Six More Movie Trailers: Spiral, The Jesus Rolls, Mulan, Punk’d (Yes, Punk’d) And More!

Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson are in a Saw spinoff

Chris Rock's saw film version: Spiral
Chris Rock's saw film version: Spiral

The Good Place wrapped up last week — I won’t get into much detail here (I feel like a ton of people are waiting to watch it when the whole season’s available on Netflix) — but I did want to write briefly about just what a great series it’s been.

One of the things that made The Good Place so great was just how much of a plot it infused into the traditional sitcom formula. Yes, a typical episode involved a core cast of characters dealing with a somewhat predictable set of hijinks, but there was almost always constant forward movement. That pressure made every episode feel fresh and important, and the added tension made the comedy play that much stronger.

One thing I found fascinating about the final episode (again, no spoilers) was how the show almost stepped outside of that structure. It felt more like a coda than a true conclusion (which, arguably, came earlier). That made for a lovely, if also surprisingly relaxed, sendoff and some really sweet moments with its core cast. More than anything else, I really appreciated the show’s dedication to giving Ted Danson truly perfect human lines right until the end.


Disney put out a final trailer for Mulan this week, showing off more of its colorful, cleanly shot, and epic battle sequences. I haven’t come away with a particularly strong understanding of what the movie will be like from all these trailers — in fairness, most people probably have a good understanding of the story already. Mostly, it seems like Disneyjust wants to get across how beautiful and inspiring it’s intended to be. The film comes out March 27th.


The new Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson movie is, somehow, a Saw spinoff and, somehow, also more of an action movie than a horror movie. At the same time, this will probably be one of the best Saw movies. It comes out May 15th.


With the Coen Brothers’ permission, John Turturro is bringing back his brief but colorful character from The Big LebowskiThe Jesus Rolls has a great cast and, whether this character can sustain a full film or not, looks like plenty of fun from this first trailer. It comes out March 6th.


I hate to include a teaser this brief, but Disney’s 30-second Super Bowl spot included the very first footage from three highly anticipated series — series that’ll be key to whether Disney+’s momentum can continue: The Falcon and the Winter SoldierWandaVision, and LokiThe Falcon and the Winter Soldier arrives in August; WandaVision premieres in December; and Loki is expected next year.


The director of Sicario: Day of the Soldado has a new series coming up that appears to be a globe-spanning epic about the cocaine trade. It comes to Amazon on March 6th.


So for one, Punk’d is coming back with Chance the Rapper as its star. But on a broader note, this is one of the first trailers for the series set to arrive after Quibi launches on April 6th. Quibi put out a bunch of trailers this week, and you can watch a bunch of them here — others include Idris Elba driving cars around and a reboot of The Fugitive. They look better than I expected, but I’m still not sure quite how many people want to pay for this odd new mobile-centric service. (Quibi, full disclosure, is working on a series with Vox Media, The Verge’s parent company.)


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