Picture the tragedy and comedy masks side by side and you have a fair idea of what you’re in for with this week’s trending movie trailers.
For material of a weightier nature, our top pick is Darkest Hour, one of two major films this year that explore the life of Winston Churchill. Gary Oldman takes on the title role undergoing an impressive physical transformation and (we assume) aiming for an Oscar.
Then again, the world is awfully weighty these days, and a few cheap laughs might be all the doctor ordered. For said chuckles, Seann William Scott is back with a hockey comedy, Ken Jeong conspires to kill David Hasselhoff, and the cast of 68 Kill goes hog wild in a demented and delightfully trashy dark comedy.
Ireland, 1209. A small group of monks begin a reluctant pilgrimage across an island torn between centuries of tribal warfare and the growing power of Norman invaders. As they escort their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome, the true value of the bejeweled relic becomes dangerously apparent and their path becomes increasingly fraught with danger.
Goon: Last Of The Enforcers
It’s a new day for the Halifax Highlanders: a pro lockout has reunited old teammates and brought a crew of new players to the bench. Notably missing from the line-up, however, is everyone’s favourite enforcer and heart of the team, Doug “The Thug” Glatt. Sidelined after one too many hits and now married with a baby on the way, Doug is hanging up his skates and settling into life as an insurance salesman. But when Doug’s nemesis, Anders Cain, is made captain of the Highlanders and new ownership threatens to tear his team apart, Doug is compelled back into action.
Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty, and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent – and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him – Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
When a struggling nightclub owner (Ken Jeong) loses everything – his business, his bank account, his home, his fiancé – and fails to pay back a loan shark, he decides the only way to get the money and get his life back on track is to kill his pick in an annual “Who Will Die This Year” celebrity death pool: David Hasselhoff. But the task is not so easy, especially when your target is The Hoff.
American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.
Trailer-dwelling, sewage-pumping Chip may not lead the most glamorous life, but he’s got one thing going for him: he’s head over heels infatuated with his girlfriend Liza. He’s more than willing to overlook her wild streak – the fact that she’s hooking up with their landlord, her rather extreme mood swings – so when she proposes a plot to steal $68,000, he goes along with the plan. But when what was supposed to be a simple heist turns into an off-the-rails, blood-spattered crime spree, Chip learns the hard way just how deranged the love of his life really is. 68 Kill blends wicked comedy with pure pulp thrills for a no-holds-barred blast of insanity.
The Dark Tower
Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.
Dave Made A Maze
Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation. Ignoring his warnings, Dave’s girlfriend Annie leads a band of oddball explorers on a rescue mission. Once inside, they find themselves trapped in an ever-changing supernatural world, threatened by booby traps and pursued by a bloodthirsty Minotaur.
When Lucy (Brittany Snow) steps off the subway, she walks into an utter bloodbath on the streets of Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood. Texas is attempting to secede from the Union, and militia forces have descended upon New York City to claim it as an East Coast base of operations and a negotiation tool. Faced with a flurry of whizzing bullets and total destruction around every corner, Lucy takes shelter in the basement of Stupe (Dave Bautista), a burly war veteran who reluctantly helps her traverse a treacherous five-block stretch of Bushwick to reach her destination—assuming it’s still there.
The Byrdes, husband and wife Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy (Laura Linney), their teenage kids Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner) — are for all intents and purposes an ordinary family. Ordinary save for Marty’s job: the top money launderer for the second largest drug cartel in Mexico. When his partner is caught cheating the business, Marty must quickly uproot his family and move the operation to The Ozarks. There he bumps heads with a local drug dealer, a clan of ruffians, and a tenacious FBI agent.