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One last look at Batman v. Superman
Batman is the focus of the final trailer for the March 25 release Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Warner Bros. and DC Comics hope to match the success of Disney and Marvel, just with fewer jokes. Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is back, as is Henry Cavill as Superman in a story that finds him facing off against the Caped Crusader, played by Ben Affleck. Also in the mix are Jesse Eisenberg as a surprisingly long-haired but obviously cunning Lex Luthor, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred.
Festival hit The Lobster is finally headed to theaters
In Dogtooth and Alps director Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English-language feature, Colin Farrell plays David, a divorcé who must check into a hotel where he has 45 days to find a mate—or else he will be turned into the animal of his choice (the lobster of the title). John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, and Lanthimos regular Angeliki Papoulia play other singles, and Rachel Weisz is a potential mate who has escaped and lives in the forest amongst the Loners. The March 11 release earned excellent reviews at Cannes, where it won the Jury Prize last year.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Dirty Grandpa proved that Aubrey Plaza cannot save every raunchy comedy starring Zac Efron. But she’s going to try again this summer, with a little help from Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine. In a comedy from Neighbors writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien and director Jake Szymanski (7 Days in Hell), hard-partying brothers Mike and Dave (DeVine and Efron) place an online ad to find dates for their sister’s wedding, only to find a pair of women (Plaza and Kendrick) who party even harder. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates heads to theaters on July 8th.
Hardcore Henry only seems like a videogame movie
Titled Hardcore when it premiered to mixed reviews in Toronto last year, Russian director Ilya Naishuller's debut feature is first-person shooter cinema. Filmed with body-mounted GoPro cameras, the movie plays out from the POV of a super-soldier named Henry, who is racing to save his wife (Haley Bennet) from a super-villain with telekinetic powers. A scientist named Jimmy, played by Sharlto Copley in various guises, is Henry’s only help. Catch Hardcore Henry in theaters on April 8th.
The Brothers Grimsby
In Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy The Brothers Grimsby, MI6’s most dangerous spy is reunited with his English football hooligan brother. Mark Strong plays Sebastian, the deadly assassin, alongside Baron Cohen’s Nobby, a father of 9 children living in the English fishing town of Grimsby. Another comedic take on the spy genre, this Louis Leterrier– (Now You See Me) directed film comes to theaters on March 11th with Rebel Wilson, Ian McShane, Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher, Penélope Cruz, Scott Adkins, Rory Keenan, Gabourey Sidibe, and Tamsin Egerton in supporting roles.
The Purge: Election Year
The Purge: Election Year further expands on the world established in 2013’s The Purge and 2014’s The Purge: Anarchy. Two years later, we catch up with Frank Grillo’s Sergeant, now fully named Leo Barnes and the head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), who opposes Purge Night. Surely, her views will only strengthen when the pair must survive the night on the streets of Washington D.C. Writer-director James DeMonaco, the creator of this ever-evolving alternate America, returns, as does Edwin Hodge, while Mykelti Williamson joins the cast.
Sister Queens go to war
The latest trailer for the Snow White and The Huntsman prequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War is notable for the sight of Emily Blunt riding a polar bear, as well as sketching the origins of Blunt’s Ice Queen Freya (she lost a child), Charlize Theron’s Queen Ravenna (she was always evil and determined to be fairest of them all), and Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain’s warriors (raised to fight by Freya as substitute children). But really, this April 22 release is all about the visual effects by director (and the first film’s VFX supervisor) Cedric Nicolas-Troyan.
Kevin Costner is a Criminal
In Criminal, Kevin Costner plays a death-row inmate who has a dead CIA operative's memories and skills implanted into his brain. Ariel Vromen’s action-heavy follow-up to The Iceman has an excellent cast that includes Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot, Alice Eve, and Ryan Reynolds. Look for it in theaters April 15th.
What's wrong with Mr. Right?
Despite the lovability of its stars Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, critics were not kind to Mr. Right when it premiered in Toronto last year. Maybe screenwriter Max Landis (American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein) is to blame, or the fault could lie in Paco Cabezas’ (Rage) direction. The April 8 release stars Kendrick as the unlucky-in-love Martha, who falls for Francis (Rockwell), a hitman who’s being hunted by multiple parties including James Ransone, RZA, and an FBI agent played by Tim Roth.
Another look at Tina Fey in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Based on the book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot stars Tina Fey as Barker in this comedic look at her time reporting in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Focus, Crazy Stupid Love) from a script by 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt writer Robert Carlock, the March 4 release has a strong supporting cast that includes Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Sheila Vand, and Alfred Molina,
A Bigger Splash
I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Jacques Deray’s 1969 film La Piscine stars Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts as a famous rock star and her lover of six years. Their idyllic Italian island vacation is interrupted by an old flame (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson). A Bigger Splash earned good reviews (as well as some boos) when it premiered in Venice last year. Look for it in select theaters beginning May 13th.
