5 Must-See TV and Movie Trailers: ‘Moana’ 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 this, 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.

1. Moana

Disney’s been seemingly incapable of doing anything wrong on the animation side of things lately, blazing ahead both with Pixar and their in-house animation department. Moana will seek to continue that trend, introducing a brand new Disney princess into the fold with its titular heroine. It’ll also present us with a handful of new experiences for the studio, featuring the first Disney princess without a romantic love interest. It’s a clear sign that times are changing for female protagonists, and with Hollywood’s biggest studio championing that change, we have reason to hope for the future.

The first full-length trailer gives us a look at the basic story: The daughter of a chief and the demigod Maui, journey across the ocean in an epic quest to a fabled island. It’ll have its work cut out for it in measuring up to Disney releases like Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, but with Lin-Manuel Miranda writing the music, and Dwayne Johnson joining newcomer Auli’I Cravalho as the voice talent, the pieces are certainly in place for another great animated feature.

2. Agents of SHIELD

As the last bastion on network TV for Marvel, there’s a lot riding on the success Agents of SHIELD right now. This season, the series will be pulling out all the stops, officially introducing Ghost Rider into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When last we saw the character, he was being played by Nicolas Cage in two ill-fated movies. The rebooted version will show us a different iteration of the character who will be driving a muscle car rather than his more recognizable motorcycle. It’s not clear if he’ll be a friend or foe to our heroes, but based on the latest promo, there’ll at least be some initial conflict over the Ghost Rider’s brutal (and fatal) brand of criminal justice.

3. Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford made a name for himself as a Hollywood director with A Single Man way back in 2009, and yet remained silent on his next project in the years following. Soon though, we’ll have his follow-up effort, Nocturnal Animals. 

The story follows an art gallery owner who is obsessing over a violent, threatening novel written by her ex-husband, set to a noir-esque aesthetic. Ford assembles a veritable all-star team for the film’s cast, bringing in Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Michael Sheen, Laura Linney, and Armie Hammer. Suffice it to say, there’s a whole lot to be excited for here.

4. Westworld

HBO has slowly been ramping up the promo cycle for Westworld, which is set to premiere on October 2 of this year. Following up on their full-length trailer from a couple weeks back, we now have a second teaser, carrying a decidedly more surreal tone. In it, we see Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores, an android living inside the artificial Old West theme park constructed by her human creators. As she slowly begins to question her supposed reality, the illusion begins to fade, as malfunctioning androids begin to defy their programming and murder guests of the park.

Can Westworld step in for HBO as the network’s premiere sci-fi/fantasy offering once Game of Thrones wraps up? The early returns suggest that it’s a distinct possibility, although we’ll have to wait until October to find out for sure.

5. Fifty Shades Darker

You may be asking yourself why and how a sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey got the green-light from Focus Features. The answer can be found in the staggering $560 million box office return the film netted, despite its subpar 25% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Fifty Shades Darker picks up where the previous film left off, with Christian Grey once again courting Anastasia Steele. This time around, we get a jealous ex-girlfriend, along with lots and lots of masquerade masks. For what it’s worth James Foley is stepping in to direct the sequel, with a strong resume of past work that includes House of Cards, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Hannibal. 

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