Trailer Theater: Mr. Rogers, Deadpool, and Offred Walk Into a Bar

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Trailer Theater

In this week’s Trailer Theater, we meet kind neighbors and violent sociopaths, and travel from a dystopian nightmare to an android-populated West, with your look at the best film, TV and streaming trailers of the past few weeks.

Coming soon to a theater near you…

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Far and away the most hopeful, positive, and heartfelt film on the 2018 calendar, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? brings us back to the neighborhood for a refresher course in kindness, and what it means to be a neighbor. This is precisely the film we all need right now. Catch the documentary when it hits theaters later this summer.

Deadpool 2 – While Won’t You Be My Neighbor? might be good for that angel on your shoulder, Deadpool 2 is the 2018 movie-going experience for that devil on your other shoulder. For its refreshingly self-aware marketing alone, this is a summer sequel that simply cannot be missed.

Avengers: Infinity War – Sure, there were tons of fun, “you think Avengers is epic, see this crossover” tweets and memes (hell, I even tweeted one out that Frank Oz himself replied to), but how can anyone in their right mind actually minimize a crossover like this. Honestly? Infinity War hits theaters on April 27th.

The House With a Clock in Its Walls – This Jack Black/Cate Blanchett-starring, Eli Roth-directed adaptation of John Bellairs’ gothic fantasy novel looks absolutely fantastic. Just look at that production design. Check this one out in September, right in time for Halloween season to begin.

Christopher Robin – This live-action Winnie the Pooh sequel starring Ewan McGregor as an aged Christopher Robin looks like a melding of Harvey, Hook, and Paddington (or an un-raunchy Ted) all rolled into one. How can anyone possibly resist that Pooh voice?

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – I loved the Harry Potter series but found myself a bit less enthused by the first Fantastic Beasts film. Nevertheless, the Potterverse is a cinematic world I love to visit, so I’m up for giving the series another go this November.

Coming soon to a streaming device or TV…

The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 – The best show of 2017 returns for its second season on April 25th. What more can I say that this trailer cannot?

Legion season 2 – Set your DVRs! Season 2 of Legion premieres on FX Tuesday, April 3rd. If you missed the first season of this, the greatest comic-to-TV adaptation there is, find season one now and catch up. You can thank me later.

Westworld season 2 – New complexities and layers continuously materialized throughout the first season of HBO’s ambitious Westworld series. While things may have gotten a little overwrought towards the end, I’m hopeful for a thrilling second round when the new season premieres on April 22nd.

Nightflyers – Here is a first look at the new Syfy series based on a novella written by Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin. Sadly, due to his exclusivity clause with HBO, Martin is not involved in the writing of this show. Fun fact: He did co-write a 1987 film version of the book.

Cobra Kai – Watch this trailer and tell me how this is possibly real. This looks like a Funny or Die April Fools joke. But no, both Ralph Macchio (as the villain here?) and William Zabka reprise their roles some 34 years after the first Karate Kid in a new web-series coming to YouTube this May.

Lost in Space – Simply reading that Netflix is rebooting Lost in Space sounds like an odd, uninspired choice, missing the very generation who grew up with, or even remembers, the original series. But watch the trailer and you’ll find what looks like an ambitious, expensive sci-fi series that may just have you counting down the days until it premieres on April 13th.

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