Film Friday (6/5): This Week's New Movie Trailers & News

  • Publish Date: June 5, 2015
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Opening this weekend

View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Spy, Insidious: Chapter 3, Love & Mercy, and more.

New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Spielberg and Hanks reunite for Bridge of Spies

The fourth collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, following Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal, is Spielberg’s first directorial effort since 2012’s Lincoln. Written by Matt Charman and Ethan and Joel Coen, the film follows James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. With a supporting cast that includes Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Scott Shepherd, Sebastian Koch, and Alan Alda, Bridge of Spies opens on October 16th.

Pixar teases The Good Dinosaur

Pixar’s second feature release this year, following June 19’s Inside Out, is The Good Dinosaur, directed by Peter Sohn and written by Enrico Casarosa and Bob Peterson. Following Arlo, an Apatosaurus with a big heart, the film asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? As Arlo roams the Earth, he gains an unlikely companion: a human boy. With a voice cast that includes Judy Greer, Neil Patrick Harris, Bill Hader, Frances McDormand, and John Lithgow, The Good Dinosaur opens in 2D and 3D theaters on November 25th.

A second glimpse at Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation

Tom Cruise goes underwater and into the air, with a little help from Led Zeppelin, in the latest trailer for the fifth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) becomes the fifth director in the series, working from a script by Drew Pearce and Will Staples that pits the IMF against the Syndicate—an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are. Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Ving Rhames all return, and they are joined by Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson, and Simon McBurney. Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation hits 2D and IMAX theaters on July 31st.

Noah Baumbach continues his winning streak with critics

The first collaboration between writer/star Greta Gerwig and writer/director Noah Baumbach, 2013's Frances Ha, was a hit with critics. Now, they're back with Mistress America, which follows Tracy (Lola Kirke), a lonely college freshman in New York, who is seduced by the increasingly crazy schemes of her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Gerwig). The comedy earned excellent reviews when it premiered at Sundance early this year, though another well-reviewed Baumbach film, While We're Young, actually made it to theaters first. Look for Mistress America in select theaters beginning August 14th.

A first look at potential award contender Suffragette

Suffragette, written by Abi Morgan (The Invisible Woman, The Iron Lady) and directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane), stars Carey Mulligan as Maud, a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the UK’s growing suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. With a strong supporting cast that includes Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, and Romola Garai, Suffragette comes to theaters October 23rd.

Dare to take on Everest

Inspired by true events and starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal, Everest follows two expeditions as they attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain. Director Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband, 2 Guns) shot on location in Nepal and in the Italian Alps to try to capture the harrowing experience of scaling Everest. Look for it in 2D, 3D and IMAX theaters on September 18th.

The Griswolds head to Walley World, again

There are plenty of callbacks to the original National Lampoon’s Vacation (the Family Truckster is now a Tartan Prancer, the “Honda of Albania”) in this sequel that finds Rusty (Ed Helms) driving across the country to take the family to Wally World. Christina Applegate plays his wife, and Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins are their kids. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein make their directing debuts after writing Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. With a supporting cast that includes Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as Clark and Ellen Griswold, Leslie Mann as Audrey, plus Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, Regina Hall and Keegan-Michael Key, Vacation arrives in theaters July 31st.

Z for Zachariah

Director Craig Zobel’s follow-up to 2012‘s controversial Compliance is an adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s 1974 book about the last man and woman on Earth. Margot Robbie plays Ann, a religious woman who nurses Chiwetel Ejiofor’s John Loomis, a scientist, back to health. What’s different in Nissar Modi’s script is the arrival of Caleb (Chris Pine), a miner who has survived underground. Z for Zachariah split critics when it premiered at Sundance this year. Look for it in select theaters beginning August 21st.

99 Homes

While Ramin Bahrani’s early films (Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo) scored with critics, he stumbled with At Any Price, his first feature to showcase well-known actors. But his latest film is an improvement. 99 Homes stars Andrew Garfield as a father who goes to work for the ruthless real estate broker (Michael Shannon) who evicted him from his house. The drama earned good reviews when it premiered in Venice last year. Find it in select theaters beginning September 25th.

Short takes

Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, was a hit with most critics at Cannes last month. Here’s the teaser trailer for the UK release. (There's no word yet on an American release date.)

With Ted 2, Seth MacFarlane hopes to rebound from the critical and box office drubbing he took for A Million Ways to Die in the West. Here’s a short new red-band trailer for the June 26 release.

Coming to theaters July 17 is the thriller Lila & Eve, starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez as vigilante mothers who have lost their children.

Matthew Heineman won the Best Director (U.S. Documentary) award at this year's Sundance Film Festival for Cartel Land. Here’s the trailer for the July 3 release.

Coming to select theaters June 26th is the documentary A Murder in the Park, a look at Anthony Porter’s 1983 exoneration at the hands of a Northwestern University journalism professor and his students.

News and notes

  • Following the success of Furious 7, James Wan has signed on to direct Aquaman for Warner Bros. and Robotech for Sony. - Heat Vision
  • Dwayne Johnson will star in a remake of John Carpenter’s cult classic Big Trouble in Little China. - TheWrap
  • Sofia Coppola will not direct the planned live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid due to creative differences. - Deadline
  • Disney has canceled plans to make Tron 3, and this petition probably will not change their minds. - Heat Vision
  • Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) is in talks to re-write and direct Sony Pictures' adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower. - Deadline
  • Clint Eastwood will follow American Sniper with a movie about another real-life hero: Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. - THR
  • Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim (The Square) are working on a documentary about the Sony hack. - THR
  • Michael Bay is attached to direct Wesley Chu’s Time Salvager, a time-travel thriller due to hit bookstores July 7. - TheWrap
  • The remakes keep on coming. The latest two announcements: Sister Act, and a sequence from Fantasia. - THR & Heat Vision
  • Emily Blunt is in talks to star in director Tate Taylor's and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson's adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel The Girl on the Train. - TheWrap

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