5 Must-See TV and Movie Trailers: ‘Dunkirk’ and More

Can a trailer be better than the film it is promoting? That’s a question many moviegoers may be pondering this weekend as the highly anticipated but critically panned Suicide Squad makes its nationwide debut. The latest installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) became the most tweeted about movie of the summer after several pitch-perfect trailers that appeared to show a much lighter side of a comic book movie universe that has been criticized for its lack of humor. In any case, here are five new trailers that we pulled together this week for your enjoyment – just keep in mind that not every trailer will deliver on what it promises…

1. Split

Director M. Night Shyamalan became a critical darling after his highly acclaimed supernatural thriller The Sixth Sense made its debut in 1999. However, since then he has struggled to match the success of that film with several other thrillers with similar twist endings (see: Unbreakable, The Village, The Visit). Shyamalan’s next film, Split, stars James McAvoy as a psychologically disturbed man with multiple personalities. Here’s the full synopsis from the official movie website:

While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

Split lands in theaters on January 20, 2017.

2. XOXO

Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Graham Phillips (The Good Wife), Hayley Kiyoko (Jem & The Holograms), Ryan Hansen (2 Broke Girls), and more star in this ensemble film from Netflix about a group of strangers who form a connection at XOXO, a major EDM (electronic dance music) festival. Here’s the official synopsis, per Netflix:

XOXO is a coming-of-age ensemble film about a group of 20-somethings on a crazy adventure to the biggest EDM festival in America, XOXO. The film follows six strangers whose lives collide in one frenetic, dream-chasing, hopelessly romantic night. At the center is Ethan, a young DJ who gets a last minute slot to perform after his tracks go viral online days before the festival. This is a huge opportunity… if he can just make it there in one piece.

XOXO premieres August 26, 2016 on Netflix.

3. Incorporated

Produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, this upcoming SyFy show stars Sean Teale as an employee at SPIGA Biotechnics, a futuristic company that seems to control all aspects of people’s lives. While it remains to be seen if it can live up to the many dystopian sci-fi shows that have preceded it, the trailer does feature some nifty near-future tech, such as self-driving cars, biometric security, and of course, the ubiquitous floating computer displays. Here’s the official show synopsis from SyFy:

Set in a future where companies have seemingly unlimited power, Incorporated centers around Ben Larson, a young executive who risks everything to infiltrate the all-controlling corporate world and save the woman he loves. In the process, he will take on the entire system — with deadly consequences.

Incorporated premieres on SyFy on November 30, 2016.

4. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Also out this week is a brand new TV spot for Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, the Tim Burton-directed fantasy adventure film based on a book of the same name by Ransom Riggs. Per the official synopsis from Fox:

When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children opens in theaters on September 30, 2016.

5. Dunkirk

After a teaser for director Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic about the Dunkirk evacuation was leaked online, Warner Bros. officially released the teaser on Friday. Per Variety, the teaser was originally attached to Suicide Squad, the highly anticipated DC superhero movie that opens this Friday. While the teaser doesn’t reveal much in the way of action, it does contain some stunning visuals of one of the most memorable events of World War II.

Dunkirk is scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 21, 2017.

All movie cast, crew, and awards information courtesy of IMDb.

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