We track down the music that makes those trailers actually feel like three-minute movies
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
How does Julia Roberts feel about being berated by a queenly Oklahoma matriarch played by Meryl Streep? Perhaps, in the words of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, like a ”Man on Fire.” FIND THE SONG On 2012’s Here.
WHITE HOUSE DOWN
Channing Tatum guards the First Residence while Led Zeppelin gets wubba-wubba’d on TerisZega’s ”Drumstep Remix” of ”Black Dog.” FIND THE SONG On TerisZega’s SoundCloud page.
Nothing says pig’s blood and retribution like Lykke Li’s haunting, minimalist take on the Shirelles’ ”Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” FIND THE SONG On YouTube.
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg aren’t the only pair packing heat in this crime-com; rapper Devlin and singer Ed Sheeran rework a Dylan classic with their own ”(All Along the) Watchtower.” FIND THE SONG On Devlin’s 2013 disc, A Moving Picture.
THE WAY, WAY BACK
Call it Little Mr. Sunshine: In this indie comedy, Sam Rockwell teaches that kid from The Killing (Liam James) about love and life at a water park, over Apache Relay’s strummy ”Power Hungry Animals.” FIND THE SONG On 2011’s American Nomad.
THIS IS THE END
The all-star meta-comedy — a.k.a. Apocalypse Party at James Franco’s House — says goodbye to all that with Belief and Karniege’s ”Whatchu Want.” FIND THE SONG On the film’s soundtrack (out June 11).
VIOLET & DAISY
Armed with handguns and dangerous bangs, Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan kill for hire. James Gandolfini is their next target, and Sia’s ”Day Too Soon” is their soundtrack. FIND THE SONG On 2008’s Some People Have Real Problems.
The first-ever big-screen adaptation of a Judy Blume novel (seriously, it took this long?) sets its dusty Southwest tone with the Lower 48’s evocative ”Come Awake.” FIND THE SONG On 2011’s Where All Maps End.
Wallace from The Wire grows up but still finds himself on the wrong side of the gun in this true-life tragedy; the Roots’ wrenching ”Now or Never” sadly fits. FIND THE SONG On 2010’s How I Got Over.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Joss Whedon does Shakespeare (and gets a tax shelter for all that Avengers cash), while producer St Germain gets a prime showcase for his jazzy-cool ”Rose Rouge.” FIND THE SONG On 2000’s Tourist.
ROMEO AND JULIET
The Bard strikes again! This Julian Fellowes-penned adaptation isn’t a modernization like Whedon’s, but Zola Jesus’ shivery ”Skin” provides just the right kind of anachronism. FIND THE SONG On 2011’s Conatus.