Mr. Marshall returns with Mother’s Day
How many more holidays are left on the calendar for Gary Marshall to use as inspiration for a light ensemble comedy? With any luck, not too many more, since three already looks to be about three too many. Following Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve is Mother’s Day, starring Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, Sarah Chalke, Hector Elizondo, Jon Lovitz, Aasif Mandvi, Timothy Olyphant, Shay Mitchell, and Margo Martindale. Look for it in theaters on April 29th, the week before Mother’s Day (May 8th).
Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) directs The Program, a look at the Lance Armstrong story from the perspective of journalist David Walsh (Chris O’Dowd), whose book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong was the basis for John Hodge’s script. This March 18 release earned generally good reviews in Toronto, where Ben Foster as Armstrong and Jesse Plemons as Floyd Landis earned the majority of the praise.
Drake Doremus tackles sci-fi in Equals
The latest from director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Breathe In) is a futuristic love story set in a world where emotions are genetically suppressed. Scripted by Nathan Parker (Moon), the film stars Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult as members of the society who begin to have feelings for each other. When Equals premiered in Venice last year, the film did not work for most critics, despite the leads’ acting chops. It will open in theaters later this year with a cast that also features Guy Pearce, Bel Powley, Kate Lyn Sheil, and Jacki Weaver.
The Super Bowl is always a showcase for new trailers, and this year was no different. In addition to spots for Independence Day: Resurgence, Gods of Egypt, X-Men: Apocalypse and Captain America: Civil War, a first teaser for Matt Damon’s return as super-spy Jason Bourne premiered. See that below, along with the full two-minute trailer for The Jungle Book that expands on the 30 seconds shown during the game.
News and notes
- Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One starring Ben Mendelsohn and Olivia Cooke will now open on March 30, 2018 instead of competing with Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017.
- Transformers 5, 6, and 7 will be released June 23, 2017, June 8, 2018, and June 28, 2019.
- Lupita Nyong’o will star in Intelligent Life, a sci-fi thriller written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. Ava DuVernay is wanted to direct. - Heat Vision
- Charlotte Rampling will play the “scheming Lady Denham” in an adaptation of Jane Austen’s final novel, Sanditon. - Screen Daily
- Amy Schumer has joined Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes and others in the Jason Hall’s adaptation of David Finkel’s book Thank You For Your Service. - Deadline
- Danny McBride is in talks to join Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. - TheWrap
- Fresh off his portrayal of Donald Trump, Johnny Depp will star in Universal’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man. - Deadline & Heat Vision
- Director F. Gary Gray wants Charlize Theron to play the villain in Fast 8. - Deadline
- Alexander Payne is attached to direct an adaptation of My Struggle author Karl Ove Knausgaard’s articles for New York Time Magazine—My Saga. - Thompson on Hollywood
- Jennifer Jason Leigh is in talks to join Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson in Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina follow-up Annihilation. - TheWrap
- Martin Campbell will direct his Goldeneye star Pierce Brosnan in an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel Across the River and Into the Trees. - THR
- Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) will co-write and direct The Killing of a Sacred Dear. - Deadline
- Taraji P. Henson with play mathematician Katherine Johnson in St. Vincent director Ted Melfi’s adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly book Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race. - Variety
- Idris Elba and an unknown female lead will replace Charlie Hunnam and Rosamund Pike in the adaptation of Charles Martin’s novel The Mountain Between Us. - THR
- Pablo Trapero (The Clan) will direct David Bar Katz’s adaptation of Mark Seal’s book about imposter Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, The Man In The Rockefeller Suit. - Deadline
- Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are attached to star in a musical comedy that’s in the early stages of development at Universal. - THR
- Robert Schwentke will not direct the final Divergent Series movie after directing The Divergent Series: Insurgent and the March 18 release The Divergent Series: Allegiant. - Deadline
- Bella Heathcote will play Leila, one of Christian Grey’s former lovers, in Fifty Shades Darker. - Variety
- Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried will star in Dito Montiel’s The Clapper. - Deadline
- Keira Knightley and Kate Winslet have joined Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Naomie Harris, and Michael Pena in director David Frankel’s December 16 release Collateral Beauty. - Variety & THR
- Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to play preacher Charles Jacob in Josh Boone’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Revival. - EW
- Xavier Dolan’s first English-language film,The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, will star Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, Thandie Newton, and Kit Harington. - Deadline
- To no one’s surprise, a sequel to Deadpool is already in development. - Heat Vision
- Daniel Radcliffe will play Yossi Ghinsberg in Jungle. Greg McLean (Wolf-Creek) will direct from a script by Justin Monjo based on Ghinsberg’s memoir. - THR
- Michael Mann revealed a new cut of Blackhat on Wednesday night. Criticwire compiled some reactions.