Dictators, murderers, drug smugglers, daring adventurers, and Snoop Dogg – this week’s trending movie trailers truly have it all.
The heavyweight names that brought attention to the big screen this week were Tomb Raider, which dropped a second trailer in anticipation of the 2018 reboot, and Super Troopers 2, which will return to wreak havoc 17 years after the original.
On the small screen, all eyes were on the first look at season two of Hulu’s breakout hit series, The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as the Gianni Versace-themed second season of American Crime Story.
Even Amazon got in on the action, with an intriguing first look at Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot starring the inimitable Joaquin Phoenix and an unrecognisable Jonah Hill. Happy viewing.
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.
See a different side of Snoop Dogg in this unique documentary, which details the famous rapper’s efforts to mentor young athletes and create opportunities for them to compete at the highest level of youth football. We’ll meet the kids and coaches that form Snoop’s squad — and witness the important life lessons they learn with every game. This eight-episode season offers an intimate look at Snoop and the players as they chase a championship and deal with adversity off the field.
Beast of Burden
Pilot Sean Haggerty (Daniel Radcliffe) must deliver cocaine across the US-Mexico border for his final run as a drug smuggler. Alone in a small plane, he is faced with the burden of choosing between his allegiance to the cartel, his deal with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and saving his increasingly tense relationship with the wife eagerly awaiting his return.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2
Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarised ‘return to traditional values’. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her. Season 2 returns to Hulu on April 25.
From acclaimed director José Padilha (Narcos, RoboCop) and prolific screenwriter Elena Soarez comes The Mechanism, a thrilling, character-driven original series inspired by real events in Brazil. This fictionalised story explores how a small group of dogged investigators comes to discover the inner workings of a monstrous corruption scheme and the impact their pursuit has on everyone involved – including themselves.
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.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot
After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment – with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill) – Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life. Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama about the healing power of art is adapted from Callahan’s autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant. Jack Black, Carrie Brownstein, Beth Ditto and Kim Gordon also star.
Political turmoil forces a British-Caribbean dictator (played by Michael Caine) to flee his island nation. When he seeks refuge and finds himself hiding with a rebellious teenage girl in suburban America, he ends up teaching the young teen how to start a revolution and overthrow the “mean girls” in her high school.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace
He wanted to be famous… so he killed a man who was. Inspired by actual events, The Assassination of Gianni Versace is the second installment of FX’s award-winning limited series, American Crime Story, starring Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz.
Super Troopers 2
Everyone’s favorite law enforcement team is back by popular demand with the long anticipated follow up to the cult comedy classic… Super Troopers. When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers – Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva – are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. Unconventional police work follows, and the result is… Super Troopers 2.