Opening this weekend
View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Marshall, Professor Marston & The Wonder Women, Happy Death Day, The Foreigner, and more.
New trailers and updates for upcoming films
Star Wars: The Porg Awakens
The new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi focuses on the core characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver) contemplates his future. Rey (Daisy Ridley) stuns Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) with her connection to the Force. General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) commands the Resistance led by Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron. Finn (John Boyega) battles Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), and Chewbacca is now best friends with a Porg (pictured above, and already available as a stuffed toy available at a store near you). Not seen are newcomers Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran. Will there be another trailer, or must everyone wait until December 15th to see more?
Meet your New Mutants
Coming to theaters April 13, 2018 is the X-Men spin-off The New Mutants. Directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), the film introduces five new mutants who are being held against their will at a secret facility. The cast includes Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik, Charlie Heaton as Cannonball, Henry Zaga as Sunspot, and Blu Hunt as Mirage.
One last look at the new (and improved?) Justice League
The final trailer for Justice League emphasizes Superman’s absence more than previous trailers. Maybe it’s just a reminder about what happened at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice because much has happened in the DC movie universe since then. Wonder Woman saved the summer. Matt Reeves was hired to write and direct a solo Batman movie. Director Zack Snyder stepped away after a family tragedy, and Joss Whedon is finishing the movie (after punching up the script). We’ll see how it all turns out when it hits theaters on November 17th.
This April 6, 2018 release is Pitch Perfect writer Kay Cannon’s directorial debut. Blockers stars Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, and John Cena as parents who discover their daughters’ plan to lose their virginity at prom. Hoping to stop the teens, the parents try to become the ultimate cock blockers. Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Indira Viswanathan, and Gideon Adlan also star.
Writer-director Corey Finley's debut features stars Olivia Cooke as Amanda and Anya Taylor-Joy as Lily, two childhood friends who, after drifting apart, bond over the prospect of killing Lily’s stepdad (Paul Sparks). Their plan leads them to hire a local hustler (Anton Yelchin) to help in the matter. Thoroughbreds earned very good reviews when it premiered at Sundance in January. Find it in select theaters beginning March 9, 2018.
With a strong ensemble cast (Christopher Abbott, Jon Bernthal, Imogen Poots, Rosemarie DeWitt), director Jamie M. Dagg (River) brings to life Benjamin and Paul China’s script about a drifter (Abbott) who comes to a small Alaska town. Sweet Virginia earned good reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival. Look for it in select theaters beginning November 17th.
My Friend Dahmer
My Friend Dahmer stars Ross Lynch as teenager and future serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Based on the acclaimed autobiographical graphic novel by John "Derf" Backderf (who actually was a friend of the young Dahmer in the 1970s), the film follows Dahmer as he deals with a difficult home life and begins to act out at school. Anne Heche plays Dahmer’s unstable mother, and Dallas Roberts plays his father. Marc Meyers (How He Fell in Love) writes and directs this well-received November 3 release.
The Tribes of Palos Verdes
Based on Joy Nicholson’s novel The Tribes of Palos Verdes, this family drama stars Maika Monroe (It Follows) as Medina, a teenager who moves with her family to the L.A. suburb of Palos Verdes, California, only to see her parents' marriage disintegrate as she comes to love surfing. Jennifer Garner and Justin Kirk play her parents, and Cody Fern plays her twin brother, who develops a drug habit. Look for it On Demand and in select theaters beginning December 1st.
In Wheelman, Frank Grillo stars as a getaway driver who must figure out who double-crossed him in order to save his family. This October 20 Netflix release is the feature debut for writer-director Jeremy Rush. Garret Dillahunt, Caitlin Carmichael, Wendy Moniz, and William Xifaras have supporting roles.
Griffin Dunne’s documentary Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold streams on Netflix beginning October 27th.
Steven Yeun stars in director Joe Lynch’s violent dark comedy Mayhem. Look for it in select theaters and on VOD beginning November 10th.
News and notes
- Sylvester Stallone will direct Michael B. Jordan in Creed 2. - /Film
- Despite not having a confirmed director (Gore Verbinski is the latest rumor), the Channing Tatum-starring X-Men spin-off Gambit will hit theaters on February 14, 2019.
- Tommy Lee Jones has joined Casey Affleck in director Joe Wright’s adaptation of John Williams’ 1965 novel Stoner. - THR
- Gal Gadot is in talks to star in director Justin Kurzel’s Ruin, a revenge thriller set in post-WWII Germany. - Deadline
- For his Dick Cheney biopic, Adam McKay has cast Tyler Perry to play Colin Powell alongside Christian Bale as Cheney, Amy Adams as Cheney’s wife, Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld. - Deadline
- A feature film based on the board game Settlers of Catan is in development at Sony. - Heat Vision
- Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, and model Sasha Luss will star in Luc Besson’s new movie, Anna. - THR
- Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) will direct an animated The Addams Family movie. - THR
- Writer/director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) will write and possibly direct an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Talisman. - Variety