Despite the final installment of The Hunger Games being poised to completely dominate the box office this weekend, we’ve actually got a pretty well rounded week of new release trailers. Besides Katniss and the undying ghost of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, we’ve got a serial killer thriller, a raunchy Seth Rogen comedy (but I repeat myself) and a few home video releases. If you’re not too busy catching fire this weekend, they even look worth your time!
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
No seriously, this time the franchise is actually over. After having eaten all of our vegetables by sitting through the first part, we’re now on to the main course: Katniss Everdeen has assembled her coalition of freedom fighters and is poised for the “totally final, won’t be split into a third movie, seriously we promise” confrontation with the totalitarian leader of the districts, Jack Bauer’s dad.
When to See It: You know by now if you’re seeing this film (willingly or not!)
Secret in Their Eyes
A team of investigators (Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman) on the trail of a sadistic killer is thrown into chaos when the latest victim is a member of their own family. Years pass as the number one suspect escapes prosecution on a technicality, and the mother of the slain teen is increasingly tempted to find rough justice outside the bounds of the law.
When to See It: Theaters. With this cast and this pedigree (this is a Hollywood remake of an excellent foreign language film from Argentina, which was in turn based on a well loved novel) you can’t go wrong with this project.
The Night Before
Three man-children (Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie) re-unite in NYC for a longstanding ritual of crashing Christmas Eve parties, looking for the craziest party of the holidays.
When to See It: Never. Remember Neighbors or The Interview? Yeah, got zero faith in Seth Rogen properties these days, especially since he seems to be strip mining Adam Sandler’s “Jewish on Christmas equals hilarious” shtick from the early 90’s. You never go full Sandler!
Video On Demand
Loosely based on real events, a gaggle of mean girls become engrossed in the virtual world of their favorite game, only to spend one terrifying night trying to survive cyber-bullies who want to become actual murderers.
Expanded from an award winning short film, this drama follows the true-to-life ordeal of two friends from Burkina Faso who make the perilous crossing from Africa to Europe in search of a new life and new opportunities.