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Trailer Round-Up: Stirring Sci-fi, Tender Tearjerkers, Daring Docs, A Camp Classic, and Tom and Jerry Too!

By Kristy Puchko | Film | November 20, 2020 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | November 20, 2020 |


This was a week jam-packed with trailers promising, perturbing, poignant, and absolutely bonkers. Take a look at the latest from Tom Holland, Jillian Bell, Regina King, Shia LaBeouf, Robert Rodriguez, and—ugh—Colin Jost.

Chaos Walking: Coming soon to theaters.

Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen, and Nick Jonas headline the latest from Doug Liman, director of The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow. Based on Patrick Ness’s book The Knife of Never Letting Go, the film follows Viola Eade (Ridley), an astronaut who crash lands into a world where there are no women and all thoughts can be heard aloud….all except for hers.

The Great British Baking Show: Holidays Season 3: Coming to Netflix on December 4.

Two of the best shows on Netflix are colliding for a holiday special competition full of sweets and sass! Four fan faves from The Great British Baking Show and co-host Sandi Toksvig return. Plus, the cast of The Derry Girls face off in the tent to see who can create the best Yuletide treat.

Godmothered: Coming to Disney+ on December 4.

This one looks totally adorable. Jillian Bell stars as a rookie fairy-godmother, who desperately wants to prove her worth. So, she tracks down a little girl who was desperate for help. However, now she’s all grown up, jaded, and played by Isla Fisher. But can you ever outgrow magic? Bonus: Sharon Maguire of Bridget Jones’s Diary directs.

But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut on Digital 4K Ultra HD on December 8.

Jamie Babbit’s campy cult classic from 1999 is back with a loving remastering and deleted scenes restored. Natasha Lyonne stars as the titular cheerleader, who is grappling with the realization that she’s a lesbian. So, her parents send her off to a gay conversion camp, and hilarious hijinks ensue. Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams, Bud Cort, Mink Stole, Melanie Lynskey, Cathy Moriarty, Dante Basco, and RuPaul star.

Giving Voice: Coming to Netflix on December 11.

Ahead of Netflix’s release of the much-anticipated Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, they’re offering a primer for folks not familiar with the works of acclaimed playwright August Wilson. Specifically, this celebrated Sundance documentary follows the annual August Wilson Monologue competition and the thousands of high schoolers who enter the competition for the opportunity to perform on Broadway.

Pieces of A Woman Coming to theaters on December 30 and Netflix on January 7.

This family drama earned Oscar buzz out of TIFF for Vanessa Kirby’s performance as a young mother mourning the death of her newborn. Directed by Kornél Mundruczó, Pieces of a Woman also boasts an incredible long take that will be talked about for years. You can see some peeks of it in this trailer. Ellen Burstyn, Shia LaBeouf, Molly Parker, Sarah Snook, Iliza Shlesinger, Benny Safdie, and Jimmie Fails co-star.

One Night In Miami: Coming to select theaters December 25 and on Prime Video January 15.

Regina King directs this biography-inspired drama, that imagines what a private night of conversation, argument, and reveling between Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown might look like. Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, and Leslie Odom Jr. star. Spoilers: they are all absolutely amazing in this.

We Can Be Heroes: Coming to Netflix on January 1, 2021.

Want to ring in the New Year with the sequel to The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl? Now, the pair are all grown up and have a kiddo of their own, and wait a second—what?! Omg. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl came out 15 years ago so that actually makes sense. While I drag my dusty bones to the crypt, enjoy a look at the latest from Robert Rodriguez, which boasts stars like Pedro Pascal, Priyanka Chopra, and Christian Slater.

MLK/FBI Coming to select theaters, digital, and cable VOD on January 15.

This critically acclaimed documentary explores the U.S. government’s efforts to subvert and destroy Martin Luther King Jr., who the FBI labeled as “the most dangerous” Black man in America. It is essential viewing, and all too timely.

Tom & Jerry Coming in 2021.

The iconic cat-and-mouse duo is back and interacting with live-action elements—including Chloe Grace Moretz—in a big city adventure. Ready for pigeons singing Lizzo songs, cartoon violence, and—is that Colin Jost on an elephant?

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

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