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Trailer Thursday: Black Rock, Frances Ha, Star Trek & more

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Welcome to Trailer Thursday, where we help you decide what to do with your Friday night. Here's what's coming out tomorrow.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Captain Kirk and his crew are back battling another brand of baddies - but this time, the calls are coming from inside the house. In the words of Paramount:

“With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.”

See it if:

- You’re a Trekkie, obviously. Go forth and prosper.
- You're not a Trekkie, but you're looking for an action-packed Friday evening. More than one review has wondered if Michael Bay was secretly involved with production.
- You don’t mind when updated versions of films alter the events of canonical material.

Bonus: Spock vs. Spock.

Frances Ha

From IFC Films: “Frances lives in New York, but she doesn't really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she's not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren't really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness.”

See it if:

- You’re a Girls fan. It has the same young-gals-floundering-in-New York vibe to it - and what do you know, Adam Driver also stars.
- You like quirky movies. Director Noah Baumbach is also directed The Squid and the Whale and co-wrote The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and the screenplay for Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Black Rock

Three girls decide to spend a bonding weekend on a remote island. Sound like a breeding ground for trouble? It is. A wrong move with the wrong men = girl trip from hell.

See it if:

- This unholy hybrid intrigues you: part Lord of the Flies, part “The Most Dangerous Game,” part demented Girl Scouts.

The English Teacher

Julianne Moore is Linda Sinclair, a 40-year-old single English teacher. She helps a former student get his play performed at the local high school, which is a step down from the world-famous playwright he had hoped to be. Also, she sleeps with him.

See it if:

- You want—nay, need more Nathan Lane in your life.
- You want to see what Jack’s son from Will & Grace looks like all grown up (also, he dated Kristen Stewart before the whole Robsten affair).
- You kind of always had the hots for your English teacher.
- You’re feeling romantic dramedy this weekend. But buyer beware: It currently stands at 38 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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Pop Chart Lab

No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
Pop Chart Lab

Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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Your $10 Donation Can Help an Underprivileged Child See A Wrinkle in Time for Free
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Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Theater chain AMC is teaming with the Give a Child the Universe initiative to help underprivileged kids see A Wrinkle in Time for free through ticket donations. The initiative was started by Color of Change, a nonprofit advocacy group that designs “campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.”

"Color of Change believes in the power of images and supports those working to change the rules in Hollywood so that inclusive, empathetic and human portrayals of black people and people of color are prominent on the screen,” the initiative’s executive director, Rashad Robinson, said in a statement:

Director Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time is the perfect subject for the group because, as Robinson puts it, “By casting a black teenage actress, Storm Reid, as the heroine at the center of this story, the filmmakers and the studio send a powerful message to millions of young people who will see someone like them embracing their individuality and strength to save the world.”

The movie touts a diverse cast that includes Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine. The most important member of the cast, though, is 14-year-old Storm Reid, who plays the main character Meg Murry, a young girl who tries to save her father (Pine) who is trapped in another dimension. The movie is based on the acclaimed 1962 fantasy novel by author Madeleine L'Engle.

If you’d like to donate a ticket (or more), you can just head over to the Give a Child the Universe website and pledge an amount. AMC will provide one ticket to children and teens nationwide for every $10 given to the cause.

And if you’re interested in seeing the movie yourself, A Wrinkle in Time opens on March 9, 2018.

[h/t E! Online]

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