Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Things From the Week of Feb. 4

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 3 months ago

IMDb Editors highlight their favorite things from the week.

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Don Cheadle, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, and Danai Gurira in Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Big Game Spot of the Week

For those of us who watched the Super Bowl for the commercials and trailer drops, the night paid off with an exciting batch of first looks including Solo: A Star Wars Story , Skyscraper, and The Cloverfield Paradox, and a few teasers like the one we're flipping out about, the second trailer drop for Avengers: Infinity War. In 30 wonderful seconds we got a few glimpses of new footage, including Captain America sporting his new Wakandan shield, Stark and Strange working in tandem with magic and tech, Peter Parker heading into space, and what looks like some form of the Iron Man Mark 37 nanotech armor. So much to look forward to!

Check out the Big Game Spot for Avengers: Infinity War

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Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson in Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

Trending Star of the Week

One of the standout trailers that debuted during the big game this past weekend was for the much anticipated Mission: Impossible - Fallout, which reunites Tom Cruise with his Rogue Nation collaborator Rebecca Ferguson. Renewed interest in the movie franchise and some recent TV appearances have accelerated interest in both Cruise and Ferguson. But it's Ferguson who's charted higher: She landed in the Top 10 of STARmeter for the first time since 2016, when she starred in The Girl on the Train.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw in The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

Stealth Release of the Week

We were anticipating a new trailer for The God Particle, the latest chapter of the Cloverfield trilogy, to air possibly during the Super Bowl. But instead, Netflix pulled off an impressive stunt that had everyone talking. Not only did Netflix unveil the trailer for the newly titled The Cloverfield Paradox, but it also revealed that the film would be available to stream immediately following the game. The film, which was originally scheduled for release in April, received some harsh reviews. So, perhaps execs wanted to avoid the traditional marketing release. But despite that, the surprise release will go down in history as one of the most talked-about post-Super Bowl events.

Check out our spoiler-free list of things to know about the surprise release

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Gary Oldman, Steven Spielberg, Willem Dafoe, Meryl Streep, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Richard Jenkins, Laurie Metcalf, Octavia Spencer, Guillermo del Toro, Sally Hawkins, Kobe Bryant, Jordan Peele, Saoirse Ronan, Greta Gerwig, Daniel Kaluuya, JR, and Margot Robbie

Yearbook Photo of the Week

Every year at the Oscars Luncheon, the Academy takes class photo of the nominees. We love the photo because, instead of being all about the glitz and glamour of the red carpet and ceremony, it's a celebration of the artists who have achieved the top honor in their craft. Two funny callouts: Why is the (seemingly) tallest guy in the room in the front row? And whose brilliant idea was it to bring a cardboard cutout of Agnès Varda?

See more Photos We Love from the 2018 Awards Season

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Thandie Newton, Rodrigo Santoro, Leonardo Nam, and Ingrid Bolsø Berdal in Westworld (2016)

Season Premiere Date of the Week

The Super Bowl brought our first glimpse of Season 2 of "Westworld" since Comic-Con, and it looks like the violent delights are still resulting in violent ends. One of the the most exciting moments in the trailer was the premiere date: Sunday, April 22, 2018. Start counting down the days!

Check out the "Westworld" Official Super Bowl Ad

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Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 2 (2018)

Poster of the Week

The marketing machine for the Untitled Deadpool Sequel is really kicking into gear ahead of its May 18 release and looks to be even more subversive than the campaign that launched the original. The latest poster is a bullet-riddled nod to an iconic scene from Flashdance (1983). This was quickly followed by the most detailed look at the new film we’ve yet seen, with a trailer that showcased incoming villain Cable (Josh Brolin), making sure to spoof Toy Story and taking a shot at Justice League in the process. It all points to a movie that aims to surprise as well as stun. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if they actually called it the Untitled Deadpool Sequel.

