Film Friday (8/15): This Week's New Movies & Trailers

  • Publish Date: August 15, 2014
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Opening this weekend

Nationwide releases
46 The Giver PG-13 SCI-FI/DRAMA Trailer
Phillip Noyce (Salt) directs an adaptation of Lois Lowry's Newbery-winning novel about a utopian (or is it dystopian?) future society. Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, and Meryl Streep star.
35 The Expendables 3 PG-13 ACTION Trailer
[PICTURED] Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) takes over directing duties for the third installment in Sylvester Stallone's increasingly expendable action franchise. The disturbingly large cast includes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Victor Ortiz, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Antonio Banderas, Robert Davi, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, and Harrison Ford.
27 Let's Be Cops R ACTION/COMEDY Trailer
[Opened Wednesday] Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. star in what would be a typical (though far below-average) buddy-cop comedy were it not for one thing: neither character is a real cop.
91 Level Five NR FOREIGN/DOCUMENTARY – First U.S. release of 1997 film  
Limited releases
79 Abuse of Weakness NR FOREIGN/DRAMA  
The latest from controversial French director Catherine Breillat is a semi-autobiographical tale about a filmmaker (Isabelle Huppert) who suffers a stroke and falls victim to a con man.
77 Mission Blue NR DOCUMENTARY  
This quirky British dramedy is loosely based on a period of author Jon Ronson's life (he co-wrote the script) spent in an oddball band with musician/comedian Chris Sievey, who performed (wearing a giant, papier-mâché head) as Frank Sidebottom. The Sundance hit stars Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
76 The Trip to Italy NR COMEDY  
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite with director Michael Winterbottom for a sequel to 2011's comedic travelogue The Trip. Once again the two comedians hit the road to enjoy world-class food, beautiful scenery, and dueling Michael Caine impressions.
71 Cheatin' NR ANIMATION  
71 We Are Mari Pepa NRFOREIGN/DRAMA  
68 Jealousy NR FOREIGN/DRAMA  
67 Dinosaur 13 PG DOCUMENTARY iTunes Amazon
One of the best-reviewed docs to debut at Sundance this year, Dinosaur 13 examines the decade-long battle among competing interests for the rights to a T. Rex fossil.
54 Life After Beth R HORROR/COMEDY  
Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan star in this zombie rom-dramedy, the directorial debut of I Heart Huckabees co-writer Jeff Baena.
54 A Will for the Woods NR DOCUMENTARY  
47 Fort McCoy R DRAMA  
40 I Am Happiness on Earth NR FOREIGN/DRAMA  
37 Coldwater NR THRILLER iTunes Amazon
30 Jake Squared R COMEDY/DRAMA iTunes Amazon
20 The Word NR DRAMA  
8 Septic Man R HORROR iTunes Amazon

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New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Johnny Depp's moustache stars in spy comedy Mortdecai

Johnny Depp reunites with his Secret Window director David Koepp in a movie with a completely different tone than their first collaboration. Depp plays the title character in this Eric Aronson-scripted adaptation of The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery by Kyril Bonfiglioli and Craig Brown (who wrote the last chapter after Bonfiglioli’s passing) in which the titular art dealer races to track down a stolen painting that could lead to Nazi gold. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Paul Bettany, Jeff Goldblum, Aubrey Plaza, and Oliver Platt have supporting roles. Mortdecai opens on February 6, 2015.

Revenge of the Green Dragons

Coming to theaters in October after a 30-day run on DirecTV beginning September 11th, Revenge of the Green Dragons follows brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) as they try to survive 1980s New York by joining Chinatown gang The Green Dragons. But when a woman (Shuya Chang) comes between them, Sonny seeks revenge on the gang that had once provided him shelter. Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Andrew Loo co-direct from a script by Loo and Michael DiJiacomo based on Frederick Dannen's New Yorker article about Asian-American gang life in 1980s and '90s New York City.

Kristen Stewart spends time at Camp X-Ray

In Camp X-Ray, Kristen Stewart plays a guard at Guantanamo Bay who forms an unlikely friendship with a prisoner (A Separation’s Peyman Moaadi). When it premiered at Sundance this year, writer-director Peter Sattler’s feature debut received mixed reviews, but Stewart’s performance was roundly praised. Look for it in select theaters beginning October 17th.


