We track down the cool music in the current crop of previews so you don't have to
Jake Gyllenhaal — and his unnerving hair — films after-hours crime scenes while U.K. songstress Jetta’s equally unnerving cover of the 1971 Ten Years After hit ”I’d Love to Change the World” plays. Find The Song As a single on iTunes.
If all the F-bombs in the red-band trailer don’t get you jazzed for Seth Rogen and James Franco’s assassination comedy — Kim Jong-un doesn’t know what’s coming for him! — En Vogue’s pop-soul anthem ”Free Your Mind” definitely will. Find The Song On 1992’s Funky Divas.
Reese Witherspoon walks a thousand miles, but there’s no sign of the Proclaimers or Vanessa Carlton singing the (only) songs that made them famous — just Beck’s elegiac beauty ”Turn Away.” Find The Song On this year’s excellent Morning Phase.
The Boy Next Door
As the tension escalates in this bonkers-looking Jennifer-Lopez-is-boning-her-son’s-best-friend drama, so does Alex Clare’s pulsating ”Whispering.” But it’s not nearly as amazing as the J. Lo side-eye that follows the line ”I love your mother’s cookies.” Find The Song On 2011’s The Lateness of the Hour.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s ’70s SoCal crime caper pairs Joaquin Phoenix’s sweaty muttonchops with Sly & the Family Stone’s strutting ”I Want to Take You Higher,” before segueing into the dreamy Sam Cooke classic ”Wonderful World.” Find The Song On 1969’s Stand! and 1960’s The Wonderful World of Sam Cooke, respectively.
Nothing says ”Shakespeare update!” like adding skateboards, Glocks, and Dan from Gossip Girl to the Bard’s tale of murderous Celtic royals — plus the thunderous chords of Austin psych-rockers the Black Angels’ ”Young Men Dead.” Find The Song On 2006’s Passover.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
When men ruled as gods…and warriors wore a whole lot of eyeliner. Ridley Scott’s biblical epic hinges on chanteuse Sydney Wayser’s husky-voiced take on Simple Minds’ 1989 ballad ”Belfast Child.” Find The Song Right now, only on YouTube.
Horrible Bosses 2
An earlier trailer for the sequel to the 2011 buddy comedy used DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s ”Turn Down for What,” but the latest shenanigans are set to another monosyllabic anthem, the jangly stomper ”Come With Me Now” by South African alt combo Kongos. Find The Song On 2014’s Lunatic.
When did Thor join forces with the CIA? Chris Hemsworth stars as a convicted hacker who trades his skills for his freedom in Michael Mann’s atmospheric techno-thriller; Antony and the Johnsons’ spooky echo-chamber cover of Bob Dylan’s ”Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” makes it feel extra Mann-ish. Find The Song On iTunes.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
In X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn’s return to outsize action (yep, that’s Oscar winner Colin Firth going ham with a secret-weapon umbrella), a still-untitled Iggy Azalea/Ellie Goulding duet brings more aggro. Find The Song Nowhere yet, but Iggy has said it’ll be on an expanded release of her debut, The New Classic.