See more new posters | Watch the new trailer | Explore our Superhero Guide

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Alden Ehrenreich and Joonas Suotamo in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Star Wars News of the Week

With fewer than four months before the arrival of Solo: A Star Wars Story, we were finally given our first look at the Han Solo origin movie. A surprise Super Bowl spot followed by a more substantial trailer provided our first look at Alden Ehrenreich in the role made famous by Harrison Ford. However, as this photo suggests, we saw more of his back than anything else. With the promise of new series of Star Wars films from the duo behind "Game of Thrones," a new trilogy from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, and multiple TV shows in the works at Disney, it’s likely we’ll be getting ever more regular updates from a galaxy far, far away for some time to come.

Watch the new trailer | 10 things we know about the Han Solo movie | No Small Parts: Alden Ehrenreich

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Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, and John Mahoney in Frasier (1993)

Remembrance of the Week

IMDb fans mourned the passing of John Mahoney, who has made a career of playing memorable characters in movies and TV. He's perhaps best known for his role as the lovably cantankerous Martin Crane on NBC's critically acclaimed "Frasier." It's a character that endeared him to many, including co-star Kelsey Grammer, who spoke emotionally about Mahoney's impact off the screen: "John actually played my father longer than I knew my own father. So, he was more like my dad."

See more stars we've lost in 2018

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Michael Douglas, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Laurence Fishburne, William Hurt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kurt Russell, Linda Cardellini, Vin Diesel, Victoria Alonso, Paul Bettany, Scott Derrickson, Chris Evans, Jon Favreau, Kevin Feige, Ryan Fleck, Frank Grillo, Sean Gunn, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Stan Lee, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael Peña, Chris Pratt, Jeremy Renner, Michael Rooker, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Zoe Saldana, Alan Taylor, Emily VanCamp, Joss Whedon, Benedict Wong, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Chris Hemsworth, Dave Bautista, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Ty Simpkins, Anna Boden, Evangeline Lilly, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Tessa Thompson, Hayley Atwell, Karen Gillan, Trinh Tran, Pom Klementieff, Ryan Coogler, Letitia Wright, Tom Holland, Hannah John-Kamen, Kendrick Lamar, and Winston Duke in Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Yearbook Photo No. 2 of the Week

Marvel released a "class photo" this week, and it's a moment to reflect on what the studio has accomplished thus far as we enter the latter half of the MCU's Phase Three. While Marvel is currently making some of its bravest movies to date, we'd love to continue to see heroes of different genders and ethnic backgrounds introduced into Hollywood's most influential universe.

See how the MCU movies rank according to the IMDb audience

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They Remain (2018)

Poster-Trailer Combo of the Week

With so much good sci-fi currently available on the small screen and Black Panther and Annihilation looking to be two of the best-reviewed movies of the year, we suggest genre fans also seek out They Remain, a sci-fi/thriller from Europa Report writer Philip Gelatt. It dares to bring together cults, animalism, a Mulder-and-Scully-like duo, and hook-up sex. The poster is one of the year's best, and the trailer has serious creep factor.

Watch the trailer

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Sissy Spacek in Carrie (1976)

Musical Revival of the Week

We're not surprised that "Riverdale" is doing a musical episode. We've come to expect at least one musical episode in a series run. What is surprising is that "Riverdale" will be doing a musical episode based on the musical version of Carrie, an epic failure when it opened on Broadway in 1988. Although it was somewhat more successful when it was revived in an Off-Broadway production, it remains largely unseen ... until, that is, this musical episode of "Riverdale" premieres.

Discover our favorite movie musicals

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Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon in The Big Sick (2017)

Series in Development of the Week

We're excited to hear Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the real life couple behind the characters in The Big Sick, are joining the Apple TV in-development show "Little America," an immigration-themed anthology series. The stories will be based on the life stories of immigrants to the U.S. Who better than the couple who brought one of the most charming cross-cultural love stories we've seen in a long time?

Watch Emily V. Gordon talk about the making of The Big Sick | Find more cross-cultural romantic comedies