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Trailer Roundup: Petered out edition


Courtesy of Sony Pictures Releasing

So many trailers. So little time. “Trailer Roundup” is your semi-regular collection of the day’s biggest trailers along with some premature judgment on whether the films they advertise will be worth your time.

The film: “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway”

The talent: The cast of the original “Peter Rabbit” from 2018 returns including James Corden, Rose Byrne and Domnhall Gleeson. David Oyelowo reminds us that he has Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and absolutely no pride. Will Gluck returns to direct.

The logline: “The lovable rogue is back. Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.”

How does it look? It seems about as fresh as that fruit that Peter hacks up at the start of the trailer. I’m giving this one a hard pass. It’s movies like this that make me glad I don’t have children.

“Peter Rabbit 2” is coming to theaters on April 3 if you and your family have nothing better to do. But, seriously, please make other plans before Sony starts working on “Peter Rabbit 3”.

The film: “Stargirl”

The talent: The biggest name in the cast is probably the great Giancarlo Esposito (most recently seen in the Disney+ series “The Mandalorian”). “Fast Color” director Julia Hart directs.

The logline: “Leo Borlock is an average student at Mica High School. He gets decent grades, is a member of the school’s marching band and has always been content flying under the radar. But all that changes when he meets Stargirl Caraway, a confident and colorful new student with a penchant for the ukulele, who stands out in a crowd. She is kind, finds magic in the mundane and touches the lives of others with the simplest of gestures. Her eccentricities and infectious personality charm Leo and the student body, and she quickly goes from being ignored and ridiculed to accepted and praised, then back again, sending Leo on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.”

How does it look? Kind of lovely actually. The trailer is sweet, funny and romantic – exactly what you want from this sort of coming-of-age story. Another good sign? Hart’s “Fast Color” was one of the more delightfully innovative films I saw in 2019, which bodes well for this one.

“Static and Screen” will be reviewing “Stargirl” when it arrives on Disney+ on March 13.

The film: “The Night Clerk”

The talent: Rising stars Tye Sheridan (“Ready Player One”) and Ana De Armas (“Knives Out”) star alongside veteran utility players Helen Hunt and John Leguizamo. Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cristofer writes and directs.

The logline: “Hotel night clerk Bart Bromley, a highly intelligent young man on the Autism spectrum, uses secret surveillance cameras to record guests in an effort to improve his social interaction skills. While on duty, he witnesses a murder in one of the rooms but his suspicious actions land him as the lead detective’s number one suspect.”

How does it look? It resembles a slightly more tech-savvy “Rear Window”, which isn’t the most interesting plot I can imagine. But the cast is solid and, again, Cristofer won a Pulitzer Prize. So let’s withhold judgment for now, shall we?

We’ll see what we will see on Feb. 21.

About the author

Stephen Dow is an award-winning journalist with a passion for film – not just consuming it, but thoughtfully and actively engaging with it. He believes that these modern myths have a lot to tell us about our world and ourselves.  He can be reached at




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