen, and the initial run of footage seemed to echo that. Played over the Beastie Boys “Sabotage,” it had little resemblance to the cerebral, more intellectual philosophy that’s driven Star Trek since its early days. Although when competing with the likes of superheroes and Star Wars, you certainly can’t blame Lin for taking the series in a more action-oriented direction.

The second trailer that just released this week does a lot to assuage some of those initial worries. We get a good look at Idris Elba as our main villain, a peek inside the more dramatic story elements, and a soundtrack that doesn’t conjure up images of Vin Diesel driving a Camaro. Combine that with a script penned by superfan Simon Pegg, and there are plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about the film’s chances of measuring up to the sky-high expectations of fans.

2. The Good Place

Comedy television is in a weird place right now. Shows like New Girl have stagnated in recent seasons, while the majority of viewers are turning to CBS’s four-camera laugh-track offerings. It’s Michael Schur though who’s consistently provided us with some of the best alternatives to these options. Schur was the showrunner during the wildly successful run of Parks and Recreation, and now is the creative force behind FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Soon, he’ll be lending his considerable creative talent to a new show over on NBC, The Good Place. 

The series stars Kristen Bell, as a recently deceased woman now living in an after-life paradise known as “The Good Place” (duh). It’s everything anyone could ever want, where everyone gets to meet their soul-mate, drink without hangovers, and casually eat frozen yogurt at any time. The only catch is that Bell’s character is only there due to a clerical error, and in fact lived a not-so-great life that would put her in “The Bad Place” if any of the higher-ups got wise. The trailer looks a little hokey, but given Schur’s extensive comedy resume, it’s definitely in safe hands.

3. Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s live-action reboot machine saw its first major success with the release of The Jungle Book. Next up on the docket is Beauty and the Beast, led by Emma Watson as Belle. The first teaser made headlines for outpacing The Force Awakens in YouTube views, telling us that we should never count out the killer combo of childhood nostalgia mixed with Watson’s star-power as the lead. That initial swell of popularity immediately led to rumors of a live-action reboot for The Little Mermaidwhich could represent the next step in Disney’s mission to revive everything you loved as a child. Although just because they can, doesn’t necessarily mean they should. 

4. Frequency

The CW has made its buck on their expansive superhero lineup over the last few years. That hasn’t stopped them from trying to branch out beyond the DC universe though. Frequency will do just that for the network, with a story digging into things like time travel and the consequences of changing the past. More specifically, it’s about a woman who hears her deceased father’s voice come over her radio, coming from the day before he was killed. She warns him of his impending death, changing her entire life in the blink of an eye. Overall, it’s an intriguing concept for a network that’s slowly become TV’s best source for great sci-fi shows.

5. Finding Dory

Pixar had a big year in 2015, releasing not one, but two movies after taking 2014 off. The first, Inside Out, was an instant classic, joining the pantheon of great animated cinema pioneered by the first Toy Story. The second, The Good Dinosaur, while an appealing original concept, fell well short of the bar set early in the year by the studio. This year, we’re back to the one-Pixar-movie-per-year schedule, with the quasi-sequel Finding Dory. The film will focus on Nemo’s amnesiac companion, voiced once again by Ellen Degeneres, as she goes in search of the family she forgot existed.

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