Note that Film Friday will not appear next week. It will return on May 20th.
Opening this weekend
View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Captain America: Civil War, Dheepan, A Bigger Splash, and more.
New trailers and updates for upcoming films
A Mother's Day treat?
In honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, here is the first trailer for Bad Moms. The July 29 release stars Mila Kunis as a mom fed up with trying to be perfect. She and two other stressed-out mothers (Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) decide to rebel against convention and challenge the head of the PTA (Christina Applegate) and her cult of perfect moms (Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo). Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (the writers of The Hangover), it has to be better than Mother’s Day and Mothers and Daughters, right?
Now you see another Now You See Me 2 trailer
2013‘s Now You See Me was a surprise hit at the box office, taking in just over $350 million worldwide. So it was inevitable that there would be a second (and now a third) installment. Picking up one year after the events of the original, Now You See Me 2 finds the illusionists dealing with a new enemy while having to pull off their most dangerous heist yet. Isla Fisher won't be back, but Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman all return, and Daniel Radcliffe (playing Caine’s son) and Lizzy Caplan join the fun. Jon M. Chu (Jem and the Holograms) takes over directing duties from Louis Leterrier for this June 10 release.
No more Nice Guys (after this)
The final trailer for The Nice Guys features more of Angourie Rice, who plays Holly, Ryan Gosling’s daughter. Otherwise, it hits similar beats as the previous trailers, but those beats are pretty good, according to those who have seen the film. Writer-director Shane Black looks to have coaxed a very goofy (and funny) performance from Gosling as private eye Holland March, who teams with Russell Crowe’s bruiser, Jackson Healy, to find a missing girl (Margaret Qualley) while everyone around them keeps dying. The May 20 release also stars Matt Bomer, Kim Basinger, Yaya Dacosta, and Keith David.
Sharks patrol these trailers ...
In The Shallows, Blake Lively goes all Roy Scheider in Jaws when she’s attacked by a great white shark and stranded 200 yards from the shore. Stalked by the shark, she must devise a plan to survive. This June 24 release is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Run All Night) from a Black List script by Anthony Jaswinski (Vanishing on 7th Street).
Jaws also figures in the story of the USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. Robert Shaw delivered a famous monologue about the disaster in which Japanese torpedoes sunk the ship, killing hundreds of men and leaving the rest to battle the elements and sharks as they waited to be rescued. Of over 1,000 crew members, only about 300 survived. In this May 27 release, Mario Van Peebles directs Nicolas Cage as Captain Charles Butler McVay, who was court-martialed but later exonerated in the sinking of the ship.
Your favorite Ninja Turtles come Out of the Shadows
For this sequel to 2014‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dave Green (Earth to Echo) takes over as director for Jonathan Liebesman, but most of the stars return, including Megan Fox as April O’Neil, Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick, and Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek and Jeremy Howard as Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Donatello. Joining the cast are Stephen Amell as Casey Jones, Laura Linney as Rebecca Vincent, and villains Gary Anthony Williams as Bebop, Stephen Farrelly as Rocksteady, and Tyler Perry as Baxter Stockman. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows hits theaters June 3rd.
This documentary is truly Nuts!
Penny Lane’s documentary Nuts! won a Special Jury Award for Editing at this year's Sundance, where it received excellent reviews. The film tells the “mostly-true” story of John R. Brinkley, who rose from poverty to build a fortune based on an impotence cure that involved transplanting goat testicles. He also built the most powerful radio station in the world, while also inventing junk mail and the infomercial. (So ... thanks?) Combining animation, reenactments, interviews and archival footage, this bizarre story comes to select theaters on June 22nd.
Fathers and Daughters
A strong cast hasn’t helped the latest from director Gabriele Muccino (Playing for Keeps) earn good reviews. Russell Crowe stars as a novelist who must raise his young daughter on his own only to suffer his own troubles. Amanda Seyfried plays his grown up daughter who’s struggling to deal with her childhood and her relationship with the new man in her life played by Aaron Paul. With a supporting cast that includes Octavia Spencer, Quvenzhané Wallis, Diane Kruger, Bruce Greenwood, Kyle Rogers, Janet McTeer, and Jane Fonda, Fathers and Daughters can be found on DirecTV now and in theaters July 8th.
Zachary Treitz won Best New Narrative Director at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival for his Civil War film Men Go to Battle. Strong early reviews make this one to look for when it comes to select theaters beginning July 8th.
In Urge, a nightclub owner (Pierce Brosnan) introduces a group of friends to a new designer drug, and a night of partying suddenly turns deadly. Find it in theaters and On Demand beginning June 3rd.
Mark Strong is on a one-way solo mission to Mars with only Luke Wilson to guide him in Approaching the Unknown, coming to theaters and iTunes June 3rd.
News and notes
- Alden Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar!) will play Han Solo in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s Star Wars spin-off story set for a May 25, 2018 release. There are also rumors that Ehrenreich will have a cameo in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Deadline
- Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time—a film the director has been working on for 30 years—will come to IMAX theaters on October 7th in a 40 minute version narrated by Brad Pitt. There’s no word yet on when the 35mm feature-length cut narrated by Cate Blanchett will be released.
- Andrew Garfield will star in It Follows director David Robert Mitchell’s next film, Under the Silver Lake, a “modern-day noir crime thriller set in Los Angeles.” - Variety
- Russell Crowe is in talks to appear as a “Dr. Jekyll-type” character opposite Tom Cruise in Universal’s The Mummy. - Variety
- Adam McKay (The Big Short) is attached to direct an adaptation of Boom! Comics’ Irredeemable. Tommy Wirkola (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) will write the script. - Deadline
- Fede Alvarez, who directed the 2013 Evil Dead remake, will co-write and helm Warner Bros.'s adaptation of the Monsterpocalypse board game. - Heat Vision
- Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz will star in an adaptation of Virginia Vallejo’s book Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar about the author’s relationship with the infamous drug lord. - Deadline
- Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2) is in talks to direct an adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 book Crazy Rich Asians. - THR
- Eriq La Salle has joined Hugh Jackman, Boyd Holbrook and Stephen Merchant in James Mangold’s Wolverine 3. - Variety
- Warner Bros. is developing Space Jam 2 and eyeing LeBron James to star. Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) will co-write the script with Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello and possibly direct. - THR
- Tom Hooper (Les Miserables and The Danish Girl) will direct a big-screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats. - Variety
- Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell and Ilana Glazer have joined Scarlett Johansson and Zoe Kravitz in Rock That Body, a comedy from Broad City's Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs. - THR
- Melissa Benoist, Khandi Alexander, and Jake Picking have joined Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan, and Kevin Bacon in Patriots Day. - Variety
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cobie Smulders, and Bobby Moynihan will star in Taran Killam’s directorial debut Why We’re Killing Gunther, an action-comedy about a “group of eccentric international assassins.” - Heat Vision
- Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager, The Great Gatsby) has joined David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the J.J. Abrams-produced and Julius Onah-directed God Particle. - Variety
- Anne Hathaway will star in an adaptation of George Brant’s play Grounded. Her stage performance earned a Critics Circle Nomination for her portrayal of an Air Force drone pilot. - Variety
- Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay will star in The Perks of Being a Wallflower director Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of R.J. Palacio's best-selling novel Wonder. - THR
- These are 80 best-directed feature films since 1936 according to 13.7 percent of the DGA.