Streaming Teasers

What was the most buzzed about Super Bowl 2018 ad for an upcoming movie or TV show?

The telecast offered sneak peeks at the latest franchise installments from Star Wars (Solo) and Mission Impossible (Fall Out), both of which will premiere in theaters this summer.

The big streaming services, however, also teased a couple of intriguing titles, one of which you can watch now.

J.J. Abrams, seemingly master of the science fiction universe, has produced a third entry in the Cloverfield film series. The Cloverfield Paradox, set in the near future, presents a “group of international astronauts on a space station are working to solve a massive energy crisis on Earth. The experimental technology aboard the station has an unexpected result, leaving the team isolated and fighting for their survival.”

The cast includes Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz, David Oyelowo, and Zhang Ziyi.

You can watch The Cloverfield Paradox now on Netflix.

If you’re not familiar with the Cloverfield trilogy, you might want to start with the first movie, Cloverfield (2008), which you can rent starting at $2.99 in SD/$3.99 HD from Fandango and other providers.

Then there’s the sequel, 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), which you can stream with a subscription to Hulu, Amazon Prime or Epix; or buy starting at $12.99 from Google Play and other providers.

During the big game, Hulu also showcased a trailer for another J.J. Abrams project, Castle Rock, which debuts this summer.

Based on Stephen King’s fictional Maine town, the 10-episode series weaves characters and themes into a psychological horror drama. The cast includes André Holland, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Glenn, Terry O’Quinn and Bill Skarsgård.

Finally, HBO offered a trailer for the second season of Westworld, which debuts April 22.

Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris and James Marsden return for another 10-episode season to the dystopian world that marries humanities’ worst impulses and fantasies with cutting edge artificial intelligence.

Not a cable subscriber? Don’t worry. You will be able to watch the second season via streaming with an HBO Now subscription or via a channel add-on to Amazon Prime or Hulu. The first season is available to stream now.

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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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