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Trailers We've Had Our Eyes On This Week: The MCU, Agatha Christie, and Alexander Payne

By Jen Maravegias | Film | July 21, 2023 |

By Jen Maravegias | Film | July 21, 2023 |

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My theory that Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel) and I would be friends is based solely on the choice of Beastie Boys songs in her movie trailers. Happy 25th anniversary to “Intergalactic.” Here’s the official The Marvels trailer.

When [Captain Marvel’s] duties send her to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, her powers become entangled with that of Jersey City super-fan Kamala Kahn, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, now S.A.B.E.R. astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team up and learn to work in concert to save the universe as “The Marvels.”

The Marvels stars Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Zawe Ashton (Velvet Buzzsaw), Samuel L. Jackson, and Goose The Flerken.

Directed by Nia DaCosta (Candyman) The Marvels premieres in theaters on November 10th.

Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie adaptations have been Not Great but I can’t seem to quit them. The combination of glossy production values and a morbid curiosity about how Branagh will botch the stories of one of my favorite authors keep me coming back. A Haunting in Venice looks like it will be no exception, especially since Michelle Yeoh has been added to the ensemble.
Hey, it looks better than Death On The Nile.

Along with Branagh and Yeoh, A Haunting in Venice also stars Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin (Call My Agent), Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill (Belfast), Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly (Yellowstone), and Riccardo Scamarcio.

It opens in theaters on September 15th.

Alexander Payne excels at telling the stories of unlikely companions who learn about life and love (and wine) from each other. He has reteamed with Paul Giamatti for The Holdovers, casting him perfectly as a New England prep school instructor who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go.

I’m really digging the late ’80s/early ’90s aesthetic of that trailer. Casting Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Only Murders In The Building) looks very promising. And Dominic Sessa as “a damaged, brainy troublemaker” is definitely going to manipulate us into experiencing all of our feelings when The Holdovers opens in select theaters on October 27, everywhere on November 10.

For this week’s lagniappe, Prime Video has released a trailer for season two of The Wheel of Time, which was my favorite of all the high-fantasy series that have been released in recent years.

Rosamund Pike as Moiraine Damodred, Henney as Lan, and the ta’veran candidates Josha Stradowski, Marcus Rutherford, Zoë Robins, and Madeleine Madden all return, and Dónal Finn takes over the role of Mat when season two premieres on Prime Video on September 1st.