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We regret to inform you that the ‘Venom’ trailer doesn’t actually show any footage of Venom

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As promised, Sony Pictures released the long-awaited first trailer for Venom this morning and, while it does a pretty good job of showcasing Tom Hardy in the role of Eddie Brock and some cool shots courtesy of cinematographer Matthew Libatique, the titular antihero is seemingly nowhere to be found in this trailer.

Throughout the trailer, we see some scientists working in a lab, an aerial shot of the Golden Gate Bridge, several shots of Tom Hardy walking away from the camera, Michelle Williams looking very concerned, Tom Hardy waking up in a CT scanner, scientists searching for something in the woods, Tom Hardy running through the woods, Riz Ahmed in a lab, Tom Hardy riding on a motorcycle, and Tom Hardy yelling and convulsing in a CT scanner. You’d think they’d be able to squeeze in a quick shot of Venom, right?

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That being said, this isn’t a bad piece of marketing by any means—it’s impressive that Sony managed to put together a trailer nearly eight months out from its release date—and I still have plenty of faith in director Ruben Fleischer, but to not include Venom in the Venom trailer is a huge misstep and it should be interesting to see whether this trailer’s poor reception will force the studio to step up their game significantly with the next one.

By the way, did you notice the simple “V” logo at the end of the trailer? Although the online version of the trailer has the bumper at the beginning of it to let people know that they’re about to watch a Venom trailer, those are not typically included with the theatrical versions of trailers. Does the studio really think average moviegoers are going to know what movie this is without a logo that shows the movie title? Come on, Sony. Do better.

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Rami Malek is Freddie Mercury in the triumphant first trailer for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

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20th Century Fox dropped the long-awaited first trailer for the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody this morning, which finds a glammed up, mustachioed Rami Malek taking on the role of the legendary Queen frontman. However, aside from Malek’s performance, and as much as I think we all want this movie to be great, this first trailer is certainly a bit worrisome.

Described as a “foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved enters on the planet,” the film chronicles the rise of the iconic rock band through their revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in 1985.

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Now, to be fair, this teaser is only a minute and 30 seconds long, so perhaps I should reserve my judgment for the full-length trailer, but there just seems to be something a bit off about this movie and I can’t seem to put my finger on what exactly it is. It’s almost as if this feels teaser makes Bohemian Rhapsody feel more like a cheap, made-for-TV movie than anything else. That being said, I’ll remain cautiously optimistic for this one, and ultimately hope for the best that the final product turns out well.

Bohemian Rhapsody is written by Anthony McCarten and was directed by both Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher (the former was fired for being unexpectedly absent from the set on multiple occasions and forced the production to screeching halt in December) and also stars Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech, and Lucy Boynton. The film will hit theaters on November 2.

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John Cho attempts to track down his missing daughter in the intense ‘Searching’ trailer

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Searching made quite a bit of buzz at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it not only debuted to rave reviews from critics but also won the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize and the Audience Award for the NEXT section. After being acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, the film, which premiered a new trailer today, will hit theaters this summer.

According to the film’s official synopsis, Searching is described as a “hyper-modern thriller” and is told from the point-of-view of all the electronic devices we use to communicate in our daily lives including MacBooks, iPhones, and what not. Indeed, the film seems quite reminiscent of 2015’s horror hit Unfriended, but Searching seems to have something much bigger in store for audiences.

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After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter, Margot (Michelle La), goes missing, a local investigation is opened and Detective Rosemary Vick (Debra Messing) is assigned to the case. However, after 37 hours pass by, the police have no leads, and David takes it upon himself to search the one, very obvious place no one has bothered to look yet: his daughter’s laptop. David soon begins to realize that he may not have known his daughter as well as he thought he did.

Searching, which, by the looks of the first trailer for the film, appears to get one hell of a performance out of Cho, marks the feature debut of director Aneesh Chaganty, who co-wrote the film alongside Sev Ohanian. The film also stars Joseph Lee and Sarah Sohn and will open in theaters on August 3, 2018.

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The first teaser trailer for the new ‘Robin Hood’ movie is here and it’s confusing as hell

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It’s Hawkeye meets Assassin’s Creed in the very confusing first trailer for Otto Bathurst’s debut feature Robin Hood, a film which seems unsure as to which time period it wants to take place in. Despite the fact that everyone in this trailer is riding around on horses and fighting with swords, they’re also wearing some very modern-looking machine-stitched clothing and using weapons that weren’t introduced until World War II.

Taron Egerton stars here as a very hip-looking Robin of Loxley, a war-hardened Crusader who teams up with his Moorish commander (Jamie Foxx) to mount an unprecedented revolt against the corrupt English crown in what is described as a “thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance.” Oh, my! I’m surprised Michael Bay didn’t produce this thing. (Jennifer Davisson and Leonardo DiCaprio did).

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Historical accuracy aside, though, and this movie still looks like an absolute mess that is most definitely going to bomb at the box office when it comes out in November. I mean, I could be wrong, but when was the last time we saw a swords-and-sandals-type movie do any serious business at the box office? Last year’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword only made $39 million during its entire domestic run and just a few months before that was Assassin’s Creed, which only reeled in $54 million. Both films had a production budget of more than $120 million.

Anyway, if you really have any interest in watching “mind-blowing fight choreography” and historical inaccuracies, Robin Hood also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Tim Minchin, and Jamie Dornan, and will hit theaters later this year on November 21, 2018.

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