Whether you’re looking for fights, frights, funnies, or famous filmmakers, this week’s top movie trailers have something for you.
The most talked-about drops of the week are Gotti, starring John Travolta as the titular mob boss who became the “Teflon Don” of the Gambino crime family in New York City, and Annihilation, the silver screen adaptation of one of the most critically acclaimed sci-fi novels in recent history.
For comedy fans, there are laughs to be had courtesy of the outrageously stacked cast of The Death Of Stalin and the winning duo of Ed Helms and Owen Wilson in Father Figures. As for the rest, find out below…
First They Killed My Father
Directed by Angelina Jolie, First They Killed My Father is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. The story is told through her eyes from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old. The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years.
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.
A hopeless romantic (Domhnall Gleeson) thinks he’s found true love with an older woman (Christina Applegate), only to learn that she’s married and their encounter was merely an instrument of revenge against her neglectful husband (Thomas Haden Church). Initially out for blood, the husband finds himself strangely sympathetic to the romantic’s plight – and decides the best way for the two of them to get revenge is by moving in together and living a bachelor’s life.
Owen Wilson and Ed Helms are Kyle and Peter Reynolds, brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out together to find their real father, and end up learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades, and nature has reclaimed its last vestiges of human civilisation. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition ended in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all died of cancer. In Annihilation, based on the first book of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
Slumber tells the story of Alice, a rationally-minded sleep doctor who is forced to abandon scientific reason when she treats a family being terrorised by a parasitic demon that paralyses victims as they sleep. A part of every human culture since records began, the ‘Night Hag’ is the original Nightmare.
The Death Of Stalin
The internal political landscape of 1950’s Soviet Russia takes on darkly comic form in a new film by Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer/director Armando Iannucci. In the days following Stalin’s collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive. A film that combines comedy, drama, pathos and political maneuvering, The Death of Stalin stars Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Paddy Considine, Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend, and Jason Isaacs.
Acts of Vengeance
A fast-talking lawyer (Antonio Banderas) transforms his body and takes a vow of silence that will not be broken until he finds out who killed his wife and daughter, and has taken his revenge.
Through exclusive interviews with actors, family, and the filmmaker himself, this unprecedented documentary from HBO pulls back the curtain on the remarkable career of Steven Spielberg. Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Liam Neeson, and many more.
Gotti follows infamous crime boss John Gotti’s (John Travolta) rise to become the “Teflon Don” of the Gambino Crime Family in New York City. Spanning three decades and recounted by his son John Jr. (Spencer Lofranco), the film examines Gotti’s tumultuous life as he and his wife (Kelly Preston) attempt to hold the family together amongst tragedy and multiple prison sentences.