The best new movie trailers: ‘Curse of La Llorona,’ ‘Jonathan,’ and more

Crafting the perfect movie trailer is hard work. There must be enough intrigue to get the audience excited without revealing too much about the film’s plot points and key moments (even then, things don’t always work out perfectly). Because of the sheer volume of new movie trailers being released in a given week, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding them up and separating the good from the bad for you. Check out the latest must-see trailers below, whether you’re looking for action, horror, comedy, or something else.

It probably goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: Spoiler alert! Tread carefully, friends.

Note: All release dates are for the United States.

‘The Curse of La Llorona’

It won’t arrive in time for Halloween, but the trailer for this film produced by horror maestro James Wan (The NunThe Conjuring 2) offers a creepy introduction to this big-screen feature inspired by the Mexican legend of the “Weeping Lady.” The film casts Linda Cardellini as a social worker whose family is endangered by a supernatural entity from folk tales that preys on children. It’s an effectively creepy preview of a movie that appears to mine some fresh material for scares, so horror fans have something else to look forward to in the first half of 2019.

Release date: April 19

‘The Kid Who Would Be King’

Attack the Block director Joe Cornish brings this modern spin on Arthurian legend to the big screen, and the first trailer for The Kid Who Would Be King actually looks like a lot of fun. The film follows a 12-year-old boy who, while on the run from bullies, encounters a sword embedded in a stone. As one might guess, he pulls it from the stone and epic hijinks ensue as he’s tasked with uniting friends and enemies against the return of the enchantress Morgana and her army of underworld creatures. Sure, it seems like a family-friendly adventure, but given how much fun Attack the Block was, this has a lot of potential.

Release date: January 25

‘Destroyer’

Nicole Kidman plays a former LAPD detective who sets out to get some payback when the leader of a gang resurfaces and she’s forced to face the failures of her past. Kidman’s performance and the makeup effects that alter her appearance are earning high praise during festival screenings of this action-drama directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, The Invitation). As far as action heroes go, Kidman seems to be playing the part to gritty perfection in the first trailer for this film, which arrives in theaters before the end of the year.

Release date: December 25

‘Jonathan’

We’re not sure about the science behind this one, but the idea of two distinct people occupying the same body and suddenly finding themselves in a love triangle with the same woman is pretty clever. The film stars Baby Driver actor Ansel Elgort, and the first trailer for the film does a nice job of introducing his character’s situation and showing how he not only manages his daily routine, but also how quickly it can all fall apart. There hasn’t been much buzz about this movie, but it looks fascinating.

Release date: November 16

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