20th Century Fox’s presentation of trailers and product reels happened this morning at Cinemacon in Las Vegas. The same trailers will be screened for press next week on the Fox lot. The films being promoted are Ice Age: Collision Course (family animation), X-Men: Apocalypse (superhero sausage), Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (dingbat hormonal romcom), Independence Day: Resurgence (alien invasion sequel), Trolls (family animation), Assassin’s Creed (videogame-inspired actioner), Why Him? (romcom), Nate Parker‘s The Birth of a Nation (historical saga with spiritual sheen) and Tim Burton‘s Miss Peregrine’s Home of Peculiar Children (imaginative fantasy). With the exception of the Parker and Burton films, all are aimed at unrefined types (families, Joe Popcorn-ers, hormonal idiots). Fox is a big outfit, and it needs to bring in a lot of dough. Films made for people like me (i.e., Kenneth Lonergan‘s Manchester By The Sea) haven’t fit into their financial payoff schemes for a long while now. This is the way the big studios are these days. Remove the educated elites and you’re left with a culture that has largely begun to sink into the swamp. To stay alive Fox has to attract the sloths and submentals.