Opening this weekend
View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including The Birth of a Nation, The Girl on the Train, 13th, Under the Shadow, and more.
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Natalie Portman is Jackie
The first English-language film from director Pablo Larraín (No, The Club) follows Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) in the aftermath of her husband’s assassination. Jackie debuted to excellent reviews in Venice last month where it earned writer Noah Oppenheim the best screenplay award and generated major awards buzz for Portman’s performance. Look for it in select theaters beginning December 2nd.
Your first look at Cannes hit comedy Toni Erdmann
Maren Ade’s directorial follow-up to Everyone Else was the best-reviewed movie at Cannes this year but, to the surprise of many, it didn’t win a single award from the jury. In its 162-minute running time, this German comedy chronicles the strained but loving relationship between Winfried (Peter Simonischek) and his workaholic daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller). Winfried’s attempts to get closer to is daughter involve an escalating series of practical jokes, culminating in the alter ego of the title, a “life coach” in a strange wig and fake teeth. Toni Erdmann opens in select theaters on December 25th.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Jack Sparrow is a wanted man in the first teaser for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. This May 26, 2017 release, the fifth film in the franchise which began in 2003 with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and continued with 2006‘s Dead Man’s Chest and 2007‘s At World’s End, and reached its nadir with 2011’s On Stranger Tides, finds Johnny Depp’s Sparrow dealing with ghost pirates led by Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). To battle his old nemesis, Captain Jack must find the Trident of Poseidon. Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush will be back, and Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites, Golshifteh Farahani, and Paul McCartney will be joining them.
Jamie Foxx is an insomniac
The February 24, 2017 release Sleepless is a remake of the French film Sleepless Night. Directed by Baran bo Odar (The Silence), the story has been transplanted from Paris to Las Vegas where Jamie Foxx plays undercover police officer Vincent Downs, who has one night to rescue his son from homicidal gangsters and evade an internal affairs investigation. The supporting cast includes Scoot McNairy, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, David Harbour, Gabrielle Union, T.I., and Sala Baker.
Following 2013‘s Lone Survivor and last week’s Deepwater Horizon, Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg complete their American heroism trilogy with the December 21 release of Patriots Day, an account of the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Based on the book Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, the film combines the stories of Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Wahlberg), Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) to capture the courage of the people of Boston.
The key to Peele's new film? Horror
Comedian Jordan Peele adds horror director to his resume with Get Out, the story of Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams), whose weekend getaway with Rose’s parents (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford) turns deadly. This February 24, 2017 release also stars Caleb Landry Jones and Keith Stanfield.
Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard are Allied
In the WWII espionage thriller Allied, Brad Pitt plays intelligence officer Max Vatan, who in 1942 encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines in North Africa. They reunite in London, but their happy relationship is threatened when she is labeled a spy. Directed by Robert Zemeckis from a script by Steven Knight (Locke), this November 23 release has been in the news thanks to Pitt’s divorce from Angelina Jolie and his rumored (and subsequently denied) affair with his co-star. While real life will probably impact Pitt’s promotional duties, it’s yet to be seen if it will affect the film’s box office negatively or positively.
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. With Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick in supporting roles, Kelly Fremon Craig’s directorial debut earned very good reviews from critics when it premiered at TIFF. Look for it in theaters November 18th.
Coming soon from Mia Hansen-Løve
Things to Come, the latest from writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve (Goodbye First Love, Eden), stars Isabelle Huppert as Nathalie, a hardworking philosophy teacher with a family and an ailing mother who finds a surprising freedom when she discovers that her husband of 25 years is leaving her. Hansen-Løve was named best director at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival for this December 2 release, currently one of the best-reviewed films of the year.
When Evolution premiered at TIFF in 2015, the film cast a spell on many critics with its hypnotic mood and arresting visuals from cinematographer Manu Dacosse (The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears). Innocence director Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s first feature in a decade tells the dream-like story of young boys and their mothers living in an isolated seaside community. Look for it in select theaters beginning November 25th.
At Cannes this year, director Houda Benyamina won the Caméra d'Or for best first feature. Her film, Divines, follows Dounia, a teenager who wants money and power. Supported by her best friend, Maimouna, Dounia goes to work for the local dealer, Rebecca, but when she meets Djigui, a young dancer, her plans are interrupted. Look for Divines on Netflix beginning November 18th.
The October 21 release It Had to be You stars Cristin Milioti as Sonia, a jingle writer who, after a surprise proposal, is given three days to decide if she’ll marry her boyfriend.
Good Kids, written and directed by Chris McCoy and starring Nicholas Braun and Zoey Deutch, follows four overachieving high school students who decide to live it up during their last summer together. Look for it in theaters on October 21st.
Adapted from the 2010 graphic novel by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham, Officer Downe is the story of a super-cop (Kim Coates) who is repeatedly resurrected and returned to active duty. Find it On Demand or in theaters beginning November 18th.
News and notes
- All of the Harry Potter films will return to IMAX theaters beginning October 13th. For theater information go here.
- Ben Affleck’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live by Night will get an awards-qualifying limited release on December 25th before opening nationwide on January 13th.
- Tessa Thompson, Zoe Kravitz, and Naomi Scott are testing for the female lead in director Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Han Solo film starring Alden Ehrenreich. - Variety
- Angelina Jolie is in early talks to star in an adaptation of Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar’s memoir Shoot Like A Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight In Afghanistan and on the Home Front. - Deadline
- Jude Law has joined Rooney Mara in Vox Lux, director Brady Corbet’s follow-up to The Childhood of a Leader. - Variety
- Michael Shannon and Chris Hemsworth will star in Horse Soldier, the true story of a Special Forces unit tasked with joining Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance to fight the Taliban. - Deadline
- Rachel McAdams will star alongside Rachel Weisz in an adaptation of the Naomi Alderman novel Disobedience. - Variety
- Chloe Moretz has joined Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Mia Goth in A Bigger Splash director Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria. - Variety
- Nicholas Hoult will play Nikolai Tesla opposite Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse and Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in The Current War. - THR
- J. Quinton Johnson (Everybody Wants Some!!) has joined Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne in Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying. - Variety
- Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Luke Cage) has joined Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earl Haley, and Ed Skrein in producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez’s adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel. - Heat Vision
- David Mamet will direct the big-screen adaptation of his play Speed-the-Plow. - Deadline
- Christopher Walken, Robert De Niro, and Eugene Levy will star in the comedy War with Grandpa. - Deadline
- Universal is working on an adaptation of the video game Gears of War. - Variety
- Emily Mortimer will play Jane Banks alongside Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Ben Whishaw in Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns. - Variety
- Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys) has joined Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, and Colin Farrell in writer-director Sofia Coppola’s remake of the 1971 film The Beguiled, based on Thomas Cullinan’s novel. - THR