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8 trailers that have us hyped this week: Westworld, The Secret Garden, and more

Is Run the new Ma?

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A million movie trailers drop online every week, which can make it hard to keep track of what’s actually coming up in theaters and on home screens. To help parse through the endless stream of upcoming movie and TV releases, we’ve assembled a list of the most exciting (and in some cases, weirdest) trailers that came out this week, along with a hype level rating, tracking whether these particular trailers actually excited us about the upcoming product. Afraid you might have missed something? Fear no more.

This week features one of the most hype-worthy trailers yet as we get a look at the next season of Westworld. There’s also a more concrete look at Netflix’s I Am Not Okay With This, along with a few other new HBO and Netflix series coming down the pipeline.

I Am Not Okay With This

Sophia Lillis of It fame stars as angry 17-year-old Sydney, who grapples with the pain of growing up, the death of her father, and the fact that she may have explosive superpowers. Is it just puberty? Everyone feels like a freak sometimes, someone tells her. Then a grocery aisle explodes!

Release date: Feb. 26 on Netflix

Hype level: 7. Totally here for a coming-of-age tale where it seems like superpowers are a metaphor for those big, ugly teenage feelings.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden is a beloved staple of children’s literature. (With unfortunate colonialist vibes throughout, but then again, what art wasn’t unfortunately tinged with colonialism in 1910?) The plot follows sickly, unloved 10-year-old Mary — this is literally her character description — who was born in India to wealthy British parents, and is sent to live with an estranged uncle after her parents die of cholera. The book focused on snobby, obnoxious Mary as she learned to be less snobby and obnoxious while exploring the moors and making friends. This movie, however, really plays up the adventure and mystery parts of the plot. What else would you expect from the producer of the Harry Potter movies?

Release date: April 17 in theaters

Hype level: 5. Maybe I’d be more excited if I, too, were a sickly, unloved 10-year-old girl.

Children of the Sea

A gorgeous animated tale featuring a boy raised by dugongs, mysterious humpback whale songs, and worlds beyond this one. There’s also a catchy theme song!

Release date: In US theaters April 20 and 22

Hype level: 8. I love whales, I love oceans, I love mysterious connections to other human beings and a world just beyond our own.


Think reverse The Leftovers plus reverse Outlander. The present-day world is shaken by a sudden influx of visitors from the past, who are treated as refugees (with all the attendant political strife) as they attempt to deal with their unintentional displacement. Part of that assimilation means that one of these “beforeigners,” as they’re called, joins the police department, helping solve crimes and bridge the gap between communities.

Release date: Feb. 18 on HBO

Hype level: 6. Time-travel shenanigans are always fun!


Ryan Murphy continues to do pretty much whichever projects he wants with Halston, a Netflix series about the fashion designer of the same name, who rose to prominence in the ’70s. Ewan McGregor stars in the title role, with Rebecca Davan co-starring as Elsa Peretti, Krysta Rodriguez as Liza Minnelli, and Rory Culkin as Joel Schumacher.

Release date: Not yet announced, on Netflix

Hype level: 7. Walk, walk, fashion, baby.

Big Time Adolescence

Pete Davidson stars as a college dropout loser who takes a high-schooler under his wing. It’s a raunchy, coming-of-age comedy for the streaming era! Expect lots of weed, of course, and Davidson’s pretty awful bleached hair.

Release date: March 13 in select theaters, March 20 on Hulu

Hype level: Eh … a solid 4. Haven’t we seen this plot before? I’m all for reimaginings of tried-and-true stories, but Davidson’s really bad hair is just such a turn-off.


Take Hulu’s The Act, about a real case of Munchausen by proxy, and combine it with every season of American Horror Story where Sarah Paulson screamed, and you get Run. This horror movie follows a very overprotective mother and her sheltered daughter.

Release date: May 8 in theaters

Hype level: 6. Don’t get me wrong, I love Sarah Paulson, and she can scream at me any time she wants, but I feel like I know how this one ends.

Westworld Season 3

Westworld’s back, baby! After almost two years of hiatus, the hit HBO show about the robot revolution is returning. Last we saw, the robots populating the Westworld parks as glorified NPCs had finally started taking matters into their own hands, rebelling against their makers and breaking out into the real world.

Release date: March 15 on HBO

Hype level: 10. Unfortunately, I will watch anything that includes Ed Harris saying, “I’m gonna save the fucking world.”

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