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Beyond Star Trek's lousy first trailer is a better second look
After helming Fast & Furious 6 as well as Fast Five, Fast & Furious, and Tokyo Drift, Justin Lin steps into the director’s chair for the third film in the Star Trek series that began under J.J. Abrams with 2009’s Star Trek and the less admired Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013. Last year's first trailer for Star Trek Beyond did not please fans or writer-star Simon Pegg, but this second look is a big improvement. The July 22 release finds the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin) exploring the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy played by Idris Elba and make new alien friends like Jayla, played by Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Be our guest and watch this Beauty and the Beast trailer
Disney’s string of live-action remakes of beloved animated films and fairy tales continues this week with the release of Alice Through the Looking Glass, a sequel to Alice in Wonderland, the 2010 smash hit that proved the viability of the retread business to Disney accountants. Maleficent followed, as did Cinderella. Up next is a live-action take on Beauty and the Beast, coming to theaters March 17, 2017. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls), the film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.
The Martian, with fewer scenes of potatoes
In the August 19 release The Space Between Us, Asa Butterfield plays Gardner Elliot, the first human born on Mars. He reaches the age of 16 having met only 14 people on his home planet, but he wonders who his father is and what Earth is like. He begins to get some answers when he strikes up an online friendship with Tulsa, but when he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, scientists discovers his body can’t survive in Earth’s atmosphere, so Gardner and Tulsa race against time to unravel the mysteries of his existence.
Wiener-Dog: A return to the Dollhouse
Following good reviews from its Sundance premiere, writer-director Todd Solondz’s latest arrives in theaters June 24. The four-part anthology follows a female dachshund as she travels from one owner to the next. In the first story, parents Julie Delpy and Tracy Letts purchase the dog for their son, a nine-year-old cancer survivor (Keaton Nigel Cooke). Then Wiener-Dog lands with veterinary nurse Dawn Wiener (Greta Gerwig takes the place of Heather Matarazzo from Welcome to the Dollhouse). The dog’s last two stops find her in the lap of a bitter film professor played by Danny DeVito, and finally with a grandmother (Ellen Burstyn) and her ungrateful granddaughter (Zosia Mamet).
Another piece of Finding Dory
The latest trailer for Finding Dory reveals that a good chunk of the film takes place at a rehabilitation institute for marine life. The June 7 release reunites Nemo (now voiced by Hayden Rolence), Marlin (Albert Brooks), and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) as the forgetful blue tang fish searches for her family. Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton returns with the additional help of Angus MacLane this time around.
A lengthy look at Independence Day: Resurgence
It has been 20 years since the events depicted in Independence Day, and the aliens have returned (while some never left). The world won’t have Will Smith’s Colonel Steven Hiller to defend them (news about his demise can be found here), but his son, played by Jesse Usher, is ready to lead the charge, and Jeff Goldblum’s David Levinson has been working with Earth Space Defense (ESD) to prepare (though from the looks of it not very well) for another invasion. Also reprising their roles are Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, and Bret Spiner. Joining the cast are Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joey King, William Fichtner, Maika Monroe, and Sela Ward. Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters June 24.
Free State of Jones
Gary Ross’ first directorial effort since The Hunger Games tells the true story of Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey), and his rebellion that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy. He also married a former slave, Rachel Knight (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), creating the region's first mixed-race community. With a supporting cast that includes Keri Russell, Mahershala Ali, Jacob Lofland, and Sean Bridgers, Free State of Jones comes to theaters June 24th.
Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon
On April 20th, 2010, the world’s largest man-made disaster occurred on the Deepwater Horizon, an oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. With Deepwater Horizon, director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) tells the story of the men and women whose heroism would save many on board. Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand, the September 30 release stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Kate Hudson, Gina Rodriguez, and Dylan O’Brien.
Escobar, meet Heisenberg
Bryan Cranston plays Federal agent Robert "Bob" Mazur in this true story about the 1986 attempt to take down Pablo Escobar through his top lieutenant Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt). Mazur posed as a money-launder and teamed up with fellow agent Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo) and rookie agent Kathy Ertz (Diane Kruger), who posed as his fiancé. Directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, Runner Runner) from a screenplay by Ellen Brown Furman based on Mazur’s own book, The Infiltrator comes to theaters July 13th.
