The only problem with studios releasing so many interesting movies during the holidays is that you really don’t have time to see them all. I have a whole list to catch up on, and I got started last week with 20th Century Women, which was really great.
What I love most about the film is how honest and messy it is. It has so many stories to tell, nothing wraps up neatly, and even the characters who try their very best still end up doing sloppy things.
The thing that really boggles my mind about the movie is its perspective. It’s written and directed by a man, largely told through the perspective of a boy, but telling the stories of three very different women and trying openly and imperfectly to be as feminist as it can be. It kind of underscores that intentional feeling of messiness that films rarely embrace so well.
Check out 11 trailers from this week below.
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
HBO pushed up the release date of Bright Lights, a documentary about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, after both women died last month, and for mourning fans, it can’t come soon enough. The documentary seems be a personal, joyous, and also very serious look at Fisher and her mother’s relationship and the struggles Fisher had throughout her lifetime. You can read our review here. The film premieres January 7th.
I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro takes James Baldwin’s notes for an unfinished book and turns them into what looks like a powerful documentary about race in America — namely, about white Americans’ mistreatment of and disregard for black Americans over the past two and a half centuries. Samuel L. Jackson narrates, using only Baldwin’s words. The film comes out February 3rd.
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels has seen plenty of praise over the past two seasons, and now — returning for the second part of its third run — it has some surprises in store that might just pick up new fans. If you’ve already seen Rogue One, check out this new trailer for a familiar face. The season starts back up January 7th.
The Girl with All the Gifts
The Girl with All the Gifts was one of our favorite films at TIFF last year, with Verge reviewer Tasha Robinson calling it “a weird, painful, daring story with some interesting twists on the zombie-horror genre.” It’s now heading to an on-demand release, hitting DirecTV on January 26th and other services on February 24th.
Naturally, the evil tape is now a viral video. Which, let’s be real, is a good metaphor for existing on today’s social platforms, even if it makes for a pretty goofy movie premise. Rings comes out February 3rd.
So Yong Kim’s Lovesong got some glowing reviews at Sundance last year, and now it’s finally headed to theaters. The film is about the friendship between two women and the different places it goes as they drift apart and reunite over a period of years. It looks quiet and sweet from this trailer, and it definitely has me interested to see more. The film comes out February 17th.
In this first trailer for Frontier, a new Netflix series, a bunch of old stuffy English dudes take turns describing their plans to hunt down a mythical troublemaker, a fur trader played by Jason Momoa. It seems kind of like The Revenant: the TV show, but without all the insane production stories that made us all go see it. Frontier debuts January 20th.
Powerless started out as a series about life at an insurance firm in a world constantly being wrecked by super villains and their pursuing heroes. But there’s now a teaser out — and it looks like things have evolved quite a bit, with the show taking on a much goofier conceit. The show starts February 2nd on NBC.
Voltron: Legendary Defender
We were big fans of the first season of Netflix’s Voltron reboot, and now it’s coming back for a second run. If you want a good Saturday morning cartoon, look no further. Season two premieres January 20th.
Don’t Knock Twice
I can’t really do horror movies, so I have a bad habit of not including them in this roundup, but this one has some really catchy visuals that makes it all worth it for me. Don’t Knock Twice comes out February 3rd.
Uh, so, this appears to be a horror musical about killer mermaid-vampires who work in a strip club (which, heads up before watching if you’re at work or a Starbucks or something). I think it looks amazing. It comes to the US starting February 1st in a limited release.