5 Must-See TV and Movie Trailers: ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale 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 two-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 TV and movie trailers and teasers you can possibly handle in one place every week.
Dan Brown’s revisionist historical fiction empire has been an international hit ever since it first arrived, beginning with 2003’s hit novel, The Da Vinci Code. It’s since proliferated into a series of successful sequels and movie adaptations. Brown in the meantime has become one of the best-selling authors in the world, albeit with considerably less hype since his initial run of success. While the movie version of The Da Vinci Code did rake in $758 million at the box office, the film’s sequel, Angels and Demons, saw a huge dip for its own release in the years following.
Now seven years later, the world is apparently ready to pick up Brown’s story in theaters once again, as we rejoin world renown symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks). This time around, Langdon is out to save the world from an extinction-level event. A virus is about to released into the populous, and our hero has to decode a series of clues rooted in Dante’s legendary Inferno. Sony’s putting a lot of stock in it having been enough time to revive this once-dead movie franchise, and soon we’ll see if it’ll be enough to bring it back from beyond the grave.
2. Game of Thrones, Season 6 Finale
Last week, Game of Thrones gave us a full-scale shock-and-awe battle, culminating in the gruesome death of the universally reviled Ramsay Bolton. So how can the HBO series top what many are calling it’s greatest episode ever? With a season finale that wraps up every other hanging plot thread. Bran is still in the North being chased down by the White Walkers. Daenerys has the army and ships she needs to finally return to Westeros. Kings Landing is poised to erupt into complete chaos. Everything is teetering on the edge right now, and we’re about to get some long-awaited answers to many of our most burning Game of Thrones-related questions.
3. The Birth of a Nation
The last few years have seen a flood of films depicting both the Civil War and antebellum South. 12 Years a Slave, Free State of Jones, and Django Unchained are just a few of these, and the next to join their ranks will be The Birth of a Nation. The film follows Nat Turner, the man known historically for leading the biggest slave rebellion in our nation’s history. Beginning as a preacher tasked with subduing his fellow slaves using religion, he soon became a voice for his people, rallying his people together as they went plantation to plantation, breaking chains and rising up. He met a bloody end when it was all said and done, but it’s an interesting story for Hollywood to tell nonetheless.
4. Pitch, FOX
FOX has a slew of intriguing pilots coming to their network this Fall. Pitch might end up setting itself apart from that considerable pack though, telling the fictional story of the first woman to ever play in the Major Leagues. With the sponsorship of the MLB behind it, it’s a sports-centric series built on a concept that could someday actually happen. And despite the attempt to call a pitch that’s been around for 100 years a “trick pitch,” it gives her a secret weapon in her arsenal, as well as a notable competitive edge (at least within the framing of the show).
5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Tim Burton has seen a fair share of struggles getting off the ground creatively in recent years. Maybe it’s been his fixation on casting Johnny Depp, or perhaps he’s simply been stuck in rut. Whatever the problem’s been, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children looks to be a movie perfectly suited for a return to form. It’s basically what you’d get if you mixed Burton’s quirky fantasy sensibilities with the X-Men, and removed the crime-fighting element. With a solid cast and a popular source material acting as a foundation, Burton may finally be back in a big way as one of Hollywood’s leading innovators.
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