Len and Company
Coming to theaters and VOD on June 10th, Len and Company stars Rhys Ifans as a punk rocker turned pop producer who retreats to his country home after a public meltdown. Unfortunately for him, his respite is interrupted by his estranged son (Jack Kilmer) and a pop protégé played by Juno Temple. Writer-director Tim Godsall’s feature debut also stars Kathryn Hahn and Keir Gilchrist.
Directed by Ridley Scott’s son, Luke Scott, Morgan stars Kate Mara as a corporate troubleshooter sent to a remote facility to investigate a terrifying accident. The titular character, a human-like creation played by Anya Taylor-Joy of The Witch, is the cause of the problems. Set for a September 2 release, the film has a strong supporting cast that includes Paul Giamatti, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michelle Yeoh, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook and Rose Leslie.
Writer-director Eran Creevy’s follow-up to Welcome to the Punch stars Nicholas Hoult as Casey, a man who returns to a life of crime to save the love of his life, Juliette (Felicity Jones). Helping him in his endeavor is his former employer, Geran (Ben Kingsley hamming it up), a drug smuggler. Their nemesis is Hagen, a ruthless gang leader played by Anthony Hopkins (also having a bit of over-the-top fun). Collide hits theaters August 19th.
The Voice, animal style
The animated film Sing imagines a world inhabited by animals where koala Buster Moon, a theater owner voiced by Matthew McConaughey, decides to produce a singing competition to save his once-grand theater. Five strong contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane), a teenage elephant (Tori Kelly), a sow (Reese Witherspoon), a gorilla (Taron Egerton), and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson). This December 21 release is directed by Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow).
Alex Gibney’s latest documentary Zero Days, an investigation into cyberwar and the Stuxnet worm, earned good reviews when it premiered in Berlin. Find it in theaters and on iTunes beginning July 8th.
Coming to theaters July 1st is Darling director Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park, an exploitation flick starring Ashley Bell as the hostage of two bank robbers and Pat Healy as an insane ex-military sniper.
After moving from The Weinstein Company to Paramount and now to Netflix, the well-reviewed The Little Prince will finally be available to stream on August 5th. Here’s a new trailer.
Before directing Cop Car and jumping into the superhero fray with Spider-Man: Homecoming, Jon Watts directed Clown, a horror film about a loving father whose personality changes when the costume he puts on for his son’s sixth birthday won’t come off. Look for it in theaters and On Demand June 17th.
News and notes
- Director Paul Verhoeven’s latest, Elle, a critical hit at Cannes, will come to theaters on November 11th. See reviews for all of the major Cannes films.
- Tom Ford’s second feature film, Nocturnal Animals, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Isla Fisher, Kim Basinger, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Armie Hammer, will be released on November 18th.
- Daniel Craig and Katherine Heigl are in talks to join Adam Driver, Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, and Seth MacFarlane in Steven Soderbergh’s NASCAR-set heist movie Logan Lucky. - Deadline
- Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are in talks to star in Cannes best screenplay winner Asghar Farhadi’s first Spanish-language film. - Variety
- Jake Gyllenhaal will reunite with his Enemy and Prisoners director, Denis Villeneuve, for an adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s crime novel The Son. - THR
- Colin Firth is in talks to star in director Thomas Vinterberg’s true-story-based submarine disaster movie Kursk. - Variety
- Chris O’Dowd and Ziyi Zhang have joined David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Daniel Bruhl in God Particle. - Heat Vision
- John Sayles (Lone Star) will direct Django Lives with original Django Franco Nero starring. The film will be “set 50 years after the first movie. Django is now a horse handler and an extra on the set of D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation.” - Showbiz 411
- Rila Fukushima (The Wolverine) has joined Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, and Takeshi Kitano in Rupert Sanders’ live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. - Heat Vision
- Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) has been cast in the lead role of director Robert Rodriguez and producer James Cameron’s adaptation of the manga series Battle Angel Alita. - Collider