Film Friday (12/8): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: December 8, 2017
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New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Four years after the events of Jurassic World, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to Isla Nublar in an attempt to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from the island’s erupting volcano. Directed by J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom features James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, and Isabella Sermon, as well as the return of BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum. Find it in theaters everywhere on June 22, 2018.

You Were Never Really Here

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Joaquin Phoenix won best actor, and writer-director Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk about Kevin) took home a share of the best screenplay award for their work on You Were Never Really Here. Adapted from Jonathan Ames' novella, the April 6, 2018 release stars Phoenix as a traumatized veteran who specializes in finding young girls kidnapped into sex slavery.

Lean on Pete

When it premiered at the Venice Film Festival, writer-director Andrew Haigh’s latest film proved to be more divisive than his previous two features, 45 Years and Weekend. Adapted from Willy Vlautin’s 2010 novel, Lean on Pete stars Charlie Plummer as Charley Thompson, a 15-year-old who moves to Portland, Oregon with his single father. While working at a local racetrack, Charley forms a bond with an aging horse bound for slaughter, leading him to escape with his new friend across the American wilderness in search of his aunt. The March 30, 2018 release features Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel, and Steve Zahn in supporting roles.

7 Days in Entebbe

7 Days in Entebbe dramatizes the events of Operation Entebbe, a 1976 counter-terrorist rescue by Israel Defense Forces. On June 27, an Air France plane was hijacked by four people who hoped to secure the release of Palestinian prisoners. Diverting the plane to Entebbe, Uganda, the hijackers separated the Israeli hostages and waited for their demands to be met. José Padilha (RoboCop) directs Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, and Eddie Marsan in this March 16, 2018 release.

Summer 1993

Spain’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards premiered to good reviews at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won Best First Feature. Co-written and directed by Carla Simon, Summer 1993 follows six-year-old orphan Frida as she moves in with her aunt and uncle and adjusts to her new environment. Look for it in select theaters in the spring of 2018.


In Flower, Zoey Deutch plays Erica Vandross, a rebellious 17-year-old who exposes her high school teacher’s kinky secrets. Directed by Max Winkler from a script he wrote with Alex McAulay and Matt Spicer, this March 16, 2018 release earned mixed reviews when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The strong ensemble features Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott, Tim Heidecker, Joey Morgan, and Dylan Gelula.

Please Stand By

Coming to theaters January 26, 2018, Please Stand By stars Dakota Fanning as a young autistic woman who runs away to Los Angeles to submit her Star Trek script to a writing competition. Written by Michael Golamco and directed by Ben Lewin (The Sessions), the film’s strong supporting cast includes Alice Eve, Toni Colette, Tony Revolori, and Patton Oswalt.

Short takes

Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens star in Permission, a look at what happens to a couple when they open up their relationship. Look for it in select theaters February 9, 2018.

Coming to select theaters January 12, 2018, Saturday Church tells the story of 14-year-old Ulysses, who finds a home at a program for LGBTQ youth.

The documentary Killing for Love chronicles the murder trial of Elizabeth Haysom and Jens Soering, who were accused of killing Elizabeth’s parents. Find it on VOD and in select theaters next Friday.

News and notes

  • Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs will open the 2018 Berlin Film Festival on February 15th before debuting in theaters on March 23rd.
  • Quentin Tarantino pitched an R-rated Star Trek movie to Paramount and J.J. Abrams. He would not write the film, but he might direct, after he completes work on his 9th film, which comes to theaters August 9, 2019. - Deadline
  • After being fired from Bohemian Rhapsody and vacating his offices on the Twentieth Century Fox lot, director Bryan Singer was accused of sexual assault in a new lawsuit. Director Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) will replace Singer on the Freddie Mercury biopic. - Heat Vision & Variety
  • Sverrir Gudnason (Borg/McEnroe) will play Mikael Blomquist opposite Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web. - Variety
  • Harry Collett (Dunkirk) will star alongside Robert Downey Jr. in director Stephen Gaghan’s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle. - Variety
  • James Franco will direct and star in a biopic about children’s book author Shel Silverstein. - THR
  • James Mangold will direct an adaptation of Jeffrey Toobin’s book American Heiress, the story of Patty Hearst’s kidnapping. Elle Fanning is in talks to play Hearst. - Variety
  • Ryan Reynolds will provide the voice for Detective Pikachu in Goosebumps director Rob Letterman’s live action Pokemon movie. - Heat Vision
  • Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch (Starry Eyes) will direct a remake of Pet Sematary. Look for it in theaters April 19, 2019. - Variety
  • Courtney B. Vance has joined Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges in director Peter Hedges’ Ben Is Back. - THR
  • Fox 2000 and Temple Hill are developing John Green’s new book Turtles All the Way Down. - THR
  • André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) will direct the adaptation of Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. - Deadline
  • Of 170 submitted films, 15 have made the Oscar Documentary Feature shortlist.
  • The American Film Institute and critic organizations in Detroit and Washington D.C. are among the groups that announced their 2017 film awards this week.

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