William H. Macy’s feature directorial debut stars Billy Crudup as Sam, a former advertising executive whose life is knocked off course by the sudden death of his son. When he discovers that his son wrote songs, he begins to perform them with a young musician played by Anton Yelchin, leading to bigger and better things for both of them. Rudderless also stars Felicity Huffman, Jamie Chung, Selena Gomez, and Laurence Fishburne, and the film earned good reviews when it premiered at Sundance this year. Look for it on VOD and in theaters on October 17th.

Two Night Stand

In Max Nichols’ directorial debut, Analeigh Tipton and Miles Teller play Megan and Alec, two 20-something New Yorkers whose one-night stand gets extended thanks to a blizzard. Stuck inside for the day, and with the encouragement of her friends played by Jessica Szohr and Kid Cudi, Megan decides to get to know Alec a little better. Two Night Stand comes to select theaters next Friday.

Before Nicole Kidman goes to sleep

Writer-director Rowan Jaffe’s (Brighton Rock) adaptation of S.J. Watson's best-selling novel Before I Go to Sleep stars Nicole Kidman as an amnesiac who wakes every morning with no memory due to a traumatic accident in her past. When terrifying new truths begin to emerge, she begins to question everything she’s told about her life and everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and her husband (Colin Firth). Before I Go to Sleep opens in the U.S. on October 31st.

Nicholas Sparks is back

James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan star in the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Best of Me. They play Dawson and Amanda, former high school sweethearts (Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato play the young couple) who reunite at a friend’s funeral after being apart for 20 years. But past actions and bad guys in pick-up trucks still threaten the couple. Gerald McRaney and Jon Tenney have supporting roles, and Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) directs. Look for it in theaters beginning October 17th.

Short takes

Total Film has the first trailer for the Sundance horror hit The Babadook.

No No: A Dockumentary tells the story of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, who is quite possibly the only major-leaguer to throw a no-hitter while high on LSD. Look for it on VOD beginning September 2nd and in select theaters September 5th.

Coming to VOD and theaters on October 10th, horror film The Canal stars Rupert Evans as a man who becomes the main suspect in his wife’s disappearance. Did he murder her, or is there a connection to a 1902 murder? ShockTillYouDrop has the trailer.

News and notes

  • The sequel to Godzilla will hit theaters on June 8, 2018.
  • Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, will get a limited award-qualifying release on December 25th.
  • The release date for Fury, starring Brad Pitt, has been moved up to October 17th.
  • Paramount plans to unleash Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 on June 3, 2016.
  • Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, and Kevin James, will open on July 24, 2015.
  • The Power Rangers will return to theaters on July 22, 2016.
  • Lizzy Caplan will play Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s love interest opposite Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie in Jonathan Levine’s Untitled Christmas Eve Movie. - THR
  • Naomi Harris will play a social worker helping Jake Gyllenhaal and his daughter in the Antoine Fuqua-directed, Kurt Sutter-scripted Southpaw. - Deadline
  • Marvel is developing a big-screen adaptation of The Inhumans. - Collider
  • Mike Epps is the favorite to play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels’ planned biopic. - Deadline
  • Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) will play Frankenstein author Mary Shelley opposite Jeremy Irvine as Percy Shelley in Mary Shelley’s Monster. - Deadline
  • Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire) are writing competing scripts for Warner Bros.’ Aquaman. - Heat Vision
  • James Ransone will reprise his Sinister role and be joined by Shannyn Sossamon in Sinister 2. - Deadline
  • Gal Gadot will play Ryan Reynolds’ wife opposite Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Alice Eve, and Tommy Lee Jones in director Ariel Vromen’s thriller Criminal. - Heat Vision
  • Tom Hiddleston is wanted for the lead in Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of Ben-Hur, coming to theaters February 26, 2016. - Deadline
  • Jack Huston has joined Lily James, Sam Riley, and Bella Heathcote in Burr Steers’ adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. - Deadline
  • Check out parts 1, 2, and 3 of Pitchfork’s five-part making-of series for Stuart Murdoch’s feature debut, God Help the Girl.

Comments (1)

  • FleshWorld  

    Both the expendables three and let's be cops are much better than the credit average would lead you to believe. There's a lot of joy and laughter and both of those films.

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