Film Friday (3/9): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: March 9, 2018
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Following Juno and Young Adult, the third collaboration between director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody stars Charlize Theron as Marlo, a mother of three. Her newborn pushes her to the breaking point until Tully (Mackenzie Davis), a night nurse, arrives to ease her burden. With very good reviews from its Sundance premiere, Tully hits theaters April 20th.

Here's that Mary Poppins sequel you've been asking for ...

Mary Poppins Returns is set in 1930s London, where Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) Banks are now grown up. After Michael suffers a tragedy, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt, taking over the role Julie Andrews made famous in 1964) returns to help the Banks family with the aid of a street lamplighter played by Lin-Manuel Miranda. This December 25 release directed by Rob Marshall will also introduce new characters from PL Travers’ books, including Meryl Streep’s Topsy and Angela Lansbury’s Balloon Lady.

... and yet another visit from The Grinch

Benedict Cumberbatch voices the Grinch in this new animated adventure for one of Dr. Seuss’s classic creations. Directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney (The Secret Life of Pets), The Grinch will reveal more about the Grinch’s home, his relationship with his dog, Max, and, of course, his plan to steal Christmas from his neighbors in Who-ville. Look for it in theaters November 9th.

Your favorite Workaholics head to Netflix

In Game Over, Man!, the stars of TV's Workaholics (Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson) play childhood friends who find themselves becoming action heroes when the hotel where they work is taken over by terrorists. Coming to Netflix on March 23rd, the comedy also stars Neal McDonagh, Jillian Bell, Aya Cash, and Utkarsh Ambudkar.

Hello again, Christopher Robin

Coming on the heels of the disappointing Goodbye Christopher Robin, the August 3 release Christopher Robin stars Ewan McGregor as the title character. All grown up with a job and a family, Christopher encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh and rediscovers the joys of life. Directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, World War Z), Christopher Robin stars Hayley Atwell and features the voices of Jim Cummings, Chris O’Dowd, and Toby Jones.


Wim Wenders directs Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy in this adaptation of J.M. Ledgard’s novel about a British agent (McAvoy) and a bio-mathematician (Vikander) who fall in love before being torn apart by their jobs. He’s imprisoned in Somalia, while she goes on a deep-see dive to explore the origin of life. (You know, your typical relationship drama.) With mixed early reviews, Submergence arrives in theaters April 13th.

The Seagull

Saoirse Ronan stars in this adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Directed by Michael Mayer, the story captures the romantic entanglements of an aging actress (Annette Bening), her son (Billy Howle), his love interest (Ronan) and her crush, a famous novelist played by Corey Stoll. The Seagull opens on May 11th.


Ryan Prows’ feature directing debut has earned good early reviews. The story of a fallen Mexican wrestler, an ex-con with a face tattoo, and a recovering junkie in search of a kidney, Lowlife captures how a ruthless crime boss connects these three miscreants. Look for it on demand and in select theaters beginning April 6th.

The House of Tomorrow

Director Peter Livolsi adapts Peter Bognanni’s best-selling novel about sheltered 16-year-old Sebastian Prendergast. Having spent most of his life with his Nana, who hopes to raise him as a protege of her former mentor Buckminster Fuller, Sebastian begins sneaking around with the punk-obsessed Jared (Alex Wolff) and his teenage sister Meredith (Maude Apatow). The House of Tomorrow opens in select theaters April 27th.


Writer-director Lucrecia Martel’s new film comes nine years after her much praised The Headless Woman. An adaptation of Antonio Di Benedetto’s 1956 novel about Don Diego de Zama, a clerk for the Spanish empire whose main desire is to be transferred from his outpost in what is now Paraguay, Zama has received excellent early reviews. Find it in select theaters beginning April 13th.

Short takes

Coming to select theaters on May 4th, RBG details the life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The film earned good reviews when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

Coming to VOD and select theaters next Friday, Furlough stars Tessa Thompson, Melissa Leo, Anna Paquin and Whoopi Goldberg in a comedy from director Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby).

The documentary Take Your Pills chronicles the impact of Adderall and other prescription stimulants on America. Find it on Netflix next Friday.

Nicolas Cage stars in the dystopian action-thriller The Humanity Bureau. Find it on VOD and in select theaters April 6th.

News and notes

  • Mackenzie Davis is in talks to star in director Tim Miller’s sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to the franchise. - Variety
  • David Chase will produce and co-write The Many Saints of Newark, a feature film prequel to his groundbreaking HBO series The Sopranos that will take place during the Newark riots of 1967 and feature some characters from the series. - Deadline
  • Vin Diesel will star in the adaptation of the Valiant comic book series Bloodshot. Dave Wilson will direct from a script by Eric Heisserer (Arrival). - Deadline
  • Tiffany Haddish will star with Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick in Tyler Perry’s comedy The List, coming to theaters November 2nd. - Variety
  • Michael Bay’s next film will be 6 Underground, from a script written by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. He’s also in talks to take over Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse. - Variety
  • Jon Favreau will produce and write a live-action Star Wars television series for Disney’s upcoming (still untitled) streaming service. -
  • Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode, and Matt Smith have joined Keira Knightley in Official Secrets, the story of whistleblower Katharine Gun. - Variety
  • Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) will direct a remake of Logan’s Run based on a script by Peter Craig. - Deadline
  • Lily James is in talks to star in Danny Boyle’s music-themed comedy. - THR
  • Elizabeth Banks will star in a horror film directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive) and produced by James Gunn. - Deadline
  • Ry Russo-Young (Before I Fall) will direct Yara Shahidi in The Sun Is Also a Star, an adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s bestselling YA novel. - THR
  • John Travolta will play a stalker in Moose, the new movie from Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. - Variety

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