5 Standout Movie Trailers You Need to Watch

It’s been an exciting week for movie trailers as we got our first sneak peek at two of the biggest comic-based blockbusters of 2014: 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past and Disney’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Additionally, the studios behind The Wolf of Wall Street and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues released the second official trailers for both films as the holidays quickly approach. Check out the five trailers getting major attention this week.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (Trailer 1)

Of the two blockbuster first trailers released over the past week, X-Men: Days of Future Past has garnered the most attention. The film works as both a sequel to 2006′s X-Men: The Last Stand and 2011′s X-Men: First Class while also existing as a follow-up to 2013′s The Wolverine. Based on the popular Marvel storyline Days of Future Past published in 1981, the film follows the X-Men as they are forced to join forces with the younger selves from First Class in a battle to save the future.

Days of Future Past features the return of director Bryan Singer who directed both X-Men and X2, and is widely credited as being one of the first directors to jumpstart the comic-based film genre. Featuring an ensemble cast including Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and many others, there’s a lot of hope that Days of Future Past will help return the original X-Men trilogy back to its roots while adding popular additions of the 2011 prequel film. Days of Future Past will be released in theaters on May 23, 2014.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Trailer 1)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be the ninth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is a sequel to 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger. Two years after the events of The Avengers, Steve Rogers and the Black Widow are join forces to stop their powerful adversary, the Winter Soldier.

Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, The Winter Soldier sees the return of Marvel staples Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson along with newcomers to the franchise Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, and Robert Redford. Featuring elements of a political thriller along with the usual Marvel banter and action, The Winter Soldier looks to be entry into Marvel’s “Phase 2″ series of comic book films. The Winter Soldier is set to be released April 4, 2014.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Trailer 2)

With Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hitting theaters in a little under two months, Paramount recently released the second trailer that shows additional laughs and gags that should make fans of 2004′s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy excited to have their favorite news team back in business. Based on the cable news era of the 1980s, The Legend Continues follows the Channel 4 news team after the fading prosperity of the 1970s has led the members of the team to hit rock bottom. But when a 24-hour news team recruits the team to join the channel, they get a chance at redemption.

As with the original film, The Legend Continues is directed by Adam McKay and written by McKay and Will Ferrell. The sequel features the return of the original cast members, including Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, as well as newcomers Kristen Wiig, Fred Willard, and Harrison Ford. The Legend Continues will be released on December 20, 2013 just in time for Christmas.

The Wolf of Wall Street (Trailer 2)

Widely believed to have been on its way to a 2014 release amid editing delays, The Wolf of Wall Street surprised industry onlookers when director Martin Scorsese and Paramount announced that the film would be released on December 25, 2013 a little over a week ago. The Wolf of Wall Street tells the true story of Jordan Belfort, who in the 1990s founded the Stratton Oakmont boiler room and was later sentenced to 22 months in prison for stock market manipulation and charges related to Stratton Oakmont.

While the first trailer focused largely on the excess of Belfort’s high-octane Wall Street lifestyle, the second trailer focuses much more on the rise and fall of Belfort and his associates while adding an additional layer of suspense revolving around the FBI investigation. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Matthew McConaughey,  The Wolf of Wall Street will be released on Christmas Day 2013 and is expected to be a major award contender at this year’s Oscars.

Dallas Buyers Club (Trailer 1)

Actor Matthew McConaughey has been on a roll lately when it comes to critically acclaimed roles, but industry buzz is saying that Dallas Buyers Club might not only earn McConaughey his first Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards but also win him the award outright. Dallas Buyers Club is based on the true-life story of Ron Woodroof who created the Dallas Buyers Club, a group that provider paying members with access to anti-viral medications for HIV not approved in the United States after he was diagnosed with HIV from drug use.

McConaughey, who shed as much as 50 pounds to take on the role, is not the only actor getting rave reviews for his performance in the film – Jared Leto, who plays a transvestite partner to Woodroof and also lost nearly 30 pounds for the role, recently won the Breakthrough Actor award at the Hollywod Film Awards leading many to believe that he’s likely a front-runner for Best Supporting Actor at this year’s Academy Awards. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and also starring Jennifer Garner, Steve Zahn, and Dallas Roberts, Dallas Buyers Club will be released November 1, 2013.

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