Film Friday (8/5): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: August 5, 2016
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New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Christopher Nolan returns with Dunkirk

After imagining the future with 2014’s Interstellar, director Christopher Nolan will dramatize a moment from the past in Dunkirk. World War II's Operation Dynamo took place from May 26 to June 4, 1940, and involved the the evacuation of Allied troops from the French harbor of Dunkirk. The July 21, 2017 release is being shot on 65mm and IMAX by cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema and the cast includes Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, and Barry Keoghan.

A look at Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden

Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Thirst) returned to Cannes this year with The Handmaiden, an adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith. Transplanting the action from Victorian England to Korea and Japan and upping the explicit sex and violence, Park delivered an erotic thriller that impressed most critics. Starring Kim Min-hee (Right Now, Wrong Then), Ha Jung-woo (The Chaser) and newcomer Kim Tae-ri, this erotic thriller comes to select theaters October 21st.

Brother Nature

In Brother Nature, SNL’s Taran Killam plays Roger, a straight-laced politician who plans to propose to his girlfriend (Gillian Jacobs). All he has to do is survive a weekend at her family’s lake house with his potential brother-in-law Todd (Bobby Moynihan). With a supporting cast that includes Bill Pullman, Rita Wilson, Rachael Harris, and Kenan Thompson, this feature debut from directors Matt Villines and Osmany Rodriguez hits theaters September 9th.

The Love Witch is NSFW

Viva director Anna Biller returns with another riff on movies from the past, this time 1960’s Technicolor thrillers. Samantha Robinson plays Elaine, a beautiful young witch determined to find the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, Elaine can’t find a man that can love her the way she deserves, so death follows her at every turn. The Love Witch comes to select theaters November 11th.

Klown Forever

In Klown Forever, fans of the Danish sitcom get to catch up with Frank (Frank Hvam) and Casper (Casper Christensen) five years after the incidents in Klown. Casper, now divorced from Iben, is trying to break into Hollywood, so Frank, now married to Mia, follows him to LA in hopes of salvaging their relationship. The September 2 release features cameos by Isla Fisher, Adam Levine and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

The Edge of Seventeen

In The Edge of Seventeen, the life of high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) only gets worse when her older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson), but the possibility of a friendship with Hayden Szeto’s Erwin provides Nicole a glimmer of hope. This directorial debut from writer Kelly Fremon Craig also stars Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick and comes to theaters September 30th.


Coming to theaters September 23rd, Storks tells the story of Junior (voiced by Andy Samberg). He’s the top delivery stork at the global internet giant Cornerstone, but he doesn’t deliver babies, just packages. Just as he’s about to be promoted, he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable baby girl. Now, with the help of Tulip, the only human on Stork Island, he must deliver his first baby without his boss (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) finding out.


Demon follows Peter (Itay Tiran) as he arrives from England to marry his fiancée Zaneta (Agnieszk Zulewska) and move into her family’s country house in rural Poland. While inspecting the house on the eve of his wedding, Peter falls into a pile of human remains, releasing a dybbuk, an ancient figure in Jewish folklore. Polish co-writer and director Marcin Wrona, who committed suicide prior to the film’s premiere last year, skillfully combines horror film and wedding comedy conventions to investigate his country’s lasting legacy of the Holocaust. The September 9 release has very good early reviews.

The Eagle Huntress

Narrated by Daisy Ridley, The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl training to become the first female eagle hunter in 12 generations of her Kazakh family. Coming to theaters October 28th, the documentary, directed by Otto Bell, earned good reviews when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and should please those looking for family-friendly viewing.

Netflix is throwing a rave, and you're invited

XOXO stars Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland and The Good Wife’s Graham Phillips in a drama about six strangers whose lives intersect at an EDM festival. The feature debut of director Christopher Louie, the film also features Chris D’Elia, Hayley Kiyoko, Ryan Hansen, Ione Skye, Colin Woodell, and Brett DelBuono. Find it only on Netflix beginning August 26th.

Short takes

The December 9 release Land of Mine is a Danish drama about a group of German POWs forced to clear land mines from the Danish coast at the end of WWII.

Natasha Lyonne, Chloë Sevigny, and Meg Tilly star in writer-director Danny Perez’s debut feature Antibirth. Look for it in select theaters and VOD beginning September 2nd.

The August 26 release I Am Not a Serial Killer stars Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) as a sixteen-year-old struggling with homicidal tendencies until he’s allowed to unleash them when a serial killer terrorizes his town.

Killing Them Softly director Andrew Dominik’s One More Time with Feeling documents the production and performance of The Skeleton Tree, the new album from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds born from the tragic death of Cave’s son. It will be in cinemas one night only, September 8th. Find out more information here.

News and notes

  • Rebel Wilson is attached to star in a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The 1988 comedy starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin was itself a remake of Bedtime Story starring David Niven and Marlon Brando. - Variety
  • Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell are set to star in a gender-flipped remake of 1984’s Tom Hanks-Daryl Hannah mermaid comedy Splash. - Deadline
  • Maya Rudolph will play Melissa McCarthy’s “neurotic best friend” and Jacki Weaver will play her mom in the college-set comedy Life of the Party. - THR
  • Daisy Ridley will star in director Doug Liman’s adaptation of Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking YA series. - Variety
  • Morgan Freeman is in talks to play the mysterious Drosselmeyer in Lasse Hallström’s live-action The Nutcracker, starring Mackenzie Foy as Clara and Misty Copeland as the lead ballerina. - THR
  • Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen will star in Ingrid Goes West, a dark comedy from director Matt Spicer about a young woman (Plaza) obsessed with a social media star (Olsen). - THR
  • Benedict Cumberbatch is attached to star in an adaptation of Geoffrey Household’s classic 1939 novel Rogue Male. - THR
  • James Ponsoldt will write, direct and produce an original CG/live-action film titled Wild City. The Disney film will follow the adventures of Los Angeles’ wild animals. - THR
  • James Corden and Rose Byrne are in talks to star in director Will Gluck’s live-action adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit. - THR
  • Mel Gibson and Sean Penn will star in The Professor and the Madman, the story of the origin of the Oxford English Dictionary. Based on Simon Winchester’s book, Farhad Safinia will write and direct. Surprisingly, Gibson will star as Professor James Murray and Penn will play the criminally insane Dr. W.C. Minor (or maybe that’s not so surprising). - THR
  • Rami Malek has joined Charlie Hunnam in the Papillon remake from director Michael Noer (R) and screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners). - Deadline
  • Joel Edgerton is in talks to join Jennifer Lawrence in director Francis Lawrence’s spy thriller Red Sparrow, an adaptation of Jason Matthews’ novel about the relationship between a Russian intelligence officer and a CIA operative. - Variety
  • Will Poulter, Jack Reynor and Ben O’Toole have joined John Boyega in director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal’s film about the 1967 Detroit riots. - Variety

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