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Is this 2016's best movie?
Sixteen years after he won the Grand Jury Prize and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for his debut feature You Can Count On Me, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan returned to Sundance in January with Manchester by the Sea. And his new drama was the best reviewed film of the festival (leaving it near the top of our 2016 high scores list at the moment). The November 18 release follows Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) as he returns to his hometown following the death of his brother (Kyle Chandler). There, he finds himself appointed the legal guardian of his nephew (Lucas Hedges). The strong supporting cast includes Michelle Williams, Matthew Broderick, Gretchen Mol, Tate Donovan, and Kara Hayward.
From Whiplash to La La Land
Coming to select U.S. theaters December 2nd, La La Land is a musical set in Los Angeles starring Emma Stone as an aspiring actress and her Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad co-star, Ryan Gosling, as a jazz musician who survives by playing piano in dingy bars. Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to his critical hit Whiplash premieres as the opening film at the Venice Film Festival next Wednesday, but before reviews start rolling in, check out this second teaser featuring Stone’s rendition of “Audition,” one of six original songs from the film.
Lion, based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, stars Dev Patel as Brierley who, as a 5-year-old, found himself lost in Calcutta. Unable to find his family, Brierley was adopted by an Australian couple, portrayed in the film by Nicole Kidman and David Wenham. Twenty-five years later, Brierley began his search for his family back in India. This first feature film for director Garth Davis (Top of the Lake) will premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival before opening in theaters on November 25th.
A Feast for Horror Fans
With the release of Don’t Breathe this week, horror fans get a glimpse at what’s in store for them the rest of the year ...
Rings is a new chapter in the horror franchise that began in Japan with Hideo Nakata’s adaptation of Kôji Suzuki’s novel of the same name. The success of the film previously spawned sequels and a U.S. remake (directed by Gore Verbinski) and sequel (directed by Nakata) starring Naomi Watts. Coming to theaters October 28th, this latest iteration has Samara going digital (and meta) as a young woman (Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz) sacrifices herself for her boyfriend and discovers a movie within the deadly movie that kills you in seven days.
Coming to theaters September 9th, The Disappointments Room stars Kate Beckinsale as a woman who unleashes the secret horrors of her new home. D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) directs from a script by Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller (Stoker).
Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett’s Blair Witch follows a group of college students who venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of one of their sisters. Good buzz from Comic-Con makes this one to look for when it hits theaters on September 16th.
Don’t mess with Halle Berry’s kid
In Kidnap, Halle Berry plays a vengeful mother who will stop at nothing to get her son back. Directed by Luis Prieto (Pusher (2012)), the film features an extended car chase involving a minivan and Berry screaming, “You took the wrong kid!” Find it in theaters beginning December 2nd, or Halle Berry will hunt you down.
Your favorite comedy stars in My Blind Brother
In writer-director Sophie Goodhart’s debut feature, Bill (Nick Kroll) has been living in the shadow of his blind brother Robbie (Adam Scott) his whole life. But when Bill meets Rose (Jenny Slate), he feels like he’s finally caught a break ... until Rose begins to date Robbie. A solid comedic cast (that also includes Zoe Kazan) could make this one to look for when it hits On Demand, iTunes and theaters September 23rd.
Writer-director Michel Franco won Best Screenplay at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for this tale about David (Tim Roth), a nurse who cares for terminally ill patients. The film’s ending divided critics at the festival, but many agreed on the excellence of Roth’s performance. Chronic comes to select theaters on September 23rd.
In The Dressmaker, Kate Winslet stars as an avenging dressmaker in the 1950s who returns to her small hometown of Dungatar, Australia (from which she was banished for allegedly murdering a classmate when she was 10). Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse (Proof, How to Make an American Quilt) from a script co-written with her writer-director husband P.J. Morgan (Muriel’s Wedding), this adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s novel has baffled critics in early reviews, but the trailer makes it look like a fun little romp. See it in select U.S. theaters beginning September 23rd.
As I Open My Eyes
Set in Tunisia on the eve of the Arab Spring, As I Open My Eyes follows Farah (newcomer Baya Medhaffer), the 18-year-old lead singer of a political rock band. Rebelling against her mother’s wishes, Farah learns of the dangers lurking in the city. The debut feature from director Leyla Bouzid open in select theaters September 9th.
In Jack Goes Home, Rory Culkin’s life is turned upside down when he returns home after his parents are in a major car accident. See it in theaters beginning October 14th.
Johnny Simmons stars as a sex therapist who goes through delayed puberty in actor Kevin Pollak’s feature directorial debut, The Late Bloomer. Brittany Snow, Maria Bello and J.K. Simmons also star in this October 7 release.
Lily Rabe won Best Actress at the SXSW Film Festival for playing the titular character in director Julia Hart’s story of a teacher who discovers something about herself when she chaperones three students on a weekend trip. Miss Stevens hits select theaters September 20th.
The documentary Audrie & Daisy looks at the lives of two different girls who were sexually assaulted and how their communities responded to their plights. Stream it on Netflix beginning September 23rd.
News and notes
- Director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) will direct Justice League Dark instead of Gambit. - Heat Vision
- At some point in his busy schedule Ben Affleck will direct and star in Witness for the Prosecution, an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s short story that Billy Wilder previously directed. Christopher Keyser will be the screenwriter. - TheWrap
- Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter, and Lorene Scafaria are the favorites to direct Brie Larson in Captain Marvel. - Heat Vision
- Helen Mirren is in talks to join Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman and Misty Copeland in director Lasse Hallström’s adaptation of The Nutcracker. - THR
- Sarah Paulson is in talks to join Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling in Ocean’s Eight, the female-led spinoff of Ocean’s Eleven. - Deadline
- Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will write and direct a sci-fi film titled Captive State. - Variety
- Sam Mendes is in early discussion to direct a live-action version of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. - Deadline
- Matt Walsh (Veep) will play Melissa McCarthy’s husband in Life of the Party, joining a cast that includes Gillian Jacobs, Jackie Weaver, Debby Ryan, and Maya Rudolph. - Variety
- Demi Moore has joined Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoe Kravitz in the comedy Rock That Body. - Deadline
- Sonia Braga will play Julia Roberts’ mom in Wonder. Room’s Jacob Tremblay also stars in director Stephen Chbosky’s (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s young-adult novel.- THR
- Patrick Wilson has joined his Conjuring co-star Vera Farmiga and Liam Neeson in director Jaume Collet-Serra’s action-thriller The Commuter. - Heat Vision
- Christoph Waltz is in talks to join Rosa Salazar in James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel. - Heat Vision
- Vincent D’Onofrio and Dean Norris have joined Bruce Willis in director Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake. - Deadline
- Toni Erdmann has been named film of the year by the International Federation of Film Critics. It is the first film by a female director (Maren Ade) to win FIPRESCI's Gran Prix. - THR
- 177 critics were polled to create the BBC’s top 100 Films of the 21st Century.