Film Friday (8/12): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: August 12, 2016
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Opening this weekend

View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Pete's Dragon, Sausage Party, Hell or High Water, Florence Foster Jenkins, and more.

New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Rogue One, trailer two

The second trailer for the December 16 release Rogue One: A Star Wars Story spends a little more time with the rebels that join Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso in her quest to steal the plans for the Death Star. Diego Luna plays Rebel Alliance Captain Cassian Andor. Alan Tudyk provides the voice for the hulking security droid K-2SO, while Donny Yen plays the blind Chirrut Imwe. Jiang Wen is the heavily armed Baze Malbus, Riz Ahmed is the pilot Bodhi Rook, and Forest Whitaker is Saw Gerrera. They will be going up against Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic and, of course ... well, wait for the last shot of the trailer.

A look at Robert Zemeckis's WWII thriller Allied

In the WWII espionage thriller Allied, Brad Pitt plays intelligence officer Max Vatan, who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. They reunite in London, but their happy relationship is threatened when he begins to suspect she is a spy. Robert Zemeckis directs this November 23 release from a script by Steven Knight (Locke), and the strong supporting cast includes Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, Raffey Cassidy, Charlotte Hope and Jared Harris.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

After being delayed due to Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will finally come to theaters on January 27, 2017. This sixth film in the Resident Evil series (Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Retribution) is the fourth directed by Jovovich’s husband, Paul W.S. Anderson. The story picks up immediately after the last film with Alice deciding to return to Raccoon City to make one final stand against the Umbrella Corporation.

A badder Santa

In Bad Santa 2, Billy Bob Thornton returns as the misanthropic Willie Soke, and once again he teams up with Marcus (Tony Cox), who has a plan to rob a charity on Christmas Eve. Brett Kelly is also back as Thurman Merman, but Mark Waters takes over directing duties from Terry Zwigoff. New additions to the cast include Kathy Bates (as Willie’s mother), Christina Hendricks, and Ryan Hansen. Below are two new trailers for the November 23 release. The red-band one seems a bit more representative of the film’s tone.

It's less of a Complete Unknown now that there's a trailer

The third film from director Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace, The Forgiveness of Blood) stars Rachel Weisz as a woman who’s constantly reinventing herself, a way of life that intrigues her former boyfriend, played by Michael Shannon. Running into each other for the first time in 15 years, they share a night together exploring the different paths their lives have taken. With good reviews from it’s premiere in Sundance this year, Complete Unknown comes to select theaters on August 26th.

Sundance horror hit Under the Shadow

The feature debut of writer-director Babak Anvari earned excellent reviews when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Set in Tehran toward the end of the Iran-Iraq war, this horror film follows a mother (Narges Rashdi) who struggles to cope with the consequences of her political past and being left alone with her increasingly disturbed young daughter (Avin Manshadi) when her husband goes off to war. Under the Shadow hits theaters and VOD on October 7th.

Don’t Breathe

In director Fede Alvarez’s follow-up to Evil Dead, three friends (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette and Daniel Zovatto) break into the house of a wealthy blind man (Stephen Lang), thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They don’t. Don’t Breathe hits theaters August 26th, and already has a few decent reviews.

Gus Van Sant returns with The Sea of Trees

Like Sean Penn’s The Last Face this year, Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees received plenty of boos (and bad reviews) when it premiered at Cannes last year. This August 26 release stars Matthew McConaughey as Arthur Brennan, a professor in the midst of a personal crisis who travels to the Aokigahara forest (a.k.a the Suicide Forest, or Sea of Trees) in Japan. While wandering in the forest, Arthur comes upon an injured stranger played by Ken Watanabe. Their journey together helps Arthur “re-connect” with his wife, played by Naomi Watts.


Barry Jenkins’ first feature since 2008’s Medicine for Melancholy examines the childhood, adolescence and adulthood of a gay black man growing up in Miami’s inner city. Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue and with a cast that includes Naomie Harris, André Holland, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monáe, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, and Jharrel Jerome, Moonlight will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before it opens in select theaters October 21st.

It's I.T.

In I.T., Pierce Brosnan plays Mike Regan, a man who has it all but soon finds out how easy it is to lose it when an I.T. consultant begins stalking his family and endangering his business. With his life spinning out of control, Mike reconnects with some old friends to help him deal with his new enemy. John Moore (A Good Day to Die Hard) directs this September 23 release.

Mr. Church

With the September 16 release Mr. Church, director Bruce Beresford returns to the land of Driving Miss Daisy (though without the good reviews) with another story of a black man taking care of a white woman (and her kid too, in this instance). Eddie Murphy plays the titular character, a cook hired to care for a mother dying of cancer and her young daughter. What was to be a six-month arrangement instead becomes a lifelong friendship.

Short takes

The documentary Danny Says looks at Danny Fields's role in the music and culture of the 20th century. Find it in theaters and On Demand beginning September 30th.

In The Good Neighbor, a pair of high school kids (Keir Gilchrist and Logan Miller) create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor (James Caan). Find out what a bad idea this is when director Kasra Farahani’s debut feature hits theaters and VOD on September 16th.

Coming to theaters October 7th is The Great Gilly Hopkins, an adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s 1979 Newbery Award-winning young-adult novel. The film stars Sophie Nélisse as the titular character, a tough-talking kid who begins to warm to her new foster mom (Kathy Bates).

News and notes

  • Brad Pitt wants David Fincher to direct the World War Z sequel. - Variety
  • Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are looking to cast a young Lando Calrissian opposite Alden Ehrenreich. Rumors have Donald Glover as the favorite. - TheWrap & Birth.Movies.Death
  • Brie Larson will direct and star in the independent comedy Unicorn Store. - THR
  • Having tackled The Magnificent Seven, director Antoine Fuqua is in talks to helm a remake of Scarface. This version of the story will be based in Los Angeles. - Deadline
  • According to TheWrap, the villain in James Wan’s Aquaman will be Black Manta.
  • Brady Corbet will follow-up his feature directorial debut, The Childhood of a Leader, with Vox Lux, the story of a successful pop star. - TheWrap
  • The Ocean’s Eight cast will include Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina. - Deadline
  • Sebastian Stan, Alexandra Daddario, Taissa Farmiga, and Crispin Glover have been cast in We Have Always Lived in the Castle, an adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s 1962 story. Stacie Passon (Concussion) will direct. - Heat Vision
  • Jason Momoa is the latest potential star to be linked to Corin Hardy’s remake of The Crow. - Mashable
  • Margot Robbie will play trapeze artist Lillian Leitzel in Queen of the Air, an adaptation of Dean N. Jensen’s book. - THR
  • Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones) will direct the feature adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s novel The Nightingale, the story of two sisters who are members of the French resistance during WWII. - Variety

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