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A second look at Thor: Ragnarok
Thor’s latest adventure has a good chance to have a better Metascore than his previous solo outings Thor and Thor: The Dark World, two of the worst reviewed films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople), this November 3 release finds Chris Hemsworth's Thor imprisoned on Sakaar after being captured by Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). While war rages back in Asgard, Thor and Bruce Banner must find a way back to stop the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and Jaimie Alexander have supporting roles.
A first look at Spielberg’s Ready Player One
Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s 2011 science fiction bestseller stars Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts, a gamer who spends his time in the virtual reality world of the OASIS under the avatar of Parzival. When the creator of the Oasis dies, he offers his fortune to the first person to find an easter egg. Battling other players and an evil corporation, Wade goes on a high-stakes 1980s pop culture treasure hunt to retrieve the easter egg. Coming to theaters March 30, 2018, Ready Player One also stars Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, T.J. Miller, Ben Mendelsohn, and Simon Pegg.
It has a new trailer
Andrés Muschietti (Mama) directs this adaptation of Stephen King’s It. The story takes place in Derry, Maine where a group of young kids, aka the Losers’ Club, must confront an evil clown who has been haunting the town for centuries. Bill Skarsgård plays the creepy clown Pennywise, and the young cast includes Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special) and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) as well as Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton. It arrives in theaters September 8th.
Coens + Clooney = Suburbicon
Written by Joel and Ethan Coen and directed by George Clooney, Suburbicon stars Matt Damon as Gardner Lodge, a husband and father who gets mixed up with the mob. The supporting cast includes Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Noah Jupe, Glenn Fleshler, and Jack Conley. The October 27 release will premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
Another look at Justice League
The current state of DC Comics’ film universe has greatly improved since the release of Wonder Woman, but that doesn’t mean all is well. Matt Reeves’ Batman is being rewritten (probably a good thing). Ben Affleck might or might not continue playing Batman, and reshoots on Justice League are expensive and difficult on its stars’ schedules. In addition, director Zack Snyder has stepped away from production after a family tragedy, and Joss Whedon has stepped in to finish the movie (after punching up the script). Regardless, the November 17 release has a new trailer showing Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) uniting to battle Steppenwolf.
A final preview of Detroit
Early reviews have been excellent for Detroit. Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal’s latest collaboration (after the critically lauded Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker) takes on the riots that rocked Detroit in the summer of 1967. John Boyega leads an impressive cast that includes Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, Ben O'Toole, Hannah Murray, Anthony Mackie, Kaitlyn Dever, Jason Mitchell, and John Krasinski. Look for it in select theaters today and across the U.S. next week.
Jon Hamm is a hologram in Marjorie Prime
Based on Jordan Harrison's Pulitzer Prize finalist play, the latest from writer-director Michael Almereyda (Experimenter, this week's new doc Escapes) stars Lois Smith as Marjorie, an 86-year-old woman who spends her days communicating with a hologram of her dead husband, Walter (Jon Hamm), given to her by her daughter and son-in-law (Geena Davis and Tim Robbins). Marjorie Prime received good reviews when it premiered at Sundance in January. Look for it in select theaters beginning August 18th.
Check out Brad’s Status
In the latest from writer-director Mike White (Enlightened), Ben Stiller stars as Brad Sloan, a man confronting a mid-life crisis despite a satisfying career, wonderful wife (Jenna Fischer) and musical prodigy son (Austin Abrams). Showing his son around universities in Boston, Brad wonders if his old college buddies—a Hollywood big shot (played by White), a hedge fund founder (Luke Wilson), an entrepreneur (Jemaine Clement), and a political pundit (Michael Sheen)—have it better than he does. Brad’s Status comes to select theaters September 15th.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
In The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Lloyd (voiced by Dave Franco) and his Ninja friends (Michael Peña, Abbi Jacobson, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, and Fred Armisen), with the help of Master Wu (Jackie Chan), must protect Ninjago City from the evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), who happens to be Lloyd’s father. However, as the trailer reveals, there’s an even bigger threat. Find it in theaters September 21st.
Ingrid Goes West
At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Matt Spicer and co-writer David Branson Smith won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for this story of Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza), a mentally disturbed young woman who becomes obsessed with a social media star played by Elizabeth Olsen. With favorable early reviews and strong supporting turns by O’Shea Jackson and Billy Magnussen, Ingrid Goes West hits select theaters August 11th.
Woody Harrelson stars as the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, in this Rob Reiner-directed film that chronicles his life from his time as a young man in West Texas to the White House. The November 3 release also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lady Bird Johnson, Jeffrey Donovan as John F. Kennedy, and Michael Stahl-David as Robert F. Kennedy.
Rebel in the Rye stars Nicholas Hoult as author J.D. Salinger. Look for it in select theaters September 15th.
Chadwick Boseman stars as a man out to avenge his sister’s death in Message From the King. Find it on Netflix beginning August 4th.
Director Peter Nicks won the Documentary Directing Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for The Force, an exploration of the Oakland Police Department’s attempts at reform. Look for it in select theaters September 22nd.
News and notes
- Daniel Craig is likely to return as James Bond on November 8, 2019. Yann Demange (‘71) is the frontrunner to direct. - Deadline
- Anne Hathaway is in talks to replace Amy Schumer in the live action Barbie movie. - Variety
- Sarah Paulson has joined James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson in M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass. - Heat Vision
- Jared Leto is in talks to star in an adaptation of the comic book series Bloodshot. - Deadline
- Michelle Pfeiffer will play Janet van Dyne (the original Wasp), and Laurence Fishburne will portray Bill Foster/Giant-Man in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
- Ric Roman Waugh will direct Gerard Butler in Angel Has Fallen, the third film in the series that began with Olympus Has Fallen. - Heat Vision
- After leaving The Flash, director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) is in talks to direct the teen martial arts film Son of Shaolin. - Variety
- Tom Hardy will star in My War Gone By, I Miss It So, based on Anthony Loyd’s 1999 book about the Bosnian War. - Variety
- Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal are in talks to star in Triple Frontier after Ben Affleck dropped out. - Deadline
- Nick Offerman will reunite with director Brett Haley (The Hero) and join Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, and Toni Collette in Hearts Beat Loud. - Variety
- Henry Golding will star alongside Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in Paul Feig’s thriller A Simple Favor. - THR