Film Friday (9/2): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: September 2, 2016
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New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Christopher Guest heads to Netflix

Mascots, the new comedy from director Christopher Guest, takes the same mockumentary format as Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind and brings back many of the same performers (Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Ed Begley, Jr., Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, John Michael Higgins). This time, Guest delves into the world of sports mascots as they compete for the Golden Fluffy. Mascots streams exclusively on Netflix beginning October 13th.

Kelly Reichardt focuses on Certain Women

Certain Women, the latest from writer-director Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves, Meek’s Cutoff, Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy) is an adaptation of three short stories by Maile Meloy. The October 14 release focuses on the lives of three women. Laura Dern plays a lawyer dealing with a hostile work environment and a hostage situation. Michelle Williams is a wife and mother trying to build her dream home while battling her husband (James Le Gros), and Kristen Stewart is a law student who forms a tentative relationship with a ranch hand played by newcomer Lily Gladstone.

A look at Paul Verhoeven's controversial rape comedy Elle

Director Paul Verhoeven adds another unique film to his eclectic resume (RoboCop, Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Starship Troopers, Black Book) with Elle. The film didn’t receive any boos when it premiered at Cannes earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t controversial. After all, it’s a dark comedy about rape. Based on the French novel OH... by Philippe Djian, Verhoeven’s first French-language film (and his best-reviewed film in years) stars the fearless Isabelle Huppert as the head of a successful video game company. When she’s attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, she tracks him down, and they begin to play a dangerous game. Find it in theaters beginning November 11th.

Shut In

Naomi Watts plays a widowed child psychologist in Shut In, written by Christina Hodson and directed by Farren Blackburn (Hammer of the Gods). Joining Watts in this November 11 release is Room’s Jacob Tremblay as a disturbed young boy she takes into her isolated New England home. Already dealing with her own disabled son, Watts’ grasp on reality begins to slip.

Max Steel

The October 14 release Max Steel stars Ben Winchell as Max McGrath, a teenager who discovers he has secret powers while he’s trying to adjust to a new school. To tap the full potential of those powers, Max must combine with a techno-organic extraterrestrial named Steel (voiced by Josh Brener) and battle a sinister enemy from another galaxy. Stewart Hendler (Sorority Row) directs a cast that includes Maria Bello and Andy Garcia.

Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai animates the life of revered Japanese painter Hokusai by telling the story of his daughter, O-Ei, an accomplished painter during a time when women rarely picked up a brush. This October 14 release from director Keiichi Hara deals with more adult themes in an episodic, impressionistic manner, but early reviews are good.

Little Sister

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) directs this story about Colleen (Addison Timlin), a young nun who goes back home when her brother (Keith Poulson) returns from the war in Iraq with a disfigured face. Her parents (Ally Sheedy and Peter Hedges) have kept her room the same as when she left it—painted black and covered in goth/metal posters. Little Sister hits select theaters October 14th.

Lasse Hallström goes to the dogs

Based on the best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose tells the story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who touches the lives of all the humans with whom he comes into contact. Directed by Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, The Hundred Foot Journey), the January 27, 2017 release stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, John Ortiz, K.J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, and Luke Kirby.

Cardboard Boxer

The feature directing debut of Knate Lee stars Thomas Haden Church as Willie, a homeless man coerced into fighting other men for cash. With Terrence Howard, Boyd Holbrook, and Macy Gray in supporting roles, Cardboard Boxer comes to select theaters beginning September 16th.

Short takes

Wonder where Thor was during Captain America: Civil War? He was hanging out with Darryl.

Silicon Cowboys chronicles the rise and fall of Compaq Computers. Find it in theaters beginning September 16th.

News and notes

  • Deathstroke will be the main villain in Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie, and Joe Manganiello is rumored to be playing him. - TheWrap
  • Richard Linklater’s next film, Last Flag Flying, will be a “sort of” sequel to Hal Ashby’s 1973 comedy The Last Detail starring Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, and Otis Young. Adapted from author Darryl Ponicsan’s 2005 follow-up, the film will star Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne. - THR
  • Harmony Korine is working on an adaptation of Alissa Nutting’s sexually explicit novel, Tampa. - The Playlist
  • Julie Bowen and Chris Parnell have joined Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph and Gillian Jacobs in the comedy Life of the Party. - THR and Deadline
  • James Franco, Jack Reynor, Zoe Kravitz, and Dennis Quaid will star in the sci-fi thriller Kin, the feature debut of directors Jonathan and Josh Baker. - Deadline
  • Sebastian Stan has joined Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Hilary Swank, Katherine Heigl, Adam Driver, and Seth MacFarlane in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky. - THR
  • Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy) will star alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas in Jake Kasdan’s Jumanji sequel. - Deadline
  • Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12) and Hannah Murray (Gilly on Game of Thrones) are the latest stars to join Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit riots drama. - THR
  • Hayden Christensen will star alongside Bruce Willis in First Kill, the latest action picture from director Steven C. Miller (Extraction, Marauders). - THR
  • Natalie Dormer has joined Sean Penn and Mel Gibson in The Professor and the Madman, an adaptation of Simon Winchester’s best-seller about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. - THR
  • Jon Favreau will return as his Iron Man character, Happy Hogan, in Spider-Man: Homecoming. - Variety

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