Opening this weekend
View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including The 33, My All American, Love the Coopers, By the Sea, James White, and more.
New trailers and updates for upcoming films
Welcome to the world of Warcraft
Director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) takes on the seemingly impossible challenge of making a good movie based on a video game with Warcraft. Coming to theaters June 10, 2016, this adaptation of the gigantic universe of World of Warcraft focuses on Travis Fimmel’s human, Anduin Lothar, and Toby Kebbell’s orc, Durotan. Paula Patton plays Garona, an important figure for both the Alliance and the Horde. With glimpses of Stormwind, Westfall, Elwynn Forest, Frost Wolves and a Gryphon in flight, the trailer hints at the scale of the film.
Pixar's next film returns an old friend
With the critical and commercial success of Inside Out and good early reviews for November 25 release The Good Dinosaur, Pixar has proven its original story chops once again. But for their next film, the animation studio is making a sequel to one of its most beloved films, 2003’s Finding Nemo. Reuniting Nemo (now voiced by Hayden Rolence), Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), Finding Dory depicts a new adventure to discover Dory’s past. Andrew Stanton returns to direct with the additional help of Angus MacLane. Find Dory in theaters beginning June 17, 2016.
The Finest Hours
On February 18, 1952, the SS Pendleton, an oil tanker bound for Boston, was split in two by a a massive nor’easter, stranding 30 sailors inside the sinking stern. When word reached the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, a daring rescue mission was ordered, resulting in the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Capturing this story on film, The Finest Hours is directed by Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm) and stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz and Ben Foster. Look for the film in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on January 29, 2016.
Director John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road, Lawless) has assembled an impressive cast (Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot, Teresa Palmer, Clifton Collins, Jr.) for his cops-as-robbers saga Triple 9. The March 4, 2016 release follows a crew of cops blackmailed by the Russian mob into attempting an impossible heist. The original restricted trailer can be found here, while the new UK trailer is below.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
The surprise 2002 hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding spawned a short-lived TV show, My Big Fat Greek Life, in 2003, and now a second movie. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is due to arrive in theaters on March 25, 2016, almost 14 years after the original went on to gross over $241 million domestically. The story picks up with Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) dealing with their teenage daughter’s (Elena Kampouris) urge to get away from her big Greek family, and the discovery that Toula’s parents were never officially married.
A week before The Night Before
The first reviews for The Night Before will be out Monday. Until then, here’s one more red-band trailer for the comedy starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie as three friends having one last crazy Christmas Eve together before adulthood takes hold. Directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50), the film’s supporting cast includes Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan, Ilana Glazer, Nathan Fielder, Miley Cyrus, Michael Shannon, James Franco, Mindy Kaling, and Kanye West. Find it in theaters next Friday.
This debut feature from director Antoine Bardou-Jacquet follows a CIA agent (Ron Perlman) who, after failing to locate Stanley Kubrick, must instead team up with a seedy rock band manager (Rupert Grint) to pull off the biggest con of all time: staging the moon landing. Moonwalkers, written by Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral), hits theaters January 15, 2016.
Two TV spots debut this week for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Time to dissect some new footage.
Noma: My Perfect Storm takes viewers to the world's top-rated restaurant and into the mind of head chef René Redzepi. Look for it on VOD, Amazon, iTunes and in select theaters beginning December 18th.
Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby play troubled lovers who meet in a psychiatric hospital in Touched With Fire, coming to select theaters February 12th, 2016.
In the French thriller The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun, things get crazy for a secretary who steals her boss’ sports car and visits a seaside town where everyone knows her name even though she swears she’s never been. Find it on VOD, Amazon, iTunes and in theaters beginning December 18.
News and notes
- Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) is in talks to direct Channing Tatum in the X-Men spin-off Gambit. - Heat Vision
- Bong Joon-ho’s next film, Okja, the story of the friendship between and Korean girl and a kind monster named Okja, will be backed by Netflix, with a planned theatrical release in early 2017. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy, and Tilda Swinton. - Variety
- Chloe Moretz will star in a live-action version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. Richard Curtis is in talks to write the script after Sofia Coppola left the project. - Variety
- Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple’s novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette. - TheWrap
- Pilou Asbæk (A Hijacking, Borgen) will play Batou opposite Scarlett Johansson in Rupert Sanders' live-action Ghost in the Shell. - Variety
- Alexandra Daddario, Ashley Benson, Nina Dobrev, Alexandra Shipp, Shelley Hennig, Bianca Santos, and Denyse Tontz are all testing for the female lead in Seth Gordon’s Baywatch adaptation starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. - Deadline
- Brian De Palma will direct Lights Out, “the story of a blind Chinese girl unknowingly caught in a plot to expose a top-secret assassination program.” - Variety
- Director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) is in early talks to replace Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) on Collateral Beauty after the latter left due to creative differences. Will Smith is set to star in the film. - Variety
- Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) is in talks to star with Natalie Portman in Annihilation for director Alex Garland (Ex Machina). - TheWrap
- Scarlett Johansson has expressed interest in starring in Control Alt Delete, a movie based on game designer Zoe Quinn’s memoir Crash Override: How To Save the Internet From Itself, which details her life at the center of Gamergate. - Deadline
- WGA published its list of the 101 Funniest Scripts, and Annie Hall came out on top.