Film Friday (5/16): This Week's Movie Trailers + News

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  • Publish Date: May 16, 2014

Opening this weekend

Nationwide releases
Title Genre Score
Godzilla Action/Sci-fi 62
Million Dollar Arm Drama/Sports 56
Limited releases
Title Genre Score
Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case Documentary 76
Chef Expanding to additional cities Comedy 67
Chinese Puzzle Foreign/Comedy/Drama 64
The Discoverers Comedy 65
Half of a Yellow Sun Drama 51
The Immigrant Drama 73
A Night in Old Mexico Western/Drama 46
Wolf Creek 2 Horror 43

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New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Get your first look at Christopher Nolan's Interstellar

The first official trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is an excellent tease for the director’s first post-Dark Knight film. The world is out of food. The planet is beyond saving, so we must leave it. Tasked with the job is Matthew McConaughey, a pilot and engineer with two kids who accepts a mission to unlock the secrets of interstellar travel. He promises to return, but will he come back? Michael Caine plays the professor with the plan, while David Oyelowo, Mackenzie Foy, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley, Topher Grace, and William Devane all have supporting roles. Interstellar lands in theaters on November 7th.

Transformers: Age of Extinction, take two

In this second trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction, Optimus Prime clues us in to what the title means, and calls for a new army to help battle the latest threat. That new army’s main player is the Dinobot Grimlock, who is featured on the latest poster and in a few shots below. The humans have little representation in this latest trailer beyond Mark Wahlberg urging faith and his daughter (Nicola Peltz) promising not to leave him. Stanley Tucci screams again, but main baddie Kelsey Grammer and his henchman (Titus Welliver) have faded into the background as the focus here is on the robots. The fourth installment in the multi-billion-dollar franchise opens in 2D, 3D and IMAX on June 27th.

Another look at Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise’s latest action film is currently lost in the summer blockbuster shuffle. It opens in three weeks, but with multiple comic book movies and Godzilla coming before it, few people seem to be talking about it. Maybe this IMAX trailer will create some buzz. Doug Liman, returning to the more action-filled filmmaking of The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, directs this adaptation of Hiroshi Sakuraska’s All You Need Is Kill with Cruise starring as Lt. Col. Bill Cage, a newbie soldier who teams up with Emily Blunt’s Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski to battle some nasty aliens. Noah Taylor leads a strong supporting cast that includes Bill Paxton, Jeremy Piven, Brendan Gleeson, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Edge of Tomorrow heads to 2D, 3D and IMAX theaters on June 6, 2014.

Who would want to kill a priest?

Early reviews for Calvary, writer-director John Michael McDonagh’s follow-up to 2011‘s The Guard, have been very good. The new film is another showcase for actor Brendan Gleeson, who plays Father James, a good priest in a small Irish town. During confession, an unknown man tells Father James that he plans to kill him in a week’s time. As the priest prepares for death and seeks to discover the identity of the man who is threatening him, his daughter (Kelly Reilly) pays him a visit. Chris O'Dowd, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz have supporting roles in Calvary. Look for it in select theaters beginning August 1st.

The Hundred-Foot Journey joins summer's crowded menu

Helen Mirren stars in this bit of summer counter-programming based on Richard C. Morais’ best-selling novel about an Indian family opening a restaurant in a small town in the south of France, right across the street from a Michelin-starred restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Mirren). Om Puri and Manish Dayal star as the proprietor father and the talented chef son of Maison Mumbai, and Lasse Hallström, who received his worst Metascore for his most recent film, the Nicolas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven, directs for producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey. The Hundred-Foot Journey comes to theaters on August 8th.

The devil in New York City

In Deliver Us From Evil, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramírez) to 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 plays Bana’s wife, and Sean Harris and Joel McHale have supporting roles in the film, which opens July 2nd.

V/H/S Viral

In this third installment in the V/H/S horror anthology series, fame-obsessed teens wanting to jump on the viral video fad discover that they are the stars of the latest internet sensation, though it doesn't quite turn out to be the positive experience they were expecting. Directing segments this time around are The ABCs of Death veterans Nacho Vigalondo and Marcel Sarmiento, Justin Benson (Resolution), Todd Lincoln (The Apparition) and Gregg Bishop (Dance of the Dead). V/H/S Viral will try to top V/H/S and V/H/S/2 sometime this fall.

