Opening this weekend
View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including The Visit, Sleeping With Other People, and Goodnight Mommy.
New trailers and updates for upcoming films
Our Brand Is Crisis
Loosely based on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary Our Brand Is Crisis, the latest from director David Gordon Green (Manglehorn, Joe, Pineapple Express) stars Sandra Bullock as political strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine, who returns from retirement to run the campaign of a Bolivian presidential candidate. With a victory, she will also beat her professional nemesis, Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), who’s coaching the opposition. Our Brand Is Crisis will premiere today at TIFF before opening on October 30th.
Jean-Marc Vallée returns with Demolition
While last night’s premiere was not as well received as Dallas Buyers Club or Wild, Demolition could still be another crowd-pleasing offering from director Jean-Marc Vallée. Early buzz blames Bryan Sipe’s script and not Vallée’s direction or Jake Gyllenhaal’s star turn for the the weaknesses in this film about a grief-stricken investment banker who decides to tear his life down before building it back up. The supporting cast for this April 8, 2016 release includes Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, and Judah Lewis.
A new trailer for early awards favorite Carol
Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt, Todd Haynes’ latest was universally praised by critics at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (leading to its current position as 2015's highest-scoring film), where Rooney Mara was also a surprise Best Actress winner over co-star Cate Blanchett. The film chronicles the love affair of Blanchett’s Carol, a married mother of a young daughter, and Mara’s Therese, a department store clerk. Directed by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven) and also starring Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson, Carol comes to theaters November 20th.
Unbreakable Brie Larson?
Director Lenny Abrahamson’s follow-up to Frank is an adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel about a woman (Brie Larson) and her 5-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who escape the 10-by-10-foot space where they have been trapped since before Jack was born. Scripted by Donoghue and also starring Joan Allen and William H. Macy, Room has earned very good early reviews. Look for it in New York and LA on October 16th and nationwide beginning November 6th.
Critically acclaimed when it premiered at Sundance, James White stars Christopher Abbott as the title character, a troubled New Yorker struggling with the extra responsibility brought on by his mother’s increasingly serious illness. This debut feature by Josh Mond, one third of Borderline films with Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Antonio Campos (Simon Killer), features an excellent supporting cast: Cynthia Nixon, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Ron Livingston, David Call, and Mackenzie Leigh. Look for it in select theaters beginning November 13th.
Sarah Silverman’s smile
Sarah Silverman stars as a suburban housewife and mother struggling with addiction in I Smile Back, director Adam Salky’s adaptation of Amy Koppelman’s novel. The film earned mixed reviews when it premiered at Sundance, but Silverman earned plenty of praise for her performance. With Josh Charles playing the role of Silverman’s husband and Chris Sarandon as her estranged father, I Smile Back comes to select theaters October 23rd.
A Krampus Christmas
When his family clashes over the holidays, Max (Emjay Anthony) turns his back on Christmas, but unbeknownst to him, he has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force intent on punishing non-believers. As holiday icons come to monstrous life, the family (Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Owen and Krista Stadler) must fight for their lives. Directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat), the horror-comedy Krampus hits theaters on December 4th.
While we were away last week, the first trailer for the Will Smith-starring football drama Concussion (coming to theaters December 25th) premiered. Also receiving its first trailer (and reviews) was Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl (a November 27 release), starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.
New looks at Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in Macbeth (December 4) and Idris Elba in Cary Fukunaga’s much-praised Beasts of no Nation (October 16) also hit the internet.
Coming to theaters and VOD November 6th is The Hallow, a horror film that has earned some solid early reviews for first time feature director Corin Hardy.
News and notes
- Christopher Nolan’s mysterious next movie (which doesn't have a title or a plot synopsis yet) will be released on July 21, 2017.
- Ronda Rousey will star in MGM’s planned Road House remake. - Variety
- Michael Fassbender is in talks to star in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy director Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s novel The Snowman. - THR
- Patrick Dempsey has joined Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth in Bridget Jones' Baby. - Deadline
- The Edge of Tomorrow team of Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman are reuniting for Luna Park, a sci-fi action film about a heist on the moon. - Variety
- Jamie Foxx is in talks to join Lily James and Ansel Elgort in Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver. - Deadline
- Heroic Hollywood reports that Marvel wants Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) to play Captain Marvel.
- Danny Boyle hopes to make Trainspotting 2 his next film. John Hodge (Trance) wrote the script based on Irvine Welsh’s book sequel Porno. - Deadline
- Christina Hendricks, Emily Watson, Abbie Cornish, Max Riemelt, and David Kross will star in the World War II drama The Angel Makers for director Jon Amiel. - THR
- Isla Fisher is in talks to join Armie Hammer, Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, and Aaron Taylor Johnson in Nocturnal Animals, Tom Ford’s adaptation of Austin Wright’s 1993 novel, Tony and Susan. - Variety
- McG (3 Days to Kill) will direct the horror-comedy The Babysitter from a Blacklist script by Brian Duffield. - Heat Vision
- Bruce Willis will star with Christopher Meloni and Dave Bautista in the action-thriller Marauders. Steven C. Miller (Silent Night) will direct. - Deadline
- With Kong: Skull Island moving to Warner Bros., the giant gorilla will share the same universe as Godzilla, setting up a possible future showdown. - Heat Vision
- As the The Guardian’s Benjamin Lee learned this week, review scores can be manipulated by clever marketers.
- The Catalina Wine Mixer from Step Brothers is actually happening. It’s the biggest helicopter leasing event in the western hemisphere since 1997. Pow!