Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

After many strangely quiet months from the world of Star Wars, the good people at Disney finally gave us our first look at what is supposed to be the final entry into the Skywalker saga with the trailer/teaser for Episode IX of Star Wars.  The teaser doesn’t show us much, but it does give us some seemingly incredible information. We are treating to new lines spoken by Luke Skywalker, telling Rey that this is now her fight.  We also, see Rey perform some pretty spectacular acrobatics in dealing with Kylo Ren.

As cool as all of that is, the real surprise in the trailer is both the title The Rise of Skywalker, which is strange considering this film was supposed to mark the end of the Skywalker saga.  And of course, Luke Skywalker, saying “No one is ever gone” and then we hear a familiar evil laugh, which has to be Palpatine, which would be a major twist (albeit one that some have guessed).  It looks like the film is in good hands once again. View the trailer for yourself below:

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After releasing a screen test and releasing the one sheet yesterday,  the trailer for Todd Phillips’ mysterious Joker film has been released.  Instead of the usual comic book flair, we are treated to a story which some have compared more to Taxi Driver than your every day comic book.  One thing is for sure, DC is definitely taking a chance visually and tonally with this film.  Joaquin Phoenix seems to be going all in with this role as well.  We may have a winner on our hands.  View the trailer for yourself below:

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Stranger Things Season 3

The good people over at Netflix have released a trailer for their flagship show, Stranger Things.  This season, we return again to Hawkins.  The trailer, which is set to “Teenage Wasteland”, shows us Eleven, Mike and the rest of the gang growing up, establishing relationships, and of course battling the supernatural creatures that continue to plague Hawkins.

We are shown many quick glimpses of moments from the season including a shot of Jonathan and Nancy dressed up and sitting in a doctor’s office (I think).  Could this be a clue to the fact that Nancy is pregnant? We are also introduced to a new monster; what role it play this season?   We will find out along with the rest of the world when Stranger Things debuts July 4th.  View the trailer for yourself below:

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Toy Story 4 (official trailer)

After multiple teasers, the magicians at Pixar have debuted the official trailer for Toy Story 4.  This trailer finally gives us an idea of the plot.  The Woody and the gang are welcoming a new toy which Bonnie made in school.  Forky (who is a spork voiced by Tony Hale) seems to be struggling with his existence and his place in the world.  Much like Buzz in the first film he runs off, with Woody giving chase.  It seems that Woody will run into an old friend (Bo Peep voiced again by Anne Potts), and she challenges his world view in terms of his life of servitude to children.  The good people at Pixar seem to be on their A game, but can anything ever top the emotional impact of Toy Story 3?  We will find out this June.  You can view the trailer for yourself below:

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Avengers: Endgame (trailer #2)

After the release of a very successful Captain Marvel, the wonderful people at Marvel have released a full length trailer for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.  This trailer goes much more in depth with a surviving protagonists after “the snap”.  We get a much better view of Jeremy Renner’s rumored Ronin character for the first time here.  We are also treated to flashbacks of many of our original characters’ origin story (perhaps because this is the last time we may see some of them).  We also get our first shots of Captain Marvel from film as well.

One of the more interesting shots in the trailer shows us The Avengers sporting new and different uniforms.  Some have theorized that those uniforms resemble what Ant-Man wore going into the quantum universe.  It’s possible that they will utilize the quantum realm to either time travel or save those who were lost in “the snappening”.  Either way, we will finally find out next month.  View the trailer for yourself below:

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Aladdin (the trailer)

After a couple of teaser that filled people with more doubts than hope, the official trailer has now been released, and hopefully it puts to rest many of the fears that people may have had.  Gone is the jarring image of a not-quite-finished CGI Will Smith as the Genie, and it has been replaced by a much more natural looking Will Smith with more polished CGI.

We also get our first look at Princess Jasmine (here played by Naomi Scott) who looks quite fitting in the role.  We also get our first look and listen to some of the musical numbers which look to be quite impressive and visually stunning.

It looks like Will Smith is going to do his own thing as the genie and not try and emulate Robin Williams iconic performance, which is welcome news.  We will have to wait and see if the film can match the charm of its live action counterpart.  View the trailer for yourself below:

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Game of Thrones (season 8 trailer)

After much anticipation and many different theories, the trailer for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones has premiered and it gives us a glimpse of what to expect in the final six episodes.  All of the main characters are shown, except for Bran (make of that what you will), and most importantly, we are given our first shots of what will undoubtedly be one of the most epic battles put on film with the war between fire and ice finally occurring.  The final season debuts April 14th.  View the trailer for yourself below:

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