Good People

In this thriller, Henrik Ruben Genz (Terribly Happy) directs James Franco and Kate Hudson as Tom and Anna Reed, an American couple in London who fall into debt while renovating their house. When they discover that the tenant in the apartment below has left behind a bag of money, they court trouble by not turning it into the police (represented by Tom Wilkinson) and instead use it to get out of debt. But when a man (Omar Sy) comes looking for it, Tom and Anna begin to regret their choice. Good People will be released sometime in 2014.

And So It Goes

Rob Reiner directs Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in this story of a selfish realtor who becomes a better man thanks to the influence of a few good women—his neighbor (Keaton), his granddaughter (Sterling Jerins), and his co-worker (Frances Sternhagen). Scripted by Mark Andrus (As Good As It Gets), And So It Goes comes to theaters on July 11th.

In brief ...

  • Check out the first photo of Ben Affleck as Batman and the new Batmobile here.
  • The Point Break remake, now starring Edgar Ramirez (instead of Gerard Butler) as Bodhi, will open on August 7, 2015.
  • A new Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will come to theaters on November 18, 2016. There's no word yet on a director or cast.
  • The Campaign stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis will re-team for Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Daniel Asa Rose's comedic memoir Larry's Kidney. Ferrell will play the author, who took his cousin to China to get a kidney transplant. - The Wrap
  • Michael Fassbender is in talks to star in Derek Cianfrance’s adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s novel The Light Between Oceans. - THR
  • Ridley Scott is in talks to direct The Martian with Matt Damon starring as an astronaut trying to return home after being stranded on Mars. - Variety
  • Tom Hardy will star in Kathryn Bigelow’s adaptation of Anand Giridharadas’ non-fiction book The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas. Yes, it's another post-9/11, terrorism-related story, though this time on a much smaller scale. - The Wrap
  • Sorry Taylor Kitsch: Channing Tatum will be playing Gambit. - Total Film
  • Alcon Entertainment has an offer out to Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Deckard in the planned Blade Runner sequel.
  • Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) will direct Zach Galifianakis (who’s attached) and Paul Rudd (who’s in talks) in the comedy Will. - Variety
  • Sleeping with Other People, writer-director Leslye Headland’s follow-up to Bachelorette, will star Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, and Natasha Lyonne.
  • Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul will star alongside Colin Firth in Gavin Hood’s drone warfare thriller Eye in the Sky. - THR
  • Octavia Spencer will play Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction, in Insurgent. - Deadline
  • Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Margot Robbie, and Matthias Schoenaerts will star in I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino’s untitled thriller set on the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria. - Variety
  • Billy Ray (Breach) will direct Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow in the remake of The Secret in Their Eyes. - THR
  • Noomi Rapace will star with Will Smith in the Julius Onah-directed and David Koepp-scripted adaptation of Marcus Sakey’s novel Brilliance. - Deadline
  • Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) is in talks to join Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in Woman in Gold. Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) will direct the tale of a Holocaust survivor trying to get back her family’s possessions from the Austrian government. - THR
  • Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller have joined Tom Hiddleston in Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of JG Ballard’s High-Rise. - Screen Daily
  • Nicolas Cage will star in director Uli Edel’s Pay the Ghost, the story of a professor whose 8-year-old son disappears during a Halloween parade. - Variety
  • Nicolas Winding Refn is in talks to make the horror film The Bringing his follow-up to Only God Forgives. - Deadline
  • Anthony Mackie is in talks to join Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50 director Jonathan Levine’s comedy about three friends who reunite to go out each Christmas Eve. - The Wrap
  • Mary Steenburgen has joined Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, and Emma Thompson in A Walk in the Woods. Ken Kwapis will direct the adaptation of Bill Bryson’s memoir instead of Larry Charles. - Deadline
  • Could Lars von Trier’s next project be a horror film set in Detroit? - Indiewire

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