Film Friday (9/23): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: September 23, 2016
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Opening this weekend

View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including The Magnificent Seven, Storks, Queen of Katwe, and more.

New trailers and updates for upcoming films

JLaw and CPratt are Passengers

The Avalon is a spaceship transporting thousands of people in suspended animation to a new planet. But two of the passengers, played by Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, wake up 90 years before they reach their destination. As they begin to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they fall in love with each other. Scripted by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), and also starring Michael Sheen, Andy Garcia, and Laurence Fishburne, Passengers hits theaters on December 21st.

Five quick looks at next year's Ghost in the Shell

Since the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role, controversy has swirled around Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders’ live-action Ghost in the Shell. Based on the original manga, which has already inspired multiple animated movies, TV series, games, and books, this March 31, 2017 release stars Johansson as The Major, a human-cyborg hybrid and leader of Section 9, a special task force devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals. The international cast includes Takeshi Kitano as Section 9 chief Daisuke Aramaki (seen in teaser 4 in the playlist below); Pilou Asbæk as the Major’s second-in-command Batou, as well as Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Kaori Momoi, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Yutaka Izumihara, and Tuwanda Manyimo.

Charlie Day takes on Ice Cube in a Fist Fight

Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) is a mild-mannered English teacher. But on the last day of school he crosses the wrong colleague, the deeply feared Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges him to a fight after school. Unfortunately for Campbell, he doesn’t get much help from any of his fellow teachers. Fist Fight, also starring Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert, and JoAnna Garcia Swisher, opens on February 17, 2017.

More from Bad Santa 2

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. Look for it in theaters beginning November 23rd.

Trespass Against Us

Before it hits theaters in 2017, the family/crime drama Trespass Against Us will come to DirecTV/AT&T on November 24th. Starring Brendan Gleeson and Michael Fassbender as father and son criminals living on the outskirts of society, the film earned a mixed response from critics when it premiered at TIFF. Variety’s Owen Gleiberman called it the worst film he saw at the festival, but Allan Hunter of Screen Daily found it to be an “impressive” debut feature from director Adam Smith with “dynamic storytelling and powerful performances.”

The Eyes of My Mother

Nicolas Pesce’s debut feature disturbed many viewers when it premiered at the Sundance film Festival earlier this year. Following the maturation of a young girl who witnesses a horrifically violent act at a young age, this black-and-white nightmare earned some very good reviews (as well as a few less glowing reactions). The Eyes of My Mother opens in theaters and VOD beginning December 2nd.

Studio Ghibli tries something different with The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle played in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival this year where director Michael Dudok de Wit won a Special Jury Prize for this first international co-production from Studio Ghibli. A wordless animated fable about a man marooned on an island, Dudok de Wit’s first feature-length work has earned excellent early reviews. Look for it in theaters beginning January 20, 2017.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay stars Sarah Paulson and Mark Duplass as former high school sweethearts who reconnect after 20 years and spend the day together. Alex Lehmann’s debut feature, written by Duplass, is a black-and-white two-hander about nostalgia, love, and regret. Good reviews from TIFF (especially for Paulson’s performance) make it one to look for when it comes to select theaters October 7th and VOD services on October 11th.


Kim A. Snyder’s documentary looks at how the community of Newton, Connecticut is coping with the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, which resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six adults. The film focuses on how three families live with their memories of that day and those they lost. Newtown comes to New York on October 7, Los Angeles on October 14 and nationwide through a special Fathom Events screening on November 2nd.

The Whole Truth

Keanu Reeves, Renée Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Gabriel Basso, and Jim Belushi star in this legal thriller about a son charged with murdering his father. But is that The Whole Truth? Of course not (at least according to the trailer). Director Courtney Hunt’s follow-up to Frozen River comes to theaters and VOD October 21st.

Short takes

The Netflix documentary Amanda Knox earned good reviews when it premiered in Toronto earlier this month. It chronicles the conviction and eventual acquittal of the American exchange student in the murder of a fellow student in 2007. Find it on the streaming service next Friday, September 30th.

Oasis: Supersonic tracks the rise and fall of one of the most successful bands of the 1990s. A24 will bring the documentary to theaters for one night only—October 26th.

Tower documents the events of August 1, 1966, when a sniper opened fire from the University of Texas Tower, holding the campus hostage for 96 terrifying minutes. Combining archival footage and rotoscope animation, the film opens in select theaters on October 12th.

News and notes

  • Rooney Mara will star in Vox Lux, Brady Corbet’s directorial follow-up to The Childhood of a Leader. The film tracks the 15-year journey of a pop star and will feature original music by Sia and be shot in 65mm. - Variety
  • After a pay dispute halted production, Tom Cruise will return for Mission: Impossible 6. - Heat Vision
  • Jared Leto will play Andy Warhol in a biopic written by Terence Winter. - THR
  • Austin Abrams (The Walking Dead) will play Ben Stiller’s son in Mike White’s Brad’s Status, the story of a father and son who learn about life on a tour of colleges. - Variety
  • Karyn Kusama (The Invitation) will direct the horror film Breed, based on the Chase Novak novel. - Variety
  • Jamie Dornan is in talks to play Will Scarlet alongside Taron Egerton as Robin Hood, Jamie Foxx as Little John, and Eve Hewson as Maid Marian in Robin Hood: Origins. - Heat Vision
  • Nicolas Cage has been cast in Looking Glass, an independent thriller to be directed by Dori Oskowitz. - Variety
  • Kate Beckinsale has joined Callum Turner, Kiersey Clemons, and Jeff Bridges in Marc Webb’s drama The Only Living Boy in New York. - THR
  • Ed Skrein has joined Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, and Jackie Earl Haley in Alita: Battle Angel. - Heat Vision
  • Bill Hader will play Alpha 5 in the Power Rangers movie.

Comments (1)

  • DanBurrito  

    Passengers looks solid.

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