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Now this is the Batman movie you want to see
One of the breakout characters of 2014‘s The LEGO Movie was Batman, voiced by Will Arnett. All bluster, ego and darkness, LEGO Batman was a clever comedic twist on Christopher Nolan’s version of the Dark Knight. With the aptly titled The LEGO Batman Movie, the brick version of the Caped Crusader gets his own movie, though he does need to call on a few friends to help him fight The Joker, voiced by Zach Galifianakis. Directed by Chris McKay, this February 10, 2017 release features voice work by Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Michael Cera as Robin, and Rosario Dawson as Batgirl.
Previously titled Arms and the Dudes and based on a 2011 Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson, War Dogs stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as two friends who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. military contracts. They start small, but when they’re awarded a $300 million contract, they find themselves in over their heads. Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and featuring Ana de Armas and Bradley Cooper, War Dogs hits theaters on August 19th.
Crowe and Gosling are The Nice Guys
After co-writing and directing Iron Man 3, Shane Black has returned with a film that more closely resembles his first directorial effort, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, The Nice Guys follows private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) as they reluctantly work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. The cast of the May 20 release also includes Matt Bomer, Kim Basinger, and Margaret Qualley.
On April 20th, 2010, the world’s largest man-made disaster occurred on the Deepwater Horizon, an oil-drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. With Deepwater Horizon, director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) tells the story of the men and women whose heroism would save many on board and change everyone’s lives forever. Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand, the September 30 release stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Kate Hudson, Gina Rodriguez, and Dylan O’Brien.
Love & Friendship
Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Damsels in Distress) reunites his The Last Days of Disco stars Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny for this adaptation of Jane Austen’s early novella, Lady Susan. Beckinsale plays the book's titular character, a widow scheming to find suitors for herself and her daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark). Sevigny plays an American who is Beckinsale’s best (and maybe only) friend. Love & Friendship earned very good reviews when it premiered at Sundance and has a strong supporting cast that includes Stephen Fry as Sevigny’s husband and Tom Bennet as a rich but dim-witted potential husband. Look for it in select theaters May 13th.
Bridget Jones’s Baby
Fans waited 14 years for another Big Fat Greek Wedding on the big screen, so a mere 12 years for a new Bridget Jones story isn’t too bad. While the first two films—2001‘s Bridget Jones’s Diary and 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason—were based on novels by Helen Fielding, this September 16 release has had at least three writers–Fielding, One Day author David Nicholls, and Emma Thompson (who also has a role in the film). While Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are back as Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy, Hugh Grant‘s Daniel Cleaver has been replaced by Patrick Dempsey’s billionaire American, Jack Qwant. In Bridget Jones’s Baby, Bridget finds herself expecting but unsure of who the baby’s father is.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
The latest trailer for the Snow White and The Huntsman prequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War is as confusing as the first two, but it does sketch 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.
Ewan McGregor is Jesus (and the Devil)
Coming to select theaters May 13th is Last Days in the Desert, writer-director Rodrigo Garcia’s (Albert Nobbs and Mother and Child) take on the final days of Jesus’s 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert. Ewan McGregor plays both Yeshua (the Hebrew pronunciation of Jesus) and the Devil that taunts him. His struggle involves the fate of a family—a father (Ciaran Hinds), a son (Tye Sheridan) and a dying mother (Ayelet Zurer).
Streaming soon on Netflix
Netflix has two more original feature films coming to its streaming service soon. Special Correspondents (April 29th), written and directed by and starring Ricky Gervais, tells the story of a radio journalist (Eric Bana) and his technician (Gervais) who fake their own kidnapping. The Do-Over (May 27th) is the second of Adam Sandler’s four-picture deal (The Ridiculous 6 being the first). It stars Sandler, David Spade, Paula Patton, Luis Guzman and Nick Swardson and follows a bank manager who is manipulated into faking his own death by an old friend.
Papa: Hemingway in Cuba follows journalist Denne Bart Petitclerc (Giovanni Ribisi) as he witnesses Ernest Hemingway’s (Adrian Sparks) decline into depression and alcoholism during the Cuban revolution. Find it in select theaters on April 29th.
Men & Chicken stars Mads Mikkelsen and David Dencik as socially-challenged siblings whose search for their true father takes them to the small, insular Danish island of Ork, where they discover they have half-brothers. Look for it in select theaters April 22nd.
News and notes
- Lake Bell (In a World...) will write, direct and star in What’s the Point?, a comedy about marriage that also stars Ed Helms. - THR
- Margot Robbie is attached to play Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, a re-telling of the infamous Olympic figure skater’s life story. - Deadline
- David Sandberg (director of the upcoming July 22 release Lights Out) will helm the sequel to 2014’s Annabelle. - Variety
- Paul McCartney has joined Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. - Deadline
- Michael Stuhlbarg is in talks to join Octavia Spencer and Sally Hawkins in Guillermo del Toro’s new movie, a love story set during the Cold War. - Heat Vision
- Taylor Kitsch will star in and direct Pieces from a script he wrote about three friends from Detroit who intercept a drug run. - Deadline
- Michael Ealy will star in a new take on Adrian Lyne’s Jacob’s Ladder. - Variety
- Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, and Jason Mitchell are in talks to star in an adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s post-WWII novel Mudbound for director Dee Rees (Pariah). - Variety
- In 44, Kevin James will play a “44-year-old father of four from Tennessee who returned to college to complete his degree and fulfill a lifelong dream of playing collegiate football.” - THR