‘How It Ends’ Trailer: Zoe Lister-Jones And A Star-Studded Cast Ride Out The Apocalypse With L.A. Chill

Zoe Lister-Jones channeled her acerbic wit into a career behind the camera, finding success with the indie (and personal) favorite Band Aid a few years ago, followed by The Craft: Legacy. At Sundance she returned to the festival with the apocalyptic comedy How It Ends, a star-studded film about one woman’s existential crisis at the end of the world.

Shot during the pandemic, How it Ends is a bizarre little film, but fitting with Lister-Jones’ offbeat sensibilities. She plays Liza, who wanders around an empty Los Angeles on her way to an end-of-the-world party. Her strange journey involves tying up loose ends with friends and family, while accompanied by a younger, more hopeful version of herself played by Cailee Spaeny.

The cast includes Whitney Cummings, Olivia Wilde, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Helen Hunt, Lamorne Morris, Logan Marshall-Green, Paul Scheer, Glenn Howerton, Fred Armisen, and many more. Lister-Jones really emptied out the Rolodex for this one.

In my review from earlier this year, I likened the film to one of my favorites, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and praised it for being one of the better projects shot during quarantine.

How it Ends opens in theaters and VOD on July 21st.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.