Film Friday: This Week's Movie News and New Trailers

  • Publish Date: March 7, 2014
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Cade Yeager thinks he just found a Transformer!

This is what happens when Mark Wahlberg discovers a Transformer: all hell breaks loose. The fourth installment in the multi-billion dollar franchise replaces Shia LaBeouf and various models with a family story of struggling father Cade Yeager (Wahlberg), his daughter (Nicola Peltz), and her boyfriend (Jack Reynor). The human baddie this time is played by Kelsey Grammer and his henchman is The Man in Black himself, Titus Welliver. Stanley Tucci plays a screaming arrogant/hapless robot designer. Set after the destruction of Chicago, the film returns some Autobot favorites while introducing Dinobots like Grimlock and Strafe. Transformers: Age of Extinction opens in 2D, 3D and IMAX on June 27th. Just remember—Transformers are dangerous.

Welcome back to Sin City

The upcoming sequel to 2005’s Sin City takes two of Frank Miller’s existing stories (“A Dame to Kill For” and “Just Another Saturday Night”) and combines them with two new stories—one featuring Jessica Alba’s Nancy and another focusing on a gambler played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For boasts the same look as the first film and just as big a cast, with returning players Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Powers Booth, and Jamie King, replacements like Josh Brolin (for Clive Owen), Dennis Haysbert (for Michael Clarke Duncan) and Jamie Chung (for Devon Aoki), and new cast members Eva Green, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, and Juno Temple. Look for it in theaters beginning August 22nd.

Here’s Frank and his giant fake head

Inspired by the the true story of musician/comedian Chris Sievey, Frank stars Michael Fassbender as the titular character, who spends the film covered by a large paper mache head. He’s the leader of a band (with an unpronounceable name) working on a new album. Maggie Gyllenhaal and a newly recruited Domhnall Gleeson play his bandmates. The film earned mostly good reviews when it played Sundance this year. Look for it in U.S. theaters sometime in 2014.

Grace of Monaco

Olivier Dahan, who directed Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, takes on another historical figure with Grace of Monaco. Nicole Kidman stars as Grace Kelly in this look at her role in helping resolve the 1962 political dispute between Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth) and French president Charles Charles de Gaulle (André Penvern). The script comes form Arash Amel (Erased) and the supporting cast includes Paz Vega, Parker Posey, Frank Langella and Milo Ventimiglia. Grace of Monaco will open the 2014 Cannes Film Festival before coming to U.S. theaters later in the year.

It's a hard knock life: 2014 edition

The third movie adaptation (the 1999 version was made for TV) of the hit Broadway show Annie comes close on the heels of the 2012 musical revival starring Lilla Crawford. But instead of sticking to the depression-era setting of the original, this Jay Z / Will Smith production updates it to modern-day New York and casts Jamie Foxx as Will Stacks (instead of Daddy Warbucks), a wealthy mayoral candidate. Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, the precocious orphan, and Cameron Diaz plays Miss Hannigan. Rose Byrne steps into the role of Grace Farrell, who is now a VP instead of a secretary, and Bobby Cannavale plays Stack’s campaign advisor. Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Aline Brosh McKenna (We Bought a Zoo) and Emma Thompson. Annie is set to hit the big screen again on December 19th.

Another look as Laika’s The Boxtrolls

Laika, the Portland-based team behind stop-motion favorites Coraline and ParaNorman, have another offbeat family offering this year with The Boxtrolls, an adaptation of Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters!. The story follows Eggs, a young orphan boy raised by a lovable group of underground trash collectors called the Boxtrolls. When an evil exterminator threatens Egg’s makeshift family, he attempts to save them with the help of Winnie, a young girl from a wealthy family in the town of Cheesebridge. The voice cast includes Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jared Harris, Richard Ayoade, and Toni Collette. The song featured in the teaser is Cee Lo Green‘s version of “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care.” Look for the film on 2D and 3D screens beginning September 26th.

Tom Hardy is still Ivan Locke

Two weeks ago, a UK trailer for Steven Knight’s second directorial effort, Locke, premiered. Now we get the domestic trailer prior to A24’s April 25th release of the film in the U.S. It’s still Tom Hardy in a BMW driving from Birmingham and London and talking on the phone, but according to early reviews, it’s also much more than that. Ruth Wilson, Tom Holland, Bill Milner, Ben Daniels, Olivia Colman, and Andrew Scott all lend their voice talent to the film.

Jess Eisenberg has a double

Submarine director Richard Ayoade’s second feature stars future Lex Luthor Jessie Eisenberg as Simon James, a timid, lonely man whose life is thrown out of balance with the arrival of a new co-worker, James Simon (also Eisenberg), who is both Simon's physical double and his opposite— he’s confident, charismatic, and able to catch the attention of his dream girl played by Mia Wasikowska. Ayoade adapted Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella with Avi Korine (brother of director Harmony Korine) and directs an impressive ensemble that includes Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins, Chris O’Dowd (Ayoade’s costar in The IT Crowd), Yasmin Page, and James Fox. Early reviews out of TIFF were good, so look for The Double on iTunes, VOD and in select theaters beginning May 9th.

