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: “The Lovebirds”
The talent: Funny folks Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae are the star attractions here. Michael Showalter, who directed Nanjiani in “The Big Sick”, is behind the camera.
The logline: “Nanjiani and Rae are a couple on the brink of breaking up who get unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre (and hilarious) murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.”
How does it look? The plot recalls everything from “Date Night” to “Game Night” to Netflix’s “Murder Mystery” with Adam Sandler. But funny folks can elevate the most middling material, and both Nanjiani and Rae look to be on the top of their game here. The jokes in the trailer land even though they’re not super original.
This looks fun, but we’ll find out for sure when “The Lovebirds” fly into theaters on April 3.
The film: “Lost Girls”
The talent: Documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus makes her scripted debut with this Netflix original movie. She’s assembled a solid cast led by Amy Ryan and Gabriel Byrne with Dean Winters popping in to remind us all that he can act outside of insurance commercials.
The logline: “When 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert mysteriously disappears one night, her mother Mari embarks on a dark journey that finds her face to face with hard truths about her daughter, herself, and police bias. Determined to find her daughter at all costs, Mari Gilbert retraces Shannan’s last known steps, driving her own investigation to an insular gated community near the desolate outer banks of Long Island. Her discoveries force law enforcement and the media to uncover more than a dozen unsolved murders of sex workers, young lives Mari will not let the world forget.”
How does it look? Bleak and depressing, which I think is what Garbus is going for. This won’t be a fun watch, but it has a lot of potential to be a compelling one.
“Lost Girls” premieres on Netflix on March 13 following a screening at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.
The film: “Hope Gap”
The talent: Oscar-nominated screenwriter William Nicholson directs veteran actors Annette Benning and Bill Nighy.
The logline: “The intimate, intense and loving story of ‘Hope Gap’ charts the life of Grace (Annette Bening), shocked to learn her husband (Bill Nighy) is leaving her for another after 29 years of marriage, and the ensuing emotional fallout the dissolution has on their only grown son (Josh O’Connor). Unraveled and feeling displaced in her small seaside town, Grace ultimately regains her footing and discovers a new, powerful voice.”
How does it look? Not too bad. It looks like a slightly lighter take on “Marriage Story” left in the capable hands of two talented veteran actors. The Rotten Tomatoes reviews so far aren’t great, but, really, what are the chances this isn’t at least watchable?
We’ll see when “Hope Gap” comes to theaters on March 6.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.