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View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including The Accountant, Kevin Hart: What Now?, Certain Women, Max Steel, and more.
New trailers and updates for upcoming films
The final Rogue One trailer is here
The last pre-release trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story provides our first look at Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), whose daughter, Jyn (Felicity Jones), is the main character of this first Star Wars spin-off story. It seems like daddy has something to do with building the Death Star, and it’s up to Jyn to lead a band of rebels and steal the plans to the Empire’s crown jewel. Directed by Gareth Edwards, the December 16 release stars Diego Luna as Rebel Alliance Captain Cassian Andor; Donny Yen as the blind warrior Chirrut Imwe; Jiang Wen as the heavily armed Baze Malbus; Riz Ahmed as the pilot Bodhi Rook; Forest Whitaker as the battle-tested Saw Gerrera, and Alan Tudyk as the voice for the hulking security droid K-2SO. They will face off against Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic ... and everyone’s favorite movie baddie, Darth Vader.
John Wick: Chapter 2
John Wick was a surprise hit in 2014, grossing two times its budget domestically. So it’s no surprise that a sequel will arrive on February 10, 2017. Keanu Reeves returns as the title character, a retired assassin who can’t retire, in this second chapter (a third is in development) which finds Wick traveling to Rome to help a former associate seize control of the international assassins’ guild. Chad Stahelski, co-director on the first film, flies solo on this one. Returning co-stars Lance Reddick, Ian McShane, and Bridget Moynahan are joined by Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, Franco Nero, and Peter Stormare. Let’s hope the dog survives this time.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
After being delayed due to Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will finally hit 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 and make one final stand against the Umbrella Corporation. The supporting cast includes Ruby Rose, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Shawn Roberts, William Levy, Eoin Macken, and Rola.
The Great Wall
Directed by Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Hero) and starring Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Jing Tian and Eddie Peng, The Great Wall follows battalions of soldiers as they fight a mysterious species of beast attempting to breach China’s Great Wall. While the first trailer stirred controversy over Matt Damon’s casting, the director urges everyone to actually see the film before passing judgment. Find it in 2D, 3D, and IMAX theaters on February 17, 2017.
Coming to theaters on March 24, 2017, Power Rangers follows five ordinary teenagers who must embrace their special powers when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove is threatened by an alien force. Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), the film stars Naomi Scott, Becky G., Ludi Lin, RJ Cyler, and Dacre Montgomery as the Rangers as well as Bryan Cranston as Zordon, Bill Hader as the voice of Alpha 5, and Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa.
Underworld: Blood Wars
Underworld: Blood Wars is the fifth film in a franchise that began in 2003 with Len Wiseman’s Underworld and continued with Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, and Underworld: Awakening. Kate Beckinsale is back as Selene, who once again must battle the Lycan clan and the vampires who betrayed her. With the help of David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she fights to end the eternal war between these two factions. Directed by Anna Foerster (making her feature debut after working on Outlander), Blood Wars opens on January 6, 2017.
I, Daniel Blake
At Cannes this year, I, Daniel Blake earned director Ken Loach his second Palme d’Or (the first coming in 2006 for The Wind that Shakes the Barley). The Daniel of the title, played by comedian Dave Johns, is a carpenter recovering from a heart attack whose doctor won’t let him return to work despite social services determining that he is fit for work. This leaves him in bureaucratic limbo and without welfare, but it also leads him to single mom Katie (Hayley Squires), who recently moved to Newcastle with her two kids. Their friendship forms the heart of this humane and urgent slice of social realist fiction coming to U.S. theaters on December 23rd.
Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta, his first film since 2013‘s disappointing I’m So Excited, is an adaptation of three short stories by Alice Munro. A time-jumping study of a mother’s grief, guilt, and relationship to the daughter who abandoned her, the film has earned mixed early reviews. Look for it in select theaters beginning December 21st.
Bastille Day is now The Take
Previously titled Bastille Day, The Take stars Idris Elba as CIA agent Sean Briar, who recruits Michael Mason (Richard Madden), a pickpocket who finds himself in the middle of a large-scale conspiracy. The duo have 24 hours to track down the source of the corruption as they become targets of a common enemy. Directed by James Watkins (The Woman in Black), this November 18 release has earned mixed early reviews.
Coming to theaters and VOD on October 28, The Unspoken is a haunted house tale for those looking to be spooked on Halloween.
Life on the Line stars John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, Sharon Stone, Gil Bellows, and Devon Sawa in a story about the men and women who keep the electricity grid running. Find it in theaters and On Demand beginning November 18th.
The November 8 release Operator stars Martin Starr as a programmer who enlists his wife (Mae Whitman) to provide the voice for the call center program he’s working on.
News and notes
- J.K. Rowling announced that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be a five film franchise.
- Michelle Williams is in talks to play Janis Joplin in director Sean Durkin’s biopic Janis. - Variety
- Forest Whitaker has joined Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira in director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. - Variety
- Boyd Holbrook is in talks to replace Benicio Del Toro in Shane Black’s The Predator. Holbrook will play Donald Pierce, a cyborg with ties to The Hellfire Club, in Logan, Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine - Heat Vision
- If you enjoyed Bad Moms, maybe you’ll enjoy Bad Dads, a spin-off of the comedy hit coming to theaters July 14, 2017. - THR
- Guy Ritchie will direct Disney’s live-action adaptation of Aladdin from a script by John August (Big Fish). - THR
- Clint Eastwood will direct a drama about kidnapped American aid worker Jessica Buchanan. Brian Helgeland will write the script based on Buchanan’s memoir. - THR
- Ron Livingston has joined Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis in Tully, director Jason Reitman’s next film, scripted, like Juno, by Diablo Cody. - Variety
- Lana Condor (X-Men: Apocalypse) has joined Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, Eisa Gonzalez, and Christoph Waltz in the upcoming James Cameron-produced, Robert Rodriguez-directed adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel. - Variety
- Kevin Hart and Ice Cube will reunite for Ride Along 3. - TheWrap