5 Must-See TV and Movie Trailers: HBO’s ‘Westworld’ 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. Max Steel

Given the amount of money that Paramount has made off of the toy-based Transformers movie franchise, it was really just a matter of time before someone tried to build on that trend. Enter Max Steel, a movie based on a line of Mattel toys by the same name.

The film itself looks to be your classic “kid with a mysterious dead parent discovers he has secret superpowers” tale, but it at least appears to be a visually appealing effort if the trailer is any indication. Whether it can achieve the level of box office success of its Transformers predecessor is another matter altogether. Early estimates point toward “absolutely not,” although who knows, maybe it’ll catch on in China a la Warcraft. 

2. Westworld, HBO

With Game of Thrones winding to a close on HBO, the network is actively searching for an heir apparent to the popular fantasy series. They may have found just that with Westworld, a new series based on a 1973 Michael Crichton movie.

Westworld features an all-star cast of Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, and Ed Harris, while boasting a gripping sci-fi high concept. The story focuses on a high-tech, futuristic Old West theme park, staffed by androids unaware that they’re not actually in the Old West. Things predictably decline from there, as shown in the above trailer running down a large swathe of the main narrative.

3. Doctor Strange

Up until recently, we didn’t know all that much about the primary villain of Doctor Strange, played by the incomparable Mads Mikkelsen. Thanks to this minute-long featurette, we now have a bit of insight. Interviews with the cast and crew tell us all about how Mikkelsen leads the zealots, an order of sorcerers who “become seduced by what they find on the other side” and are interested only in “spilling the barriers between these dimensions.” Basically, it’s a bad guy plot worthy of the decidedly off-kilter film it occupies. Is it November yet?

4. Legends of Tomorrow, The CW

At the end of its first season, Legends of Tomorrow had our heroes do away with the Time Masters, the ancient order of demi-gods devoted to preserving time itself. With them gone, it makes it so Rip Hunter and company are the only thing standing between reality as we know it and abject chaos.

Season 2 will take them through history, from a visit with Albert Einstein to the Queen of England herself. Here’s hoping that Legends of Tomorrow‘s second season works out the myriad of kinks it experienced in its initial run of episodes. Thankfully, if there’s anyone who can right the ship, it’s the DC comics crew over at The CW.

5. ARQ

Ever wonder what Groundhog Day would be like as a violent, hard sci-fi film set in the distant future? Then ARQ is the movie for you. It stars Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People, The Flash), as an engineer trapped in a time loop by a machine of his own making. The loop begins each time with a home invasion, ends with his death, and then puts him right back in bed that morning. In order to stop the loop and save his priceless technology, he must figure out a way to break the cycle and save both himself and his significant other before it’s too late. All in all, it looks pretty damn awesome for a straight-to-Netflix sci-fi film.

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