Last week in trailers: Star Wars and furries and voyeurs, oh my!

Here’s what you missed on Glee.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

There’s not too much new in the latest international Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer, but there is one moment of nostalgia you may want to indulge now or avoid until you’re in the cinema.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits SA theatres 15 December.


Here’s another trailer you may want to avoid for fear of spoilers. A major plot point that was hinted at in the first trailer of Downsizing is now explicitly shown in the second, and the YouTube comment section isn’t pleased.

Starring Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, and Hong Chau, Downsizing is about a future in which human beings elect to shrink themselves to save money and space. It hits SA 5 January 2018.

I, Tonya

Want to hear lots of swear words and see some blood? Here’s I, Tonya‘s official red band trailer that dives deeper into disgraced ice skater Tonya Harding’s twisted relationships.

The film tells of the rough skater embroiled in a scandal involving the violent assault of a fellow competitor in 1994.

I, Tonya is in SA 16 February 2018.

The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist‘s latest trailer shows more of James Franco’s impeccable Tommy Wiseau — a role that has already created some Oscar buzz.

Actually, this whole film has garnered some awards notice thanks to a changing awards scene.

Not only is Harvey Weinstein out of the picture after shaping the way Hollywood punts its films today, but streaming services like Amazon and Netflix are also shaking up the season — and The Disaster Artist may just exploit this moment of uncertainty.

Catch the film 9 February 2018.

A Prayer Before Dawn

Billy Moore is an English man who survived serving time in Thailand’s notorious Klong Prem “Bankok Hilton” prison by taking up Muay Thai boxing.

A Prayer Before Dawn, based on Moore’s eponymous autobiography, has received rave reviews, with Variety dubbing the film a “big, bleeding feat of extreme cinema”.

It doesn’t yet have an SA release.

In The Fade

In In the Fade, Cannes Best Actress-winner Diane Kruger plays Katja, a woman who loses her husband and son in a terrorist attack.

The film, now officially Germany’s Oscar entry, explores senseless acts of hate and Katja’s fight for justice, though critics have panned it as underwhelming.

In the Fade does not yet have an SA release.

Ghost Stories

Lionsgate released three teaser trailers on Halloween, each of which hint at separate cases studied by the fictional Dr Goodman, a professor of parapsychology.

When Goodman experiences a supernatural encounter with a dead man, he meets three haunted people with their own frightening tales.

Ghost Stories is based on the eponymous stage play, and stars Andy Nyman, Alex Lawther, and Martin Freeman. It does not yet have a release.

The other two trailers can be found here and here.


When a man finds out his wife is a furry, he drunkenly tries on a gorilla costume and traipses through the town — only to be identified as Bigfoot by residents.

Pottersville stars Michael Shannon, Judy Greer, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, and Ian McShane.

It, too, does not have an SA release.


Gerald Foos bought a motel so he could spy on his guests. Gay Talese wrote a book about it. Voyeur takes a deeper dive into Foos’ unsettling behaviour, and the shaky relationship between him and the writer.

The documentary debuts on Netflix 1 November, and in the meantime you can read Talese’s The New Yorker article here.

Saving Capitalism

Saving Capitalism is a documentary that examines the US’s “fragile democracy” and its poor distribution of wealth.

Led by former Secretary of Labour Robert Reich, the film suggests that it’s up to “ordinary Americans” to change the rules.

Catch Saving Capitalism on 21 November.

Feature image: screenshot, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi ‘Awake'”(:45) via Star Wars/YouTube



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