I went to see Lady Bird last weekend with a small group of friends. I’d been really excited to see it: Greta Gerwig, who wrote and directed the film, has low-key established herself as one of the smartest actors and writers around, wonderfully balancing comedy and deeply revealing characters, and Lady Bird is her first directing effort.
The verdict from everyone I went to see it with is that Lady Bird is not just everything you could hope for from a Gerwig film, but it’s also a straight up emotionally devastating experience. It’s not a film that’s actively trying to wreck you or tear you apart; there’s no great tragedy in it. It’s just a painfully honest and relatable movie. It relives once-serious high school dramas in such a pure way that you can’t help but be hopeful and upset and crushed and wanting for everyone on screen.
Honestly, I needed to lie down after watching it. It is not a good date movie, or really a good anytime movie if you plan on doing anything else productive for the next several hours. I had to go home and eat some pizza.
Check out nine trailers from this week below.
A first look at Deadpool 2 was released this week, but naturally, it couldn’t be anything so straightforward as a typical teaser trailer. Instead, you’re looking at nearly two minutes of Ryan Reynolds doing his worst Bob Ross impression for the camera, with plenty of pop-culture references and crude jokes mixed in. The film comes out June 1st.
“From the director of San Andreas” is maybe all you need to know. And yes, it is based off the arcade game. The movie comes out April 20th.
Here’s the first full-length trailer for The Chi, Showtime’s ensemble drama about black residents of Chicago’s South Side. The series is created by Lena Waithe, who played Denise on Master of None but was a writer for years before that, and it seems to be shooting for a balance between lighthearted and funny slice of life moments and the real and much darker problems, like police violence, that South Side residents have to deal with. The series starts January 7th.
Game of Thrones may be off the air, but HBO has found a reason to bring back Kit Harington. He’s starring in a three-part miniseries about the Gunpowder Plot to blow up a house of the British Parliament in 1605 — you know, the whole Guy Fawkes, 5th of November thing. Harington doesn’t play Fawkes, but instead stars as another plot conspirator, Robert Catesby, who he’s apparently descendent from. The series starts December 18th.
A Quiet Place
This starts out looking like a typical horror film, but as the trailer goes on it reveals one neat twist: the family at the center of it has to remain as silent as possible, or else some sort of evil will come get them. It’s a pretty simple premise, but it seems like it could lead to some unique scares. The film comes out April 6th.
The Other Side of Hope
This ridiculous-looking film feels a bit like a Wes Anderson movie without all the colors and symmetry and with the style of a 1970s crime drama. It comes from Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki and is about a Syrian refugee trying to get by in Helsinki and find his lost sister. I love what I’m seeing so far. It comes out December 1st in a limited opening.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
FX’s anthology crime series returns next month with an energetic and stylish new season based on the 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace. It seems like a big shift from season one’s court drama, and that might just be a good thing — the advantage of having an ever-changing series is letting it change things up before the show gets tiring. The series returns January 17th.
Spike TV is being reinvented and rebranded as the Paramount Network, and with that comes a first foot in the door of Peak TV-quality dramas with Waco. The limited series stars Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch in a dramatized look at the religious cult at Waco. This trailer seems to be trying to draw the whole matter in a moral gray area. It starts January 24th.