Opening this weekend
View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Keanu, Ratchet & Clank, Mother's Day, Viva, The Family Fang, and more.
New trailers and updates for upcoming films
Oliver Stone tackles Snowden
Oliver Stone jumps into the Edward Snowden controversy with Snowden, a look at the personal story of the CIA and NSA worker who exposed the vast illegal surveillance activities of his employers. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Snowden and adopts a unique take on the real man’s voice. Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, and Nicolas Cage also star in this September 16 release.
One last preview of X-Men: Apocalypse
The final trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse sets up the war at the heart of the story. To defeat the powerful Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) and his four horsemen—Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and Angel (Ben Hardy)—Professor X (James McAvoy), Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) recruit and train Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Havok (Lucas Till) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Luckily, they also get some help from Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. The battle begins May 27th.
In writer-director Matt Ross’ follow-up to 28 Hotel Rooms, Viggo Mortensen stars as Ben, a father raising six children off the grid until his bipolar wife commits suicide while in the hospital. Determined to give her the burial she wants, he packs the kids into the family bus to confront his wife’s parents (Frank Langella and Ann Dowd), stopping to see his sister (Kathryn Hahn), brother-in-law (Steve Zahn) and their two kids, who are living a plugged-in life. After earning solid early reviews at Sundance this year, Captain Fantastic hits select theaters July 8th.
Meryl Streep is Florence Foster Jenkins
Coming to theaters August 12th is Florence Foster Jenkins, the true story of the eponymous New York heiress and socialite who believed her singing voice to be beautiful. (In reality, it was awful.) Meryl Streep plays Florence, and Hugh Grant plays her husband, St. Clair Bayfield, who tried to protect her from the truth. Director Stephen Frears’ (Philomena) film has earned good early reviews, especially for the performances of the two leads.
Yes we can ... watch the trailer for Southside With You
Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter star as Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson in writer-director Richard Tanne’s take on what might have happened on the future President and First Lady’s first date. Southside With You received good reviews when it premiered at Sundance. See it in select theaters beginning August 26th.
The return of Carlos Danger
Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Weiner follows Anthony Weiner’s attempt to re-enter politics after the Congressman was exposed in a 2011 sexting scandal. Directors Elyse Steinberg and Josh Kriegman (Weiner’s chief of staff from 2005 to 2006) focus on Weiner’s bid to become Mayor of New York. The film has earned additional interest from pundits because of its portrayal of Huma Abedin, Weiner’s wife and one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides. See it in select theaters May 20th.
Director Justin Chadwick’s follow-up to Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is set in 17th century Amsterdam and tells the story of a married woman, played by Alicia Vikander, who begins an affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) hired to paint her portrait. Based on the novel by Deborah Moggach and adapted by Tom Stoppard, Tulip Fever stars Christoph Waltz as Vikander’s husband as well as Judi Dench, Jack O’Connell, Cara Delevingne, and Zach Galifianakis. Look for it in select theaters beginning July 15th.
Diary of a Chambermaid
Director Benoît Jacquot reunites with his Farewell, My Queen star, Lea Seydoux, for this adaptation of Octave Mirbeau’s 1900 novel. Seydoux plays Célestine, a Parisian chambermaid who finds herself exiled to a position in the provinces where she must deal with her bourgeois mistress (Clotilde Mollet), rebuff the groping advances of Monsieur (Hervé Pierre), and reckon with her feelings for the gardener Joseph (Vincent Lindon). With lukewarm early reviews, Diary of a Chambermaid comes to theaters June 10th.
The Fits, the feature narrative debut of director Anna Rose Holmer, is a psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni (Royalty Hightower), a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati's West End. The film earned very good reviews from its festival showings at Venice and Sundance and comes to select theaters beginning June 3rd.
Kubo and the Two Strings
An August 19 release from the stop-motion animators at Laika, Kubo and the Two Strings tells the story of Kubo, who, with the help of Monkey and Beetle, must find the armor of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. The voice cast includes Art Parkinson (Rickon Stark on Game of Thrones), Charlize Theron, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, and Ralph Fiennes, but as with other Laika films (Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls) the real stars are the animators.
Here’s a retro trailer for writer-director Shane Black’s May 20 release The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.
The documentary Holy Hell examines The Buddhafield, a Los Angeles area spiritual family, from the inside. The group’s official videographer, Will Allen, reveals the truth behind their leader. Look for it in theaters beginning May 27th.
The Duel stars Liam Hemsworth as a Texas Ranger who investigates a series of murders in a small town led by a charismatic preacher played by Woody Harrelson. See it On Demand or in theaters beginning June 24th.
News and notes
- Alicia Vikander will star in director Roar Uthaug’s (The Wave) reboot of Tomb Raider. - Heat Vision
- Dwayne Johnson will star in Jake Kasdan’s remake of Jumanji. - THR
- Maika Monroe, Rosa Salazar and Zendaya are testing for the lead in Robert Rodriguez’s adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel. - Heat Vision
- Stephen Merchant and Richard E. Grant have joined Hugh Jackman in Wolverine 3. - Deadline & Heat Vision
- Vince Vaughn will star in Bone Tomahawk writer-director S. Craig Zahler’s next film, Brawl in Cell Block 99. - THR
- Antonio Campos (Simon Killer, Christine) is in talks to direct a prequel to The Omen. - Heat Vision
- John Curran (Tracks) will direct Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy in Chappaquiddick.
- Katheryn Winnick and Michael Barbieri have joined Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in Nikolaj Arcel’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. - Variety & Deadline
- Paul Rudd will play spy/baseball player Moe Berg in an adaptation of Nicholas Dawidoff’s bestselling book The Catcher Was a Spy. - Deadline
- Will Ferrell was briefly attached to play Ronald Reagan in the planned biopic Reagan, though he has since dropped out of the controversial project. - Variety