5 Must-See TV and Movie Trailers: Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ and More

Andrew Garfield and Shin'ya Tsukamoto in Silence

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Nothing gets a cinephile excited like a well-made movie trailer. After all, not only do trailers offer an early glimpse of an upcoming movie, in many cases they can actually be more exciting than the movie itself. Every week, the Cheat Sheet Entertainment team pulls together the best new trailers that Hollywood has to offer for your viewing pleasure. This week’s new trailers include the latest Martin Scorsese film, an oddly dark Disney-Pixar sequel, and a Taylor Hackford-directed comedy starring Robert De Niro.

1. Silence

Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited historical epic finally has a trailer and it looks like it was well worth the wait. Based on a novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō, Silence tells the true story of two Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to find their mentor, who is rumored to have abandoned the faith. Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver play the two young Jesuit priests, while Liam Neeson plays the older priest they are trying to find.

With themes and images that recall The Mission (another film in which Liam Neeson portrays a Jesuit priest), we’d be surprised if Silence didn’t at least garner one nomination at next year’s Academy Awards. Silence is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on December 23 (just before the end of Oscar season).

2. Cars 3

The latest installment in the highly successful Cars franchise revealed its first teaser trailer this week and it was … dark? The short clip features a bunch of cartoon cars racing around a NASCAR-style track before one of them suddenly loses control and crashes. And while this scene probably could have been filmed in a much lighter tone, the trailer depicts the car rolling over and over again in slow-motion as metal debris and sparks fly. (Note to Hollywood: Showing a horrific car accident is probably not the best way to sell a movie about anthropomorphic cars to children.)

Despite its grim trailer, Cars 3 is apparently not the cartoon automobile version of Final Destination, but a rather conventional story about overcoming adversity. Here’s the official synopsis:

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

Cars 3 is scheduled to be released on June 16, 2017.

3. The Comedian

There was a time when having Robert De Niro play a comedian would have been casting against type. Even in 1983’s The King of Comedy, De Niro didn’t so much play a stand-up comedian as he did a delusional psychopath. However, De Niro has tackled dozens of comedic roles since the days of Taxi Driver and Goodfellas, with varying levels of success. In The Comedian, De Niro plays Jackie Burke, a legendary comic who is struggling to break free from the shadow of a TV character he once played. After being assigned community service for attacking a fan, Burke finds inspiration in the charming Harmony (Leslie Mann).

While the trailer seems to hold promise, early reviews of The Comedian have been largely negative, and the film currently has only a 20% approval rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes. And that’s a shame, because this Taylor Hackford-directed film also has an incredibly talented supporting cast that includes Edie Falco, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito, Cloris Leachman, Hannibal Buress, and more.

The Comedian is scheduled to land in theaters on January 13, 2017.

4. Crashing

Fans of HBO’s hit series Girls may want to check out another Judd Apatow-produced comedy show arriving in 2017. Created by and starring comedian Pete Holmes, Crashing tells the story of “a standup comic who discovers that his wife is unfaithful, leading him to reevaluate his life amidst the New York City comedy scene.” The show co-stars several other well-known comedians, including Artie Lange, Lauren Lapkus, and T.J. Miller.

Crashing premieres on February 19, 2017, right after Girls.

5. Reggie Watts: Spatial

Musician, comedian, beatboxer, and all-around strange person, Reggie Watts will bring his absurdist brand of humor to Netflix next month in a comedy special titled Reggie Watts: Spatial. Fans of Watt’s Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast will have some idea of what this Netflix “spatial” will entail, everyone else should be prepared to take a “journey through space and time,” as noted in the trailer.

Reggie Watts: Spatial premieres on Netflix on December 6, 2016.

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