Roughly a million movie trailers drop online every week. To help parse through the endless stream of upcoming movies and TV shows, we’ve assembled a weekly list of the most exciting (and in some cases, weirdest) new trailers, along with a hype level rating, To track whether these particular trailers actually excite us, we’ve included a handy hype level rating. Afraid you might have missed something? Fear no more.
This week is heavy on superhero action and nostalgia, though a few less straightforward selections bode well for the future.
The Way Back
In the latest stage of his career, Ben Affleck has committed to the slightly burnt-out image he acquired after his divorce from Jennifer Garner, his back tattoo, and the death knell for his run as Batman. In The Way Back, he plays a former golden boy now struggling with alcoholism and family life, who sees a second chance for himself when he’s offered a coaching job at his former high school.
Movie release date: March 6 in theaters
Hype level: 2. This movie looks like a pretty standard sports drama, but we’re curious to see how Affleck fares.
I Am Not Okay With This
Netflix attempts to replicate the End of F**king World formula in the form of I Am Not Okay With This, which stars It’s Sophia Lillis and Wyatt Oleff as a pair of mismatched teens. Lillis plays Syd, whose troubles navigating high school and family drama only become more difficult when she discovers she has superpowers.
Series release date: February 26 on Netflix
Hype level: A neat 5. The premise is fun, but the teaser doesn’t show us too much.
Blow the Man Down
In a tiny Maine town, two sisters accidentally kill a dude. By covering the murder up, they uncover the locals’ darker secrets. The sleepy town has a hidden underbelly, run by some powerful matriarchs. The two sisters may be in over their head. There are sea shanties, bed and breakfasts, cops with New England accents, and basically everything you could want out of a crime movie set in Maine.
Series release date: March 20 on Amazon Prime
Hype level: 8. Give me murder, give me intrigue, give me a criminal underbelly in a sleepy Maine town controlled by powerful women
Minions: The Rise of Gru
The Minions are back and this time it’s the groovy 1970s and they’re helping young Gru on his mission to become a fearsome supervillain. The weirdest thing about this trailer isn’t the overwhelming ‘70s motifs or even child Gru, but the fact that tiny Gru is still voiced by adult Steve Carell.
Movie release date: July 3 in theaters
Hype level: 5. Look, for a sequel to a prequel to a trilogy, this looks absolutely as good as it possibly could be. For context, the only other “sequel to a prequel to a trilogy” I can think of is Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
All the Bright Places
A typical YA romance where two teens struggling with issues meet one another and fall in love. Things are sad for the girl (played by Elle Fanning) at first, but as she gets happier the guy (Justice Smith of Detective Pikachu fame) gets sadder. Based on a YA book that’s described as Eleanor and Park meets The Fault in Our Stars, All the Bright Places probably won’t have such a bright ending for these characters.
Movie release date: Feb. 28 on Netflix
Hype level: 4. I’m only here for Justice Smith and his ginormous Adam’s apple.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw
Objectively, I know people really like the Saw movies. Subjectively, the DVD covers I saw while walking past the horror section in my local Blockbusters as a child filled me with nightmares, but none as much as the Jigsaw mask and its glowing red eyes. While this trailer is high in suspense, it does not have that mask, which means I can watch it all the way through. I count that as a victory.
Movie release date: May 15 in theaters
Hype level: 7. No mask means bonus points from me!
After I read The Hunger Games in high school and I was on a dystopia YA kick, I had the idea of a futuristic society where “true art” was banned and people created and consumed it in the husks of old theaters and what not. In retrospect, it was the most snobby thing 16-year-old-me ever imagined. It’s basically the premise of this show. We may grow old, but the media we desire to consume at 16 stays the same.
Series release date: Feb. 14 on Hulu
Hype level: Y’know what — gonna be true to my teenage self here and give this an 8. Bring on teens using the power of hip-hop to overthrow their government.