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Here's your first look at Pacific Rim: Uprising
John Boyega stars as Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost, in this sequel to Pacific Rim. Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s Daredevil) takes over directing duties from Guillermo del Toro to tell the story of the next battle between Jaeger and Kaiju. Recruited back to the team his father once commanded, Jake joins Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), Lambert (Scott Eastwood), and Amara (Cailee Spaeny) to save the world once again. The March 23, 2018 release also features Jing Tian, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona, and Charlie Day.
Denzel Washington is Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Roman J. Israel, Esq., writer-director Dan Gilroy’s follow-up to Nightcrawler, stars Denzel Washington as an eccentric lawyer whose morality is tested when he’s recruited by Collin Farrell to join an expensive Los Angeles firm. Featuring Carmen Ejogo as the leader of a nonprofit where Roman tries to get work, the November 3 release earned mixed reviews when it premiered in Toronto.
Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel
Woody Allen’s 48th film stars Kate Winslet as a former actress who works at a clam house in 1950s Coney Island. Her husband, Humpty (Jim Belushi), operates the carousel. Their world becomes more chaotic when Humpty’s long-estranged daughter (Juno Temple), who’s hiding from the mob, shows up. Justin Timberlake plays a lifeguard who becomes involved with the troubled family. Look for early reviews from the New York Film Festival next week before Wonder Wheel opens on December 1st.
Aaron Sorkin's Game plan
After strong reviews from it’s premiere in Toronto, Aaron Sorkin’s directing debut Molly’s Game has moved from November 22nd to December 25th on the release calendar. Sorkin’s adaptation of Molly Bloom’s memoir, Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker stars Jessica Chastain as Bloom, whose high-stakes poker game caught the attention of the FBI when the Russian mafia attended one evening. Idris Elba plays her defense attorney, and the supporting cast includes Jeremy Strong, Chris O'Dowd, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, and Graham Greene.
BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Writer-director Robin Campillo’s follow-up to Eastern Boys was the favorite to win the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but instead it took home the the Grand Prix (second place). Coming to select theaters October 20th, BPM (Beats Per Minute) follows Nathan (Arnaud Valois), and Sean (Nahuel Perez Biscayart), ACT UP AIDS activists in Paris in the early 1990s as they fall in love and fight against the indifference of the government. The film could be a strong contender at the Academy Awards as France’s official submission in the foreign language category.
Only the Brave
Only the Brave chronicles the sacrifice of an elite crew of Prescott, Arizona firefighters who battled the June 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire, one of the deadliest wildfires in history. Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron Legacy), the October 20 release stars Miles Teller, Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, James Badge Dale, and Andie MacDowell.
Paddington 2 catches up with the Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw), now happily settled with the Brown family. In hopes of surprising Aunt Lucy on her 100th birthday, Paddington takes on a series of jobs to buy the perfect present, only for it to be stolen. Paddington director Paul King returns for this January 12, 2018 release, as does Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi and Jim Broadbent. Joining the fun are Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson.
In the Agatha Christie mystery Crooked House, Max Irons stars as Charles Hayward, a private detective asked by a former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer. On a sprawling estate, Hayward encounters the family matriarch Lady Edith de Haviland (Glenn Close), the dead man’s young widow (Christina Hendricks), and an actress (Gillian Anderson). Adapted by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key), the December 22 release also stars Julian Sands, Stefanie Martini, Christian McKay, Amanda Abbington, and Terence Stamp.
Mediterranea director Jonas Carpignano’s A Ciambra earned mostly good reviews when it premiered at the Directors Fortnight in Cannes earlier this year. Italy’s official Oscar submission follows 14-year-old Pio Amato as he tries to grow up fast in his Romani community in Calabria. When his older brother Cosimo disappears, Pio tries to fill his shoes, but he finds it harder than he expected. An American release date has not yet been announced.
The Leisure Seeker
In The Leisure Seeker, Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star as an old married couple who travel from Boston to the Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. Along the way, they recapture their passion for life and their love for each other despite the difficulties of Alzheimer's and aging. This January 19, 2018 release is directed by Paolo Virzi (Human Capital) and adapted from Michael Zadoorian’s novel.
Newness, the latest from writer-director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Equals), starring Laia Costa and Nicholas Hoult, will be available exclusively on iTunes beginning November 3rd. Early reviews have been mixed.
Coming to select theaters on November 17th, Porto stars Lucie Lucas and Anton Yelchin (in one of his last roles) as expats who hit it off in the Portuguese city of Porto.
News and notes
- The Fast & Furious spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will hit theaters on July 26, 2019. - Heat Vision
- Ansel Elgort will star in director John Crowley’s adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch. - Variety
- A Bob’s Burgers movie is in development. - Heat Vision
- Nicole Kidman will star in Destroyer, a crime thriller to be directed by Karyn Kusama (The Invitation). - Variety
- Gore Verbinski (A Cure for Wellness) is in talks to direct Gambit, starring Channing Tatum. - Heat Vision
- Judy Greer is in talks to join Jamie Lee Curtis in David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s Halloween reboot. - Deadline
- Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, and Sam Waterston have joined Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, and Jack Reynor in director Mimi Leder’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of Sex. - Variety
- Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) is in talks to direct the sequel to Maleficent. - Deadline
- Jenny Slate has joined Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed in director Ruben Fleischer’s Venom. - Variety