Tori’s out this week on a well-deserved vacation, so I’m jumping in to bring you a round-up of trailers terrific and terrible! We’ve got some haunted house horror, docs about real crimes and true heroes, some YA fantasy, a playful reboot, a swaggering sequel, and a love story of girl-meets-Nazi. Ugh. Seriously?
The Case Against Adnan Syed — coming to HBO this spring.
The case that made Serial a sensation is the focus of this HBO documentary, helmed by Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg. In 1999, 18-year-old Hae Min Lee was found dead, and the number one suspect was her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed. He’d be convicted, but was justice served? You might think you know the answer. But we shall see.
The Changeover — in theaters February 22.
Based on the Carnegie Medal-winning novel by Margeret Mahy, this YA adventure centers on 16-year-old Laura Chant, who has special powers and a deep devotion to her baby brother Jacko. So when a sinister stranger seems to have infected the little boy, Laura will look to the moon and inside herself for the power to fight back. Timothy Spall and Melanie Lynskey co-star.
Child’s Play — in theaters June 21.
The first slasher movie I ever watched was about a cuddly doll who goes on a killing spree while framing the child who only wanted a playmate. After a pile of bodies and slew of sequels, Child’s Play is getting a reboot. This time, Chucky’s hi-tech, the kiddo’s a bit older, and the hot mom is played by Pajiba favorite Aubrey Plaza!
Girl On The Third Floor — world premiere at SXSW.
WWE star Phil “CM PUNK” Brooks stars as a family man who has dedicated himself to rehabbing a Victorian house that he and his wife (Trieste Kelly Dunn) hope to make their home. But creepy business starts to go down, pushing this handyman to his breaking point. We’re not sure what’s in store for this Mightnighter selection, but there will be blood!
The Keeper in theaters in the UK April 5.
Interested in another narrative about how not ALL Nazis are ALL bad? Because that’s the premise of this ill-timed drama, which is based on true events. But hey, this Nazi soldier is really good at soccer. So…
Shaft — in theaters June 14.
Do you love buddy comedies? Do you love the ’70s funk and swagger? Do you love Samuel L. Jackson playing a bad mother—shut your mouth!—I’m just talking about Shaft! This sequel to the 2000 Jackson vehicle co-stars Regina Hall, Jessie T. Usher, and Richard Roundtree, who originated the role back in 1971. We can dig it.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? — on HBO February 9.
Whether you’re looking for a good cry or an inspirational boost, you’ll love Morgan Neville’s acclaimed documentary about Fred Rogers and his long-running and impactful children’s show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Learn more about the man and the motivations behind a puppet show that aimed to bring comfort to children growing up in the shadow of racism, gun violence, and terrorism.
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