Eric Bana delivers us from evil

Previously titled Beware the Night, Deliver Us From Evil follows New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) as he and an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramírez) investigate a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. Director and co-writer (with Paul Harris Boardman) Scott Derrickson (Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose) based the film on true stories recounted in Sarchie’s 2001 book, Beware the Night: A New York City Cop Investigates the Supernatural. Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, and Joel McHale have supporting roles in the film, which comes to theaters July 2nd.


This horror thriller written, directed by, and starring Derek Lee and Clif Prowse follows two best friends (Derek and Clif) who set out on the trip of a lifetime, documenting their journey every step of the way until it takes a dark turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman (Baya Rehaz). Derek begins to show super-human strength, but something is definitely ... off. Winner of Best Picture (Horror), Best Screenplay (Horror) and Best Director (Horror) at Fantastic Fest, Afflicted comes to VOD and select theaters on April 4th.

Mirror, mirror on the wall

In this new trailer for the horror film Oculus, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) plays Kaylie Russell. Ten years ago, her brother Tim (Brenton Thwaites) was convicted of murdering their parents Marie and Alan Russell (Katee Sackhoff and Rory Cochrane), but she’s convinced it was a supernatural force unleashed through a mirror in their childhood home. To prove Tim’s innocence, she tracks down the mirror, but they get more than they bargained for now that it’s back in their hands. Mike Flanagan directs from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard. Oculus hits select theaters April 11th after playing at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more

  • Bong Joon-ho’s cut of Snowpiercer will finally hit select U.S. theaters on June 27th.
  • Kill the Messenger, starring Jeremy Renner, will be released on October 10th.
  • The Rover, David Michôd’s follow-up to Animal Kingdom, will open on July 18th.
  • Vincent D'Onofrio will play the villain opposite Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Irrfan Khan in Jurassic World. - Deadline
  • Is there a new Matrix trilogy in the works? - Latino Review
  • Craig Brewer (Black Snake Moan) is in talks to direct the Justin Timberlake-produced remake of The Idolmaker. The original was based on the life of rock promoter Bob Marcucci and starred Ray Sharkey. - Variety
  • Paolo Sorrentino’s follow-up to The Great Beauty will be In the Future, a small-scale drama about “friendship between two old people” starring Michael Caine. - Variety
  • James Mangold (Wolverine) is in talks to direct The Deep Blue Good-By, the first in John D. MacDonald’s series of Travis McGee novels. - Deadline
  • Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) has joined Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld, Jordi Mollà and Jonathan Banks in Term Life, based on the graphic novel of the same name by A.J. Lieberman. - Heat Vision
  • Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) is in talks to direct an adaptation of Jo Nesbø's Blood on Snow with Leonardo DiCaprio possibly starring. The two-book series follows a hitman who falls for his mark, who also happens to be his boss’s wife. - Deadline
  • Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) will direct Patrick Ness’s adaptation of his own fantasy novel, A Monster Calls, before directing the sequel to World War Z. - The Wrap
  • Uma Thurman is in negotiations to join Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in American Ultra, an action comedy from writer Max Landis (Chronicle) and director Nima Nourizadeh (Project X). - Heat Vision
  • Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) will write the script for The Ballad of Richard Jewell starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. - Variety
  • Jude Law has joined Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, and Jason Statham in Paul Feig’s spy comedy, Susan Cooper. - The Wrap
  • The hit video game The Last of Us will become a live-action film released by Screen Gems, produced by Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures, and written by the game's creative director, Neil Druckmann. - Deadline
  • Thomas Kretschmann (Stalingrad) will play the villain Le Clerq opposite Rupert Friend in Agent 47, Fox’s reboot of the Hitman series.- Heat Vision
  • Idris Elba will perform and voice the dangerous tiger Shere Khan in Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. - Deadline
  • Renée Zellweger is in talks to star opposite Daniel Craig in The Whole Truth, a courtroom drama from writer Nicolas Kazan and director Courtney Hunt (Frozen River). - THR
  • Tom McCarthy (Win Win) will co-write (with John Bland) and possibly direct Universal’s adaptation of Doug TenNapel’s graphic novel Tommysaurus Rex, the story of a boy taking a T. Rex for a pet. - Heat Vision

Comments (1)

  • TheQuietGamer  

    I'm curious to see how the new Transformers movie is going to turn out (is it safe to call it a reboot of some sort?). With Wahlberg heading up the cast and the inclusion of Dinobots, it already looks like the best yet.

    I also think Deliver Us From Evil looks fantastic. It hope it ends up being as scary or even scarier than it already seems to be. It looks like it could be this years "The Conjuring".

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