Often when I’m scrolling through movies on Netflix, HBO, or some other streaming service, I feel like I’ve wasted so. much. money. going to movie theaters. Inevitably, everything shows up online and ready to stream, and instead I’ve spent more than $30 for a pair of tickets to go see these same titles just months earlier.
For whatever reason, I didn’t make it out to movie theaters at all this summer or much this spring, either. And I kind of thought, well, at least it’ll all be online soon. But maybe I’ve been wrong all along — the wait between theatrical screenings and online streamings now feels endless. I’m scrolling through lists of movies I’ve already seen, waiting for new ones to finally arrive.
Maybe the key is to wait even longer. But I’m kind of excited for some movies I really want to see to hit theaters again.
Check out nine trailers from this week below.
Disney put out a first teaser this week for its live-action remake of Aladdin — and unfortunately for anyone excited to see how this movie is coming along, this is very much a teaser, showing little more than a couple locations and the briefest glimpse of the film’s star. Still, it’s proof the movie is really happening and just about here. It heads to theaters next year on May 24th.
Hollywood’s love of Stephen King continues next year with an adaptation of Pet Sematary, which I know nothing about except that a friend once told me it’s King’s most messed up book (I’m paraphrasing less printable language), though I’m sure there’s room for argument on that. The film comes out next year on April 5th.
It’s kind of astonishing that it took this long to get an adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens, which I swear every remotely geeky person I know has read and loves. The novel is being turned into a series for Amazon, and it looks like a bunch of very silly fun in the face of a high stakes, world-ending problem. The show comes out some time next year.
Making a Murderer
Three years after Making a Murderer, following a number of new developments in Steven Avery’s case (brought on in large part by this documentary series), the documentary crew has put together a follow up that covers everything that’s happened since. If you’ve been following the news, you may know by now that things are not going well for Avery or his nephew, Brendan Dassey, as they seek to overturn their convictions. But the documentary series is likely to go deeper behind the scenes than any news crew given their history with everyone involved. it comes out October 19th.
Shoplifters is Japan’s nomination for 2019’s foreign film Oscar, and it looks really wonderful. It’s about a poor family (who shoplift for food, hence the title) that takes in a lost girl who it later turns out is missing for some apparently famous reason that is obfuscated from this trailer. Things go poorly, of course, but the film seems to be about how the strength of the family overcomes that. It comes to the US on November 23rd.
After quite a few years of misses, M. Night Shyamalan hit it big in 2016 with Split, which secretly served as a way back into the Unbreakable universe. Now the universe’s biggest characters are all colliding, 18 years after the original film. Like the original, Glass seems like something of an origin story — and Shyamalan is playing things just as slow and quiet, at least for part of the film. I’d warn that the back half of this trailer appears to get pretty spoilery, so maybe hit pause about a minute in. The film comes out January 18th.
The Best of Enemies
The Best of Enemies has Taraji P. Henson playing a real-life civil rights leader from Durham, North Carolina who befriended a KKK leader, played here by Sam Rockwell, in an effort to desegregate local schools. It’s a pretty incredible story, and I don’t think anyone is getting tired of the energy Henson brings to her roles anytime soon. It comes out April 5th.
The Little Drummer Girl
Park Chan-Wook, the director behind Oldboy and Snowpiercer, is making his first TV series. It’s an adaptation of a John le Carré spy novel, and it looks like the show has all the tension, gorgeous camerawork, and big characters that you’d expect from one of Park’s films. It airs on AMC over three nights, starting November 19th.
Bodied was one of The Verge’s favorite films from Sundance this year, with my colleague Tasha Robinson calling it “an energetic, playful, freewheeling film that gets at some of the complexity of the endless counter-currents of racial debate in America.” Now it’s headed to theaters, on November 2nd, before coming to YouTube Premium later that month.