Palm Springs, Andy Samberg’s new comedy, probably would have made it to theaters if the world wasn’t… you know… right now. But with theaters still closed, the movie landed straight on Hulu, and it’s sort of the perfect movie to stream from home – short, funny, and about being stuck in one endless place. It even broke records the first weekend for Hulu.
I also watched the movie last weekend and really enjoyed it. The film takes the premise of groundhog day and rearrange it for slightly more silly and modern results. Which makes Palm Springs working so well is both a twist to the formula – several people stuck together in the loop – and the film’s confidence that the audience needs little explanation of what’s going on. The premise is quickly established, and then the film simply moves on to the fun part.
Check out this week’s eight trailers below.
Disney has put together a fully 2020 trailer for its new Muppets show, the cast of which is pitching for the series inside a video reunion. It affects a little too close to home, but it is very well done. The show premieres July 31.
Power of the project
Netflix continues to seek out summer blockbusters, and Power of the project looks like his last. Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt play in this dark superhero film about the city troubled by users of a drug that temporarily gives you superpowers. It comes out August 14.
Star Trek: Lower Bridges
CBS clearly knows that Star Trek is the only reason to sign up for its All Access subscription service, so now it is giving the property a new twist with an animated comedy about some of the otherwise overlooked crew members on a Starfleet ship. The series premieres August 6.
Ethan Hawke embodies Nikola Tesla in this strange and theatrical biopic that seems to oscillate between the past and the present. For some reason, this also involves Hawke sometimes standing against sets that resemble those from a classic Hollywood movie. The film is released on August 21.
How to simulate a war
How to simulate a war has Jay Pharoah in the role of a Kanye-esque superstar who, in a quest to look like a philanthropic hero, accidentally starts a real conflict. It comes out on August 21.
Brandon Cronenberg’s new film is an elegant thriller about an assassin who takes control of other people’s bodies and uses them to make his auctions. Cronenberg, like his father, seems to want to infuse a frightening bodily horror in the images of the film. There is no release date yet.
Apple TV Plus has a very Apple TV new comedy with the wild premise of an… American coaching a professional football team in England. Let the hijinks ensue. The film stars Jason Sudeikis and is released on August 14.
Feels good man
Feels good man tell the creator of Pepe the Frog that his creation was stolen by white supremacists – and what he’s doing to try to take over Pepe. My colleague Adi Robertson reviewed the film at Sundance, writing that it had “a unique and uncomfortable appeal.” It comes out on September 4.