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Trailer Roundup: Nazi ghosts of Palm Springs edition

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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: “Palm Springs”

The talent: Sitcom stars Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) and Cristin Millioti (“How I Met Your Mother”) lead the cast of this “Groundhog Day” riff with strong support from the likes of Academy Award nominees J.K. Simmons and June Squibb. First-time filmmaker Max Barbakow directs.

The logline: “When carefree Nyles (Andy Samberg) and reluctant maid of honor Sarah (Cristin Milioti) have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated when they find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.”

How does it look? Samberg’s leading man turns in films have been rare but consistently delightful (see: “Hot Rod” and “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”), and this one looks to continue that trend. “Palm Springs” made Sundance history earlier this year as the biggest sale in the festival’s history, and the film’s 100% Rotten Tomatoes score seems to indicate that the investment was worth it.

We’ll find out when “Palm Springs” debuts on Hulu, and in select drive-in theaters, on July 10.

The film: “Ghosts of War”

The talent: Brenton Thwaites, best known for his vacant expression and the first “Maleficent” movie, leads this gory B-movie. He is joined by Skylar Astin, who apparently got bored making superhero princess movies, and Billy Zane, who apparently is still alive.

The logline: “Five battle-hardened American soldiers are assigned to hold a French Chateau near the end of World War II. Formerly occupied by the Nazi high command, this unexpected respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy far more terrifying than anything seen on the battlefield.”

How does it look? The phrase “Nazi ghosts” doesn’t necessarily give one hope for high art, and neither does the trailer or the reminder that this comes from Eric Bress, director of “The Butterfly Effect.” Given the “talent” in front of and behind the camera, this is pretty much a guaranteed stinker.

But will it fall into the so-good-it’s-bad category? Only time will tell. Luckily, we don’t have long to wait before the film’s July 17 digital release.

The film: “The Nest”

The talent: Jude Law and Carrie Coon lead this domestic thriller. Sean Durkin, acclaimed director of “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” directs.

The logline: “Rory (Jude Law), an ambitious entrepreneur and former commodities broker, persuades his American wife, Allison (Carrie Coon), and their children to leave the comforts of suburban America and return to his native England during the 1980s. Sensing opportunity, Rory rejoins his former firm and leases a centuries-old country manor, with grounds for Allison’s horses and plans to build a stable. Soon the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel, the couple have to face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage.”

How does it look? It seems appropriately nasty and stylish with some nice flashy roles for Law and Coon. Based on early reviews, “The Nest” should make for an enjoyable entry into the serious fall movie season when it premieres on September 18.

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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