Sonic the Hedgehog, Winning Time

On Sunday, February 13, millions of people will be sitting on their comfy couches and recliners, eating multitudinous sundry chips and dips, and watching football on their big crisp TVs — and studios are hoping that some 30-second ads will convince them to go back to movie theaters for entertainment instead. Among the commercial spots for this year’s Super Bowl are teasers for upcoming movies and TV shows, including Jordan Peele’s latest horror, a Jurassic World entry featuring Laura Dern, and HBO’s Winning Time. Here are the 2022 trailers that have been released before kickoff at Super Bowl LVI, with updates to come.

The trailer for the third (and final?) movie in the Chris Pratt–starring Jurassic World series shows a globe overrun with dinosaurs. Pratt leads a band of dino rustlers herding the creatures like cattle. “Humans and dinosaurs can’t coexist,” says Laura Dern in voice-over. “We created an ecological disaster.” She reunites with Sam Neill, and eventually Jeff Goldblum, and the trailer plays into this nostalgia by going heavy on John Williams’s theme. For all the triceratops and brachiosaurs wreaking havoc on civilization, though, the franchise’s greatest special effect remains Bryce Dallas Howard’s wig. Jurassic World Dominion is out June 10.

This is just a 30-second teaser for a longer trailer that will air during the Super Bowl, previewing Jordan Peele’s latest horror film, Nope. Most of the trailer sets us up with iconic moments from get-out and Us and uses “Got 5 on It” in a way that worked so effectively for the latter’s trailer back in 2019. In the last few seconds, there are shots of Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun looking at something in horror. Maybe we’ll find out what it is on Sunday — or maybe when Boop hits theaters on July 22.

Okay, so we’re doing this. We’re trying to make that “Romancing the Stone quippy jungle adventure” thing happen again. “What is this, Taken? Am I tooken?” says Sandra Bullock before Channing Tatum comes to her rescue. Daniel Radcliffe playing a villain is a great call, and there’s a Brad Pitt cameo. If you like this sort of thing, may we recommend 2019’s exceptional live-action Dora the Explorer movie. Don’t believe us? You can wait for The Lost City on March 25.

Wait wait wait … let me get this straight. An ad for a basketball show, during a soccer game? Winning Time isn’t just the purported reason for Adam McKay and Will Ferrell’s friendship breakup; it’s also a series about the glory days of the Los Angeles Lakers, with majority owner Jerry Buss (John C. Reilly) and a young Magic Johnson (Quincy Isaiah) at the helm. Even if you’re not a sports fan, you have to appreciate the ’70s hairdos. Jason Clarke, Gaby Hoffmann, Solomon Hughes, Adrien Brody, Sally Field, and DeVaughn Nixon co-star in the series premiering March 6.

This football-themed “big game spot” for the upcoming sequel to the pre-pandemic family film starts with a coin toss: heads or capital-T Tails. “See what we did there?” says Sonic, voiced by Ben Schwartz, giving you a taste of the humor in this franchise. But we get to hear video game voice actor Colleen O’Shaughnessey as the two-tailed fox, and Idris Elba as Knuckles saying, dead serious, “Itt is my destiny to destroy you.” sonic zooms into theaters April 8.

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