Remakes and cartoons — or, in the case of “Dumbo,” a remake of a cartoon — make up this week’s crop of new movie trailers. Here they are, in order from most to least promising.
‘Shaft’ (June 14)
It may have the same title as the 1971 blaxploitation flick and its 2000 reboot, but the trailer for this update reveals a more comic tone. Jessie T. Usher (“Survivor’s Remorse”) joins the cast as John Shaft Jr., the less-than-supercool son and grandson of the Harlem P.I.s played by Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree, who both make welcome returns to the franchise. Wisely using Isaac Hayes’ Oscar-winning original score, the clip packs in gags and action. Can you dig it? I can.
‘Dumbo’ (March 29)
Sometimes when studios release new international trailers, it’s a lot of the same footage that’s already been seen in American promos, slightly rearranged. But in the case of this British clip for the director Tim Burton’s live-action take on “Dumbo,” Disney’s animated chestnut, it’s almost all fresh material. Much of it focuses on two veterans of Burton’s “Batman Returns,” Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton, who exhibit (and possibly exploit) the big-eared flying elephant. The tagline promises, “A beloved tale will take you to new heights.” Based on this uplifting teaser, I believe it.
‘Missing Link’ (April 12)
The second trailer for the new animated film from Laika, the studio behind the Oscar-nominated 2016 “Kubo and the Two Strings,” can’t seem to decide if it’s selling a slapstick farce or a more high-minded adventure. Zach Galifianakis voices a monster who joins two explorers (Hugh Jackman and Zoe Saldana) on a journey to find the Yetis he believes are his cousins. Rather than Bigfoot or Sasquatch, the creature likes to call itself “Susan.” If that makes you laugh, “Missing Link” could be the movie for you.
‘Pet Sematary’ (April 5)
Back in October, the first trailer for this new version of Stephen King’s chiller didn’t generate much excitement, but this follow-up increases the fear factor. It also divulges more of the plot: A doctor (Jason Clarke) moves his family to a small town, and after his daughter dies, he reanimates her at a haunted burial ground. “They don’t come back the same,” warns the film’s slogan, but aside from a gender switch with the demon child, this feels like the same old story that was turned into a perfectly serviceable 1989 horror picture.
‘UglyDolls’ (May 3)
How many pop stars can you stuff into one cast? This animated musical based on the plush-toy line tries to find out, with a roster that includes Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX, Lizzo and more. But as the strained line readings by Clarkson and Shelton in the trailer demonstrate, just because you’ve been a coach on “The Voice” doesn’t mean you should voice a cartoon character.
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