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Trailer Round Up: 'The King's Man,' 'Paradise Hills,' 'The Hunt' And More

By Kristy Puchko | Film | July 16, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | July 16, 2019 |


Whether you’re in the mood for swaggering spies, mind-bending thrills, awe-inspiring eleganza, father-daughter drama, Henry Cavill with a beard, or Martin Freeman with an American accent, we’ve got you covered with our latest trailer round-up.

Luce — In theaters August 2.

Named for the young man at its center, Luce is a psychological thriller based on JC Lee’s acclaimed play. Smart, polite, and an all-star athlete, Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) is the pride and joy of his parents (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth), who ten years prior adopted him from war-torn Eritrea. But when his teacher (Octavia Spencer) accuses him of something horrid, his reputation is called into question and sparks fly. As I’m not familiar with the play, I’m not sure what Luce is accused of or how that’ll shape the rest of this thriller. But with the film coming soon to theaters, we don’t have to wait long to find out.

Night Hunter —Exclusively on DirecTV August 8, in theaters and On Demand September 6.

There is a lot going on in this trailer. Ben Kingsley is pulling some Girl With The Dragon Tattoo/To Catch a Predator stunts. Alexandra Daddario and Stanley Tucci are playing stern police officers. Henry Cavill is rocking a beard and presumably doing other stuff. Brendan Fletcher is being all kinds of Primal Fear extra. And I’m still not totally sure what this movie is about. Also, Nathan Fillion’s in this. Huh.

Ode To Joy — In theaters and VOD August 9.

I love a rom-com, but this trailer makes me cringe. Maybe it’s that the romantic hero pawns off his dream girl on his dopey brother. Maybe it’s that Morena Baccarin is being resigned to a paper-thin dream girl role. Maybe it’s that I can’t accept Martin Freeman with an American accent. Maybe I just hate joy. I dunno. What do you think? About the movie. Not how I might be broken emotionally.

WARNING: Maybe don’t watch the next trailer.

Freaks — In theaters August 23.

I love this movie. I reviewed it last year out of TIFF and have been eagerly awaiting its release upon the world. But here’s the thing, part of the thrill of co-writers/co-directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein’s unique father-daughter drama is the tantalizing twists it takes, which spin it into an unexpected genre. But then, the movie’s genre might be the best hook to get audiences to take notice of this gritty, poignant, and thought-provoking indie, as was the case with last year’s Border. So, the trailer is trying to give you a clue to Freaks’ secrets while also maintaining some mystique. But man, so many spoilers! So, here’s my advice. Just trust me when I say if you like smart genre films, go see it. If you like thoughtful coming-of-age stories, go see it. If you like to have your heart shook and your mind rattled, go see it. Do not stop, do not watch trailers. Just go.

The Hunt — In theaters September 27.

How many years out do you think we are from this ad being for an actual service? Compliance director Craig Zobel helms this horror-thriller that centers on twelve strangers who wake up in a clearing with no idea how they got there. Soon, they will learn they are there so that merciless, rich assholes can hunt them for sport. Sounds like Ready Or Not with a higher body count, and I’m not mad at it. Plus, check out this insane cast: Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Macon Blair, Ethan Suplee, Glenn Howerton, Ike Barinholtz, and Hilary Swank. What even is this movie? I want it NOW.

Paradise Hills — In theaters and on digital November 1.

Alice Waddington’s directorial debut has us from the cast list alone: Milla Jovovich, The Farewell’s Awkwafina, Baby Driver’s Eiza González, Dumplin’s Danielle Macdonald, and Emma Roberts. That it’s a fashion-rich fantasy at a trippy boarding school is gravy. I don’t know what’s going on in this wild trailer. I don’t care. I’m game. My body is ready. How about you?

The King’s Man — In theaters everywhere February 2020.

Ever wonder how the secret organization at the heart of Kingsman: Secret Service came to be? Ever wanted to watch a Kingsman movie that chucks Taron Egerton and Colin Firth? Me neither. But this ultra-violent (and oft problematic) spy franchise is getting a prequel anyway. Matthew Vaughn returns to helm, directing an all-star cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Stanley Tucci, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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